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Portugal is a small country located in southwestern Europe. The mainland is boarded to the west and the south by the Atlantic Ocean and the north and east by Spain. With its mild climate, hilly neighborhood, affordable prices, and range of activities, Portugal is the perfect travel destination. Portugal is home to diverse landscapes, ranging from lush mountains in the north to medieval towns in the center, and even rocky beaches in the south In this article, I have highlighted 12 amazing places to visit in Portugal.
Nazaré is located along Portugal’s Silver Coast, about halfway between Lisbon and Porto. Known for the highest surfable waves in the world, this authentic fishing town has grown into a popular tourist destination over the last decades. During winter, big wave surfers are drawn to its spectacular waves. But Nazaré is also a great summer destination thanks to its golden beaches, beautiful scenery, and small relaxed vibes.
Serra de Monchique
It is a chain of mountains in the Western Algarve region of Portugal. It’s also a lesser-known travel destination, characterized by pristine lush nature and an authentic mountain town. The idyllic town of Monchique can easily be reached by road and is home to sweeping vistas and a network of nature trails. From here, you can go to the highest point in the Algarve which is 902 meters. At the top of the mountain, you can fill your bottle with the freshest spring water super tasty.
Located in central Portugal, Óbidos is the finest example of a Portuguese-walled town. It’s fully encircled and has a Moorish castle at its center, making for a romantic medieval look. The town’s main attraction is undoubtedly its cobbled historic center, filled with small cafés, shops, and white-washed houses. Make sure to climb up the walls and loop around as you’ll have astonishing views from up there. You can book a day tour from Lisbon to Óbidos and Nazaré via the link in the description below.
Ericeira is a small beach town located 50 kilometers from Lisbon. It’s often referred to as the surfing capital of Europe, with surfers from all over the world heading to its golden sand and rocky beaches. But apart from its surf scene, Ericeira is also becoming increasingly popular among digital nomads and travelers. This is thanks to its amazing sunsets, beautiful coastline, and relaxing vibes. You can learn all about it in our other video, all about the best things to do in Ericeira.
The historic town of Silves is another great place to visit in Portugal. Situated in southern Algarve, it was once the region’s capital. In fact, during the Moorish era from the 9th to 12th century, Silves had great importance as a trading center in the world. Today, Silves is a peaceful and relaxed place with many historical remnants of the past. Don’t forget to visit the stunning Silves castle and its cobbled streets surrounding it.
Arrabida Natural Park
This park lies to the south of Lisbon, between the towns of Setúbal and Sesimbra. It’s a protected area and when you visit you can see why. It has incomparable natural beauty made up of white chalk cliffs that contrast with a deep blue sea and green vegetation. The best way to enjoy this park is by either relaxing at one of the sandy beaches or hiking one of the many trails which criss-cross the park. There are a ton of beautiful hikes if you just search all trails, and yeah have a great time.
Situated near Lisbon, Mafra is a traditional Portuguese town that is home to one of Europe’s largest and most extravagant places. This vast complex covers an area of nearly 40,000 square meters and is worth visiting as a day trip but it can also be easily combined with a hike at nearby Tapada de Mafra. The entire region falls within the boundaries of a natural park and you can follow several trails that showcase its wild scenery, both inland and along the coast.
Lagos is the western Algarve’s liveliest port town and a true tourist hub. It’s known for its vibrant historic old town and spectacular coastline, consisting of cliffs, hidden caves, and unique beaches. Make sure to hike along the cliff walls, but also see them up close from a kayak or boat tour.
Lisbon is a vibrant city with a rich, turbulent history that can be observed in many of its iconic monuments and buildings. But besides that, Lisbon also has a buzzing nightlife, delicious cuisine, and a wide variety of tourist attractions. Lisbon is one of those cities where you will feel good just being there. It is also home to seafood that rivals any port city in the world.
Undoubtedly one of the most scenic destinations in all of Portugal, Lagoa lies in the southern Algarve region. Home to majestic cliff-lined beaches, it’s fun to explore this area from both land and water. It’s an absolute must-do to hike the breathtaking Seven Hanging Valleys Trail, which boasts endless views of the Atlantic Ocean as well as limestone rock formations. But Benagil Cave is also something you can’t miss. This seaside cave can only be reached by kayak or boat and is known as one of the most beautiful caves in the entire world.
Located in northwest Portugal along the Douro river, Porto is the second-largest city in the country. Its culture, architecture, riverside profile, and hilly streets make for a great combo. One of the most beautiful parts of Porto is undoubtedly its riverside with views of the water and the famous Dom Luís 1 Bridge. But Porto also has fantastic local food options and delicious Port wine which make this area this place of Portugal.
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