Portugal is one of my favourite countries in the world. A very best of Portugal you can actually find outside from famous touristic spots. Offering unbelievable natural landscapes, beautiful beaches, delicious seafood, amazing culture, architecture and people the country remains unforgettable experience.
1. Cabo de São Vicente (Cape of Saint Vincent) – most south-west point of mainland Europe, located a few kilometres northwest of Sagres. Just above the cliffs there’s a small lighthouse, very characteristic for such places, which can be seen from 60 miles out at sea.
- Playa Arrifana, located 25 km north Cape Saint Vincente, is one of the most amazing cliffside beach and surf spots available for every level of skills.
3. Algarve – the southern and most famous region of Portugal. Well known for breathtaking beaches where azure sea meets red rocks, sandy golden beaches fill the caves and ocean buffets hundreds of grottoes.
Lagos, one of the most popular touristic spot offers stunning beaches like Praia Dona Ana or Praia Camilo. An interesting option is taking a boat trip for dolphin and cave watching. When cruising we saw people swimming and rock jumping in different spots of the cliffs.
- Seaside near Sintra, located 5 km inland with Cabo da Roca – the most westerly point of mainland Europe and several sandy and empty beaches.
- Ericeira, used to be a very small fishing village but it has grown to a major port and tourist attraction. It’s located 30 km north of Lisbon. The name derives from sea urchins. Ericeira remains of my favourite cities for it’s unspoilt atmosphere, architecture and Atlantic views. Walking the cobblestone streets you can find lots of handicrafts shops. The old village architecture is typical for Portuguese style – white houses with blue shutters. The village remains the only surfing reserve in Europe. The quality of fresh fish and seafood is really impressive in local restaurants.
- Villa Nova de Milfontes – offers lots of amazing beaches along the Costa Vicentina with big waves and surfing opportunities. But here’s also much to see within the town, the distinct architecture and historical centre, particularly the Fortress, built between 1599 and 1602 as protection against pirates. Enjoy an extraordinary cuisine, as well as interesting trekking routes.
- Praia de Beliche near Sagres, on the southern – west point of Portugal.