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

Historic Sites in Central Portugal

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

Museums in Central Portugal

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

Hidden gems in Central Portugal

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

Kid-friendly things to do in Central Portugal

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

Shopping in Central Portugal

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Gift & Specialty Shop
A Outra Face da Lua Lisbon
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Garrafeira Nacional Lisbon
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Ana Salazar Lisbon
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Civic Center
Centro Cultural de Belem - CCB Belem
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Walking tour
Concrete Jungles Walking Tours Lisbon
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Historical Tour
Lisbon with Pats Lisbon
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
Shopping Tour
Diversity Tours Lisbon
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
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Food Tour
Yellow Cab TT Tours Lisbon
4.9
Duration: 2 hours