Portugal: 5 Hidden Gems To Discover in 2017

We decided to create this list to share the unique places and experiences we had the privilege of discovering in Portugal, our homeland, during the year of 2016.

1. Treehouse, in Algarve90-1

To have access to the treehouse, you will have to cross this lovely wood bridge.

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We are always searching for unique places to stay. As you can already imagine, we love the charm that only treehouses have.

We had seen photos of beautiful treehouses and we were dying of curiosity to try one. However, we have never found one that was located in Portugal.  So, you can already guess how excited we got to know that it was possible to have this experience so near us, in the Algarve (South of Portugal).

To see more of our photos and find more information about the experience of sleeping in a treehouse or to learn how to book a night in this paradise, just click here.

2. Magic Mountains 

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Have you heard about the Magic Mountains of Portugal? Until this summer we have never heard about it, nor even did we dream that such paradise could exist.  Now, that we discovered this secret we want to share it with everyone.

Magic Mountains is the name given to the reunion of the mountains of Montemuro, Arestal, Freita and Arada. There are 7 cities that are part of this enchanted territory: Arouca, Castelo de Paiva, Castro Daire, Cinfães, São Pedro do Sul, Sever do Vouga and Vale de Cambra.

To see more of our photos and the full text about this magical region, just click here.

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This year we decided to try wild camping. We decided to change the comfort of a hotel bed for the unique experience of sleeping under the stars in one of the most beautiful natural places in Portugal, the Magic Mountains.

To read the full post and see more of our pictures from our wild camping experience, just click here.

3.  Fraga da Pena

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Fraga da Pena was our first experience together as waterfall chasers. We have never heard about it until the day we found a lovely house to rent for a night in the small village of Pardieiros.

From Pardieiros to this idyllic spot is less than a 10-15 minutes walk.

Pardieiros belongs to the municipality of Arganil, Coimbra district. It´s located at Margaraça woods and Serra do Açor. It´s about 79 km from Coimbra and 23 km from Arganil.

You can read the full post dedicated to this place as well as enchanted Foz D´Égua village, here.

4. Buçaco Forest

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It´s located in Luso, central Portugal. The region where this earthly paradise is inserted is also known as “Bairrada”.

Here, you will find the enchanted and luxurious Palace Hotel do Bussaco, Santa Cruz Convent, 6 walking trails and a military museum.

You can read the full post from our visit to Buçaco Forest, here.

5. Tahiti Waterfall, Gerês

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The name of this waterfall might be misleading, but it´s actually located in Portugal and not in the heart of the South Pacific, on the Tahiti islands.

Located in the extreme north of Portugal, Gerês is a region where we still have much to explore.

From numerous waterfalls to natural swimming pools with crystal clear waters, Gerês National Park has a bit of everything for nature lovers. Unfortunately, we haven´t had the opportunity to spend enough time here to write a post for our blog. These two photos are the only photographic memories that we have from our short stay.

We arrived at this beautiful waterfall on the recommendation of our hotel receptionist.

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2016 was a very special year for us, it was on 18th September of this year that this blog was born. We promise to keep sharing with you the many charms and hidden spots of Portugal, as well as its most unique accommodations.

Lara Oliveira

9 Comments

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    Sophie

    3 January, 2017

    Your photos are so beautiful Lara!! I hope I can come visit Portugal this year 🙂

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    Simona

    7 January, 2017

    Thank you for this article. Portugal is our next destination, so it is going to help us!

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    Tasha

    7 January, 2017

    Portugal looks so beautiful! I haven’t been to mainland Portugal but I’ve been to the Azores which were wonderful. I’d love to stay in a tree house. Will be checking out your other post about it!

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    Danielle

    7 January, 2017

    Super cool! We fell in love with Portugal this year after spending time in the Algarve and Colares. Thanks for sharing!

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    The Curious Creature

    8 January, 2017

    Magic Mountains?! They sound incredible! On my list now 🙂

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    Flo @ Yoga, Wine & Travel

    8 January, 2017

    We’re headed to Portugal this summer and I hadn’t heard of ANY of these spots! Now they’re all on my radar and I’m working out how we can fit them into our road trip. Thanks for sharing!

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    Sonja

    8 January, 2017

    I love Portugal!!! I just went to the main places in the Algarve, Lisbon and Porto but I so want to back for longer!

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    Brooke of Passport Couture

    12 January, 2017

    Love this collection of hidden gems! Camping in the Magic Mountains looks like the perfect romantic excursion.

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    Jurga

    14 January, 2017

    Great selection! We’re visiting Portugal in spring, and already planned to see the Buçaco Forest. Will check our itinerary and see is we can incorporate a few other places from your list.

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