Usually when people go for holidays to Portugal, they come to the capital by air, rent a car at Lisbon airport, go to their hotel room, and start planning on where to go first. They may have done their research about where they want to go and what they want to see.
We are here to guide you through your way, once you are at your destination. We are going to give you a list of the top 5 places you should visit when you are in Portugal.Portugal has the very spectacular and remarkable northern mountain ranges along with the enormous plains of the central regions of the country that are always covered with the sun light. Going towards the south, you can enjoy the best beaches in the entire Europe. You can also visit some villages that are stone built, mesmerizing towns and cosmopolitan cities where ancient palaces, castles, museums, and monasteries await your greedy exploring eyes. A visit to Portugal would also mean a visit to the enchanting sub-tropical island, the Garden Isle and the secluded but soothing Azores archipelago.
The first place that you should definitely visit is Jerónimos Monastery. It is located in the suburbs of Lisbon. It is one of the country’s most treasured and admired buildings. It is a must see on each and every tourist’s or traveler’s list. The spirit of the age is embodied in the monastery. There are a few awe-inspiring magnificently embroidered decorations on the South Portal. The church is the host to the tomb of Vasco da Gama and a few more national figureheads, some of the greatest poets and the chroniclers.The next place you should visit is Lisbon Oceanarium which is one of the most sought out and family-friendly tourist attractions. It offers the biggest diversity of ocean habitats in the world. This Oceanarium is one of the world’s largest and contains an immense variety of fish and marine animals. Visible from the different angles, the huge tank has inside sharks, rays, and many other finned wonders. Complementing it, there are the open air landscapes where there are penguins, sea otters, and some other very pretty and cute mammals that co-exist in a very blithe harmony.The National Palace of Sintra (Palacio Nacional de Sintra) is situated about 30 km from Lisbon. It is situated close to the wooded mountain ranges that can be the sole reason to visit this charismatic and luxuriant palace and town. This place is an enthralling destination for the poets and writers. This ancient town is a complete muddle of paved lanes which are lined with charming town houses painted in the pastel shades of pink, yellow, blue, and lilac. It dates back to the 14th century and is one of the oldest surviving palaces in Portugal.One of the Portugal’s most loved historic monuments is Belém Tower or the Tower of St Vincent (the Torre de Belem) that symbolizes the Age of Discovery and also the voyages that took place in the 15th and the 16th centuries. This tower is said to be the masterpiece of military architecture. It was made to protect the approaches made to conquer the city from the River Tagus. The tower has such a cultural importance that UNESCO has listed it as a World Heritage Site.Bom Jesus do Monte is a Portugal’s grandest religious sanctuary that is located on a wooden slope. It is located about 370 km from Lisbon. It will take you about 4 hours to get here from Lisbon by car or less than an hour by plane. This sanctuary is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the country. There are many chapels decorated with sculptured scenes from the Passion of Christ, magnificent fountains and statues of some biblical mythological figures. There is also a grand Staircase of the Three Virtues representing Faith, Hope, and Charity, leading to the church. For those who are less active, there is a vintage 1882 funicular that transfers the visitor to the top in just three minutes.Visiting Portugal is like discovering a remarkable miscellaneous destination. It is linked with the sea and has more than 2 800 km of the enticing Atlantic Ocean coastline. There are stunning locations and magnificent historical monuments that are worth seeing.