Portugal’s Top 5 Football Stadiums

Category: Portugal Travel Guide Posted Date: 15th November 2019
Introduced in 1875 by English merchants, football continues to be the most popular sport in Portugal. The country’s love for the game is best expressed in its phenomenally large stadiums and museums of various football clubs. Portugal constructed grand stadiums for the UEFA Euro 2004 to accommodate huge crowds. Though the football stadiums have been a source of controversy due to their gigantic size, colossal investment in their construction, and the football clubs’ rivalries, they have taken the game of football to a whole new level. Plan your trip to these 5 famous Portuguese stadiums by hiring a car from Portugal Rental Cars.

Estádio do Dragão – Futebol Clube do Porto

One of the largest football stadiums in Portugal, Estádio do Dragão is the home stadium of Futebol Clube do Porto, famously called FC Porto. Designed by Manuel Salgado, a Portuguese architect, the stadium was constructed as a replacement for Estádio das Antas, the earlier stadium. As a UEFA category 4 stadium, Estádio do Dragão has been a site for several national and international matches, including the 2019 UEFA Nations League Final. The stadium is scheduled to host the 2020 UEFA Super Cup match to be held on 12 August 2020. Estádio do Dragão has also served as a location for concerts such as Coldplay Music, The Rolling Stones, and One Direction.
Estádio do Dragão
Address Via Futebol Clube do Porto, 4350415, Porto
Seating capacity 52,033
Guided tour price €8 or €15 (visit to FC Porto Club museum included)
Rental car locations in Porto Porto Airport, Campanhã Railway Station, Porto Downtown, Maia, Ramalde
Nearby car parking Garagem Velasquez Public Car Park

Estádio da Luz – Sport Lisboa e Benfica

One of the biggest multi-purpose stadiums in Europe, Estádio da Luz is located in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. Owned by Portuguese club Sport Lisboa e Benfica, most commonly known as S.L. Benfica, the stadium hosts a majority of association football matches. Inaugurated in 2003, Portugal’s largest stadium has been a site of several exciting matches of the UEFA Euro 2004 and the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final. Designed by Damon Lavelle, Estádio da Luz features a unique architecture that extensively focuses on light and transparency.
Estádio da Luz
Address Av. Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, 1500-313
Seating capacity 64,642
Guided tour price €10.63 or €14.88 (visit to Benfica Museum included)
Rental car locations in Lisbon Lisbon Airport, Amadora, Benfica, Campo Alameda, Coracao de Jesus, Lisbon Downtown, Hotel Tivoli Avenida Liberdade, Olivais, Oriente Railway Station, Prior Velho, Santa Apolonia Railway Station, Sintra
Nearby car parking Praça Cosme Damião, 1500-313 Lisboa, Portugal

Estádio José Alvalade XXI – Sporting Clube de Portugal

Designed by Tomas Taveira, Estádio José Alvalade XXI is another popular football stadium in the Portuguese capital. Owned by Sporting Clube de Portugal, the stadium got its name from Jose Alvalade, the founder of Sporting CP. A UEFA category 4 stadium, Estádio José Alvalade is situated in the center of Alvalade XXI, a complex that includes a shopping mall, movie halls, gymnasium, an office building, and a sports pavilion. Besides hosting several matches of the UEFA Euro 2004, the stadium was a site for the 2005 UEFA Cup Final.
Estádio José Alvalade XXI
Address Rua Professor Fernando da Fonseca, 1501-806 Lisboa, Portugal
Seating capacity 50,095
Guided tour price €8 or €14 (visit to the museum included)
Nearby car parking Underground car parking at the stadium

Estádio Nacional do Jamor

Also called Jamor Sports Complex, Portugal’s National Stadium Sports Complex is located in Lisbon District’s western part. Used by the Portuguese national football team and Clube de Futebol Os Belenenses, Estádio Nacional do Jamor is renowned for its architecture. The stadium features an open east side, an unusual designing attribute for football stadiums that generally feature an oval configuration. Besides the football matches, the sports complex has been playing host to several live music concerts and other sporting events.
Estádio Nacional do Jamor
Address Algés, Linda-a-Velha e Cruz Quebrada-Dafundo, Oeiras
Seating capacity 37,593
Nearby car parking União das Freguesias de Algés, Linda-a-Velha e Cruz Quebrada/Dafundo, Portugal

Estádio Municipal de Braga – Braga Municipal Stadium

Portugal’s 7th-largest football stadium came into existence in 2003. Designed by Eduardo Souto de Moura, a Portuguese architect, Braga’s Municipal Stadium won the Pritzker Architecture Prize. The present home of the Sporting Clube de Braga, Estádio Municipal de Braga is no less than a masterpiece of modern engineering. The whole stadium has been carved out of the Monte do Castro quarry. The design of the stadium’s stands has been inspired by Incan bridges, reminiscent of an ancient empire of South America. In addition to regular football matches, Estádio Municipal de Braga hosts the annual Enterro da Gata festival organized by the University of Minho.
Estádio Municipal de Braga
Address Parque Norte R. de Montecastro, 4700-087 Braga, Portugal
Seating capacity 30,286
Guided tour price €6
Rental car location in Braga Braga Downtown
Nearby car parking Outside stadium
Portugal’s best football stadiums are architectural marvels and promise an unparalleled matchday experience. Regardless of the match schedules, the stadiums receive tourists in large numbers throughout the year. Whether you love football or not, the designing brilliance of these five magnificent football stadiums makes them truly unmissable during your sightseeing trip in Portugal. Book a cheap rental car in Portugal and see these mega sporting venues up close.

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