Portugal has 13 sites recognized as World Heritage sites by UNESCO. Ten are spread across the mainland, with 3 on Madeira and the Azores.
World Heritage in one place
Discover the heart of Portugal through ancient monuments, cities and wonderful landscapes.
Two UNESCO sites, the cave paintings in the Côa River Valley and the Laurissilva Forest of Madeira, are prehistoric while another two are recognized for amazing fruitful vineyards that sprout in unique places, the Douro River Valley and the Vineyards of Pico Island. The founder king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, is linked many sites like the historic center of Guimarães and the Alcobaça Monastery.
Out of intercultural exchange and mastery of the seas came the Manueline style that is unique. In Lisbon, the point of departure for the Voyages of Exploration, the Monastery of Jerónimos and the Tower of Belém stand as symbols for this artistic architectural style. Wander the historic centers of Guimarães, Porto, Évora or Angra do Heroísmo, all packed with 800 years of Portuguese history.
In 2011, UNESCO classified Fado as a Heritage of Humanity
Fado is the song that harnesses the Portuguese soul. Deep-seated feelings, disappointments in love, the sense of sadness and longing for someone who has gone away, everyday events, the ups and downs of life - inspiration for Fado can come from almost any source.
By journey’s end, the discovery the soul of land that welcome all explorers.