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What to do in Portugal
Portugal is a European country filled with rich and unique cultures, vibrant cities, and stunning countryside. You’ll be able to see that when you tour the country and visit the museums, historic towns, beaches, national parks and more. So if you’re looking for a great destination in Europe, Portugal should be one of your top choices.
Relive the fascinating history of the country and visit Portugal’s iconic towns. Fly to Porto and be delighted by the Cais da Ribeira. Take as many photos as you want and use them as postcards because the town is just lovely. That’s why it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Travel to Portugal’s capital next and fly to Lisbon to see the gorgeous Jeronimos Monastery. Climb up the St George’s Castle for breathtaking panoramic views of Lisbon.
Make your way to Sintra and feel like royalty in its famous castles, like the romanticist Pena National Palace. There’s also the Monserrate Palace, Palace of Queluz, Seteais Palace, and Quinta de Regaleira. But if you’re looking for a religious pilgrimage, head straight to Fatima or Tomar.
The best museums of Portugal are mostly in Lisbon. The Museu Calouste Gulbenkian will impress you with its collection of Asian and European art. Spend an arvo visiting the National Coach Museum and Navy Museum. Sintra is also home to the Museu de Brinquedo toy collection and the exquisite Sintra Museum of Modern Art.
See the best of Portugal’s countryside at Viana do Castelo, Douro Valley, Miranda do Douro, and Elvas, among many others. Do you want to see the local wildlife? Spare a day for a trip to Serra da Estrela Natural Park and the Peneda-Geres National Park.
When to visit Portugal
The best time to visit Portugal is during shoulder season from April-June and September-November, so you can enjoy the bloom of wildflowers, mild temperatures, fewer crowds, and lower prices too!
Viva! You and other Australians can fly to Portugal and visit visa-free for up to 90 days, because it’s part of the Schengen Convention. Just make sure your passport is valid for at least six months by the time you fly back to Australia. Visit Smartraveller for more travel info.
Travelling to and around Portugal
Your flight will be bound for Lisbon Portela Airport, Faro Airport, or Porto Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport. Once you’ve landed, go and travel around Portugal by plane, train, bus, and taxi.