I’ve already shown you top places to visit in Portugal, but there are hidden cities that no tourist had passed through. In this article, I will show you the real Portuguese culture. This location will open your eyes to sights that you never expected before.
Two hours from Lisbon you will find the city of Tomar. You will be surrounded by 12th to 15th-century architecture with a castle and a medieval square. You can visit the castle, the convent of Christ or walk along the river to spend a good time there. If you still have time, please visit the Almourol castle and don’t stop till you see the ghost of a long-ago princess.
Ferreira do Zêzere
In about half an hour from Tomar, you will reach the natural beauty of Ferreira do Zêzere. This is a very well kept secret from foreign visitors and one of the best landmarks it’s the dam of Castelo de Bode. You can even swim in this dam! It’s a great escape from the normal beaches of our coast.
Running away from the major tourist traps of Lisbon and Porto, you have Viseu. Viseu it’s a very well kept secret from tourists. You will have a lot to see around town: castles, beautiful gardens, medieval buildings, and beautiful artworks. The gastronomy it’s also amazing since it’s authentic.
One of the most underrated destinations in Portugal, mostly because it’s really remote and far away from the major towns. To get here you need to rent a car and drive to the interior. When you reach this small village, please get out of the car and spend your day walking around town to see the authentic pieces of our country.
Tróia was built to kind of replace Algarve and push more tourists toward the middle of our coast. We have beaches, resorts, and seafood for every traveler. Most of them think of this location as a beautiful oasis driving an hour from Lisbon. You can also take a ferry boat from Setubal (crowded during the summer) or you can drive along the coast.
Évora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in Alentejo. The temple of Diana, the Chapel of Bones and the Cathedral attracts quite a lot of attention. Every tourist becomes overwhelmed with the amazing beauty this town offers.
Just around half an hour from the Spanish border, you have the charming city of Tavira. It’s located in the Algarve region but it doesn’t like it’s sold to the UK. The bridges, the churches, and the castles fill the joy of every tourist.
The famous windmill, the beaches or the insane heatwaves. Odeceixe is very beautiful and it suits every tourist that goes to visit this village. Most tourists miss this village, but that doesn’t mean you will be alone walking around town! You will meet a lot of tourists that are discovering our country also.
Located near Aveiro, this small village was used once by fisherman to store here in this colorful houses. Today they are used as small cozy tourist houses, but they are still stunning to this day. Enjoy your day going to the beach or walking around the small island.
Located perfectly between Porto and Madrid, we find the city of Bragança. The castle from 12th-century is amazing to see and it gives Bragança another vibe. Montesinho Natural Park it’s also another thing to see if you want to check nearby landmarks. It’s considered by many as the most traditional and historic town from Portugal.
Just a few kilometers from Spain, Castelo Branco is an amazing region to visit. You have a lot of cities to visit and discover, and you will lose your mind of how amazing this region is! The castle, the bridges, the river, and the small villages fill the heart of everyone. I also recommend the Paço Episcopal garden since it’s considered by most as one of the most beautiful and elaborate gardens in Portugal.
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