8 virtual tours of Portugal - Explore from the comfort of your home!

in Tourism, Travel · 19-03-2021 01:00:00 · 0 Comments

Written by: Marco Santos from travel-boo.com

As travel restrictions are yet again tightened across the world, many find themselves back in isolation, unable to travel and explore the amazing worldly wonders out there, until such time as it’s safe to do so again.

Thankfully though, for those with a severe case of the ‘wanderlust-blues’, wishing they could pack their bags and catch the next flight out, there is an alternative.

Portugal may be small in size, but it certainly does pack a mighty punch by way of exciting sights, its sheer natural beauty, and an endless list of cities, villages, and sights to venture to.

Whether you’re lazing around on your couch, or simply wishing you could hit the road, we have a simple solution for you. Sit back, relax, and uncover all that Portugal has to offer through this list of virtual tours of wondrous Portugal.

A Tram Ride in Lisbon

Tram Ride through Lisbon
One of the most iconic imagery of sunny Lisboa is the famous yellow trams that wiggle their way through the streets of Portugal’s capital.

Whilst trams are an official mode of transport, many visitors will ride the famous Tram 28 route starting at the Martim Moniz square and ending in Prazeres, simply as a way to see the city at a glance.

Thanks to this short video experience, you can get an idea of what it’s like to ride on a Lisbon tram without leaving your favorite armchair or living room sofa.

Throughout the ride, you’ll pass through the Alfama neighborhood, which is the oldest district in Lisbon and home to some of the city’s most recognisable landmarks. Of course, it won’t be quite the same as being on the tram in person, but hey, the seats are probably much more comfortable in your home!

Be Amazed by Portuguese Tiles at the National Azulejos Museum
Another quintessential feature found throughout Portugal is the incredible Portuguese tiles, found around every street corner and incorporated so beautifully into local Portuguese architecture.

If you have an affinity for intricate tilework and design, then you definitely don’t want to miss the opportunity to see some of Portugal’s most famous handmade artwork up close!

Azulejos (tiles in Portuguese) are the traditional, blue-tinted ceramic tiles created in Portugal that adorn many historic landmarks and buildings. Although traditionally blue and white, tiles from Portugal come in all manner of shapes and colors, offering a visual feast for the eyes.

The best place to see the beauty of these ‘Azulejos’ is at the National Azulejos Museum in Lisbon. Not only will you get to view stunning detail in the tiles, but you can also learn about the history and significance of this particular form of artwork.

The museum website has several collections available for viewing, including the Grande Panorama de Lisboa. This incredible display of individual tiles is put together to form images of the capital of Portugal.

7 Wonders of Lisbon Tour with a Local Guide
Now that you’ve had a taste of what’s in store in the capital of Portugal on the virtual tram ride and tilework, it’s time to delve a little deeper into the city and culture.

This hour and a half tour is the perfect way to learn more about Lisbon and what makes it such a special city. Better still, your guide will be a local who can answer your personal questions and tell you about their favorite parts of living in Lisbon.

Sitting in the comfort of your own home, you can tour the city streets on virtual maps, learn about historic landmarks through photos and video guides, and discover the best parts of Lisbon through 3D imagery!

Discover the National Palace of Sintra on this Virtual Tour

Unequivocally the most magical place in all of Portugal is the gorgeous town of Sintra. Set only an hour from Lisbon by train, the town boasts a colorful past, having been the preferred summer residence for Portuguese royalty and aristocracy back in the day when Portugal was still a monarchy.

Today, you’ll find a host of castles, palaces, and grand noble estates scattered throughout Sintra. Right in the heart of the charming city centre, you’ll find the National Palace of Sintra with its origins dating as far back as the 10th and 11th centuries.

Thanks to Parques de Sintra (Sintra Parks), you can wander through and explore the incredible rooms of this palace, learning about its rich history and cultural significance. View the array of intricate tilework, murals, and furniture pieces that are centuries old.

360-degree Virtual Tour of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
Calling all art lovers. Lisbon is home to one of the most important visual art museums in the world, The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum. Forming a part of the uber-wealthy Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the museum is known to house one of the largest private art collections in the world.

No travel restrictions will prevent you from exploring this artistic treasure of Portugal. The museum offers a 360-degree virtual tour on their website that allows you to browse through the Founder’s Collection, as well as the Modern Collection.

Take your own time to see each piece of art up close and in detail. This virtual tour in Portugal lets you zoom in, turn, and move between rooms just as you would if you were really at the museum.

Tune in to Traditional Portuguese Music
The Museu do Fado (or Museum of Fado) is one of Lisbon’s top tourist attractions, especially for music lovers. Fado is the melancholic traditional Portuguese music, often associated with performances in cafés or pubs.

Listening to the beautiful guitar music and slightly haunting and nostalgic tone of the singer’s voices will transport you from your home to the streets of Lisbon.

In order for travellers to enjoy Fado music from their homes, the Museu do Fado has made digital sound files available providing some of the best examples of fado music. Relax, tune in, and imagine yourself enjoying an afternoon in one of Lisbon’s best cafés, listening to Fado greats such as Amália, considered the queen of Fado music!

Wander Through the National Museum of Natural History and Science
For science and history buffs, the free virtual tour of the National Museum of Natural History and Science is a must-include in your digital discovery of the country.

The museum is one of the most highly acclaimed tourist points in Lisbon and takes many visitors several hours to explore in its entirety!

With displays on anthropology, botany, chemistry, and geology, there’s something for everyone to see and learn about at this museum.

Thanks to the excellent 360-degree virtual tour offered on the museum’s website, you can take your time to explore each room. It’s a perfect activity for a slow afternoon when you’re wishing you could be out discovering the top attractions of Portugal.

Browse through World Tour 360
A fun and easy way to experience some of the top sites around Portugal is through the World Tour 360-degrees website. Their panoramic photos allow you to feel like you’re right there at the scene of some of Portugal’s top landmarks.
Good news - this tour is totally free! No need to worry about expensive entry tickets when you can explore these sites from the comfort of your own home.

The page includes sights and attractions from around Lisbon and Porto. As the name suggests, the panoramic views allow you to look around a full 360 degrees to see all sides and angles in explicit detail.

Marco Santos, owner and content creator at Travel-Boo, shares his top tips and guides on how to travel throughout Europe and especially Portugal. Offering unique insights on exploring Lisbon, Porto, the Algarve, as well as lesser-known Portuguese gems, Marco loves to share his affinity for travel & exploration at Travel-Boo.




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