Looking for your next travel destination? Here are 30 Portugal Photos to convince you that this South European country will blow you away with beaches, palaces, medieval villages, vibrant cities... History + Nature! And don't miss the video that will take you on a tour: Visit Portugal!
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Visit Portugal - the Video
Before you can discover 30 stunning photos of Portugal, have a look at this video retracing my road trip around Portugal and showing you all the wonders, you could be exploring:
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Let's have a look at those 30 photos that will give you ideas about what to do in Portugal.
1 - Pena Palace - Portugal Photos
The Pena Palace is definitively the most magical of the palaces in Sintra. Located on top of the highest hill, its vibrant colors and shapes contrast with the peaceful surrounding forest.
What to see more photos? Head to the Pena Palace article
2 - Magoito Beach
On the Atlantic coast, not far from Lisbon, the cliffs of Magoito beach are very impressive from the viewpoints as well as from the beach. And can you spot Cabo da Roca (the westernmost point in of Mainland Europe) in the distance?
What to see more photos? Head to the Magoito Beach article
3 - Walking on fortified walls at Obidos
Obidos is a Charming medieval village North of Lisbon. One of the great things to do there, is walk all around on the fortifications. Amazing views!
What to see more photos? Head to the Obidos article
4 - Driving in the countryside...
Just driving in the countryside.... so charming!
5 - Castle of the Moors
Ready for some steps? Hiking the fortifications of the medieval castle of the Moors in Sintra offers magnificent views of the valley, hills and palaces.
What to see more photos? Head to the Castle of the Moors article
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6 - Miam... Egg tarts
Portugal is really good at dessert making (not as much as France, lol French girl speaking but really good). And I love egg tarts so much!
7 - Ponta da Piedade
One of the highlights of the Algarve region in South Portugal is the promontory Ponta da Piedade with arches, sea stacks and dramatic views of cliffs.
What to see more photos? Head to the Ponta da Piedade article
8 - Porto
Largest city in the North, Porto has a lot of character. There are so many great views of this charming city, it is difficult to tell you which one is the best! Have a look at my article comparing the 2 main cities: Porto vs Lisbon
9 - Sunsets
10 - Portugal in Photos - Bussaco Palace
Palaces and parks, they seem to be everywhere and all more beautiful than the others. Here the Bussaco palace not far from Coimbra in Central Portugal. In its magnificent park, you can find "fountain stairs" that look magical!
11 - Falesia Beach
One of the most extraordinary beaches in Portugal, Falesia is so colorful, you wonder if this is real. And the best part is that there is a promontory offering unobstructed views of the whole beach.
What to see more photos? Head to the Falesia Beach article
12 - Bom Jesus
Bom Jesus, in North Portugal, might be the most famous church in Portugal. Its staircase if quite a unique sight with great perspectives.
Plenty of pictures of the sanctuary and its zigzag staircase in my article dedicated to Bom Jesus do Monte Braga
13 - Alcobaça Monastery
Portugal is also the land of monasteries. And they all seem magnificent. This one is Alcobaça with the town main square at the front.
14 - Tres Irmaos beach
Exploring Tres Irmaos is quite fun, from one cove to another until you reach the double arch. But don't visit at high tide, you might get stuck!
What to see more photos? Head to the Tres Irmaos beach article
15 - Stairs everywhere!
I have no idea how many steps I have climbed up and down in Portugal. They seem to be everywhere: in the monasteries, in the old buildings in Porto and Lisbon, to reach the beaches...
16 - Penada Geres National Park
At the northern border with Spain, Penada Geres is a National Park with its own way of life.
17 - Batalha Monastery
Batalha is one of the most famous monasteries in Portugal. Home of the unfinished chapels and a great example of Manueline style.
What to see more photos? Head to the Batalha Monastery article
18 - Monsanto
The funniest place I visited in Portugal. The houses in Monsanto have been built around (and sometimes under) the huge boulders on the side of a hill. Don't miss exploring it!
What to see more photos? Head to the Monsato article
19 - Jeronimos Monastery
One of the Unesco sites in Lisbon, discovering the main cloister at the Jeronimos Monastery is worth the queue.
20 - Marvao
Another medieval village on top of a hill. But they all have their own atmosphere. This one is located in the heart of a nature park and offers fantastic views of the surrounding mountains.
What to see more photos? Head to the Marvao article
21 - What to do in Portugal - Marinha Beach
Perhaps the most famous beach in Portugal, Marinha is a long beach with many natural sights created by erosion. Some news sites have listed it as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
What to see more photos? Head to the Marinha Beach article
22 - Zezere Glacial Valley
The highest mountains in Mainland Portugal are in Serra de Estrela. The region also offers beautiful glacial valleys such as the Zezere one near Manteigas.
23 - Monsaraz
White houses and a fort: Monsaraz protected Portugal at the border with Spain with its unique vantage point. Views from the castle are magnificent with the great lake spreading under you.
What to see more photos? Head to the Monsaraz article
24 - Aveiro
Some say Aveiro is the Venice of Portugal. Well not really... But it does have waterways inside the city and traditional boats used to transport the salt.
25 - Porto Covo
The coastal section of the Alentejo region has some unique beaches. Porto Covo has a succession of coves with dark cliffs and turquoise water. I could have stayed hours sitting on the benches there.
26 - Lisbon View from the castle
With its many hills, Lisbon has many fantastic viewpoints called Miradouro
27 - Sea caves in the Algarve
The Algarve coast is full of wonders. One of the best ways to see it, is from a boat. Boat tours from Benagil beach will take you to see 30 sea caves including the famous Benagil cave and its dome-shape.
What to see more photos? Head to the Algarve Caves Boat tour article
28 - Azulejos
Typical of Portugal, the Azulejos blue tiles are everywhere. But they are particularly present in the Sao Vicente Monastery in Lisbon. They even have some with the fables from La Fontaine
29 - Douro Valley
No tour of Portugal is complete without exploring the famous Douro valley where they grow the grapes to make Port Wine. Best seen in Autumn when the harvest takes place.
30 - Port Wine
And then, you can just enjoy it...
Want to know more about Portugal? Check out Claudia and Jorge's 30 interesting facts about Portugal.
Plan your Portugal itinerary
Inspired to start planning your itinerary around Portugal? Have a look at the travel guides by ZigZag On Earth:
And you can also check out my suggested itineraries for Portugal to help you plan your trip.
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