Top 10 places to visit in Portugal collected by the getaway van, gets rid of what the tour guides say and asks those who have chosen to live here, what are the must see places in Portugal, some hidden gems and surprises, there is something for everyone. 

"Tomar Castle is an amazing place to visit. Walking through the gates was a real Wow! moment"

Darren Smith

Loulé Market

"I love Loule market on a Saturday morning in The Algarve - wandering around the cobbled streets in the old town by the castle and having lunch in one of the restaurants around the market. "

Darren Smith

Cachopo - Tavira

"This is my favourite place to visit. Hidden gem of Cachopo. Beautiful mountains above Tavira. Hidden little village, with a couple of great restaurants/bars, and a Fonte Férrea with an open air pool, bbq area and bar."

Sarah Brittan

Baleal Island

"We used to live on the Silver Coast and the only place I miss visiting there is Baleal Island."

Jane Callaghan

Alentejo coastline

"All the Alentejo coastline is great! One of the Top 10 places in Portugal for me, for sure!"

Ana Molarinho

Ponte do Lima

"In Minho, Ponte de Lima is beautiful, the oldest village in Portugal."

Maria Belford

"Buddha Eden Park near Bombarral needs a mention here!"

Päivi Louvel

Passadiços de Sistelo

"Known as the Portuguese Tibet"

Maria Belford

Santarem

"Santarem with its gothic churches"

Stephen Ainslie

"Sintra has many beautiful places but especially Quinta da Regaleira is a must see."

Stephen Ainslie

If you already visited Portugal, we are pretty sure you already know our country has a lot of beautiful places to discover. But the countryside, which is not so explored by tourists, has several villages culturally very rich. One of them is Piódão.

You can find this small village in Serra do Açor, which belongs to Arganil. First of all, you should know that it´s one of the best places for rural tourism. Piódão is perfect to spend some relaxed time surrounded by nature. It was considered World Heritage by UNESCO.

For those who don’t know this area, it can be a little bit hard to find the small village. It hides itself in the middle of mountains. There you can find nature is its most pure way. The view is just breathtaking.

One of the many things that makes Piódão unique is its houses, all made of schist. This gives a certain mysterious vibe to the village. Contrasting with the dark color of this material are the blue tones of the windows and doors.

Although it´s a small village on the interior of the country, Piódão has a lot of stories to tell. In the small alleys you can find true cultural treasures. Some of the things you should visit while in Piódão are the religious temples. The main church, for example, really stands out. This church from the XVIII century was painted in white and blue, which contrasts with the dark tones of the schist.

But beside all the monuments, there is a lot you can do in this village. Since it’s in the middle of the mountain and surrounded by nature, Piódão has a lot of pedestrian paths you can walk. It’s amazing to walk in such a  pure and enchanted ambiance! You can also take the opportunity to do Geocaching.

If you visit Piódão during Summer, you have to take an afternoon to enjoy the several river beaches. And, at night, you certainly will love to look at the sky and see the stars!

To finish, let’s talk about the gastronomy. After all, it is one important part of visiting a place! In this small village you can find a lot of Portugal´s traditional food. Our advise is for you to taste the migas of codfish and the roasted lamb.
Besides Piódão there are other small villages in the area you can visit and discover some of the most enchanted places of Portugal. If you want to visit them, our campervans are ready to take you there!

Portugal has been recognized several times by some of the most important magazines in the world as one of the best tourist destination. And this small country in the coast of Europe has a lot to discover. From the gastronomy to the nature places, Portuguese cities are a true cultural wealth.

But besides all the things you probably already read on the international publications, there are many things you probably don’t know about Portugal. Let’s find out some of them!

Portugal is the oldest Nation-State in Europe

Since 1139 that Portugal keeps the same borders, which makes it the oldest country in Europe!

Besides that, it has a strategic location on the Southwest of the continent, next to the Atlantic Ocean, making it a great starting point for a road trip through Europe.

There’s a holiday where people throw garlic

On the night of June 23rd-24th, Portuguese people fill the streets to celebrate São João. This festival is celebrated in the entire country, but especially in Porto, in the North of Portugal.

In this city it´s very common to see people with plastic hammers banging on each other´s heads. If you want to visit the city during this festival, we advise you to run away from the garlands of garlic.

It is the country of the biggest wave someone has ever surfed

Portugal has some amazing beaches to surf. One of the most famous, Nazaré, was the place where consecutively the biggest wave was surfed – first in 2011 by the Hawaiian Garret McNamara and later in 2017 by the Brazilian Rodrigo Koxa.

Are you feeling brave enough to try? Our campervans are perfect for a surf trip!

Lisbon is older than Rome

Lisbon is around four centuries older than Rome. In fact, this is the second oldest capital in Europe. The oldest is Athens.

The Alliance between Portugal and England is the oldest one still in force

In 1373 Portugal and England signed the Anglo-Portuguese treaty. Both countries participated in wars to defend each other. United Kingdom helped Portugal in the Iberian Peninsular War and Portugal was part of World War I to help UK.

Portuguese is the eighth most spoken language in the world

There are around 205 million Portuguese speakers and 240 million total speakers, which make Portuguese the eighth most spoken language in the entire world.

Portugal is the country responsible for the British love for tea

It was the Portuguese Catarina de Bragança, who was married with King Charles II of England, who took this habit to the British court.

You probably don’t know, but Portugal is a great surf destination.

From all around the world, surfers come to discover our amazing coast and all the beaches that offer the perfect waves… and adventures! There are over 900 Km of coast for you to discover! Did you know that Portugal is one of Eddie Vedder’s favorite places to surf? From North to South of the country, we present you 5 of the most amazing Portuguese beaches where you can surf.

 

1. Ericeira

Between the capital of Portugal and the beautiful city of Sintra, there is one of the favorite surf spots. This small fishermen village called Ericeira is the place where the Worldwide Surf Championship takes place.
Although small sized, Ericeira has several beaches to choose from for a great surf surf experience.

 

2. Nazaré

We bet you already heard about Nazaré. It has been the stage of more than one world record of the biggest wave surfed!
Worth to visit all year long, the waves offer a true show. Often you get to see (and to surf, if you´re brave) 10 meters´ waves!

Nazare Beach

3. Viana do Castelo

Cabedelo beach, in Viana do Castelo, is one of the portuguese spots to surf. This beach has the perfect conditions to surf, bodyboard, windsurf and kitesurf, to people with more or less experience.

4. Peniche

This is another important city for national and international surf.  It´s where the worldwide surf championship WTC takes place. The amazing thing about Peniche is that you can find a lot of different spots to surf. It all depends on how brave you feel and your experience!

5. Sagres

In Algarve, there is this city where you can find amazing waves all year round… except for Summer!
Curious, isn’t it? Well, Sagres usually has better waves during Autumn, Winter and Spring. But the amazing thing about this city is that it is located in one of the most touristic areas of Portugal, so you can find a lot of amazing things to do!

So, are you thinking about making a road trip, you and your surfboard?

With a Getaway Van both of you will share amazing moments, surfing the best waves in Portugal!

And, if you don´t feel safe to try it on your own, we partnered up with the best surf schools in the country!

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