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Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
Place: Belém
Photo: Belém
Photo: Belém

The land that is now Portugal has been inhabited for thousands of years and its national boundaries have been defined for eight centuries. This long history is reflected in a particular culture that is the result of the mixture of the many peoples who settled here and those that the Portuguese encountered on their journeys of Discovery.

It is found in the villages and towns, in the monuments and traditions, which bring together influences that the Portuguese have applied creatively. And the omnipresent sea has also shaped our personality and taken us beyond the continent of Europe, enabling us to learn and share with the rest of the world.

Torre de Belém_©ATL
Torre de Belém ©Turismo de Lisboa

Manueline art, tiles and fado are unique expressions and genuine symbols of the Portuguese, but also a contribution to World Heritage. There are 22 such classifications by UNESCO in Portugal, including monuments, landscapes and intangible heritage.

Azulejos_Palácio Pereira Forjaz ©António Sacchetti
Azulejos_Palácio Pereira Forjaz ©António Sacchetti

By choosing a region, an itinerary or a specific theme, you can discover a unique heritage and different landscapes, all within a short distance, which still retain the authenticity of local customs. Moreover your tour will be complemented to perfection by the traditional cuisine and the customary hospitality in rural accommodation.


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Fátima - Igreja da Santíssima Trindade
Place: Fátima
Photo: CM Ourém - Gabinete de Comunicação
The Fátima Ways
There are various means of transport connecting Fátima to the rest of the country, but many people prefer to walk, guided by their faith, in fulfilment of pledges, in search of spirituality or simply (...)

Portrait Amália Rodrigues
Fado, music of the world and world heritage
A shawl, a Portuguese guitar, a voice and heartfelt emotion. This simple image could describe Fado, a recognised symbol of Portugal, and a music of the world that is genuinely Portuguese.At its heart (...)

Mosteiro da Batalha
Place: Batalha
Photo: IGESPAR/ Luís Pavão
In the Heart of Portugal
Come and discover the “heart of Portugal” - following routes that we’ve prepared for you. Over the centuries, this zone - the cradle of Portuguese identity – has served as a vital cultural crossroads (...)

Santuário de Nossa Senhora da Abadia
Place: Amares
Photo: Moisés Soares - Munícipio de Amares
Marian Shrine Route
Venerated in various ways over time, the Virgin Mary, Mother of God, is a constant presence in Catholic religious expressions in Portugal. Visit some of the temples dedicated to her to discover the (...)

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