5 Destinations Off The Beaten Track In Portugal

Updated 21 April 2022 | by Emily Benton

Portugal is a firm favourite for enjoying colourful culture, fascinating history and breath-taking beaches. However, away from the famous golden beaches and world-class golf courses of the Algarve, there is a bucket list of more modest destinations. Here are five places off the beaten track in Portugal that you absolutely must visit...


1. Alentejo

The rich green pastures of Alentejo are dotted with vineyards, ancient castles and landmark cities such as Elvas and Évora, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. Fancy enjoying some famous Alentejo wine in this beautiful Portuguese region?

Alentejo Portugal



2. Óbidos

Not far from Lisbon, this charming town is famous for the impressive walls the encircle the quintessential Portuguese homes. The main gates also feature a beautiful chapel adorned with traditional 18th-century blue and white tiles. 

Óbidos Portugal



3. Sao Miguel Island

Referred to locally as 'The Green Island, Sao Miguel is the largest and most populous island of the Azores. Rumour has it that this epic view of lake Lagoa de Santiago and Lagoa Azul is well worth the hike... See it for yourself and stay in one of our beautiful holiday rentals on Sao Miguel Island.

Sao Miguel Island Portugal


4. Esposende

Think sandy beaches and dense pine forests, privileged with natural life. There are plentiful opportunities for horse riding, hiking and cycling making it the perfect destination for an active escape in Portugal.

Esposende Portugal



5. Vieira do Minho

In the district of Braga, North Portugal, Vieira do Minho is a beautiful rural area that is saturated with a rich, ancient history. This stunning church, Bom Jesus do Monte, is just one example of the traditional culture and architecture that characterises the region. Fancy an escape to this bucolic countryside? 

Vieira do Minho Portugal


Do you fancy dodging the tourists and discovering an exciting new destination? Click here to see our villas in Portugal...