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 with its gothic churches"

Stephen Ainslie

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

Stephen Ainslie

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!