View of Lisbon and 25th of April Bridge

View of Lisbon and 25th of April Bridge

photo by Galak76 (wikimedia commons)

Top Places to visit in Portugal

photo by Portuguese_eyes (Flickr Creative Commons)Castelo dos Mouros, Sintra-photo by Portuguese_eyes (Flickr Creative Commons)

We know that Portugal is famous for its beaches, so besides that what are the ten best places to visit for visitors with a motorhome rental or campervan hire?  

These are just a few places which make Portugal so popular.

Porto. The city has some truly beautiful buildings, get lost in the maze of streets and visit Se Porto with its cloisters decorated in amazing handmade Portuguese tiles.  Another popular place on the list is the Ponte Dom Luis, an incredible feat of engineering, the bridge spans a deep gorge and offers great views of the city.  Take time to visit one of the many wineries along the river bank out towards Vila Nova Gaia which specialise in Porto’s famous export Port and have a tour with a tasting session afterwards.

Lisbon.  No visit to Portugal would be complete without a visit to Lisbon.  Take a walk, or tram, to the top of the hill to visit Castleo de Sao Jorge.  The Moorish castle and its grounds offer great views of the city below.  On the way down stop off at the Lisbon Se or 12th century cathedral, it is built like a fortress over the top of a mosque with some of the remains still being visible today.  If you’ve had enough of history then visit the Barrio Alto, the funky end of Lisbon, this is where you’ll find the nightlife, trendy restaurants and bars and some designer boutiques.

Sintra.  Sintra is full of fairytale castles. It all started with the Romans who named the town after Cynthia the goddess of the moon, the Moors later built their own palaces on the hilltops and fountains in the town square.  It was also the summer residence of the Portuguese Royal family and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the Pena Palace is the most famous building.  The castles in Bavaria were modelled on the Pena Palace and Lord Byron also wrote about it, so come and see what all the fuss is about for yourself.

Evora.  One of Portugal's finest towns and home to a large number of UNESCO protected monuments and buildings.  The main square, Praca do Giraldo, is the where executions took place during the Inquisition, however today visitors can sit in one of the cafes and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding buildings.

Obidos.  Another UNESCO site and known as the ‘Wedding Present Town’, Why? Because it was a wedding gift to Queen Isabel in 1282, it’s also because of its beautiful cobbled streets and gothic buildings with flower filled balconies.  Very romantic.

Alcobaca.  Home to Europe's greatest Cistercian temple the Abbey of Santa Maria, built to commemorate the victory against the Moors.

Tomar.  For visitors who enjoy history and heritage this was one of the important homes of the Knights Templar.  Standing on the banks of the Nabao River, the Templar Castle and its Covenant to Christ, another UNSECO site, is one of the countries most significant monuments

Western Algarve.  The wonderful coastline between Lagos and Sagres.  Beautiful beaches with wonderful backdrops and clear waters, these are some really unspoilt beaches.

Marvao.  A fortified medieval mountain top village with panoramic views.  Steep narrow lanes with whitewashed houses lead to the magnificent castle that makes this a very special site.

Braga.  The home of the Bom Jesus sanctuary and many other Baroque monuments, this has been voted one of Portugal’s most beautiful cities.

Whether you choose a motorhome rental or a smaller campervan hire you will have no end of wonderful places to remember on your holiday to Portugal. 

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