Portugal’s Most Beautiful Places

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Portugal is often considered to be one of the most beautiful places in Europe, if not the world, and with good reason. There are so many truly stunning places to visit in and around Portugal that you will be spoilt for choice on your next trip, but we think that you should make a special effort to visit these truly stunning places.


There is no denying that the country’s capital. Lisbon, is one of the most beautiful places in Portugal. From its pretty mosaic-lined streets to the wonderfully colorful homes and the historic attractions including the Tower of Belem, Lisbon is a veritable feast for the eyes, and the people are some of the most vibrant and welcoming in the whole world.

The Monte Rei Golf Club

You might think that it’s unusual to include a golf course on such a list, but there are a lot of golf courses in Portugal – in fact, the place is famous for its golfing facilities – and some of them offer pretty stunning views of the surrounding country. The Monte Rei Golf Club is arguably the best example of this due to its natural beauty, and world-class golfing facilities if that’s your thing. Give it a visit, you might just love it!

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If there was one word to describe Sintra, it would have to be pretty. The charming little town is situated in between stunning, and beautifully scented hills where pines grow freely, but it is the tow itself with its fairytale-like buildings, the most notable of which is the Palácio Nacional da Pena – a distinct fantasy like palace that is well worth exploring – that stands out the most. If you want your trip to feel magical, this is the place to be.


Situated a little wat inland from the Algarve coast and Faro, Estoi is a very small town and something of a hyphen gem. Its Palácio do Visconde de Estoi is a stunning example of Rococo architecture that will, at points take your breath away. What, once, was a crumbling ruin of past glories is now a beautifully renovated buildings with perfectly manicured gardens full of palm trees and romantic surroundings. If you’re traveling as lovers, this is one Portugal attraction that you won’t want to skip.

The Douro Valley

If stunning landscapes and wonderful wine are your kinds of things, The Douro Valley is the only place in Portugal for you to be. Named after the nearby Douro river, this valley is home to sweeping landscapes that are so breathtaking that they have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Barca de Alva is a particularly good part of the valley to visit due to the fact it is one of the oldest wine regions on the planet, and there are plenty of opportunities to sample their delights while you’re there. The stunningly tiled Pinhao railway station is also worth a visit.

If you want your Portugal trip to be filled with stunning sites, add these locations to your itinerary and you won’t be disappointed.

Andy Higgs
Andy Higgs

I know what it's like to go from being a crazy backpacker without a care in the world, via being a vaguely sensible parent to being an adventurer once more. In other words, evolving into a Grown-up Traveller.

Like everyone else, I love to travel, have visited a lot of countries and all that but my big thing is Africa.

I also own and run The Grown-up Travel Company as a travel designer creating personalised African itineraries for experienced adventurers

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