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Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
Place: Belém
Photo: Belém
Photo: Belém

The land that is now Portugal has been inhabited for thousands of years and its national boundaries have been defined for eight centuries. This long history is reflected in a particular culture that is the result of the mixture of the many peoples who settled here and those that the Portuguese encountered on their journeys of Discovery.

It is found in the villages and towns, in the monuments and traditions, which bring together influences that the Portuguese have applied creatively. And the omnipresent sea has also shaped our personality and taken us beyond the continent of Europe, enabling us to learn and share with the rest of the world.

Manueline art, tiles and fado are unique expressions and genuine symbols of the Portuguese, but also a contribution to World Heritage. There are 18 such classifications by UNESCO in Portugal, including monuments, landscapes and intangible heritage.

By choosing a region, an itinerary or a specific theme, you can discover a unique heritage and different landscapes, all within a short distance, which still retain the authenticity of local customs. Moreover your tour will be complemented to perfection by the traditional cuisine and the customary hospitality in rural accommodation.


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Praça do Giraldo, Évora
Place: Praça do Giraldo
Photo: Turismo do Alentejo
Évora, World Heritage Site
Évora, a book of Portuguese art history.The best way to see the city is on foot, walking through its narrow streets lined with white houses, discovering along the way the monuments and details that (...)

Schist house
Photo: Turismo Centro de Portugal
Schist villages
Hidden between mountain slopes of leafy vegetation, the schist villages are one of our best kept secrets, but one that their pleasant, friendly inhabitants enjoy helping to reveal. In this magical (...)

Bordalo II
Place: Covilhã
Photo: Wool / Bordalo II
Street Art in Portugal
Fleeting, irreverent and unexpected. Stret art surprises visitors to Portugal. We are often surprised by drawings on the streets, on billboards, on façades and large walls. These are true open-air (...)

Cante Alentejano
Photo: Turismo do Alentejo
The "Cante Alentejano" (Alentejo Song)
Portugal has, in its cultural heritage, a very genuine musical expression, unique in the world, the "Cante Alentejano" (Alentejo Song), now recognised as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by (...)

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