Exploring Portugal: 14 Stunning Sights

The westernmost country of mainland Europe, Portugal is the continent’s oldest nation-state, having maintained the same borders since 1139. A country as old as it is, Portugal is rich in history and culture, in addition to stunning natural attractions. From buildings decorated in 17th-century tilework to vibrant blue oceans to a 100-year-old urban elevator, this coastal country offers both urban gems and a taste of paradise.

We’ve collected 14 images from across Trover that capture Portugal’s wonderful essence.

1. The Bica Funicular in Lisbon

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#SweetSpot Photo Sweepstakes Winner

Savor this sweet find centuries in the making! Jim Gillespie’s delectable discovery from Lisbon is a regional treat concocted in the 18th century by an order of Catholic monks. This enlightening egg pastry is also the winning entry of the #SweetSpot Photo Sweepstakes! Congratulations to Jim who snagged the $1500 Expedia travel prize!

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Jim Gillespie’s winning #SweetSpot discovery from Lisbon, Portugal.

This bite-sized treat and historic tidbit originated in local monasteries as a secret recipe passed down through the ages. Jim describes the pastel de nata from Pastéis de Belém as “the most famous and the best in Portugal.” Save room to sate your sweet tooth, but be sure to pack your patience. “The pastry shop/cafe is always busy and the line to get seated or order to-go is always long… I tried the pastel de nata from other shops in Lisbon, but, Pastéis de Belém is truly unique and the best.” Sounds like this treat is worth the wait! Thank you, Jim, for sharing this delightful #SweetSpot and travel tip. Check out Jim’s other discoveries and follow him on Trover to get the dish on his next travel find. Congrats, Jim!

Explore the full #SweetSpot collection to get a taste of travel and to thank your fellow Trovers! Thank you to everyone who shared your #SweetSpot! Your picture-perfect gelato petals, fabulous French toast, splurge-worthy fine dining, and colorful candy kebabs left us wide-eyed and drooling. Keep sharing your mouthwatering discoveries and culinary hot spots!

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Portugal: You Can’t Miss These Top 7 Sights

Imagine old world cathedrals, historical university towns, sun splashed beaches and lush islands: this is Portugal. Once an undiscovered place that was not on travel lists for most tourists, Portugal is now a top destination for Trovers and travelers from all over the world. Discover all the charm and warmth of this beautiful, varied country for yourself.

1. Lisbon

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Photo by Joao Santana.

2. Algarve

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Photo by Fen.

3. Sintra

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Photo by Sara W.

4. Porto

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Photo by I’m Out of the Office.

5. Coimbra

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Photo by Joao Santana.

6. Funchal, Madeira

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Photo by Ana Patrascu.

7. Évora

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Photo by Fen.

Looking for more inspiration? Find out more about Lisbon and Portugal here and here. And why not swing by Trover.com and find more like-minded folks with travel tips and photos? Come on over and say Hello!

Get On Island Time

Islands live in our dreams and myths. They represent a place to leave your worries, cares, and in some cases, your whole identity behind. We here at Trover have ventured into the seven seas to find you the most beautiful islands to visit and find out the real meaning of island time.

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

With sugar sand beaches in Grace Bay and craggy Chalk Sound, there are endless opportunities to snorkel, scuba, sail, and paddle board on this exceptionally beautiful island.

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Photo by Rebecca Pattee.

Maui, Hawaii

In addition to some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world, you can play hide and seek in a bamboo forest or drive the road to Hana with towns that still run on old fashioned Hawaiian time.

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Photo by Waterlogged Travels.

Roatán, Honduras

This tropical paradise offers diving in the second largest coral reef in the world along with land adventures such as horseback riding on the beach.

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Photo by Krassi Hristova.

Santorini, Greece

The iconic images of Santorini’s white washed houses set on cliffs high above volcanic ash beaches promise relaxation. Wander the beaches, stroll through charming Greek villages, and learn about the history of Greece through archeology sites..

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Photo by Joey Tristan.

Ko Tao, Thailand

Less developed than Ko Samui, Ko Tao is popular with 20-something backpackers.

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Photo by Serendipity Tess.

Madeira, Portugal

Hike above the clouds in the morning on one of the many great hiking trails and enjoy a glass of the sweet wine in the afternoon.

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Photo by Phototravel360.

Bali, Indonesia

Pristine beaches, amazing scuba diving, and a rich cultural heritage make Bali a fantastic island to explore.

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Photo by Jewelzee.

Mauritius

This luxury travel destination was once home to the humble Dodo bird, now extinct.

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Photo by Christy Woodrow.

Bora Bora

Part of French Polynesia, this beautiful island with flourishing coral reefs and beautiful beaches also offers world class French cuisine.

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Photo by Herbert Nikus.

Fernando di Noronha, Brazil

A UNESCO World Heritage site due to its unique environment, this island located 220 miles off of the coast of Brazil offers amazing flora and fauna to a select few.

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Photo by Claudia Macambira.

Looking for more castaway destinations? Take a look here. Find more amazing destinations on Trover.com.

Get Lost! Remote Islands

Travel to some of the world’s most remote islands to get away from it all and switch your clock to island time. There are still islands in the world where very few people live and even fewer travelers get a chance to visit. Trovers from around the world have trekked far and wide to find some of the most remote and romantic islands for your next trip. Here are 5 places that are off the map:

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Put on your flippers and find amazing snorkeling in coral reefs close to the pristine beaches.

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Coxen Hole, Roatan, Honduras

Snorkel and scuba in the morning and zip line in the afternoon.

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Ko Tao, Thailand

The famous turtles of this island will keep you company on white sand beaches.

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Madeira, Portugal

Pour yourself a glass of the famous wine and enjoy sweet days on this sunny island.

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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Find a hammock and pretend no one will ever find you at this beautiful island in the Pacific.

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Azores Islands, Portugal

Located in 800 miles east of Portugal, the Azores showcase the best of natural beauty.

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We have many more beautiful beaches for your hammock in our Gorgeous Beaches list. Even more remote and romantic destinations at Trover.com.