Did you know that the Braga Cathedral is older than Portugal? Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the religious temple began to be built at the end of the 11th century – long before any other Portuguese cathedral! Although its architecture is primarily Romanesque, you can admire elements in other styles, such as Manueline and Baroque. To the left of the building, there’s the Treasure-Museum of the Braga Cathedral, a museum of sacred art where artifacts and relics from different centuries are exposed!
Arcos de Valdevez is a town and municipality in the Viana do Castelo district, situated about 100 km from Porto. This means that this Arcos de Valdevez itinerary is the ideal choice for a day trip from Porto or the perfect stop on a road trip through the Alto Minho sub-region! The town of Arcos de Valdevez has an impressive historical, artistic and cultural past. Proof of that are monuments such as the Baroque Interpretive Center, the Town Bridge, or the Manor House of Giela!
Alcobaça is a city and municipality in the Leiria district, situated 110 km from Lisbon. This means that this Alcobaça itinerary is the ideal choice for a day trip from the Portuguese capital or the perfect stopover on a road trip through the Oeste subregion! Despite not being as touristy as Nazaré or Óbidos, Alcobaça has an impressive historical, artistic and cultural past. Proof of that are monuments like the Monastery of Alcobaça, the Wine Museum of Acobaça, or the Alcobaça Castle!
The National Palace of Queluz is one of the most important palaces in Portugal, as it served as the residence of three generations of the Portuguese Royal Family. On top of that, it’s the most luxurious Portuguese palace of all, with architectural, landscape, and decorative elements from the Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassicist periods! In addition to dozens of magnificent halls and rooms, the National Palace of Queluz is made up of numerous outdoor patios, lush gardens, and ornamental ponds!
The Monastery of Alcobaça (or the Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Alcobaça) was the first major structure in Gothic architecture to be built in Portugal. The works began in 1178 and were carried out by Cistercian monks. The Monastery of Alcobaça is also the resting place of King Pedro I and Inês de Castro, the protagonists of the most famous (and tragic) Portuguese love story. Located in the Church’s transept, their tombs are true masterpieces of Gothic sculpture!
Do you want to visit the World Heritage in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area? From Lisbon to Sintra, get ready to discover amazing, beautiful, and jaw-dropping sites! The Lisbon Metropolitan Area is a region located in the center-south of Portugal and its capital is the city of Lisbon. In addition, it’s the second most populous region in the country and the fifth largest, encompassing part of the Lisbon and Setúbal districts!
Do you want to visit the World Heritage in the Azores? From Angra do Heroísmo to Pico Island, get ready to discover beautiful, and jaw-dropping sites! The Autonomous Region of the Azores is a region located in the Atlantic Ocean and its capitals are the cities of Ponta Delgada, Angra do Heroísmo, and Horta. In addition, it’s the least populous region in Portugal and the sixth largest, encompassing Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico, Faial, Flores, and Corvo islands!
Do you want to visit the World Heritage in Alentejo? From Évora to Elvas, get ready to discover amazing, beautiful, and jaw-dropping sites! The Alentejo Region or Alentejo is a region located in the center-south of Portugal and its capital is the city of Évora. In addition, it’s the fourth most populous region in the country and the largest, encompassing the Beja and Évora districts, and part of the Santarém and Setúbal districts!
The National Railway Museum is one of the most fascinating museums in Portugal. Located in Entroncamento, it’s the perfect place to visit on a day trip from Lisbon – especially if you travel by train! The collection of the National Railway Museum is made up of around 36,000 objects, including locomotives, carriages, and wagons since the times of the steam engine. In addition, it has two masterpieces of rail transportation in Portugal on display: the Royal Train and the Presidential Train!
The Monastery of Batalha, officially the Monastery of Saint Mary of the Victory, is a Manueline-style monument that was built by King João I. Located in the town of Batalha, in the Leiria district, it was dedicated to the Virgin Mary after the Portuguese victory in the Battle of Aljubarrota! The Monastery of Batalha was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983 and declared one of the “7 Wonders of Portugal” in 2007. In addition, it gained the status of National Pantheon in 2016!