The Ten Most Enchanting Villages in Portugal

Portugal boasts some of the most beautiful villages in all of Europe. The historic mix of culture and charm attract visitors from all over the world. So if you are planning a trip here – then take at look at the top ten ‘must’ see villages:

Monsanto

This tiny village was called the ‘most Portuguese village in Portugal’ in 1938. All the houses and streets in Monsanto are crammed in quite tightly and are carved from the rocky cliffs and granite blocks that are all around the town. A visit to the castle that overlooks the village gives you awe-inspiring views of the beautiful mountains of the Serra de Estrela.

Monsaraz

Monsaraz is a charming village with a quaint historic atmosphere. The main street, Rua Direita is lined with whitewashed houses dating back to between the 16th and 17th century. In the main square you will see a delightful parish church which houses gorgeous ornate altars and painted pillars.

Castelo Rodrigo

Tucked away on top of a hill is this delightful village of Castelo Rodrigo which overlooks the plateau that stretches eastwards to Spain and northwards to the valley of River Douro. The village was founded by Alfonso IX of Leon until the pilgrim times.

Sortelha

Yet another quaint little village which has been really well preserved. The village has an unusual Gothic gateway and a 14th-century parish church with a superb Spanish-Arab ceiling displaying the architectural styles that are unique to this area.

Nazare

Well known as being Portugal’s most famous fishing village, with an amazing beach and a buzzing village life style. The locals still wear traditional costumes, with men having checked shirts and trousers whilst the women wear several layers of petticoats. The fishing boats are all painted in articulate styles in bright colours.

Ericeira

Another quaint tiny fishing village that is located on the cliffs overlooking the beautiful Atlantic coast. This village has whitewashed chapels and houses that line the narrow streets. There are plenty of historic seafront restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious freshly caught seafood meal.

Obidos

This cute village is known to be one of Europe’s most romantic villages due to the colourful houses filled with bougainvillaea and Gothic passageways that align the cobblestone streets. There are some lovely old whitewashed churches that are situated around the delightful 12th-century castle.

Marvao

Here is yet another ancient medieval mountain-top village. The village stills has well preserved buildings, houses and churches that lead up to an amazing 13th-century castle, where you will be met with amazing breath-taking views!

Almeida

Almeida is another ‘must-see’ village. It was originally founded to serve as a major Portuguese fortification on the Spanish border in the 12th century. The village conducts tours around the wall and moat defences that made Almeida stand up tall to the many Spanish sieges.

Alvaro

This beautiful village boasts a rich religious heritage due to its fifteen chapels and a cute church dedicated to Saint James. It has pretty narrow streets and the atmosphere whether it be day or night is enchanting, along with local friendly people, advertising their shops, stalls and restaurants. It also has a lovely beach which is kept very clean with lots of different beach bars.


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