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10 quase secret places to discover in Portugal

Despite its relatively small territorial space, when compared to other nations, the truth is that Portugal has a set of attractions that make it two of the most fascinating countries in the world. In our country, we can find a great diversity of landscapes and immense heritage with much history, as well as excellent tourist attractions, some of which are quite popular.

However, there are still places that, because they are more remote or less visited, are not as well known to the general public. They are places of rare beauty and authenticity that are still not discovered by the majority of tourists and that, for this reason, still preserve much of their original charm.

If it is isolated, secret or slightly less known places than the rest, then you will enjoy knowing the list that we have for yourself. These are some of the two most charming and, at the same time, most unknown places in Portugal.

1. Sobral de S. Miguel

Sobral of Sao Miguel

Located in Covilhã, this village with Roman origins, often called “coração do xisto”, has less than 300 inhabitants. Here you can find various attractions, such as the Igreja de São Miguel, the a capella of Santa Bárbara and the capella of Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem.

Do not stop walking its streets to learn about all the charming details of the town. final reckoning, Sobral of Sao Miguel It has the highest concentration of houses in existence in the entire country.

2. Fajã da Caldeira de Santo Cristo

Fajã da Caldeira de Santo Cristo
Fajã da Caldeira de Santo Cristo

This destination, with a singular beauty, is located on the island of São Jorge, in the Azores and has attracted more and more visitors thanks to its captivating views and its lake.

The place owes its name to an annual pilgrimage, made by the devotees of Santo Cristo in September, with the intention of thanking or having a good time in life.

3. Curral das Freiras

Curral das Freiras
Curral das Freiras

This memorable village is located in the heart of the island of Madeira, in the municipality of Câmara de Lobos. Curral das Freiras It is found in a worth and seems hidden in a cenário of great beauty, embedded in a hill of green socalcos and with verdant mountains to surround it.

Its existence is due to the construction of a non-local convent of friars, during the 16th century, which two French corsairs fled to this isolated location with fear.

4. Ponta da Ferraria

Ponta da Ferraria
Ponta da Ferraria

It is found on the island of São Miguel, one of the most sparkling pearls of the archipelago of the Azores. The local has as great attraction the natural pools, with their waters around a temperature of 30°C thanks to the thermal spring that touches the sea.

You can also not miss visiting the Miradouro da Ponta da Ferraria, with its incredible panoramic view over the fajã.

5. Porto das Salemas

Porto das Salemas
Porto das Salemas

It is located on the island of Porto Santo, and to get there, you will have to travel a long trail, therefore you should hardly visit the place with favorable weather conditions. O Porto das Salemas is visited by its sandy beaches, with therapeutic properties, as well as by its small natural pools, which all visitors love.

6. Aldeia das Dez

Dez Village
Dez Village

lovely Dez Village sobranceira arises from the Alvôco river, in Oliveira do Hospital. The town serves as a lookout point, with a unique view of the mountains that surround it.

I cannot fail to see Fonte dos Soito Meirinho, Igreja Matriz of the XVIII century, Casa do S, building of the XVII century, or Cruzeiro do Largo da Fonte, and the Roman road.

7. Penedo House

strangest buildings
Penedo House

It is located in the Serra de Fafe, more precisely in the União de Freguesias de Várzea Cova e Moreira do Rei, and was built in an uncommon space, between four huge rocks, which serve as structure and give or name to habitation.

Or your interior is full or what is necessary to spend some quiet days in full communion with nature, with everything or comfort two modern days.

8. Ponte da Misarela

Ponte da Misarela
Ponte da Misarela

This bridge is located about 1 km from the Rabagão river gorge, and allows linking the parishes of Ruivães and Campos (part of the municipality of Vieira do Minho) to Ferral (of the municipality of Montalegre).

The cenário that surrounded Ponte da MisarelaKnown for the “Ponte do Diabo” it is dazzling, because it is surrounded by escarpments, and there is also a waterfall that enchants all visitors.

9. Gimonde

Gimonde
Gimonde

Gimonde It is located in the municipality of Bragança and is one of the attractions of Trás-os-Montes, being a charming Portuguese village where you can contemplate nature in all its splendor.

For besides its bridge, another of the local attractions is the traditional bread. In its vicinity, you can visit other villages, such as Rio de Onor, Varges, Guadramil and Gondesende.

10. Foz d’Egua

Foz d'Egua
Foz d’Egua

This picturesque village is located in the heart of the Serra do Açor, but precisely in the municipality of Arganil. The old buildings are one of its great attractions, as well as the beauty of the surrounding nature, which here presents its maximum splendor. to village of Foz d’Egua It is much compared to Hobbiton, where we live the hobbits of the film “O Senhor dos Anéis”.

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