For almost nine centuries the sun has risen over Portugal. From October 5th, 1143 – Portugal has been an independent nation – looking out on an endless sea.
We know these are difficult times for everyone. And, we know that a better day will come. We have a saying, that even the sun returns each morning.
So, to help we have taken an inventory of virtual travel videos on Portugal- from riding a trolley, to exploring the Azores, to climbing to a castle, to visiting a museum: A few of our favorite things to do in Portugal – and a fun way to dream until the sun comes back up again.
VisitPortugal recently issued a video ( with all the editing and voiceover work done from home ) to ask everyone to stay home, and share our message of hope:
It's time to take a break, for the good of the world. In the meantime, we can dream of the great days to come. We're in this together.
Aristides de Sousa Mendes Virtual Museum dedicated to the Portuguese consul in Bordeaux during the Second World War. This Virtual Museum tells the story and background of his acts of disobedience on the guidelines issued by the Portuguese government in 1940. Consciously ignoring the rules, Aristides de Sousa Mendes signed visas helping around 30,000 people, of various nationalities, mostly Jewish, to escape Nazi persecution.
The exhibition, constituted by before now unseen films and documents pertaining to Portuguese and foreign archives, is subdivided into three corridors, structured in a chronological and sequential order– War Corridor, Flight Corridor and Freedom Corridor.
The Museu do Fado is one of the must-visit places in Lisbon. Besides representing one of the region's most important cultural legacies, it also has a restaurant and a themed shop where you can spend some time to catch the spirit of saudade (nostalgia).
As soon as it closed its doors on March 13, the Berardo Collection Museum team immediately began to think about how they would continue to work. One of the projects that could be put on hold was the "Julian Opie, Unpublished Works" exhibition, but what if, instead of a conventional opening, the museum opened its doors virtually?
That is what happened. T Berardo Collection Museum, at the Centro Cultural de Belém, in Lisbon, broadcast on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, its first online.
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation https://gulbenkian.pt/museu/colecoes/visita-virtual/made available a 360-degree visit to the Founder's Collection online, where one can discover objects from Ancient Egypt and the Islamic East, and works by artists such as Rembrandt, Turner and Monet, and the Modern Collection with paintings by Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, Almada Negreiros and Paula Rego.
Other online museums include
The Coach Museum, or Museu dos Coches
The National Science and Natural History Museum
The Fado Museum
Riding on a Lisbon trolley:
Museums and Monuments - Museum of Lisbon:
Exploring the Mafra Royal Palace:
In a Lisbon Fado club:
Castles of the Lisbon Region:
A 360 tour of Madeira:
The sea off Madeira:
Porto Santo tour:
Madeira hiketo Pico Ruivo:
A tour along plains of the Alentejo region of Évora. Monsaraz, Mourão, Redondo, Montemor-o-novo, Terena, Vila Viçosa, Alandroal, Evoramonte and Juromenha:
The Vincentine Coast in the Alentejo:
Secrets of Mertola:
The cork forests, or Montados, unique to the Alentejo:
Centro de Portugal
Exploring the Centro de Portugal:
On the water in Aveiro:
A trip to Leiria:
Exploring the villages around Viseu:
The city of the Templars:
Guide to Batalha in a video visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsuM_YfQJGI
In a Coimbra Fado club: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmK34DX5sB8
Porto and the North
Over The Douro River Valley:
Up the Douro in search of wines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ek2O6CTMGnY
Exploring Viana do Castelo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hht5bvcjbVo
A Discovery of the Trás-os-Montes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuIdEWRjNl4
An overview of the Algarve: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eD3U_j3nRrI
Castro Marim :
The Surf is up!:
The the castles of Portugal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRyUK5ewjWc
Flores in the Azores :
Over Santa Maria:
Hiking the Azores: