Cities to visit in Portugal

The 3 best Portuguese cities that are worth a visit

Aveiro, Guimarães and Coimbra are the most beautiful and interesting cities to visit in Portugal


There is more to discover in Portugal, besides Lisbon. This country has a rich diverse geographic heritage. From beautiful beaches, to natural parks and fabulous islands. We suggest you explore other beautiful Portuguese cities besides Lisbon and Porto and let yourself be conquered (even more) by this corner of Europe.



Known as the "Portuguese Venice", Aveiro is a charming city in central Portugal that is dominated by the Ria de Aveiro. We advise you to embark on a moliceiro and swim through the estuary channels, discovering this city, with its Art Nouveau houses and the beautiful banks.


Try the delicacies of the region, such as cod and especially the soft-eggs, regional sweet. Also worth visiting is the Vista Alegre Factory, the famous Portuguese porcelain brand. If time allows, go to Costa Nova and get dazzled by the colorful houses by the sea.



GuimarãesCasas típicas Guimarães, Portugal

A typical Guimarães street


The city of Guimarães is also known as the "cradle of Portugal" and was classified as a World Heritage Site in 2001 by UNESCO, for its history and architecture. In this town you can observe medieval arches with traditional 16th century wooden houses and Gothic chapels, as well as the beautiful castle which is a mixture of Romanesque and Baroque styles.


This is one of the ´must´ cities to visit in Portugal with the greatest historical legacy, as the old Roman city was chosen by Dom Afonso Henriques, the first king of the country, as the capital of the Kingdom of Portugal.




Who thinks of Coimbra makes immediate associations with the culture and its intelligentsia. This city, which has inspired so many Portuguese poets and writers, contains an interesting historical legacy and a long tradition of fado serenades. If you like history, visit this city and get to know the ancient ruins of Conímbriga, the Sé Velha and the Church of Santa Cruz.


For those who enjoy nightlife and bohemian life, it is ideal to visit this city during the academic festivities at Queima das Fitas. An activity that revolves around children in the city allows to visit Portugal dos Pequeninos, a place that contains replicas of Portuguese monuments and buildings in miniature.



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