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

Lisbon

*** Featured ***
Cascais
Stunning new villa 10 minutes from Cascais, large balcony and terrace, low maintenance garden, air conditioning, 30 minutes from the airport, close to the National Park, 3 parking spaces, open views, high quality finishes, under construction. Ref ASV325E

275m² 3 3 Private
1,050,000

Silver Coast

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Obidos
This modern off plan villa is located in a small village near Obidos. The villa is a single storey detached property and will be built and finished to a high standard. At this stage, the buyer can choose the finishes, including the style of kitchen. Large private swimming pool. Ref:AV2105

200m² 3 3 Private
380,000

Silver Coast

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Bombarral
New single storey villa on a large private plot with 22,000 square metres with vineyard producing red and white grapes and apple orchard. Construction has started, it will have 3 en suite bedrooms, double garage and is just a few minutes from Bombarral and 40 minutes from Lisbon. Ref:AV2091

308m² 3 3
750,000

Lisbon

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Lisbon
Existing building in the sought after Misericordia area, in need of demolishing or to rebuild and create 3 luxury apartments with swimming pool. In the heart of Lisbon, in a popular and attractive residential area, 10 minutes to Lisbon airport. Ref:SAV328

9 3
1,950,000

Silver Coast

*** New ***
Foz do Arelho
Build your own villa. Good countryside elevated location with far reaching views, most sought after location of Foz do Arelho, less than 1 hour from Lisbon airport, close to the beach and lagoon. Two plots available. Good views over the village. Ref:AP268

195,000

Western Algarve

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Lagos
Extensive plot of land, permission for restoration of two existing ruins plus 2 new villas. This is a magnificent location, 2 minutes drive from Lagos, overlooking the beach. An investment opportunity not to be missed. 4km from golf courses, plots can be sold separately. Ref:GP024

none
3,500,000

Western Algarve

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Lagos
Great development and tourist opportunity with seven separate plots that can be sold together or separately. Located close to the marina and beach, in a prime location with pre approval for construction of low rise blocks with parking and swimming pools. Various condominium options. Ref:GP065A

820,000

Lisbon

*** New ***
Cascais
Extensive plot of land, countryside location with sea views, close to the beach, with permission to build a 4 bedroom two storey villa with garden. Ref:ASP141

none
1,450,000

Silver Coast

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Caldas da Rainha
Building plot in the heart of the village of Torre, 10 minutes drive from Caldas da Rainha, close to the Silver Coast beaches, sought after location, possible to build more than one property. Good local amenities within walking distance. Ref:AP267

99,000

Western Algarve

*** New ***
Praia da Luz
Extensive plot of land with rustic villa and ruin, countryside location near the popular town of Praia da Luz, requires some upgrading, good investment opportunity, terraces and patios, close to all amenities, mature fruit trees. Ref:GV650

3 2 none
595,000

Porto

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Amarante
Charming renovated stone villa, elegantly presented, popular town of Amarante, additional plot of land which has building permission, countryside views over the mountains, games room, 45 minutes to Porto, multi car garage, 6 en suite bedrooms. Ref:ASV275

6 8 none
800,000

Western Algarve

*** New ***
Lagos
South facing urban plot, prime location in Lagos, popular, luxury sea front urbanization, permission to build detached villa, panoramic sea views, freehold, 400m from the sea, close to the marina, four separate plots available, constructed to your own requirements. Ref:GP057B

none
500,000