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Central Portugal

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Central Portugal contains some of the most prosperous and densely populated areas in Portugal, as well as thick pine and chestnut forests spread across a series of rugged mountain ranges. Inhabited since well before the Roman occupation of the Iberian Peninsula, this part of the country remains best known for its capital Coimbra, which features a historic Old Town retaining much of its medieval look and feel. Beyond the busy regional capital lies Portugal's tranquil countryside, frequently overlooked by foreign visitors despite its ancient sites and hospitable small towns. Along the region's mountainous border with Spain you can tour a series of age-old castles and fortified villages, once the first line of defense against foreign invaders. Plan your visit to Central Portugal and other destinations in Portugal using our Portugal travel planner.
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Places to visit in Central Portugal

Lisbon Trip planner BEST FOR: Landmark, Aquarium, Religious Site Sintra Trip planner BEST FOR: Castle, Architectural Building, Historic Walking Area Coimbra Trip planner BEST FOR: Historic Site, University / School, Landmark Obidos Trip planner BEST FOR: Landmark, Castle, Church Nazare Trip planner BEST FOR: Beach, Landmark, Lookout

Popular things to do in Central Portugal

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Belém Tower ©
World heritage site
Belém Tower Lisbon
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Aquarium
Lisbon Oceanarium Lisbon
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Religious Site
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos Lisbon
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castle
Castelo de S. Jorge Lisbon
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Central Portugal

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Quinta da Regaleira ©
Castle
Quinta da Regaleira Sintra
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Castle
Park and National Palace of Pena Sintra
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castle
Castelo dos Mouros Sintra
4.5
Duration: 4 hours
Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra) ©
Religious Site
Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra) Coimbra
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Central Portugal

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Museu Calouste Gulbenkian ©
Art Museum
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian Lisbon
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Museu Nacional do Azulejo ©
Art Museum
Museu Nacional do Azulejo Lisbon
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Carmo Archaeological Museum ©
History Museum
Carmo Archaeological Museum Lisbon
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
Museu Colecao Berardo ©
Art Museum
Museu Colecao Berardo Lisbon
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Central Portugal

Miradouro Sao Pedro de Alcantara ©
Garden
Miradouro Sao Pedro de Alcantara Lisbon
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Sintra National Palace ©
Architectural Building
Sintra National Palace Sintra
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
Arco do Triunfo
Monument
Arco do Triunfo Lisbon
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
Vasco da Gama Bridge ©
Bridge
Vasco da Gama Bridge Lisbon
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes

Kid-friendly things to do in Central Portugal

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Jardim Zoologico ©
Zoo
Jardim Zoologico Lisbon
4.3
Duration: 3 hours
Pavilhao do Conhecimento
Science Museum
Pavilhao do Conhecimento Lisbon
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Praia da Nazare ©
Beach
Praia da Nazare Nazare
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Praia do Norte ©
Beach
Praia do Norte Nazare
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Central Portugal

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A Outra Face da Lua ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
A Outra Face da Lua Lisbon
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
Garrafeira Nacional ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Garrafeira Nacional Lisbon
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Ana Salazar ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Ana Salazar Lisbon
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
Centro Cultural de Belem - CCB ©
Civic Center
Centro Cultural de Belem - CCB Belem
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Concrete Jungles Walking Tours ©
Walking tour
Concrete Jungles Walking Tours Lisbon
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Yellow Cab TT Tours ©
Food Tour
Yellow Cab TT Tours Lisbon
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
NaturZ ©
Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
NaturZ Tomar
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
XXI CrossFit ©
Spa / Wellness
XXI CrossFit Lisbon
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min