Once upon a time there was a small and undervalued country. But something has changed. The world seems to be wanting to know Portugal and its paradisiacal beaches, magical cities and landscapes that move the most experienced traveler, whether Portuguese or foreign. 

Today we will discover what are in our opinion the 40 things to do and visit in Portugal (at least) once in a lifetime.

Participate in a half marathon in Lisbon and have the privilege of running over the 25 de Abril Bridge.

Browse the tents of Estremoz Antiques and Antiques Fair in search of a unique piece

 

Discover the connection between Porto and the famous Harry Potter saga

Explore the Costa Vicentina, following the road by the sea to Cape Sardão and watching the sea storks.

Climb the 686 steps of the impressive staircase that culminates in the Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies of Lamego

Rent a boat and watch the sunset as we travel along the Tagus River.

 

Camping on the river beach of Tabuão and watch the music festival of Paredes de Coura

 

Get carried away by the Portuguese longing for Mr. Fado in Lisbon, one of the most authentic houses in the capital.

Take a bath with the Atlantic Ocean as seen in the Tide Pools in Leça de Palmeira

Go through the charming Beira Mar neighborhood and get lost in its network of canals in Aveiro, the Venice of Portugal

 

Go to Alcoutim and cross the Guadiana by boat to the Spanish side.

 

Contemplate the sunset from one of these 3 locations in Alentejo: Marvão, Monsaraz or Évoramonte.

Eat a razor clam rice in Tavira, suggesting the restaurant Noélia & Jerónimo

 

Time travel in the spectacular Roman ruins of Conímbriga, near Coimbra

Attend the Campo Maior Flower Festival

Feel the immensity of nature, camping a weekend in Peneda-Gerês National Park

 

Feel like you´re in Rome walking through Braga´s beautiful historic center

 

Eating sardines in the Madragoa neighborhood during the Santo António feasts in Lisbon

Let the shudder as the roar of the waves hit the rocks of the mysterious Boca do Inferno near Cascais

 

Surrender body and soul to the Burning of the Ribbons of Coimbra

Visit Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of mainland Portugal, “where the land ends and the sea begins.” Having a coffee at Martinho da Arcada in Lisbon, where Fernando Pessoa wrote most of his poems

 

Feel the religious fervor of Fatima, the most famous pilgrimage place in the country.

Eat the famous fried cuttlefish in the city of Setúbal

Feeling cramped at the São João Festas in Porto, the longest night of the year at Invicta.

 

Riding an imposing horse on a deserted, almost wild beach in Comporta.

 

 

Bathe in the river pool of Piódão, one of the most beautiful villages in the country 

Enjoy the absolutely magical landscape at Lagoa das Sete Cidade, on São Miguel Island, in the Azores.

Pay a visit to the new Lisbon´s pertussis - the MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology).

Relaxing on Saturday afternoon at Meco beach and letting yourself in at night dancing to the music of Bar do Peix

 

Get on a boat to visit the Ponta da Piedade caves and rock formations in Lagos, Algarve.

 

Climb aboard a steam train and travel the route between Peso da Régua and Tua.

 

Have a fish meal in Porto Covo, a fishing village in the Costa Vicentina

 

Sit on the golden dunes of Guincho beach, one of the most beautiful in the country.

 

Drink a glass of hot water in the hot springs of Chaves, the warmest hot springs in Europe.

 

Port wine, of course, is the suggestion of a visit to the cellars for a real tasting.

Taste the pastries of Belém from the Old Belem Confectionery in Lisbon, an authentic work of Portuguese pastry.