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Places from North to South to visit on the long weekend

Making plans for the long weekends ahead? Tiqets has suggestions for places to visit in the North, Center and South of the country.

With two long weekends in a row, many Portuguese take the opportunity to take a few days off, get to know the country and enjoy short getaways before the hustle and bustle of festivities.

For the next weekends, Tiqets has prepared a set of ideas for visits and activities for those travelling within the country – in the North, Center or South.

Tiqets – the leading online platform, at the European level, for purchasing tickets for museums, attractions, activities and experiences – is made up of a team of professionals specialized in culture, who are responsible for the careful selection of places that are available on the platform. Tickets are digital and 100% refundable, so customers can plan their experiences as far in advance and as conveniently as possible. The company also offers 24/7 customer support in Portuguese.

Tickets for all mentioned locations can be purchased here.

Ideas in the North

In Porto, the watchword is immersion. “Spiritus” is a multimedia show projected on the walls of the Clérigos Church, one of the most emblematic monuments in the city. The immersive experience, which is inspired by the poetry of Álvaro de Campos, combines light, music and the architecture of the church itself in a sensorial journey. This show was voted by the public as the “Most Remarkable Venue” in the world at the Remarkable Venue Awards 2023, hosted by Tiqets.

Still in Invicta, next to the Douro River, there are more immersive experiences to discover – a special way of travelling in these greyer days. The Immersivus Gallery, located in Alfândega do Porto, is the first space in Portugal dedicated to immersive artistic experiences using 360º projection. At the moment, there are three exhibitions that can be visited: one dedicated to the universe of Vincent Van Gogh, with more than 150 paintings, one focused on the works of Monet and Klimt and one on the history and mysteries of ancient Egypt, from the pyramids to Tutankhamun’s treasures.

Crossing the bridge, a visit to the Cálem Cellars is a good idea to warm up a little on these cold days. With more than 160 years of existence, the cellars offer a complete journey into the world and the history of Port wine. Tiqets suggests a guided tour of the interactive museum and the Cálem cellars, with essential wine tasting.

Ideas in the Center and in Lisbon

In the centre of the country, the city of Batalha is home to one of the most important national monuments, considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Batalha Monastery ordered to be built in 1386 by King D. João I, took more than 100 years to be built, having seen seven monarchs pass through and the work of 15 architects. Today, it is a national architectural jewel that always deserves a new visit.

To the west, the largest open-air museum in the country stretches across 10 hectares. Dino Parque Lourinhã features more than 200 full-scale models of dinosaurs and other animals, which can be discovered on a walk along the park’s various paths. The space also has an excavation area for little palaeontologists, offering a complete experience for all ages.

In Lisbon, there is another award-winning museum. The National Tile Museum, winner of the global “Best Museum” distinction at the Remarkable Venue Awards 2023, offers a journey through the history of tiles in Portugal, from the 15th century to the present day, with a quality seal approved by Tiqets users.

Ideas in the South

Although the Algarve is associated with the hot season, there are always reasons to travel south at this time of year, whether for the region’s gastronomy and hospitality or for the culture and unique landscapes.

In Portimão, it is possible to discover the 3D Fun Art Museum – a fun experience that allows visitors to interact with 40 scenarios, through games with visual perception and optical illusions. In this museum, perfect for kids and adults, the creativity of those who visit is what dictates the rules.

In Lagos, it is possible to discover the city’s zoo, with 48 enclosures and the most different animal species, from pygmy hippos and penguins to chimpanzees and lemurs. In total, the Lagos Zoo welcomes and cares for approximately 150 species in naturalistic habitats.

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