Historic sites in Portugal

If you’re looking to explore Historic Sites in Portugal and the surrounding area then you can explore our interactive map above or navigate further by using the links below.

There’s a fantastic selection of  Historic Sites in Portugal and you can plan some great things to see on your trips by browsing our selection. Once you’ve explored the  Historic Sites in Portugal you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan out your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook.

Our database of historic sites is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other  Historic Sites in Portugal, you can always add them to Trip Historic now by visiting our upload page.
 

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Ajuda National Palace

Ajuda National Palace was once the official residence of the Portuguese royal family.

Ajuda National Palace (Palacio Nacional da Ajuda) was the official residence of the Portuguese royal family from the reign of King Louis I (circa 1861) until 1910, when Portugal became a republic. A neoclassical building with a lavish interior, Ajuda National Palace was built from 1802 after the devastating earthquake... Read More

Albufeira Municipal Archaeological Museum

The Albufeira Municipal Archaeological Museum exhibits a collection of artefacts relating to the history of the area.

The Albufeira Municipal Archaeological Museum (Museu Municipal de Arqueologia de Albufeira) exhibits a small collection of artefacts relating to the history of the area dating from the prehistoric to the Roman, the Moorish up to the seventeenth century.... Read More

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Batalha Monastery

Batalha Monastery is a stunning Gothic creation originally built to celebrate a famous military victory.

Batalha Monastery is a stunningly ornate Gothic creation dating mostly to the reign of King Joao I. This king began building Batalha Monastery - the full name of which is Mosteiro Santa Maria da Vitória - in thanks to the Virgin Mary for victory at the battle of Aljubarrota in... Read More

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Belem Tower

Belem Tower is an imposing UNESCO-listed medieval tower on the bank of the River Tagus in Lisbon.

Belem Tower (Torre de Belem) is an imposing medieval defensive tower on the bank of the River Tagus in Lisbon and a symbol of the Age of Discovery. Built between 1514 and 1520, Belem Tower is sometimes known as The Tower of St Vincent as its construction celebrated the expedition... Read More

Bussaco Battlefield

Bussaco Battlefield was the site of a victory by Wellington during the Peninsular War.

Bussaco Battlefield in Portugal was the site of a British-Portuguese victory against the French during the Peninsular War. The Battle of Bussaco took place on 27 September 1810 and the allies were led by the Duke of Wellington. Visitors can see the headquarters of the French Marshal André Masséna and also... Read More

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Carmo Convent

Carmo Convent is a part-ruined medieval convent in Lisbon now used as an archaeological museum.

Carmo Convent (Convento do Carmo) is a part-ruined medieval convent in Lisbon now used as an archaeological museum. Built in 1389, Carmo Convent was the work of Nuno Ãlvares Pereira, an important figure in Portuguese military history - including in the victory at the Battle of Aljubarrota - turned member of... Read More

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Castelo de Almourol

The Castle of Almourol is a medieval castle built by the Knights Templar on an islet in the Tagus River.

Almourol Castle was built in the 12th century, on an islet in the middle of the Tagus River, as part of the defensive line held by the Knights Templar during the Portuguese Reconquista. Although the site of Almourol Castle had been used as a fortification since at least Roman times the... Read More

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Castelo dos Mouros

Castelo dos Mouros is a picturesque ruined castle with a history dating back to the eighth century.

Castelo dos Mouros (Castle of the Moors) is a picturesque ruined castle overlooking Sintra in Portugal. Believed to have originally been built by the Moors in around the eighth century - hence the name - Castelo dos Mouros was attacked several times until it was finally taken by King Afonso... Read More

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Cerro da Vila

Cerro da Vila is an Ancient Roman site housing the remains of a second or third century villa complex.

Cerro da Vila is an Ancient Roman site housing the remains of a second or third century villa complex including baths and mosaics. Whilst mainly a Roman site, it is thought that Cerro da Vila was inhabited until the eleventh century. As such, the museum at Cerro da Vila exhibits not... Read More

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Citania de Briteiros

Citania de Briteiros is a Portuguese archaeological site containing the ruins of an ancient settlement.

Citania de Briteiros is a Portuguese archaeological site containing the ruins of an ancient settlement. In fact, dating back to the second century BC, Citania de Briteiros was home to a people known as part of the castro culture, named as such because the high areas on which they settled... Read More

Conimbriga

Conimbriga is probably Portugal’s best-preserved Ancient Roman archaeological site.

Conimbriga is probably Portugal’s best-preserved Ancient Roman archaeological site, although it has a history stretching back to the Iron Age. In fact, while the Romans arrived at Conimbriga in the late first century BC, the settlement had been inhabited since the ninth century BC. Whilst almost certainly not the biggest of... Read More

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Convent of the Capuchos

The Convent of the Capuchos is an historical convent in the mountains of Sintra.

The Convent of the Capuchos, also called the Convent of the Frairs Minor Capuchin, is a 16th century convent which is characterized by its extremely humble infrastructures. It is part of the Sintra Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site. Built in the 16th century in an isolated area of Sintra, the convent... Read More

Faro Archaeological Museum

Faro Archaeological Museum has a collection of artefacts including prehistoric, Roman, Moorish and medieval pieces.

Faro Archaeological Museum, also known as the Municipal Museum or Museu Municipal de Faro, has a collection of artefacts ranging from the prehistoric to the medieval including the Moorish. Most of the collection at the Faro Archaeological Museum is Roman and includes tombstones, mosaics and other pieces found in the... Read More

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Faro Cathedral

Faro Cathedral was first built sometime after the area reverted from Muslim to Christian rule in 1249.

Faro Cathedral or "Se" was first built atop the site of a Roman forum turned mosque sometime after the area reverted from Muslim to Christian rule in 1249. Since then, Faro Cathedral has suffered damage and destruction both in the form of attacks and natural disasters, such as the devastating... Read More

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Fortaleza de Sagres

Fortaleza de Sagres is closely connected with one of Portugal’s most famous figures, Prince Henry the Navigator.

Fortaleza de Sagres (Fortress of Sagres) is closely connected with the history of one of Portugal’s most famous figures, Infante D. Henrique or Prince Henry the Navigator. It was Henry who built Fortaleza de Sagres in the fifteenth century as well as his famous nearby school of navigators. In the... Read More

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Jeronimos Monastery

The Jeronimos Monastery is an iconic sixteenth century monastery in Lisbon.

The Jeronimos Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jeronimos), also known as the Monastery of the Hieronymites, is an iconic sixteenth century monastery in Lisbon. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site together with the nearby Tower of Belem, the Jeronimos Monastery is one of the great symbols of a period known as... Read More

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Lisbon Cathedral

Lisbon Cathedral is one of the city’s oldest structures.

Lisbon Cathedral (Se de Lisboa) is one of the city’s oldest structures. Built in the mid-twelfth century, Lisbon Cathedral was constructed after Christian crusaders led by King Afonso Henriques had retaken the city from the Moors. Originally built in a Romanesque style, Lisbon Cathedral has since undergone a series... Read More

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Lisbon Maritime Museum

The Lisbon Maritime Museum has an interesting collection of historical naval displays and artefacts.

The Lisbon Maritime Museum (Museu da Marinha) has an interesting collection of historical naval displays and artefacts. From eighteenth century royal ceremonial barges to an adornment from the ship of famed Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, the 17,000 pieces of the Lisbon Maritime Museum offer an insight into Portugal’s impressive... Read More

Lisbon National Archaeology Museum

The Lisbon National Archaeology Museum contains a range of artefacts, from the prehistoric to the Medieval.

The Lisbon National Archaeology Museum (Museu Nacional de Arqueologia) contains a range of artefacts, from the prehistoric to the Visigoth, the Roman to the Medieval. Some of the highlights of the Lisbon National Archaeology Museum are its Roman mosaics and its Egyptian antiquities. It’s worth noting that the stunning... Read More

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Lisbon National Pantheon

The Lisbon National Pantheon is a pretty domed church and the burial site of many of Portugal’s most prominent figures.

The Lisbon National Pantheon (Panteao Nacional) is a pretty domed church and the burial site of many of Portugal’s most prominent figures, ranging from Presidents of the Republic to artists. Whilst a sixteenth century church was previously located on this site, the current building of the Lisbon National Pantheon... Read More

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Lisbon Roman Theatre Museum

The Lisbon Roman Theatre Museum exhibits finds from the excavations of Lisbon’s first century AD Roman Theatre.

The Lisbon Roman Theatre Museum (Museu do Teatro Romano) encloses the ancient theatre of Lisbon as well as exhibits and finds from the excavations of city’s first century AD Roman Theatre. Whilst not very large, the Lisbon Roman Theatre Museum is modern and bright. The main attractions are the remains of... Read More

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Mirobriga

Mirobriga was once a thriving Roman town, the ruins of which can now be seen in Portugal.

Mirobriga was once a thriving Roman town, the ruins of which can now be seen in Portugal. Believed to date back to the first century AD, the remains of Mirobriga are quite extensive, well preserved and include a forum and the country’s only surviving Hippodrome - once the site of fierce... Read More

Paderne Castle

Paderne Castle was a Moorish stronghold later taken by the forces of King Afonso III.

