15 Wonderful Cities in Portugal to Visit in This Year

This historical and beautiful country, located in the westernmost part of continental Europe, is also attracting attention with its natural beauties. Being one of the two countries of the Iberian Peninsula, whose history goes back hundreds of years, Portugal is definitely one of the places to see with its different culture, language, music, cuisine and nature. Portugal, the hometown of friendly people, is also one of the popular destinations for students and exchange programs. Here are the most visited Portuguese cities:

15. Barcelos

You can see many churches, cathedrals and monuments, and an old town and a market, located in Barcelos in the north of Portugal, close to Esposende.

14. Viana do Castelo

Viana do Castelo is one of the northern cities of Portugal. It is located on the border of Galicia (Spain). Here you can see many historical buildings from different centuries.

13. Coimbra

The history of the Coimbra, between the Mondego River and Porto and Lisbon, is at least as old as the history of Portugal. Coimbra University, which is home to many domestic and foreign students, is the oldest university in Europe.

12. Guimarães

It is located very close to Braga. The historical sites of the municipality were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001.

11. Viseu

Viseu is a beautiful Portuguese city with many historical granites buildings and monuments. Viseu Cathedral, Centro Historico, Adro da Sé are the main attractions of the city.

10. Bragança

The old city part of the city of Bragança, named after House of Braganza (Casa de Bragança), stands out with its medieval look. The city is located on the banks of the Fervença River. Some of the worth-seeing places are Castle of Bragança, Domus Municipalis, Citadel and Museu do Abade de Baçal.

9. Serra da Estrela

Serra da Estrela is the highest mountain range in Portugal with an average height of 1993 meters above sea level. It is a place where you can feel winter and snow in Portugal which is a warm country generally.

8. Aveiro

Aveiro was used as an important port city until the 17th century. Because the channel passes through the city, the city is known as the “Venice of Portugal” with its long, colorful painted boats. The main livelihoods of Aveiro are fishing, porcelain making, sandalwood production, and bakery. The train station, the canal, the Aveiro Museum are places to see.

7. Braga

Located in the north of Portugal, this city has many churches and cathedrals. For this reason, it is called the Roman of Portugal, which is likened to another Italian city, just like in Aveiro. Sé Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in the country, the high-rise Bom Jesus de Monte and the old city center, built at a high point of the city, are definitely worth a visit. In addition, Minho University is located in this city, many domestic and foreign students flock to the city provides.

6. Sintra

The municipality of Sintra is one of the municipalities in the Lisbon region of Portugal. This city, which is home to the kings of Portugal, is a magnificent place with its green places and historical palaces. Palacio Nacional de Sintra, the Palacio de Pena, the Quinta de Regaleira and the Castelo dos Mouros are among the attractions.

5. Porto

Porto, known as “O Porto” in Portuguese, is the second largest city in the country. Ribeira, the center of the city where the Douro River passes, has been included in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Do not forget to see the 14th-century church of São Francisco, the wine cellars along the Vila Nova de Gaia River. You can also enjoy the view while sitting in a cafe by the river.

4. Lisboa (Lisbon)

Lisbon is the capital and largest city of Portugal. Lisbon, built on the estuary formed by the Tejo River, is on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. You can take a stroll through Lisbon’s museums, impressive stone buildings and wonderful city architecture or taste the delicious Belem dessert. You must also visit Padrao dos Descobrimentos, Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Torre de Belem, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

3. Madeira

Madeira is an archipelago of the Atlantic Ocean, an autonomous region of Portugal. Madeira is a lush and mountainous place and is located on the island of Pico Ruivo peak of 1800 meters. Attractions include the 15th-century Sé Cathedral (Funchal Cathedral) and the Museu da Quinta das Cruzes.

2. Faro

Faro is one of the cities in the Algarve Region, the southernmost of Portugal. The city of Faro, called Ossonoba during the Roman period, is used by the Phoenicians as a trade colony in the 8th century BC. In this coastal city of Portugal, you can enjoy the beautiful sea and learn the sea culture of this sailor nation by visiting restaurants and museums in the city.

1. Azores

The Azores are a collection of archipelagos in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. These islands are volcanic in nature and are a great tourist destination with their green nature and geothermal areas. The Azores are a place where you can find all kinds of nature sports.


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