Portugal is one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe. Due to its strategic coastal location, the country enjoys long stretches of sandy beaches. The country also has several breathtaking architectural structures and scenic villages and towns.
Add all of these to the amazing welcoming locals, the delicious Mediterranean dishes, and the ever-flowing wine and you have one of the best destinations in the world. But this is not all Portugal has to offer. If you are an into art and/or photography,
Portugal also has a very vibrant art and culture scene. As you are exploring this beautiful country, you will discover several art galleries and museums, which showcase various forms of arts such as ancient art collected from ancient Egyptian, Roman, Greek, Asian and European civilizations. You will also find several art galleries and museums that specialize in classical art and modern & contemporary art.
Where to find art galleries and museums in Portugal?
Portugal’s art galleries and museums are spread all over the country, and you can be sure to find a museum or gallery in almost any one of the larger towns. However, below are the top towns and cities with the best art scene:
Lisbon is one of the top tourist destinations in Portugal. Being the country’s capital, the fact that is a coastal town, and the breathtaking architectural structures make it one of the most visited towns in the country.
However, in the past few years, Lisbon has given tourists from all over the world another amazing reason to visit it – art. Several art galleries are being opened up in the city, attracting lots of dealers and artists there. As a result, it is quickly becoming one of the top art capitals in Europe, with some people even referring to it as the “New Berlin.”
Some of the top art galleries and museums in Lisbon include the Ancient Art Museum, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, the Maritime Museum, the Berardo Museum, and the Modern Art Center, just to mention a few.
Porto, Portugal’s second largest city is another, is another destination that is setting itself as a top art hot spot in Europe. The city boasts of two main art galleries and museums: The Soares DOS Reis Museum that houses, art from dissolved convents and monasteries, and the Serralves Museum, which displays a range of modern and contemporary art pieces.
Braga is another great destination if you are into art or photography. Aside from being famous for its rich cultural, historical, and religious heritage, it is also home to several arts and antiquities. While in Braga, be sure to check out The Biscainhos Museum, which displays various collections of decorative arts. The Museu da Imagem is another leading art museum found in the city, which houses collections of classic and contemporary photos.
How to explore art museums and galleries in Portugal?
The above art museums and galleries are just some of the few top ones that you will find in Portugal. There are several others found in cities and towns such as Coimbra, Lourinha, and others. To visit all of them (or as many as possible) you need to find a way to move around as freely as possible.
This makes campervans the best mode of transportation while on an art trip in Portugal. By hiring a good campervan, you can enjoy free and unrestricted movements to all of the above and more art destinations.
There are several campervan companies in Portugal, such as Siera Campers from where you can hire a van at a very affordable price. Most companies will offer you a wide range of camper options (https://www.siestacampers.com/campervans/) – from small ones (for one or a few individuals) to large ones for larger groups.
You can also find campervans in different styles – vintage or modern designs. You just need to pick the one that will offer you the most comfort as you are exploring the country’s amazing art scene. We always use Siesta Campers because they have provided everything we needed, and hey, maybe we will see you on the road in a future trip. Sure hope so.