UNESCO World Heritage for Portugal

UNESCO World Heritage Sites represent some of the best natural, cultural and historic attractions in world travel. Below are details of the 15 cultural, natural and mixed sites inscribed for Portugal to date (a red World Heritage symbol denotes a site currently regarded as endangered). For more details of these properties, click on the links to the UNESCO website and the photographic galleries of these sites from OurPlace (where available). Also, check out UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage for Portugal below.


1983 - Monastery of Batalha
1983 - Convent of Christ in Tomar
1983 - Central Zone of the Town of Angra do Heroismo in the Azores
1983 - Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém in Lisbon
1986 - Historic Centre of Évora
1989 - Monastery of Alcobaça
1995 - Cultural Landscape of Sintra
1996 - Historic Centre of Oporto
1998 - Prehistoric Rock-Art Sites in the Côa Valley and Siega Verde
1999 - Laurisilva of Madeira
2001 - Alto Douro Wine Region
2001 - Historic Centre of Guimarães
2004 - Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture
2012 - Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications
2013 - University of Coimbra – Alta and Sofia


Intangible Cultural Heritage

Recently UNESCO has begun to document the world's Intangible Cultural Heritage which includes "traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts". The current listings for Portugal are shown below - click on the links for more details.


Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

2011 - Fado, urban popular song of Portugal