www.visitportugal.com

Short breaks

Cascais
Place: Cascais
Photo: Cascais
Photo: Cascais

There’s always a good reason for a short break, whether it’s to find some sunshine, because you have a few days off or because you like to explore new places.

If you have a few days to spare, Lisbon or Porto are worth a visit. It’s a short hop from anywhere in Europe and the cities are easy to visit, with many sights, good food and lots of entertainment. And the fact that both are located by a river gives them a special atmosphere, particularly in the mild climate of autumn or spring, when the light takes on amazing hues.

 From Portas do Sol,Lisboa ©Turismo de Lisboa
From Portas do Sol,Lisboa ©Turismo de Lisboa

Even if you only have a short time in Portugal, it's easy to travel to other places to learn more about the history and heritage of the Portuguese or to take a walk in nature and simply feel the clean air of the protected areas.

Porto_gurl515
Porto © gurl515

For anyone who is in Porto, the cities of Braga and Guimarães (the latter a World Heritage Site), Gerês National Park, Arouca Geopark and the River Douro are options worth considering. Yet if you’re in Lisbon, the World Heritage Site of Sintra, the Estoril Coast, and the natural parks of the River Tagus and the River Sado estuaries are all close by. Alongside the Sado, there’s also the Arrábida Natural Park and the towns of Palmela, Sesimbra and Setúbal, which offer a beautiful outlook over the sea. A little further south, but only an hour drive, Évora is another World Heritage Site. So, too, are the Monasteries of Alcobaça and Batalha, north of the capital, shortly after the mediaeval walled town of Óbidos.

https://www.visitportugal.com/sites/www.visitportugal.com/files/mediateca/Douro-Valley--by-Porto-Conv.jpg
Douro Valley ©Porto Convention & Visitors Bureau

These are just a few suggestions for accessible places to spend a different kind of day out and learn a little more about Portuguese culture and landscapes.


Search
Advanced search


Vale do Douro
Place: Douro
Photo: António Sá
The Douro Valley
The Douro Valley could as easily be called the enchanted valley, such is the beauty and magic that its landscapes offer.Departing from Porto, where the river flows into the sea and where the Douro (...)

Inverno_Belém
Photo: RR_TdP
Winter Sun
Winter in Portugal is a very pleasant season, with plenty of sunshine up and down the country and temperatures rarely falling below 10ºC. With an average of more than 300 sunny days a year, winter (...)

Torre de Belém
Place: Belém
Photo: Turismo de Portugal
Lisbon for all the family
Lisbon is a perfect city in which to spend a few days with the children. It's welcoming and safe, with a mild climate and easy to explore on foot, besides having numerous activities designed (...)

Basílica da Estrela
Place: Lisboa
Photo: João Paulo
Lisbon in a day
You can see the key points in the Portuguese capital in one day – museums, monuments and views that are an eyeful.Start with a view from the top. From the walls of the São Jorge Castle, you can take (...)

Pages

Advanced search
Planning See your selected contents and create your own Plan or Brochure
Forgotten your password?
Login using social networks
*Please wait *The password recovery instructions will be sent to your e-mail. *E-mail not sent. Try again.
Login using social networks

This site uses cookies to enhance the browsing experience and does not keep data on the identification of users.
You can disable this feature in your browser settings. To learn more, see the Terms of Use

close