The Machado de Castro National Museum is one of the largest and most important fine arts museums in Portugal. Installed in the building of the former Bishop’s Palace of Coimbra, the museum is part of the area listed as World Heritage in 2013! The Machado de Castro National Museum’s collection includes notable examples of sculpture, painting, and decorative arts. In fact, the museum was named after Joaquim Machado de Castro, one of the most prominent Portuguese sculptors of the 18th century!
The Royal Hunting Park of Mafra was founded by King João V in 1747, following the construction of the Palace-Convent of Mafra. With almost 1200 hectares, the Royal Hunting Park of Mafra served as a hunting and leisure place for Portuguese royalty. In 1910, the site was renamed the National Hunting Park of Mafra and was used for hunting. Nowadays, it’s focused on ecotourism and adventure tourism, promoting races, hiking and mountain biking tracks, carriage and electric car rides, and much more!
The Sanctuary of Penha is a Marian shrine located on Penha Mountain, the highest point in Guimarães. Designed by the architect José Marques da Silva, it was built between 1930 and 1947. Nowadays, the Sanctuary of Penha is considered one of the most emblematic works in Guimarães. But this “sacred place” on Penha Mountain is much more than a Catholic temple. In reality, it’s made up of chapels, caves, statues, fountains, boulders, viewpoints, gardens, parks, and many other structures!
The National Archaeology Museum is the largest and most important archaeology museum in Portugal. Situated in the city of Lisbon, it’s the perfect place to visit on a Belém itinerary! The collection of the National Archaeology Museum has thousands of archaeological artifacts and historical pieces of the most diverse types. Among them, Egyptian antiquities, Roman mosaics, and granite statues stand out, as well as examples of archaic jewelry and Latin epigraphy!
Torres Vedras is a city and municipality in the Lisbon district, located 50 km from the Portuguese capital. This means that this Torres Vedras itinerary is the ideal choice for a day trip from Lisbon or the perfect stop on a road trip through the Oeste sub-region! Torres Vedras has an impressive historical, artistic and cultural past. And, in this Torres Vedras itinerary, you’ll have the opportunity to prove it in monuments such as the Castle of Torres Vedras or Saint Peter’s Church!
The Stock Exchange Palace (in Portuguese, Palácio da Bolsa) is one of the most famous monuments in the city of Porto, receiving the visit of hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. In addition, as it’s located in the historic center of Porto, it has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1996! Intended to serve as the headquarters of the Commercial Association of Porto, the Stock Exchange Palace began to be built in 1842, on the site of the former Convent of Saint Francis!
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!