Top attractions in Centro Region
Our most recommended things to do in Centro Region
1. Portugal: Fatima, Aljustrel & Valinhos Trip with Picnic
Discover Fatima, also known as the Altar of the World, on this private tour with a guide. Explore the places where the apparitions of the Angel of Peace took place and see other sacred locations in the town, too. After leaving Lisbon with your guide, head over to Loca do Cabeço where the first and third Apparitions of the Angel of Peace occurred. Then, drop by the Arneiro well, the location of the second apparition in 1916. Proceed to the house of San Francisco and Saint Jacinta and the house of Sister Lucia, both open for pilgrim visits. 1 kilometer from Aljustrel and 2 kilometers from the Sanctuary, you will find the Parish Church of Fatima, where the seers were baptized and integrated into the Christian community. Continue on to Cova de Iria, where the sanctuary's place of prayers and monuments are located. Then, visit the Chapel of the Apparitions, the exact location of the appari...
2. Aveiro: Traditional Moliceiro Boat Tour
Cruise through the city of Aveiro on a 45-minute ride onboard a traditional Moliceiro boat. Start along the Central Canal of the lagoon, the Ria de Aveiro. Traverse the center of the city, from the garden of Rossio to the old building of the Capitania of the Port of Aveiro. Follow another canal that formerly served as a waterway to the Antonio Maria Campos brick factory, where the Aveiro Cultural and Congress Center was established along with other public services. Then, cruise down Canal das Pirâmides (the pyramids canal), which was built at the beginning of the 19th century and stretches from the old fish market to the central canal. During the summer, enjoy a beautiful landscape made up of hundreds of small white pyramids of salt that represent one of the most characteristic features of this region.
Our family enjoyed this activity, our guide was very detailed and funny. I recommend everyone that visit Aveiro to do it
3. Peniche: Berlengas Island Trip, Hiking and Cave Tour
Discover the archipelago of Berlengas, located approximately 7 miles from Cape Carvoeiro. Consisting of 3 island groups - Berlenga Grande, Estelas, and Farilhões-Forcadas, the archipelago is considered part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO Enjoy views beneath the waves on the glass-bottom ferry across to the archipelago. Stroll on the calm beaches and enjoy the sounds of the waves calmly lapping at the shore. Follow a hiking tour to learn about Berlenga’s cultural and historical significance. Go sightseeing in the caves of the area.
Guide say some dolphins and stopped for a few minutes for us to see them. Went through a number of arches. He made the trip lots of fun.
4. Peniche: Berlengas Island Round-Trip Ferry
The Berlengas archipelago is situated 16km west of Peniche, a powerful granite block which belongs to the parish of St. Peter, in the Peniche municipality. The archipelago is a protected area that includes various nature reserves and is considered a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2011. Depart from the harbor of Peniche and enjoy a 30-minute ferry ride along the turquoise sea waters. Arrive at the Berlengas harbor from where you will be able to freely explore the archipelago. Start with a visit to the São João Baptista fort built in the 17th-century. This little fort is one of the most visually striking buildings in Portugal. After this, go for a swim at Praia do Carreiro do Mosteiro, the only beach that is accessible and safe to swim from. Next, find the café and restaurant on the island before taking the ferry back to Peniche
Bring a small backpack and sneakers so you can walk around the island. It is very small, half a day is more than enough if you don't do other activities like visiting the caves. The beach is very small and if you want to chill you may have not space to do it.
5. From Lisbon: Fatima, Obidos, Batalha and Nazaré Group Tour
Benefit from pick-up in Lisbon city center, and then take a scenic drive to the shrine of Fatima. Learn more about the important Catholic pilgrimage site before going to the Gothic convent at Batalha. Admire the Manueline style of architecture typical of Portugal in the 16th century, and then enjoy a delicious lunch of regional food. Next, visit the beautiful seaside resort of Nazaré, popular with surfers and water sports fans. See the statue of the black Virgin Mary by Saint Joseph and look at the colorful fishing boats on the sandy beach from the top of the rock. Try some of the sweet cherry liqueur known as ginja in the medieval village of Obidos, and soak up the fairytale atmosphere of the cobbled paths and small medieval houses. Browse the handicraft stores along narrow streets, and then journey back to Lisbon through the lovely landscapes of central Portugal.
Definitely highly recommended if you want to visit 4 different towns in one day only. Nidia was great and her Italian is fabulous!
