Portugal Off the Beaten Track: Hidden Gems To Discover

Portugal Off the Beaten Track: Hidden Gems To Discover

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We decided to create this list to share Portugal off the beaten path with you. In this article, you´ll find Portugal hidden gems and unique experiences we had the privilege of discovering in Portugal, our homeland, throughout the years. Are you ready to discover treehouse hotels,  hidden waterfalls and much more?

Are you looking for a Portugal Itinerary to help you plan the best possible Portugal road trip? If so, don´t miss our article – Portugal Itinerary: A Really Quite Good Guide to Road Trip Portugal

Portugal off the beaten track: Nature Hidden Gems

#1 Magic Mountains 

Portugal Off the Beaten Track: Hidden Gems To Discover

Portugal off the beaten path: Magic Mountains

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.

Portugal Off the Beaten Track: Hidden Gems To Discover

Portugal off the beaten path: Magic Mountains

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.

#2 Fraga da Pena

Portugal Off the Beaten Track: Hidden Gems To Discover

Portugal off the beaten path: Fraga da Pena

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.

#3 Bussaco Forest

Portugal Off the Beaten Track: Hidden Gems To Discover

Portugal off the beaten path: Bussaco Forest

Bussaco Forest is located in Luso, central Portugal.  Did you know that in the sixteenth century, the Bussaco Forest was protected by the Pope´s orders and turned into a monastic retreat?

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 Bussaco forest, here.

#4 Tahiti Waterfall, Gerês

Portugal Off the Beaten Track: Hidden Gems To Discover

Portugal off the beaten path: Tahiti Waterfall

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.

 

Portugal off the beaten track: Hotel Hidden Gems

#1 Treehouse Hotel, Algarve

Portugal Off the Beaten Track: Hidden Gems To Discover

Portugal off the beaten path: Treehouse Hotel, Algarve

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

Portugal Off the Beaten Track: Hidden Gems To Discover

Portugal Hidden Gems: Treehouse Hotel, Algarve

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 Palace Hotel do Bussaco

Portugal Off the Beaten Track: Hidden Gems To Discover

Portugal off the beaten path: Palace Hotel do Bussaco

Palace Hotel do Bussaco was built for the last kings of Portugal, in the late nineteenth century but, nowadays, you can stay overnight if you want to. This  is one of the most chaming hotels of Portugal.

Book your stay at Palace Hotel do Bussaco, here.

#3 Five Million Stars Hotel: Sleep inside a Bubble at Moinho do Maneio

Portugal Off the Beaten Track: Hidden Gems To Discover

Portugal off the beaten path: Hotel Bubble (Moinho do Maneio)

There are 5-star hotels, which we also love, but then we find those hotels that surprise us by allowing a totally different experience. This the case of the Bubble at Moinho do Maneio, which allows us to be lying in a comfortable bed and at the same time enjoy an unobstructed view of the stars. There are few accommodations that can provide something like this.

Book your stay at Moinho do Maneio, here.

To see more of our photos and find more information about the experience of sleeping in a bubble, just click here.

#4 Casa Balthazar, Lisbon

Portugal Off the Beaten Track: Hidden Gems To Discover

Portugal off the beaten path: Casa Balthazar, Lisbon

What is not lacking in Lisbon are quality accommodations. After a long search on Booking, we were a bit confused about the best hotel to stay in. However, after considering everything we saw, we decided that Casa Balthazar was definitely the one that stood out. After all, of all the accommodations with beautiful views over Lisbon, this seemed to be the one with the most amazing views of the city and the only where it was possible to enjoy this view while soaking in a jacuzzi.

Book your stay at Casa Balthazar, here.

To see more of our photos and find more information about our stay at Casa Balthazar, just click here.

#5 Stroganov Hotel

Portugal Off the Beaten Track: Hidden Gems To Discover

Portugal off the beaten path: Stroganov Hotel

Are you tired of boring hotels? Then, Stroganov hotel is everything you´re looking for. This 5 star hotel combines exquisite decor with affordable prices. Stroganov Hotel is a boutique Hotel, it is not a large hotel and has only 12 rooms. Which allows each room to be unique.

Book your stay at Stroganov Hotel, here.

#6 Balili House, Baleal

Portugal Off the Beaten Track: Hidden Gems To Discover

Portugal off the beaten path: Balili House, Peniche

In our incessant search for different accommodations with Wow factor, it´s not every day that we find a place to sleep where it is possible to observe the stars and hear the sound of the sea while soaking in a Jacuzzi.

Book your stay at Balili House, here.

To see more of our photos and find more about our stay at Balili House, just click here.

#7 Convento de São Saturnino, Sintra

Portugal Off the Beaten Track: Hidden Gems To Discover

Portugal off the beaten path: Convento de São Saturnino

While searching for accommodations near Sintra on Booking, we were astounded by Convento de São Saturnino. It’s idyllic and charming location truly amazed us.

Besides the proximity to Sintra, which was our main requirement, this accommodation enjoys a privileged position overlooking the Atlantic, situated in a green hidden valley, inside the natural reserve of the Serra de Sintra – Cascais.

Book your stay at Convento de São Saturnino, here.

To see more of our photos and find more about our stay at Convento de São Saturnino, just click here.

Portugal Off the Beaten Track: Hidden Gems To Discover

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11 Comments

  1. Reply

    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!

  4. Reply

    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!

  5. Reply

    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.

  9. Reply

    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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    Alexandra Wrigley

    20 March, 2019

    Wow! Portugal has so many beautiful hidden gems. I’ve not been before but this post has really sold it to me. More than just the sea, so much nature and natural beauty! I’d love to wild camp also.

    • Reply

      Lara Oliveira

      23 March, 2019

      I´m so glad to know that this post awakened in you the desire to visit Portugal. Hope you can visit our home country soon 😉

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