9 Places to Visit in Portugal During Easter
Got some free days during Easter and do not know where to go, what to see, what are the best places, which are the best prices and do you feel lost with so many information in internet? In this article, we have compiled the 9 essential places to visit in Portugal over Easter. In a simple and short list, we indicate you some tips that can, and should, follow if you want to visit and explore our country.
One of the most beautiful cities in our country, it’s famous by the production of fine port wine. The heart of Port is a pedestrian zone, known as Ribeira, near the Douro River, where you can find a lot of restaurants, cafes, handicrat vendors, and live music. The most beautiful part of this scene is the connection between the two shores made by the one and only Bridge Dom Luis. In the other side of Porto, you will find the famous port wine cellars, that are located in Gaia.
Portugal’s capital and the largest city in our country, is known by the oldest district, Alfama. Here you have a lot of opportunities to get in touch with our customs. You must visit the Lisbon oceanarium, the calouste gulbenkian fundation museum, S. Jorge castel, Viewpoint of Graça, Nacional Museum of the Tile and many, many more.
Almost everybody knows the Algarve and that isn’t a surprise. It is one of the most wanted destinations when it comes the summer due it’s sunny mediterranean and fantastic beaches known all over the Europe. Never forgetting that it is cheaper than south of Spain.
Situated by the Mondego River, in the center of Portugal, it’s known by being the students city, where borned the first university in the story of Portugal. If you are going to Coimbra, do not forget to visit the Joanina Library, one of the most beautiful libraries around the world. Nevertheless, remind that this is one of the most historical cities in our country, so you will be surrounded by historic attractions all over the places.
Ain’t nobody got time to visit Aveiro? You should think twice! It isn’t randomly that is known by being the “Venice of Portugal”. Many sightseeings of Aveiro include the São Gonçalinho Chapel, Convento de Jesus and the Aveiro Cathedral. And the most iconic about Aveiro are the boats in the small river called “Ria”.
Composed of 9 islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the archipelago of the Azores is well known by the whale-watching tours and has one of the highest mountains in Portugal, Pico Island.
Between Portugal and North Africa, Madeira is known by being the Floating Garden of the Atlantic. If you’re going to Madeira, these are the first to places you must go: The Laurissilva Forest and the Orchid Garden. The capital is Funchal where you will be able to get in touch with historical churches and some of the best restaurants.
In the center region of Portugal, it is encircled by an old fortified wall as you can see in the image bellow. Besides the wall that cover the city, you can walk through the medieval castle located on a hilltop. Besides being a medieval castle it is now luxurious hotel.
If you are moving to Braga you should consider taking a look on this places: “Bom Jesus do Monte” is the most impressive religious sanctuary in Portugal. Sé, also known as cathedral, goes back to 1070, when it started to be building. Oldest Episcopal Palace, the former archbishop’s palace. You can also visit the Museum of “Biscainhos” set in the Palace of Biscainhos, that goes back to the 16th century. It displays Roman relics and domestic artifacts.