Ponta da Piedade, Lakes

In recent years, Portugal has become one of the favorite destinations for French tourists, in particular the cities of Lisbon and Porto, rich in cultural, architectural and natural heritage.

This craze is not due to chance because the country is full of advantages: its cheapness, colorful architecture, excellent food and heavenly beaches all contribute to its success.

But if you like to think outside the box and discover a country through another perspective, more intimate and more authentic, we have prepared a list of little-known places for you, which will allow you to discover a new facet of this incredible country!

Nazareth

Nazaré is a city particularly marked by its traditions linked to fishing. Located in the middle of the country, it is a little gem of colors and historic buildings. You will find for example in its surroundings the Alcobaça Monastery, founded in the XNUMXth century and considered a masterpiece of Cistercian Gothic architecture. At the bend of a street, you will surely come across women with 7 petticoats, traditional dress of this city which protects them from the sea wind.

For those with a sweet tooth, know that seafood is extraordinary, and at a very affordable price! Finally, for lovers of extreme sports, note that Nazaré is internationally known for being an exceptional surf spot, with gigantic waves.

The village of Costa Nova

The village of Costa Nova
The village is renowned for its colorful houses.

If you love colors, then this fishing village is for you! Indeed, it is known for its houses which sport all the hues of the rainbow, giving rise to a picturesque aura. In particular, do not hesitate to stroll along the main street to admire the small houses that were once used to store fishing equipment. Most have become vacation homes and you can even rent them out for the duration of your stay! It is a place particularly well preserved from tourists, with its 1500 inhabitants so if you like tranquility, this is the place for you.

Buracas do Casmilo, Coimbra

For all climbing enthusiasts and for those who love test their limits, as Honnold in the documentary Free Solo, Buracas do Casmilo is the perfect place! These rock formations are located about 10 kilometers from Coimbra and have the particularity of presenting holes in the walls, almost in the form of gaping mouths. The panoramas are exceptional and it is a climber's paradise! 

Ponta da Piedade, Lakes

Ponta da Piedade, Lakes
This rock formation is breathtakingly beautiful!

These cliffs are located in the very south of the country, in the city of Lagos which is one of the most beautiful coastal cities in Portugal! Indeed, in addition to the absolutely sumptuous landscapes, you can visit the old town whose charm is indisputable, with its historical monuments and its ramparts. In any case, if you had to visit only one place, it would obviously be the Ponta da Piedade which is a particularly impressive seaside rock formation. It is full of small hidden caves and you can walk from the rocks to the beach, to watch a magnificent orange sunset. Do not miss !

Porto Moniz, Madeira

Here is a place like there are few in the world! Have you ever wanted to swim in natural volcanic pools? So, you will find heavenly ones in Porto Moniz! Located in themadeira island, it is a particularly relaxing place, where you can sip a cocktail and bathe in clear water, constantly renewed by the sea flows. A true seaside town, there are many walks to do, with the added bonus of panoramic views of the green hills and the sea!

Chá Gorreana, Azores Islands

Did you think that it was absolutely necessary to go to Asia to be able to admire the fields of tea as far as the eye could see with your own eyes? Think again, there are some in Portugal, in the largest island of the Azores archipelago, São Miguel! You can walk among the plantations of the Chá Gorreana factory, in a circular path that will take you from green plains to the forest. Of course, you can, at the end of your visit, buy tea or learn about its production methods. It is an exceptional and unique place in Europe, so do not hesitate to go and discover it!