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 ***
Sao Martinho do Porto
Splendid spacious 3 bedroom villa located 5 minutes from the beach in Salir do Porto, near Sao Martinho do Porto. Tastefully decorated, it has a bright and modern accommodation including 3 bathrooms, office, pantry and built in barbecue. Ref:AV1944

210m² 3 3
270,000

Silver Coast

*** Featured ***
Foz do Arelho
Superb 5 bedroom villa with breath-taking views over Obidos lagoon, situated 5 minutes from the beach in the stunning location of Foz do Arelho with private heated swimming pool and garage space for 2/3 cars, set in mature gardens. Lisbon is a 45 minute drive. Ref:AV1943

763m² 5 5 Private
1,450,000

Central Algarve

*** Featured ***
Quinta Do Lago
Two bedroom townhouse in Quinta do Lago with superb frontline golf views. Probably the best location within this golf front condominium which has superb facilities. This is an ideal property as a lock up and leave holiday home with benefit of rental income if required. Ref:MV20512

2 2 Communal
375,000

Central Algarve

*** New ***
Loule
Desirable immaculate 4 bedroom penthouse apartment in a prestigious location in the heart of Loule with stunning views over the town and distant sea views.This spacious property comprises large private hallway, bright and airy open-plan lounge/dining room, 3 bathrooms, ample terraces. Ref:MA21743

4 3 none
320,000

Silver Coast

*** New ***
Sao Martinho do Porto
Charming, well presented 3 bedroom townhouse with stunning views over the village and countryside located in the quaint seaside village Sao Martinho do Porto, close to the beach and all amenities. The property has spacious living accommodation, garage for 2 cars and landscaped gardens. Ref:AV1932

3 3
220,000

Silver Coast

*** New ***
Foz do Arelho
Modern villa with good views in a small condominium of only 5 houses and with a communal swimming pool. Sat overlooking the village of Foz de Arelho with bars, restaurants, cafes within a 2 minute walk. Located very close to the stunning beach. Ref:AV1316

3 3 Communal
210,000

Silver Coast

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Cadaval
Large, unique plot of land,480 square metres, with potential to build a traditional 3 bedroom villa with private pool and basement for garage/storage, the plot has amazing views and is also south facing. The plot is close to the town and all amenities and only 40 minutes from the airport. Ref:AP241

32,500

Silver Coast

*** New ***
Cadaval
Exclusive plot of land, 3200 square metres, with potential for one or two dwellings can be sold as a part plot or whole plot. Ideally situated 5 minutes from Serra do Montejunto, 20 minutes from Obidos with spectacular panoramic views over the countryside and mountains.Ref:AP243

99,000

Central Algarve

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Loule
A beautiful spacious south facing detached 3 bedroom villa located just a 5 minute drive from both Loule and Almancil and only a 10 minute drive from Faro airport. Set in a private hill top location with swimming pool and sea views. Ref:JV10289

3 3 Private
515,000

Silver Coast

*** New ***
Sao Martinho do Porto
Amazing detached new 3 bedroom villa to be built in a quiet location set in the countryside, close to Sao Martinho do Porto, the beach and all amenities, with extensive terraces and option to construct a private swimming pool. Ref:AV1915

3 3 Private
252,000

Silver Coast

*** New ***
Sao Martinho do Porto
Superb detached new 3 bedroom villa to be built in a quiet location set in the countryside, close to Sao Martinho do Porto, the beach and all amenities, with extensive terraces and option to for a private swimming pool. Ref:AV1914

3 3 Private
246,000

Lisbon

*** New ***
Lisbon
Character 3 bedroom house in a fabulous location in Lisbon. Set over 2 floors, this quaint house is fully furnished and has 3 bathrooms and all bedrooms have fitted wardrobes. The property is welcoming and has traditional decor. Ref:AVM102

3 3
570,000