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Listen to fado music

Dive into Portuguese culture with an evening out listening to traditional fado music. Fado can be heard in the dimly lit bars of Lisbon’s Bairro Alto and Alfama districts, the taverns of Porto or the student venues of Coimbra.

Aquashow Park

A day of fun in the sun at a waterpark – what more could you want? The Aquashow Park is home to plenty of exciting pools, slides and rides for everyone, including the River Slide – the largest water rollercoaster in Europe!

Castle-spotting in Sintra

History, adventure and striking architecture can be found in the charming town of Sintra. An easy day trip from Lisbon, you can roam around the gothic Regaleira Palace and colourful Pena Palace before exploring the Moorish castle ruins with panoramic hilltop views.

Beach day at Praia da Marinha

Recognised as one of Europe’s most beautiful beaches by the Michelin Guide, this stretch of sand should be on your beach bucket list. Perfect snorkelling conditions and surrounding caves that are fantastic to visit on a boat trip. Trust us, you can’t beat Praia da Marinha.

Discover the caves of the Algarve

Set off on a sunny boat trip and discover the amazing caves on the Algarve coast. If you’re feeling adventurous, opt for the kayak trips where you’re in control. For those who simply want to sit back and enjoy the views – group boat tours are available.

Douro Valley

One of the world’s oldest wine regions and a UNESCO world heritage site, Douro Valley is the place to go for sampling port, gorgeous scenery and exploring the Douro Museum.

  • What events can I go to in Portugal?

    Carnival (February) – Carnival usually begins on the last Friday before Lent and is a time where you can find incredible parades all across the country, with colourful costumes and amazing performances.

    Soul in the Algarve (May) – An amazing celebration where soul fans from across the globe come together for a week of live music and parties in Alvor.

    Lisbon Book Fair (May-June) – Bookworms unite! Lisbon Book Fair is one of the oldest cultural festivals in the capital and is a truly unbeatable experience for those who love to read.

    Portuguese Gastronomy Week (June) – Head to Lagoa in Portuguese Gastronomy Week to truly discover the incredible tastes, textures and creativity that the national cuisine has to offer.

    Festival Med (June) – The top music festival in the Algarve that takes place near the end of June, where you can take your pick from over 50 artists to see and party non-stop!

    FATACIL (August) – If you want to discover the culture of the Algarve then add this festival to your list. FATACIL celebrates the Algarve’s history and culture by hosting parties, events and exhibitions by local artists in Lagoa.

    Festival F (September) – Another popular festival which features big names from a variety of music genres. Hosted in Faro, this is another festival that you won’t want to miss.

  • Where’s the best nightlife in Portugal?

    From relaxing evening drinks to partying all night long, there are plenty of nightlife hotspots across Portugal to suit everyone.

    In the Algarve, Lagos and Albufeira are the top resorts to go to for incredible party scenes. Head to the harbours for a choice of bouncing bars and clubs – some of our favourites include Steps Bar in Albufeira Old Town for dancing ‘til late and MJ’s Bar in Lagos that does a top-notch happy hour.

    Over in Lisbon, Barrio Alto is a maze of narrow cobbled streets that buzz once the sun sets. Bar hop your way around the neighbourhood or find your favourite spot and dance all night. One thing we love about Lisbon is the rooftop bars – check out Noobai Café for a special-occasion sangria with a great view, or Park Bar (located on the top floor of a car park) for funky DJ sets and drinks whilst watching the sunset over the city.

  • What's the food like in Portugal?

    You might be familiar with the famous piri-piri spices from Portugal, but their food is so much more than tasty chicken. Expect hearty and fresh dishes that are filled with flavour. Some of our favourite staple Portuguese foods include fresh local seafood (cod and sardines are popular picks), cheese and olives, cured meats like ‘chourico’ (spicy sausage) and for something sweet, you can’t miss out on a delicious ‘pastel de nata’ – the sweet egg custard style pastry.

    If you’re wondering what to wash a Portuguese meal down with, then go for the light and crisp vino verde or sip on strong but sweet port.