6. Aveiro: Half-Day Tour from Porto or Gaia with Cruise
Experience the beauty of Aveiro’s water channels, which are natural formations along the Portuguese coast. Traditionally connected to the river and to the sea, the city has been called the Venice of Portugal. You’ll feel the culture of this city that was once a fishing village, where residents made their living from the river, the sea, and salt production. The half-day tour begins at the fish market square, where you’ll have great views of the city center. Next you’ll head out on an hour’s cruise along the city’s beautiful water channels. Travel by a typical, yet unique boat called a moliceiro that is decorated with motifs related to the local culture. After the cruise your guide will show you the Costa Nova neighborhood that borders the sea. Admire some of the old traditional houses that are small in size, and painted in bright colors with vertical stripes.
Great if you're looking for a quick trip from Porto. You get to see Aveiro and Costa Nova. The tour is very quick, wish there was more time to spend in both places, you get about 15 minutes in Aveiro and 25 minutes in Costa Nova. It would have been nice to get at least an hour to explore in both places. My tour specifically was in three languages which was impressive, but also distracting since the tour guide had to constantly explain everything three times. Lastly, I've done similar tours where the guides volunteer to take photos to ensure you document your trip, however the tour guide was occupied translating in three different languages to offer this. Overall, I would recommend if you have limited time in Porto and want to quickly see Aveiro and Costa Nova. If you have more time, I would recommend checking these places on your own since they're are a quick train ride from Porto - it will allow you to spend time in each time and actually see what they have to offer.
7. Peniche: Berlengas Roundtrip and Glass-Bottom Boat Cave Tour
Start your tour by meeting your captain at the harbor of Peniche. Take a ferry towards the Berlengas archipelago, where your glass-bottom boat trip will take place. Then, take a 30-minute cruise around Berlengas, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that includes various nature conservation sites. . Look down into the clear waters and spot marine life. You will also enter some caves, such as the Blue Cave, the São João Batista Cave as well as a large hurricane cave.
this travel were wonderfull and so relaxing and i was whit my family and the peoole it working there are so professionality Thanks
8. Fátima, Nazaré, Óbidos & São Martinho do Porto Full-Day Tour
This 8-hour from Lisbon stops first at Fátima, where the famous apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima occurred. Explore the Sanctuary and experience the peaceful environment of this pilgrimage site. Visit the Chapel of the Apparition and the Holy Trinity Cathedral. See the houses of the little shepherds as well. Continue the journey to Nazare, known around the world for its giant waves and McNamara's world record for the largest wave ever surfed. Enjoy lunch at the beach and see the giant waves for yourself. Next stop is Óbidos, a place of ancient legends and miracles. Enter the walls of the most romantic village in Portugal and experience what it was like to live in medieval times.
This was one of my best trips ever. The guide, Andre Feldman, is excellent in explaining the history and culture of these cities. I would definitely recommend this trip when visiting Lisbon.
9. Coimbra: Live Fado Show with Port Wine Tasting
Casa Fado ao Centro is a cultural project created in Coimbra in 2010. All of the musicians and collaborators are or were university students in Coimbra. Decorated with the belongings of the musicians, the walls are lined with history. The concerts are cultural events. In an intimate setting, you will embark on a journey through the unique sound of Fado de Coimbra, and through the most important moments in the city's history. At the end, enjoy a Port wine tasting with the musicians to interact with them and learn about their craft.
Highly recommend Faro Centre small quaint the artist draw yiu into to the story telling of the Rick history of Fado you will be surprised as you learn (I won’t spoil it for you) but it’s was a delight. Have fun !
10. Aveiro: Moliceiro Boat Tour
Enjoy a 45 minutes traditional Moliceiro Boat Trip, and get an unforgettable memory in the ria de Aveiro. Get incomparable views of the wonderful city of Aveiro and learn about the city's history and monuments. Marvel at unique views of the Aveiro from its waterways as you navigate your way on the Ria, taking in the charming views along the way. Admire the boats, with their colourful prows that give life to the canals that wind this beautiful city.
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Our guide, Nelson Rodrigues was amazing. He had so many interesting tidbits to share regarding not only the “Little Visionaries” but also about what was like living during that time in Fátima. He knew so many of the people from the area, including the 99 year old the niece of Sr Lucia, whom he introduced us to. I would highly recommend hiring Nelson if you want the best tour possible. Nelson picked us up at our hotel in a very comfortable van. There were 4 of us adults in the tour. He truly knew the area like the back of his hand. He welcomed our questions, and did not rush our tour at all. It was evident that he knew what he was talking about, and was eager to share his knowledge with us.
Amazing tour with Hugo! He is so passionate about history and shared so many insights about Aveiro and the coast. The boat ride was in a unique fishing vessel that travels the canals. Very beautiful area and worth the trip!
It was a very nice trip and the guide was very friendly! I definitely recommend it!
Great tour, friendly and and knowledge guide, small group.
The trip was great and the guide Isabella is awesome !