Culture and Tourist Attractions in Portugal

There are many reasons why Europeans are flocking to Portugal for holidays and to become permanent residents.

Whether you seek the sun drenched beaches of the Silver Coast or the Algarve, local seafood from one of Portugal's many fishing villages or to indulge in the country's rich history, there truly is something for everyone.

With a wealth of heritage sites, museums, art and culture, you will never be short of things to do or see.

Below are some of Portugal's most popular tourist attractions.

Sample The Famous Port Wine of Porto

The city of Porto gave its name to both the country of Portugal and the country's most famous export- Port wine.

To truly experience port wine in all of its glory, you need to head to the city of Porto where it all began.

Not only is the wine exceptional, but there are also plenty of opportunities to take part in tasting tours of the local producers' wine cellars.

Enjoy the Rich History of Portugal

Portugal is a country with a rich history, a lot of which is still available to enjoy today in the form of historic sites, architecture and artefacts.

Portugal is home to several world famous monasteries including Fatima. The monastery is home to the ‘chapel of apparitions' where three children saw apparitions of the Virgin Mary.

Today, the site is marked by the Basílica de Fátima, where pilgrims come on the 13th of every month to honor the Virgin and her young visionaries, especially in May and October, when the apparitions originally began and ended.

Other historic sites that attract tourists include Belem Tower, Bussaco Battlefield, Castelo Dos Mouros and the Pena National Palace.

Relax on The Many Beaches of Portugal

If the sightseeing, dining and other activities ever gets too much, Portugal has an abundance of golden sandy beaches across the country that visitors and residents can enjoy. Whether they are immense stretches of sand as far as the eye can see, or little coves sheltered by rocks, each beach has its own dazzling and surprising beauty.

Portugal's temperature is warm all year round meaning that the many beaches can be enjoyed near enough all year round.

Along the West Coast of Portugal, the biggest waves can be found which is why Portugal is a popular destination for surfers, jet skiers and other fans of high octane water sports.

Experience Events and Festivals in Portugal

To truly immerse yourself in the rich culture of Portugal, you need to attend one of the country's many events and festivals that take place each year.

There are festivals and events across the country promoting art, film, food, religion, dance, literature and much more.

In January, the Algarve plays host to the Festa Das Chouricas (smoked Pork Festival). The festival is in honour of the Patron Saint of animals- St Luis.

This is one of the country's oldest and most famous festivals and is a must for any foodie.

World Class Golf in Portugal

Portugal is amongst the most popular destinations in the world for golf. There are some ninety courses throughout the country, of which 57 are 18-hole and 9 are 27-hole, with a range of layouts and major golfing challenges recognised by the most experienced golf professionals.

Some of the most sought after courses in the world are situated in the Algarve, Porto and Lisbon, making Portugal the perfect holiday destination or country to retire to for avid golfers.

New and Featured Properties

Silver Coast

*** Featured ***
Foz do Arelho
Modern detached villa located in the sought after beach town of Foz do Arelho. In a condominium of just 4 villas with swimming pool. The beach is a short walk away and Lisbon and the airport are a 45 minute drive. This is a great price for a property in this location. Ref:AV2103

187m² 3 4 Communal
235,000

Silver Coast

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Bombarral
Single storey villa, private plot 10 minutes from Obidos, 45 minutes from Lisbon, swimming pool, covered parking, solar panels, en suite, utility room, 3 bathrooms, outdoor dining area, traditional style, construction has started. Ref:AV2102

246m² 3 3 Private
350,000

Central Algarve

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Sao Bras de Alportel
Private 3 bedroom villa with independent self contained apartment. In a low maintenance plot with lovely country views, just a few minutes from the popular town of Sao Bras de Alportel. Good outdoor space with swimming pool and workshop. Ref:RV5458

227m² 4 3 Private
475,000

Central Algarve

*** New ***
Estoi
Private and peaceful setting, good views, lots of character, close to amenities, electric gates and plenty of parking, 1 bedroom annexe, paddock area, well presented, renovated farmhouse, large store rooms, large country kitchen with log burner. Ref:RV5448

5 4 Private
449,500

Central Algarve

*** New ***
Santa Barbara de Nexe
Low maintenance contemporary villa close to all amenities. Fully renovated and ready to move in to. Beautifully presented with 4 en suite bedrooms, large open plan living room and a fully landscaped garden with mature trees and private swimming pool. Ref:RV5449

4 3 Private
635,000

Silver Coast

*** New ***
Bombarral
Private plot for sale. Located near Bombarral and only 45 minutes from Lisbon and the international airport. The plot is south facing with delightful views of the surrounding countryside. Approval to build a 3 bedroom villa with swimming pool. Ref:AP264

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65,000

Lisbon

*** New ***
Cascais
Plot of land, countryside location, popular area of Birre in Lisbon, close to golf courses, 1000 metres from the sea, approved project for modern detached villa with swimming pool, close to amenities, good investment opportunity. Ref:API361

1,100,000

Western Algarve

*** New ***
Lagos
Build your own luxury villa. Large south facing plot, Palmares 5 star golf resort, building project can be altered to match your needs and requirements. Renowned architect Mario Martins. Superb setting and location. Ref:GP613

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1,320,000

Silver Coast

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Nadadouro
Plot with approval to build, stunning views of the lagoon and very close to the highly sought after village of Foz do Arelho. You can also buy the property with the build included and finished for 720,000, see property reference AV2094. A 45 minute drive from Lisbon. Ref:AP263

250,000

Silver Coast

*** New ***
Nadadouro
Plot with stunning views of Obidos lagoon. there is approval to build a 4 bedroom 4 bathroom contemporary villa with a private swimming pool and garage. Option to buy the plot with finished villa for 790,000, see property reference AV2093. Plot size is 2,000 square metres. Ref:AP262

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300,000

Western Algarve

*** New ***
Praia da Luz
200 metres from Burgau beach. Fantastic opportunity to build your own dream holiday home, four plots of land available, all south facing, overlooking the sea, quiet setting, prime location, 1 hour to Faro airport, various sizes to choose from. Ref:GP062

540,000

Silver Coast

*** New ***
Foz do Arelho
Prime investment opportunity, magnificent countryside views, located between Foz do Arelho and Caldas da Rainha, large enough to build four villas, less than 1 hour to Lisbon and the airport, a short drive to the beach and all amenities. Ref:AP261

160,000