7 unusual places to visit in Portugal

And do you know that it is possible to discover Portugal in a completely different way, visiting some two of its most unusual places instead of two most iconic? There is a huge country to discover along two more conventional tourist routes and, many times, we are surprised with small treasures that we remember.

We talk about peculiar examples of architecture, extravagant or simply curious monuments, houses facing the opposite or covered by penedos, churches that are no longer tombs. There is a little bit of everything in this endless list of two most peculiar places in Portugal. Visit them and discover a country that is different and more genuine than the one we found in our tourist guides.

Face as bad, prepare the car and face the road. Take lots of pictures and keep a memory of each one of these places. Ultimately, these are some of the two most unusual places you can visit in Portugal.

1. A house opposite

Inverted House in Furnas

A utility building may also call for attention. E esta casa é a prova disso. On the Ilha de São Miguel, in the Azores, this transformation post of the Empresa de Eletricidade dos Açores has attracted visitors and tourists, who try to see with their own eyes this house that is literally on its legs to hear.

The construction was inspired by the constant movements of the island, caused by volcanoes, and the objective of the engineers and architects was to create something unique and that would capture the attention of tourists and curious people. The truth is that they won’t get it: no one can be indifferent to this invulgar style of construction.

2. A castle built by an individual

Hadrian's Castle
Hadrian’s Castle

Going through the road that links Vila Nova de Paiva to Sernancelhe, you will find in the village of Lamosa a building that in every way looks like a castle. This building is about to be built thanks to the efforts of a single man, who stands stone by stone or stands tall, to the delight of both residents and visitors who pass by.

This is a velho dream of Adriano dos Santos, born in Leomil. not vizinho concelho de Moimenta da Beira, and that was fixed in Carregal by later married. He supports the family thanks to his musical group, which also finances the construction of his castle. Chamam-lhe, affectionately, or Hadrian’s castle.

3. A church that was never a grave

Anta de Pavia, Evora
Anta de Pavia, Evora

The ancient forams were used as tombs and forams built a little throughout Europe over 3 thousand years ago. But in Pavia, not Alentejo, there is one of the most special of Portugal.

In addition to being well preserved, someone has a curious idea of ​​transforming its interior into a capella. And likewise, it is possible to pray and meditate in a small cubicle where, millennia ago, someone very important was buried. These are two of the most curious buildings in Portugal.

4. The smallest international bridge in the world

international bridge mais pequena do mundo alentejo
Ponte de Marco

Do you know where you are? Smallest international bridge in the world? Although many sites will indicate that it is a bridge that joins Canada to the United States, the reality is that there is a smaller Alentejo than that. Linking 2 islands of the Saint Lawrence River, between the state of New York, the USA, and the state of Ontario, not Canada, this supposed international bridge is barely 10 meters apart.

No entanto, a bridge that joins the Alentejo town of Marco, in Arronches, with El Marco, in Badajoz, was barely 6 meters, less 4 than its North American rival. It crosses the Ribeira de Abrilongo and serves as a passage between the Alentejo and the Spanish Extremadura.

5. A house built between penedos

strangest buildings
Penedo House

Located in Fafe, in the northern region of our country, the name of this house derives from the fact that it was built between four penedos, which integrate the structure of the house itself. The construction began in 1974 and lasted for about two years, after which it was used as the rural residence of a Portuguese family. Today, the house is completely uninhabited, but it is recognized as one of the most unusual buildings in Portugal.

The house does not have an electrical installation and, except for the doors, shutters and roof, it is completely made of stone. The rustic-style interior still calls for attention today, with furniture, escadas and corrimões made of logs. But it is the sofa, made of beetan and eucalyptus wood, and that weighs 350kg, which most arouses the attention of two visitors, whether national or international.

6. A palace built by “Rei do Lixo”

Palace of the King of Lixo
Palace of the King of Lixo

This tower, with a somewhat strange format, is located in the parish of Coina and constitutes a point of interest in the region. I do not know. XVIII, it is known that this property belongs to Mr. Joaquim de Pina Manique, brother of Diogo Inácio Pina Manique (founder of Casa Pia). Chamam-lhe or Palace of the King of Lixo.

Later (not sec. XIX), it was acquired by Manuel Martins Gomes Júnior (known as the Rei do lixo), and he has said that this palace was ordered to be erected by him so that dali could see the property that he has in Alcácer do Sal Born not seio of a poor family, Manuel Gomes made his fortune to buy and sell lixo, being likewise able to buy this palace that was found just five kilometers from his place of birth (Santo António da Charneca).

7. A capella most strange of Portugal

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lapa
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lapa

Built in a grotto, under a granite block, arises the one that can be at most strange church in portugal, not mount of Penamourinho. According to legend, this invulgar construction originates from the apparition of Our Lady of Lapa to a little shepherdess, tending to the image of Santa emerged from under a rock. Likewise, this place, despite being difficult to access, began to be home to Roma, who still happen today, at the beginning of every June.

They were one of those Roma that, in 1805, Father Rodrigues Ramos ordered the construction of the chapel that we can admire today. Here you can also find a viewpoint, where you can comfortably appreciate the views of the region and which can be accessed through a picturesque staircase in Madeira.