30 Beautiful Places in Portugal

For a few months we made a road trip from north to south all across Portugal. Of course, we saw all sorts of beautiful places: knightly castles, wild beaches, nature parks rich in species, lively cities, dreamy villages, steep cliffs and much more. We’ll tell you which 30 towns we liked the most and which city we can’t stop raving about.

Alright, alright, we have to admit one thing: (so far) we haven’t been on the Portuguese islands (yet) – neither in the Azores nor in Madeira. Sure enough they are supposed to be really beautiful. For example, the island of Madeira, with its laurel forest, is home to Portugal’s only natural heritage site selected by UNESCO. And the archipelago of the Azores has even been listed twice by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site: for the first time in 1983, when the center of the city of Angra do Heroísmo on the island of Terceira was recognized as a World Heritage Site. In 2004, the registration of the viticultural culture landscape of the island of Pico followed.

These are our 30 most beautiful places in Portugal

So please forgive us that towns in Madeira or the Azores don’t appear in this list, since we report on our personal experiences. So here they are – our 30 most beautiful places in Portugal, sorted from North to South:

Região Norte

  1. Valença
  2. Braga
  3. Guimarães
  4. Porto
  5. Região Centro

  6. Aveiro
  7. Coimbra
  8. Tomar
  9. Batalha
  10. Alcobaça
  11. Ericeira
  12. Região de Lisboa

  13. Sintra
  14. Cabo da Roca
  15. Cascais
  16. Lisbon
  17. Almada
  18. Sesimbra
  19. Setúbal
  20. Alentejo

  21. Évora
  22. Elvas
  23. Sines
  24. Vila Nova de Milfontes
  25. Zambujeira do Mar
  26. Algarve

  27. Aljezur
  28. Sagres
  29. Lagos
  30. Monchique
  31. Praia de Benagil
  32. Albufeira
  33. Faro
  34. Tavira

Our all-time favorite city in Portugal

This city took our hearts by storm: Porto. Less crowded and touristy than the big sister Lisbon, Porto is by no means less beautiful – quite the contrary, in our opinion! But see and read for yourself:



These were our 30 most beautiful places in Portugal. Maybe you still have an insider tip? Write it in the comments and we will visit it next time. 🙂



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