Visiting Portugal is walking along the cobblestone past, exploring Gothic architecture, reading handwritten ancient scriptures and attending a service in the world’s most expensive church; things to do in Portugal are dynamic. There are picturesque gardens, majestic mountains, winding rivers, exotic valleys and vineyards to discover the nature. Have smoked fish, potato and meat stew, grilled beef sandwiches, different kinds of pastries and the world renowned Portuguese wines to increase your appetite. Here are some adventurous things to do in Portugal.
Hieronymites Monastery is the 16th century Manueline Gothic architecture with baroque sculptural themes. Its limestone magnificent cloisters have carved pillars that display a world of ocean; sea monsters and motifs, corals and rope spirals.
In Iberian Peninsula, the third longest River Douro makes a 112 km natural border between Portugal and Spain. The valley provides tranquility and breathtaking scenic views. The sloped vineyards are covered with succulent fruits and winding roads create a unique landscape.
Along the Tagus River this 10th century Castle of St. George is a grand stone architecture. It has now turned into a restaurant and an underground archeological museum. Many birds including geese, ducks and peacocks stroll in the gardens while the Tower of Ulysses have a periscope Câmara Escura to observe the city.
Joanina Library was designed in Baroque style and built in the 18th century. Its ceilings are painted with sophisticated allegories and the three wide salons are decorated with beautiful wooden book stands and splendid tables. This library has a large collection of over 250,000 printed and handwritten books from 15th to 19th century.
This former stock exchange has an extraordinary Neoclassical façade and impressive interior. Built in the 19th-century, the edifice has a Pátio das Nações having glass panels, which highlight its iron architecture. The building is decorated with paintings and sculptures by the celebrated artists.
This 16th-century Jesuit church is the world’s most expensive chapel. Gold, silver, ivory, marble, alabaster, stones & gems of lapis lazuli, agate, crystals of porphyry and Florentine azulejos are used for its lavish interior. This dazzling church has a museum, which displays finest collection of art, relics and Baroque silver.
This 19th century dazzling palace is surrounded by lush and artistic gardens. It has stained glass lavish interior and is a unique blend of Portuguese, Arabic and Indian architecture.
At the coastline of Atlantic ocean this beach is famous for soccer tournaments. Azure sea and soft sandy shore at the foot of red cliffs is a famous summer holiday destination.
This is one of the oldest and most beautiful bookstore in the world that dates back to the 20th century. Marvellous Art Nouveau interior, stained glass ceiling, wooden walls, red stairway and Neo-Gothic façade make it an enigmatic edifice.
This is the country’s only national park where 300-million-year-old granite peaks offer magnificent trails for hiking and walks. There are routes for cyclists, valleys, oak forests, ancient castles, monasteries and other relics that date back to the Middle Ages.