Historic Sites in Portugal

Historic Sites in Portugal, Europe

Portugal Historic Sites

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  • Padrão
    Caldas da Rainha, Portugal8 contributions
    A very nice Monastery to check out!
    The architecture is very interesting and it looks like Hogwarts school.
    There are 2 floors, which have a few rooms to check out.
    Written February 8, 2024
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  • david1892
    Tullamore, Ireland390 contributions
    Lovely castle on the top of the hill. Line for tickets was not long as it was Feb. But I would buy tickets online if visiting in summer months. Very open once in the groujds.Plenty of room for all. There a plenty of places to get photos and views of the city. You can also have a drink or coffee up there. Castle was never meant to be a royal residence. You can get the 738 bus straight to the castle and back if you don't want to walk up the hill. Stay on the bus until the last stop.
    Written February 5, 2024
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  • Tommo
    Melbourne, Australia50,313 contributions
    Castelo dos Mouros known as Moorish Castle is located in an elevated position in the Sintra Hills and has fantastic views around Sintra. One can see the Palace of Pena, Sintra town centre and the ocean.

    Its probably one of the top attractions to visit in Sintra.

    This castle is a fortification founded in the 10th century when the Moors occupied the Iberian Peninsula.

    The walls meander all around the property.
    Written February 6, 2024
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  • JaCob5
    York, UK125 contributions
    One of the best 12 euros ever spent visiting a 'sight'. Just amazing. Interesting history and glorious architecture. In awe at the flooring and domed ceiling. The Arab room takes your breath away. Don't miss this.
    Written February 14, 2024
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  • John B
    Cambridgeshire, UK827 contributions
    For an older person the climb up to the Cathedral can be quite daunting. We did not count the steps but there were a lot. It was well worth the effort though. The Cathedral is not immediately striking but from the area outside there are great views over the city and the river. Venturing inside (for a very small fee) a very different picture meets the eye. The Cathedral is ostentatiously decorative. The ceramics on the walls around the cloistered area are impressive, the abundant decoration inside just overwhelming. Back outside we discovered there is a much easier access from the main street.
    Written February 8, 2024
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  • MIchkoM
    Nice, France136 contributions
    One of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen. A real must when visiting Porto. The entrance ticket includes the museum next store
    Written January 18, 2024
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  • WanderLSP
    Charlotte, NC452 contributions
    The architecture and stonework are amazing. I liked the unfinished chapel the best. The tombs were pretty cool too.
    Written November 20, 2023
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  • James S
    Toronto, Canada616 contributions
    The National Palace of Sintra (Palacio de Sintra) also known as the Town Palace (Palacio da Villa) to distinguish it from the National Palace of Pena the town’s other Palace is located in Sintra a small mountain top town a short distance from Lisbon.

    The Palace was in use by the Portuguese Royal families almost continually for 400 years from its initial construction commencing in the 15th Century until the 19th Century. It was used primarily as a hunting retreat and also as a summer residence to allow a respite from the heat and potential diseases in Lisbon.

    These days it as one of two palaces in the mountain town of Sintra is a major tourist attraction and was designated a UNESCO Heritage site in 1995.

    As we were part of an organized group tour, admission was included and there was a minimal wait to enter. Normal admission runs about 18 Euros. Entrance is controlled to ensure that the place is not overcrowded and that there is sufficient time and distance between groups.

    Our group was given head sets to listen to our guide (English and Portuguese) but we knew from an earlier tour that they weren’t reliable and to be honest not even needed. Staying close to the guide we could easily hear her as she spoke into her microphone. Besides most rooms and artifacts have signage describing what they were in Portuguese and English.

    The tour follows a rambling route through various halls, throne rooms, courtyards, kitchens, bedrooms, and even a privy. There is ample time to fully exam the ornate furniture and painted ceilings and even glance out of the numerous windows to view the gardens, the town, and the surrounding countryside.

    As the tour does include numerous narrow staircases both going up and down it may not be appropriate for those that are mobility challenged.

    Once one exits the Palace take some time to explore the Historic Centre of Sintra. Buy some fresh roasted chess nuts from the vendors in the square of visit one of the many cafes that line its sides.

    As noted, we visited as part of a group tour and there are several options that can be arranged in Lisbon. Alternatively, one can easily reach Sintra from Lisbon by train of which there are several a day and then use a taxi or local bus to reach the palace from the station. It is possible to visit the Palace and some of the other attractions in a single day, however if one wants to take their time and visit both Palaces as well as some of the other attractions an overnight visit is suggested. Again, there are plenty of local accommodations available.
    Written January 24, 2024
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  • K2356RFSue
    Preston, UK86 contributions
    A lovely old town area with a stunning cathedral. All within easy walking distance of shopping, trains and a bus station. Ideally situated to explore other areas very easily and cheaply.
    Written January 9, 2024
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  • Mark C
    Edmond, OK80 contributions
    Just amazing….like a smaller Versailles. The rooms are beautiful as are the gardens. Takes a couple of hours to walk the whole thing. Well worth your time.
    Written November 9, 2023
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  • Quill2005
    Ocala, FL228 contributions
    A magnificent and massive edifice, the palace-convent complex of Mafra is a must visit and easily reached by car with a day tour. An added bonus: no large crowds of tourists. History, art, religion, and architecture are all represented in splendor at Mafra Palace. Baroque and Neoclassical in design, Mafra Palace is impressive both from the outside and inside. The Rococo library is also something to behold, containing over 30,000 volumes, and is protected by bats! So if you can make it out to Mafra, go for it, you won’t be disappointed.
    Written January 5, 2024
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  • dan j
    Port Coquitlam, Canada732 contributions
    The Panteao Nacional is located directly behind the Monastery S. Vincente De Fora. It is an impressive building with a beautiful interior. It is worth a visit and there are bus routes and tram #28 passes nearby.
    Written November 8, 2023
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  • liverpool1023
    London, UK886 contributions
    The small, unassuming entrance is deceptive it opens into a sizeable cathedral and cloisters. The big draw is access to the cathedral roof, this provides a great view across the Roman temple and the plains that surround the city.
    Written February 11, 2024
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  • Quill2005
    Ocala, FL228 contributions
    A fascinating and important visit awaits you at this historic Lisbon monastery. It was here that the famed St. Anthony of Padua (or, ‘of Lisbon’) nurtured his religious vocation. For a modest entry fee you will see ecclesiastical artifacts, an impressive architectural edifice, wonderful tile work, and the crypt of the Portuguese royal family. Give yourself at least an hour-and-a-half to tour the place, it’s well worth the visit. The monastery is easily accessible by taxi, tuk tuk, and tram. There are steps to climb to enter it as well as to reach the top which has among the best views of Lisbon. An added plus: it’s not heavily crowded with tourists. Verdict: one of the must-see sites in Lisbon, a definite 5 stars.
    Written January 5, 2024
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  • Poorpete
    Lisbon, Portugal51 contributions
    A collection of miniatures of buildings from the North to the South of Portugal. Also with the representation of Portugal's presence in the world. Some impressive craftsmanship and a document of classical Portuguese architecture and culture. Kids have great fun going in and out of mini buildings and feeling like a Gulliver.
    Written November 14, 2021
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