Portugal is one of the most popular getaway destinations in Europe, with more than 16 million inbound tourists traveling into the country in 2019 alone – and it’s easy to see why.
With countless beautiful beaches and characterful cities to visit, you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to things to see and do in this wonderful spot in Europe’s Southwestern corner.
If you’re contemplating a trip to Portugal this winter, here is a list of the top hidden holiday destination that this dazzling destination has to offer.
Barreta Island, Algarve
Explore this stunning and secluded slice of paradise on your next trip to Portugal. If you want to enjoy endless sunshine, white sands, and crystal clear waters, look no further. Or for the avid wildlife lovers out there, you can look out for the array of marine life alongside a spot of rare bird watching in the National Park of Ria Formosa. Don’t forget to plan your travel arrangements in advance as this hidden spot can sometimes be tricky to get to.
Azambuja town centre, Ribatejo
Balancing nature, modernism, and innovation, prepare to be dazzled by the beauty of Azambuja. Steeped in history, take a stroll through the central streets to absorb this city’s intricate architecture. Or why not visit the Quinta Vale de Fornos winery? Here you can take a tour of the beautiful vineyards and sample some of the finest wine across all of Portugal.
Azenhas do Mar, Sintra
Often compared to the famous sites of Santorini due to its collection of white houses, tumbling dramatically down to the Atlantic ocean – Azenhas do Mar is a wonder to behold. Sit back and relax on the serene sandy shores of Praia da Aguda, or absorb some of Sintra’s most ancient culture in the heart of the busy town centre. Whatever you decide to do here, you’re sure to have a relaxing time in this hidden gem of Portugal.
If you’re looking for the perfect mixture of green forests and open fields, alongside awe-inspiring architecture, you’ll find everything you desire and more in Tomar. Fancy escaping the crowds? Explore the National Forest of Seven Hills for a scenic stroll where you can unwind with a picnic.
Or take in some of the local history and with a visit to the extraordinary Pegões Aqueduct. 6 kilometres long and dating back to the 17th century, this beautiful piece of architecture is one that many flock to see while visiting Tomar – and it’s easy to see why. Be sure to add it to your list when traveling to this charming town.