Portugal is a small country at an area level, but full of history, traditions and culture. That's why it's hard to visit Portugal in just one visit, each region has countless monuments and even more stories to tell.

To make your visit to our country easier, we leave you some monuments that you really have to know, according to each region, of mainland Portugal.

Note that the values presented are merely indicative and collected on the date of writing of the article (April 2022).

Portuguese Monuments - North

Monument Where is it
Curiosities Average Entry Price (Adult)
Clérigos Tower + Museum


Tower with 75m (246ft) high, 6 floors and 240 steps 6€ (day ticket)
Cathedral Sé of Porto Porto One of the oldest monuments in the city of Porto – 1110 (beginning of construction)

Cathedral: Free entry

Museum + Cloister: 3€

Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary Braga

Bom Jesus Elevator was the first funicular built in the Iberian Peninsula

573 steps to the Sanctuary

Free entry
Sanctuary of Senhora da Guia Esposende, Braga It is located on top of a 150m (492ft) mountain and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean Free entry
Arnoia Castle Celorico de Basto, Braga Located on top of a stone massif Free entry
Stock Exchange Palace Porto Classified as a world heritage site by UNESCO 10€ (includes guided tour)
Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios Lamego, Viseu 686 steps to reach the Sanctuary Free entry
Guimarães Castle Guimarães According to legend, the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, was born here

Castle: 2€

Palace of the Dukes: 5€

Castle + Palace of the Dukes: 6€


Portuguese Monuments - Center

Monument Where it is Curiosities Average Entry Price (Adult)
Sanctuary of Fatima


There is a piece of the Berlin wall in Fatima

Sanctuary: Free entry

Museum: 7.50€

Óbidos Castle Óbidos The village was a royal wedding gift from D. Afonso II to his wife Urraca

Free entry (except during festivals)

Pena National Palace Sintra

Considered one of the seven wonders of Portugal, it was the 1st romantic palace in Europe

Park: 7.5€

Park+ Palace: 14€

Sintra National Palace Sintra Oldest palace in Portugal 9.5€
Queluz National Palace Queluz, Sintra Despite being much smaller, it is known as “Portuguese Versailles” 10€ (visit to the palace and gardens)
Batalha Monastery Leiria It was built by King João I, as a way of thanking the Virgin Mary for the victory in the Battle of Aljubarrota, against the Castilians.

Monastery: 6€

Alcobaça Monastery+ Batalha Monastery + Convent of Christ:15€ (valid 7 days)

Convent of Christ Tomar, Santarém One of the buildings with the most cloisters in the world

Convent: 6€

Convent+ Alcobaça Monastery+ Batalha Monastery: 15€

Belém Tower Lisboa Built to avoid pirate attacks, due to the wealth of products that arrived in Lisbon on boats from India


Closed on mondays

Mafra Convent Mafra, Lisboa It contains a library with more than 40.000 copies and there is also a hospital and a pharmacy


Closed on mondays

Jerónimos Monastery Lisboa

Inside we can see the tomb of Vasco da Gama

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO

Church: Free entry

Cloister: 10€

Cloister+ Tower: 12€

Cloister+ Tower+ Museum: 16€

Monserrate Palace São Martinho, Sintra Park with over 3000 exotic plant species Park+ Palace: 8€


Portuguese Monuments - South

Monument Where it is Curiosities Average Entry Price (Adult)
Ducal Palace Vila Viçosa

Terreiro do Paço, Vila Viçosa

It was the permanent residence of the first family of the national nobility

Ducal Palace: 8€

Castle: 5€

Evoramonte Castle Evoramonte, Estremoz Here took place the meeting of the generals who, on May 26, 1834, put an end to the civil war in Portugal

Castle: 2€

Free entry: Sunday and holidays until 02:00pm

Marvão Castle Santa Maria de Marvão, Alentejo

It is located at an altitude of 843m (2766ft), allowing you to observe the border with Spain and develop a point of national defense

Castle: Free entry

Marvão Museum: 2.50€

Chapel of Bones Évora It is said that in the 16th century there were many cemeteries and to save space, the Franciscans extracted the bones and built a chapel decorated with them

Chapel of Bones+ Museum+ Nativity Scene Collection: 5€

San Francisco Church: Free entry
Cathedral of Évora Évora Considered the largest medieval portuguese cathedral and the cathedral terrace is the highest point in the city

Cathedral+ Cloister: 2.50€

Cathedral+ Cloister+ Panoramic View: 3.50€

Cathedral+ Museum: 4€

Full visit:  4.5€

Roman Temple of Évora Évora

It was considered a world heritage site by UNESCO

Greatest example of Roman religious art in Portugal

Free entry
Monsaraz Castle Monsaraz, Évora From the castle it is possible to see the water mirror of the Alqueva Dam, the largest artificial lake in Europe Free entry
Mértola Castle Mértola, Beja Built in 1292, it is an enclosure with a military structure in a dominant position over the population

Castle: Free entry

Nucleus of the Menagem Tower+ Islamic Art Center Nucleus: 2€ each

Beja Castle Beja The Menagem tower at the castle of Beja is considered by some to be the tallest military tower in the country Free entry
Fortress of Sagres Sagres, Algarve It used to control maritime navigation and its construction is due to Infante D. Henrique 3€

We emphasize that you will not be able to visit all the emblematic monuments of the country in a short time, as you would have to travel the country from one end to the other. However, whichever region you choose to start in, you can be sure you won't regret it. And the best, you will always have reasons to come back!