Managing details is important to senior travel advisor Jenny Gilbertson. Whether she’s helping people plan to travel to Portugal or Portland, Oregon, keeping an eye on the details can make all the difference between an unforgettable vacation and a trip they’d rather forget.
“I enjoy traveling as much as possible so I can best refer and recommend wonderful destinations and experiences for our clients,” Jenny says. “It’s also fun to travel with groups so they receive personalized attention and a stress-free tour!”
Jenny’s most recent favorite trip included an Azamara Cruise from Barcelona, Spain to Rome, Italy. On it, she visited St. Tropez, France; Monte Carlo, Monaco; and Florence, Italy. Jenny considers the Monaco Yacht Show as the highlight of her trip. Visiting Southern Europe recently made Jenny an ideal travel advisor to talk with about top places to visit in Portugal.
Planning a Trip to Portugal? Here are 7 Things to See
If you’re thinking about planning a vacation to Portugal, here are seven stops to include on your itinerary.
1. Make a Stop at the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos in Lisbon
One of the most significant buildings in Portugal, the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos is an ornately decorated church and monastery constructed in the Manueline architectural style. A highlight of a trip to the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos is the tomb of famous explorer Vasco de Gama.
2. Take a Dip at Matosinhos Beach
Portugal is home to many cultural, architectural and natural wonders. When planning a trip to Portugal you can visit both the city of Lisbon and the beaches of the Algarve region on the same trip! If you enjoy sunbathing, the long strip of golden sand at Matosinhos Beach besides a busy promenade is a must.
3. Climb to the Top of the Torre de Belem
Located in Lisbon, the Torre de Belem was constructed in 1521 and still stands today. If you have any interest in military history, you’ll enjoy seeing this mastery of a fortress in person. Don’t miss the stone-carved ropes and armillary sphere.
4. Canoe Across Furnas Lake
Hawaii isn’t the only place home to otherworldly volcanic landscapes. Furnas Lake in the Azores is a lake formed in a volcanic crater and is surrounded by mud volcanoes and hot springs. Kayaking across its blue-green waters is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
5. Discover Ruins of the Knights Templar at Convento do Cristo
Nestled in a quaint riverfront town, the Convento do Cristo is a historical gem. Founded in 1160, Knights of the Templar settled there and left their mark with numerous Masonic decorations.
6. See a World Class Art Collection in the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
A must-see spot in Lisbon is the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. This art museum houses Roman medallions, Rembrandt and Turner paintings and furniture once owned by Louis XV.
7. Uncover Ancient Roman Ruins in Evora
Speaking of Roman medallions, Evora offers opportunities to explore the ruins of a Roman temple built in the second or third century. Romans settled in the Alentejo province of Portugal in 57 BC and left traces of their civilization behind.
As this shortlist shows, visiting Portugal offers travelers opportunities to enjoy natural wonders as well as cultural gems. If you’re thinking about planning travel to Portugal, let Jenny or one of our other advisors make sure you hit all the high points most important to you.
Contact us today to start planning your Portugal vacation!