Portugal

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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Portugal

Caparica Coast

Don’t miss spending a summer day on one of the sandy beaches of the Caparica Coast, a 12-mile stretch of splendid dunes and coves easily accessible either by bus from Lisbon or by mini-train.

Costa da Caparica Tourist Information, 9 miles southwest of Lisbon; Avenida da Republica, 011-351-21-290-0071
Tags: beach | family | things to do | outdoors

Cascais

Catch a quickie train ride from Lisbon’s Cais do Sodré station to this former fishing village. Now a moneyed town, Cascais is filled with picturesque, whitewashed houses, cobblestone streets, seaside cafes, and the occasional fishing boat.

18 miles west of Lisbon, www.estorilcoast.com
Tags: beach | things to do | outdoors | culture

Castelo de São Jorge

For scenic views of the Tagus River and Lisbon’s rooftops, walk along the ramparts of this former seat of Portugal’s first king; learn the city’s history at the multimedia exhibit or relax in the castle gardens amidst peacocks and swans.

Rua da Costa do Castelo, 011-351-21-880-0620, www.castelosaojorge.egeac.pt
Tags: views | things to do | architecture | history

Douro River Sailing

Cruise up the Douro River from Porto to the charming town of Régua in the Douro Valley wine region; trips typically include a visit to a local quinta (wine estate) en route.

Rua de S. Francisco, 4 - 2º D, 011-351-22-340-2500, www.douroazul.pt
Tags: cruise | things to do | tour | wine

Estoril

A leisurely walk along the beachfront promenade from Cascais takes you to this once-fashionable resort, most famous for its grand Casino (www.casino-estoril.pt) – the setting for Ian Fleming's first Bond novel.

16 miles west of Lisbon, www.estorilcoast.com
Tags: beach | gambling | things to do | culture | resort

Fado music

Experience fado, a bluesy, tango-like style of traditional Portuguese music, by reserving a table at this elegant fado house, where you can wallow in saudade, the nostalgic sentiment that pervades this folk music.

Sr. Vinho, Rua do Meio à Lapa 18, 011-351-21-397-7456, www.restsrvinho.com
Tags: nightlife | things to do | culture | performing arts

Fátima

Hordes of religious pilgrims descend daily to this legendary shrine, famous for its apparitions of Virgin Mary that have been attracting believers since 1917. The two annual pilgrimages, in May and October, are an incredible display of religious fervor.

76 miles north of Lisbon, www.santuario-fatima.pt
Tags: things to do | culture | history

Port tasting

You can’t leave Portugal without tasting porto, the sweet, fortified wine produced at the wine lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia across the Douro River from Porto; the best tour is offered by Sandeman, a distillery founded in 1790 and housed in a former convent.

Sandeman, Largo Miguel Bombarda 3, www.sandeman.com
Tags: things to do | tour | culinary | wine

Quinta da Romaneira

This exclusive lodge of 21 suites and apartments lies on a 990-acre wine estate in the Douro River Valley. Activities include boat rides, wine cellar visits, 4x4 countryside tours, and dining at the on-site restaurant.

Pedroso, just east of Pinhão town, 011-351-25-473-2432, www.quintadaromaneira.pt
Tags: luxury | expensive | things to do | architecture | history

Ride Lisbon's tram 28

For an informal city tour, hop aboard the rattling tram 28 from Lisbon’s Baixa through the twisting streets of Alfama, the city’s picturesque Moorish quarter, and all the way up to the Castle of St. George.

first station is Martim Moniz, 011-351-21-361-3000, www.carris.pt
Tags: things to do | culture | history | tour

Sintra

Fairytale castles, ancient palaces, and grand estates sprinkle the hills of this former royal retreat renowned for its pure mountain air, verdant landscapes, and serene ambience.

18 miles northwest of Lisbon, www.cm-sintra.pt
Tags: things to do | architecture | history | day trip

Stay at a pousada

Spending a night in one of Portugal’s pousadas – historic buildings converted to luxury hotels – is a quintessential experience. Stationed at superb locations across the country, these refurbished landmark properties include monasteries, manor houses, castles, and palaces.

Poço dos ferreiros, São brás de, www.pousadas.pt
Tags: luxury | smart splurge | things to do | architecture | history

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