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Things to do

Lisbon

THINGS TO TASTE

Bifana - A simple, but very popular sandwich of thinly sliced pork that's been slowly cooked in white wine, garlic, and spices. A great lunch on the go!

Caldo Verde - Often called Portugal's national dish, this is a green soup featuring kale and sausage.

PLACES TO SEE

Castelo de S. Jorge - Historic castle on top of Lisbon's highest hill, with a beautiful view of the city. castelodesaojorge.pt/en/

Lx Factory - Industrial warehouse area turned funky hotspot. Features art, bars, cafes, and tattoo shops. lxfactory.com/en/homepage-en/

Carmo Archaeological Museum - Ruins and museum featuring artefacts from as early as 2500 BC. www.museuarqueologicodocarmo.pt/info_en.html

Museu Nacional do Azulejo - Museum showcasing the history and design of famous Portuguese ceramic blue and white tiles. www.museudoazulejo.pt


Pavilhão Chinês - A popular cocktail bar that looks like it's situated on a set for the Antiques Road Show. Is it a bar or museum? Both! www.facebook.com/pavilhaochines/


National Museum of Ancient Art - Collection of painting, sculpture, goldware, furniture, textiles, ceramics, and prints. Works by Gonclaves, Bosch, Raphael and more. museudearteantiga.pt/

Mosteiro dos Jeronimos - Beautiful monastery. Buy tickets in advance. Note that the line normally takes a while, even with advance ticket purchase. www.mosteirojeronimos.pt

Cascais

THINGS TO TASTE

Seafood - Right on the water, this town is known for its seafood.

PLACES TO SEE

Beaches - As a coastal town with beautiful beaches, it's the perfect spot to take a load off and relax on the sand.

Walking Districts - Take a stroll around some of the city districts. Old Town, the Museum District, or the Art District.

Casino Estoril - This is the casino where Ian Fleming got the idea for James Bond and the setting for the novel Casino Royale.

Óbidos

THINGS TO TASTE

Ginja de Obidos - A shot of cherry liqueur served in a chocolate cup. This is available from stalls as you walk around the streets.

Pastel de nata - A custard tart pastry. Cafe Nata Lisboa sells delicious ones!

PLACES TO SEE

Get lost in time as you explore this mediaeval walled city. There's no shortage of cafes, restaurants, and shops, above which a castle sits.

You can walk on/around the entire wall of the city, but be careful! There are no safety guards or railings. And it was built in the 1300s, so footing can be a bit precarious.

Bussaco

PLACES TO SEE

A beautiful castle with carmelite convent surrounded by forested grounds.

Wear comfortable shoes and go for a hike. The forest features over 400 native species of plants and 300 varieties brought in by Portuguese explorers.

There is a small café outside of the castle.

If you're looking for something more fancy, you can have lunch inside the castle at Mesa Real Restaurant for around 40 euros. Call in advance to make a booking. www.almeidahotels.pt/en/hotel-bussaco-in-coimbra/restaurants/mesa-real-restaurant/

Averio

THINGS TO TASTE

Ovos Moles de Aveiro - A local pastry delicacy

PLACES TO SEE

Oficina do Doce - You can attend a workshop on how to make the famous local Ovos Moles pastry. oficinadodoce.com/


Moliceiro Boat Ride - Aveiro is considered the Venice of Portugal. Take a boat ride down the Ria de Averio.

Museu de Averio - The museum that is a convent and a treasure trove. The chapel captivates with intricate wooden carving and gold detailing. www.cm-aveiro.pt/visitantes/museus-de-aveiro/museu-de-aveiro-santa-joana?fbclid=IwAR0nGhshcx0ArEXPzD1RoC3p71hbLs1hVhU-wWJMLMFcvNZVSe7IDhJo8F8

Rent a Bicycle - Averio is quite flat, so you can see the sights on 2 wheels.

Salty Baths - If you need to recover after the wedding, this is a relaxing way to do so. Take a dip in mineral-packed salty mud at Piscina e Spa Cale do Oiro. The salt spa location rotates, with Marinha da Noeirinha being the current location.salinasaveiro.com/banhos-salgados/

Porto

THINGS TO TASTE

Francesinha - A decadent Portuguese sandwich featuring wet-cured ham, linguiça, fresh sausage and roast meat, covered with melted cheese and a hot, thick spiced tomato and beer sauce. Some places offer a vegetarian version. A great way to carb load before exploring the city!

Port Wine - Named after Porto! There are many cellars around that offer this local, sweet, fortified wine.

PLACES TO SEE

Ribeira - This part of Porto is a UNESCO world heritage area. Picturesque cafes, bars, and restaurants line the river.

Sao Bento Railway Station - Covered in Portuguese blue & white tiles.

Livraria Lello - Dubbed the most beautiful bookstore in the world. It's said to have inspired the creation of Hogwarts. Timed ticket entry is required. www.livrarialello.pt/en/home

Palacio da Bolsa - A popular palace that can only be visited by guided tour. Must book language specific visit in advance. www.palaciodabolsa.com

Churches - There are lots of churches with beautiful architecture, such as Porto Cathedral (www.diocese-porto.pt/pt/catedral-do-porto/), Igreja de São Francisco (www.visitportugal.com/en/content/igreja-de-sao-francisco-porto), Capela das Almas (www.diocese-porto.pt/pt/) 
and the Church of Santa Clara (santaclaraporto.pt/)

Duro Valley - If city cellars weren't enough for you, you can take a half or full day winery tour where Port is made.