Even if you’re a Kindle addict, stop in to Livraria Lello to see its opulent interiors—carved wood, gilded pillars, ornamented ceilings, and a red staircase—lit by a stained-glass skylight. Its multilingual book collection includes English translations of Portuguese literary lions Fernando Pessoa and José Saramago.
Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
This train station’s exterior brings to mind 19th-century Parisian architecture; its mansard roof and stone façade are particularly appealing. The walls are covered with a mosaic of 20,000 tin-glazed ceramic tiles that took 11 years for artist Jorge Colaço to complete.
Café tables spill out onto a wide pedestrian promenade at this lively waterfront pier, which is also home to many seafood restaurants. Don Tonho is a restaurant housed in a 16th-century residence with vaulted ceilings and a secret passageway that dates from the time of the Inquisition. Dishes such as tripe and codfish gratin are as traditional as the setting.
Pritzker Prize–winning Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza designed this art museum, which resides on the same grounds as the Serralves Villa—an Art Deco masterpiece that’s open to visitors. Contemporary collections by Portuguese and global artists change every three months.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.