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Have you been to these places in Portugal?

The oldest country, there is a lot to see

Officially called the Portuguese Republic, Portugal has a profound impact all over the globe for its impeccable architecture. And that is something that you will get to see in abundance in the country. Historically, Portugal is the oldest continuously existing nation-state on the Iberian Peninsula and the most flocked tourist destination. From architecture to art, music, dance to theatre, the country is a rich mix bag. Here is a list of places you must visit in Portugal on your next travel plan.

Lisbon

Portugal’s capital and largest city, Lisbon is a vibrant windy city with shops, eateries, and magnificent architecture alleys that will leave you spellbound. The city is also famous for its Gothic cathedrals, bridges, and the ever colorful neighborhoods from where you will hear the traditional fado music flowing. Lisbon is also one of the world’s oldest cities, a reflection of which can be seen in the districts of Belém, known for its royal palaces, gardens, and historic monuments. Go visit the Jeronimos Monastery, the oldest district of Alfama, which is an old Moorish quarter with cobblestone streets, fado restaurants, and bars. Also visit St George’s Castle, a major tourist attraction defining Portugal’s history. Located near Alfama, it has museums and must observe archaeology

Porto

The second city of Portugal, Porto is famous for its fine production of port wine. The city spread along the hills overlooking the Douro River comes with its own charm of the old-world colourful townscape. Like any other city in Portugal, Porto is also a great example of nature and architecture at its finest. A must-visit is the Ribeira, a place on the river filled with cafes, restaurants, street vendors, and live music. Also must visit is the Porto Bridge. There are guided tours by the Porto Bridge Climb that tells the history of this iconic structure. The participants are tied to harnesses to move along the height safely.

Viana do Castelo

A small city just at the mouth of the Lima River, Viana do Castelo is a scenic spot that will leave you speechless. The city is home to some interesting historical and cultural landmarks. There are various centuries-old churches here making it an important pilgrimage site.

Other places to visit in Portugal are St George’s Castle, Jeronimos Monastery, The Lisbon Oceanarium, Monserrate Palace, Sintra National Palace, News Museum, Evora Cathedral, Madeira, Cais da Ribeira, Roman Temple, Medieval village, Algarve, Monsaraz, Nazare, Peneda-Geres National Park, Braga, Tomar, Guimaraes, Coimbra, Azores, Aveiro, Evora, and Obidos to name a few.

Nirtika Pandita

A follower of Master Oogway, living by his words of Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift, which is why it is called the ‘Present’, I am trying to master the art of now. Keeping that in the center I am combining my professional prowess as a writer and nerves of a gastronaut to conquer the Saha world.
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