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Top 5: Undiscovered Spots in Portugal

by Katie Skrzek

Nov 6, 2018

Porto, Portugal © Sean Pavone | Dreamstime.com

Top 5 / Europe

When you hear Portugal, you may think of Lisbon’s iconic yellow trams, cliff-side towns or picturesque castles. However, the dynamic country has many undiscovered spots to entice visitors. Check out these spots on your next trip.

 

Bacalhôa Buddha Eden Garden

Visitors feel transported to Asia upon entering the Bacalhôa Buddha Eden Garden. Set on more than 85 acres, the large, Asian-inspired garden in central Portugal boasts Buddha statues, sculptures and pagodas.

 

Comporta

Comporta is a beach town south of Lisbon. Its beaches are mostly known among locals for the low-key, relaxed vibe. Visit soon before more travelers discover Comporta.

 

Nazaré 

This fishing village is located less than a two-hour drive above Lisbon on the coast. Nazaré upholds long-time fishing traditions, down to traditional dress. The large, wild waves the Atlantic Ocean produces draw surfers from around the world.

 

Peneda-Gerês National Park 

Located in the northeastern part of the country near the border of Spain, the park boasts a diverse landscape with waterfalls and rugged mountain peaks. The park is the only national park in Portugal.

 

Tavira 

Tavira is a small city in the Algarve region in southern Portugal. Explore the charming cafés and architecture without the hordes of tourists.

 

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