Located on the westernmost coast of Europe, Portugal is a proud country with a marvelous history that is kept alive in its citizens and buildings from all over the country, be they in a major city or one of the land’s cozy towns. Famous for its seafood (a typical treat from the Atlantic Ocean which meets the country’s shores), port wine, football legends, Fado music, and spectacular surfing spots, Portugal offers a wide variety of activities that could please just about any person.
For most, the biggest challenge while in Portugal would probably be figuring out which activities to try out when they have limited time there. To make things easier, here are some of the most incredible activities for you to try out, and tourist attractions for you to visit while you are there:
The city of Lisbon is home to, arguably, Portugal’s most famous tourist attraction. The Oceanário de Lisboa is one of Europe’s biggest aquariums and is a perfect depiction of the world’s various ocean habitats. Whether you are fascinated by marine life or not, this aquarium is an amazing sight to behold, making it a great destination for anyone looking for satisfaction, education or inspiration.
One of Europe’s oldest universities is located in Portugal, too! Established in the year 1290, The University of Coimbra has been labeled an official World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The university was founded by Portugal’s very own “Farmer King”, King Dinis, who was revered for his contributions to Portuguese society. This site has stunning architecture which would be loved by any who has an appreciation for the art.
For those interested in surfing, or just have an appreciation for areas associated with the sport, look no further! Portugal is one of the world’s top surf spots, claimed to have surfers scattered around nearly all year long, and it has this high reputation for good reason. Some of the most famous surfing destinations in the country include Ericeira, Peniche and Nazaré. Looking to make the most of your time spent surfing? Be sure to head to these locations in April, May, or October, as this is when the waves there are said to be at their finest.
A breathtaking construction and a historical site that should be on everyone’s list of places to visit is the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, located in Lisbon. The old architecture of this church and monastery truly captures the spirit of old Portugal. The interior of this site is equally as stunning as the outside. This is the very building that acts as the tomb of the famous Vasco da Gama, a famous Portuguese explorer who discovered the sea route to India in 1498. The second-longest bridge in Europe is also found in Portugal. Called the Vasco da Gama Bridge, it is also named after the famous explorer and spans over 12.3 kilometers (7.6 miles).
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