The Best Cities To Visit In Portugal

Portugal is a beautiful country located in the southwestern corner of mainland Europe, and neighbours the country of Spain. Its location is one of the many reasons for its ever-increasing popularity with visitors and is in part down to the fantastic weather and perfect beaches you will find. 

Although, it is not only weather and beaches which make the country so favoured. Portugal is also recognised for its food and drink. The Douro Valley is one of the top European destinations for wine and is the official origin of Port Wine.  

Ensure sure you also try Pastel de nata. These custard tarts have been made in the in Portugal for hundreds of years and you can find these in bakeries throughout the country.  

History has also had a huge influence on how Portugal looks today. The architecture certainly provides you with insights into its illustrious past. A feeling of wealth can certainly be felt when in the cities of Porto and Lisbon. 

There are many captivating places to discover so we have put together a list of some of the best cities to visit in Portugal. 

Porto

Banks of the Douro river in Porto

Porto is a vibrant and exciting city and must simply be visited. Its history, culture and architecture all need to be explored.  

The Douro River cuts right through the cities heart which has been a contributing factor to Porto’s industrial past and present which is crossed by the imposing Dom Luis Bridge.  

The beautiful historic city centre is one of the oldest cities in the world and has been declared a world heritage site. Discover more and find things to do in Porto.

When to travel:

Most popular months – May to August
For the weather – April to November.
Best deals – September to November

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Braga

Dom Jesus Do Monte In Braga

Braga is a city full of history and culture and provides something for people with all tastes. It is one of the eldest cities in Portugal and is considered the centre of religion and there are many churches to affix these claims.  

The architecture makes for one of the most alluring cities in Portugal. There are examples of Roman, medieval and modern buildings which all add the appeal for tourists. Discover more and find things to do in Braga.

When to visit:

Most popular months – May, July and August
For the weather – April to November.
Best deals – September to November

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Lisbon

View over the city of Lisbon

Lisbon is a bustling, lively city located on the west coast of Portugal and is the largest city in the country. Like Braga, it is also one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe as well as the world.  

The Alfama district is one of the best places to get a taste of real Portuguese tradition. Here you will find authentic Fado bars and restaurants cooking local cuisine.  

Its sloping hills and terracotta roofs also add to the charm of this fascinating city. Discover more and find things to do in Lisbon.

When to travel:

Most popular months – January and April
For the weather – April to November
Best deals – September to November

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Faro

Faro, Portugal

Faro is located in the Algarve and is also the capital city of the region. This often-overlooked city offers so much to the keen traveller. But for those who do visit, you know what a fascinating city it really is.  

The history, beaches, seafood and nature which surrounds the city all make for great reasons to discover Faro. Discover more and find things to do in Faro.

When to travel:

Most popular months – January, February and August
For the weather – February to December
Best deals – September to November

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