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Portugal City Breaks



Portugal's capital is a fascinating city, filled with grand buildings, a maze of narrow streets, excellent bars and restaurants, historic sites and modern attractions. Spend time soaking up the atmosphere in the city's oldest quarter, Alfama, before discovering all about contemporary culture at the Centro de Arte Moderna, home to thousands of modern works of art.

Find time to visit Castelo de São Jorge, a Moorish castle dating back to the middle of the 11th century, and spend an evening unwinding in the Bairro Alto district, known for its excellent choice of restaurants and parties that run late into the night.



The coastal city of Porto is the country's second-largest urban centre, and a wonderful destination if you're looking at city breaks in Portugal. Start your visit in the Ribeira district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to a collection of attractive houses, shops, bars and restaurants.

Take a cruise along the Rio Douro and find time to explore the city's cultural hotspots, including the National Museum Soares dos Reis and Museu Serralves. The former is home to a great collection of paintings and sculptures, while the latter focuses on contemporary art.  

Spending time relaxing in waterfront restaurants and cafés is a must when you're visiting Porto, and you'll find plenty of excellent choices dotted right across the city.



The city of Coimbra stood as the country's medieval capital for more than one hundred years and remains a historically important destination. It is home to one of the world's first universities, founded towards the end of the 13th century, an institution that continues to play a major role in the life of the city.

Step inside the Church of São Tiago and find time to take a look at the historic Santa Cruz Monastery. You could also try and organise an outing to Conimbriga, a national monument that contains the best-preserved Roman ruins in Portugal.

Explore the narrow streets and beautiful churches of the Old Town, as well as the vibrant modern centre with its many bars and restaurants filled with students and young people. Time your visit to coincide with the annual Queima das Fitas festival in May to enjoy plenty of high jinks and live music.