Lisbon’s favourite beach retreat – and a noted surfers’ hangout.
2- Feira de Barcelos
The country’s liveliest and most colourful market shows that rural traditions are alive and well.
4- Bom Jesus do Monte, Braga
Portugal’s most photographed church, reached up a grand ornamental stairway.
6- Convento de Cristo, Tomar
Tomar’s extraordinary “Convent of Christ” is the former headquarters of the Knights Templar.
The crowning glory of Manueline architecture, the “Battle Abbey” is one of Portugal‘s most triumphant buildings.
10 -Velha Universidade, Coimbra
Portugal’s third-largest city boasts its oldest and most prestigious university.
The first capital of Portugal is a beguiling place of cobbled streets and historic buildings.
The hilltop retreat near Lisbon is one of the most scenic in the country, surrounded by opulent palaces and country estates.
13 -Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto
Contemporary art in a wonderful building remodelled by Portugal’s leading architect, Álvaro Siza Vieira.
14 – Valença
Explore this superb fortified town, located on Portugal’s northern border with Spain.
16 – Óbidos
Picture-book walled town that was once the traditional bridal gift of Portuguese kings.
17- Monte de Santa Luzia
There are superb views from the hilltop basilica over the northern resort of Viana do Castelo.
This barely visited monastery in the north is one of the oldest and most atmospheric buildings in the country.
19 -Parque Natural de Montesinho
Great walking in remote, unspoiled countryside dotted with traditional villages.
21 – Conímbriga
See the vivid mosaics at the most important Roman site in Portugal.
22 -Porto’s riverfront
The historic riverside bairro of Ribeira is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
23- Pastéis de Belém
These delicious flaky custard tartlets have been made and served for over a century at the Antiga Confeitaria de Belém.
24- Bairro Alto, Lisbon
The capital’s big night out – touring the bars, clubs and restaurants of the funky Bairro Alto neighbourhood.
25 – Rio Douro valley
Take a train ride or boat trip from Peso da Régua up one of the loveliest river valleys in Portugal.