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?
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Portugal off the beaten track: Nature Hidden Gems
#1 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.
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
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.
#3 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
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
To have access to the treehouse, you will have to cross this lovely wood bridge.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.