Paderne Castle (Castelo de Paderne) was originally built as a Moorish stronghold during the period of the Almohad dynasty. While Paderne Castle dates back to the eleventh and twelfth centuries, the site on which it was constructed has a history which may stretch as far back as Roman times. In... Read More

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Pena National Palace

The Pena National Palace is a picturesque romanticist palace in Portugal, set among 500 acres of beautifully maintained parkland and gardens.

The Pena National Palace is one of the most expressive specimens of 19th century romanticism in the world. This whimsical multi-coloured creation, sitting high on a peak among swirling mists, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sintra's Cultural Landscape. Although the site of Pena had been in use... Read More

Pousada Convento Vila Vicosa

Pousada Convento Vila Vicosa is a 16th century convent turned hotel.

The Convento do Chagas de Cristo was built in the 16th century by the fourth Duke of Braganza adjacent to his marble-clad Ducal Palace in Vila Vicosa. Today this historic and beautiful building has been restored and houses a hotel. ... Read More

Roman Ruins of Milreu

The Roman Ruins of Milreu are an important Portuguese archaeological site in the Algarve.

The Roman Ruins of Milreu (Ruinas Romanas de Milreu) are an important Portuguese archaeological site in the Algarve housing remains dating from the first to the sixth centuries AD. A luxurious manor house turned thriving farm in the third century, the Roman Ruins of Milreu are quite extensive and include... Read More

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Roman Ruins of Troia

The ruins of the ancient Troia in Portugal contain the remains of an important Roman trading centre known for its production of the popular Roman fish-based sauce Garum.

The ruins of the Roman settlement of Troia in Portugal contain the remains of an important trading centre that grew into a small residential settlement. Probably built in the first half of the 1st century AD, Troia was known for its production and trade in the popular Roman fish-based sauce Garum... Read More

Roman Temple of Evora

The Roman Temple of Evora was an impressive Roman monument and is now a pretty ruin.

The Roman Temple of Evora was an impressive Roman monument which dates back to the second - maybe even the first - century AD and is now a pretty ruin. Often known as the Temple of Diana (Templo de Diana), The Roman Temple of Evora has been attributed to this... Read More

Sao Cucufate Roman Villa

Sao Cucufate Roman Villa is a two-storey ruin in Portugal dating mostly to the fourth century AD.

Sao Cucufate Roman Villa, also known as Villa Aulica, in Portugal dates back as far as the first century AD, although most of what can be seen there today dates to the fourth century. At this time, the Sao Cucufate Roman Villa may have operated as a farmhouse. The name "Sao... Read More

Silves Archaeological Museum

Silves Archaeological Museum offers an insight into the history of Silves and its surrounding area.

Silves Archaeological Museum (Museu Municipal de Arqueologia de Silves) offers an insight into the history of Silves and its surrounding area, with a collection spanning from prehistory to the seventeenth century. This collection is divided into four main sections, namely the prehistoric, Roman, Moorish and the Portuguese periods. The... Read More

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Silves Castle

Silves Castle is an imposing Moorish stronghold.

Silves Castle (Castelo de Silves) is an imposing Moorish stronghold which defended this once thriving Moorish settlement in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Following the re-conquest by Christian forces in 1242, Silves Castle was altered and renovated, this work continuing throughout the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Today, Silves Castle... Read More

Silves Cathedral

Silves Cathedral is a gothic structure dating back to the thirteenth century.

Silves Cathedral (Se Catedral de Silves) was founded under the rule of Afonso III. Although Silves had been a bishopric since 1189, following the Christian conquest from the Moors, Silves Cathedral was only built in the thirteenth century. Over the next few centuries, Silves Cathedral would become the seat... Read More

St George’s Castle

St George’s Castle in Lisbon is a medieval castle which once served as a royal palace.

St George’s Castle (Castelo de Sao Jorge) in Lisbon is a medieval citadel resting high atop one of the city’s highest hills overlooking the Tagus River. Historical research has shown that the hill on which St George’s Castle sits was inhabited as early as the sixth century BC, with the first... Read More

Vimeiro Monument

The Vimeiro Monument commemorates the Battle of Vimeiro of 1808 during the Peninsular War.

The Vimeiro Monument is an obelisk in the town of Vimeiro in Portugal which commemorates the Battle of Vimeiro, fought between British-Portuguese forces under the (future) Duke of Wellington and French forces. This battle took place on 21 August 1808, just days after the Battle of Roliça in which the... Read More