These are some of the most beautiful places in Portugal
While Portugal is an ideal destination for a weekend in the city, the country is also the perfect place for a visit closer to nature. Whether it’s beaches, archaeological sites, or natural parks, here is our selection of the most beautiful places in Portugal.
Cape St. Vincent in the Algarve
Arriving at Cape St. Vincent gives the impression of having reached the end of the world. Located in Sagres, in the Algarve, Cape St. Vincent is the westernmost point of continental Europe. With its cliffs overlooking a raging ocean over which many sea birds fly, it offers a splendid panorama and guarantees a good breath of fresh air. Don't miss the lighthouse at the end of the point and the visit to the monastery.
The Benagil caves in the southern Algarve
Are you in Thailand, or the Caribbean? Not at all, you are in Portugal on the south coast of the Algarve in one of the most beautiful sea caves in the world. These caves are accessible from the main beach of the village of Benagil by boat, kayak, or even by swimming for those who are braver. Not far from Benagil, make a stop at the beautiful Carvalho beach.
Porto Santo, Madeira
Head for the Madeira archipelago of which Porto Santo is one of the smallest islands, but also one of the most charming. With its heavenly beaches, basalt columns, numerous hiking trails and windmills, Porto Santo is the perfect island for a relaxing day away from the hustle and bustle.
The Douro Valley in the Porto region
The Douro Valley is a must-visit if you are staying in the Porto area. It is home to the country's wine-growing lands, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and offers many opportunities for visits, hikes, and unforgettable discoveries. Driving along the Douro River, you will travel along one of the most beautiful roads in the world and through spectacular scenery.
The Temple of Diana, Evora
Located in the beautiful city of Evora, this Roman temple dating from the 2nd century is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has had an eventful history! Its 14 columns were integrated into a tower of the castle of Evora in the Middle Ages before being rediscovered in the 19th century. Very well preserved, it is one of the most famous examples of the Roman presence in Portugal.
The Arrábida Natural Park near Lisbon
The Arrábida Natural Park is a magnificent biogenetic reserve located on the seafront only 25 miles from Lisbon. The contrast between the sea, the limestone cliffs, and the bright green of the immense carpet of vegetation is stunning. The Arrábida is a real paradise for nature lovers and is home to a great many animal species as well as superb beaches.
Vista do Rei in the Azores
Vista do Rei is a viewpoint located on the island of São Miguel in the Azores. It offers a spectacular view of the caldera, 3 miles in diameter, and the lagoons of Sete Cidades. You can walk all around the crater and there are many hiking trails. You can also see the remains of a 5-star hotel that has been abandoned for several years, it is an unusual concrete outcrop that stands out from the wild beauty of the surroundings.
Costa Nova beach in Aveiro
Costa Nova beach is located in Aveiro, a town nicknamed the Portuguese Venice on the west coast of Portugal. This large beach of fine sand is protected from mass tourism and the hustle and bustle of its neighbour Barra. Popular with surfing enthusiasts, Costa Nova is also attractive because of the small colourful houses that line it.
The Serra da Estrela Natural Park
This natural park located in the Serra da Estrela mountain range covers more than 20,000 acres and is the largest protected area in the country. It is home to the highest peak in continental Portugal (La Torre, 6,500 feet) and it has a rich and varied flora and fauna. With the Zêzere Valley, Trilhos Verdes trails, and isolated mountain villages, the Serra da Estrela Natural Park is well worth a visit.
Senhor da Pedra beach in Porto
Located south of Porto, Praia do Senhor da Pedra is not just another beach. A surfers' landmark, it is known for the chapel built in the 18th century. This building beaten by the winds, touching the water, gives this beach its originality but also its romantic aura.