Tour attractions in Portugal
One of the World Heritage architectural marvels, the Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower, with their intricate carvings showcasing all the glory and excitement of the age, and the world-class Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, or the acclaimed Design Museum and the fantastic Berardo Collection of contemporary art. The city's legendary seven hills will also seduce with admiring characteristic mosaic pavements and dazzling tiled façades, and will reward with strategically-placed miradouros or viewpoints offering breathtaking panoramas over the city after a ride on a charming old tram.
Sintra and its mystical hills speckled with fairytale palaces and extravagant villas have bewitched visitors for centuries. The Romans made it a place of cult moon worshiping and named it "Cynthia" after the goddess of the moon. They were followed by the Moors who also fell in love with the lush vegetation and built a hilltop castle, a palace, and several fountains around the town. Later it became the summer residence of the Portuguese royal family and attracted a number of wealthy aristocrats who built huge mansions and villas.
Evora is one of Portugal's finest and most delightful towns. It is a true open-air museum with a large number of wonderfully preserved monuments and buildings of public interest that led UNESCO to protect it as a World Heritage Site. Each age has left its trace on Evora. Most famous landmark of Evora is the Temple of Diana. The whitewashed houses, arches, and twisting alleyways that characterize the town reflect the Moorish presence. The main square, Praça do Giraldo, is the best place to visit. It was an execution ground during the Inquisition, but is now filled with shops and cafes, and surrounded by attractive townhouses with wrought-iron balconies. A fountain erected in 1571 in front of the Renaissance Santo Antão Church dominates one end of this spacious square.
All of Obidos has been declared a national monument. It is known as the "Wedding Present Town" because it was a gift King Dinis gave to Queen Isabel on their wedding day in 1282, its incredibly picturesque cobblestone streets lined with colorful houses filled with geraniums and bougainvillea, Gothic doorways and windows, whitewashed churches, flowerpots and dazzling tiles all encircled by the walls of a 12th century castle. Scaling its 13m high medieval walls is the best way to admire this picture postcard-perfect place.
A favorite of Portugal attractions is the Gulbenkian Museum which displays an incredible private collection of ancient paintings, Middle Eastern art and Egyptian sculptures. This attraction is free to all visitors on Sunday as are many other Lisbon museums.
Tourist attractions in Portugal also include the historic center of Oporto which enjoys a lengthy 1,000 year old history. Here a Douro river cruise is the best way to float down the waterway and see life along the riverbanks as well as fertile vineyards and beautiful olive groves.
Torre de Belem
One of the many UNESCO sites in the country, Torre de Belem lies on the banks of the Tagus River in Lisbon. It is an attractive and unique monument and the tower’s distinct shape is sharply defined by the water and sky providing a beautiful visual. It was built as an integral aspect of a defensive system at the mouth of the river.
Museu Nacional do Azulejo
The Tile Museum is one of the more treasured Tourist attractions in Portugal. It houses a wonderful collection of decorative tiles both from Portugal and abroad that date back to the 15th century. As far as tourist attractions in Portugal it is often visited, fascinating tourists with its historical time lines and fantastic tile paintings.