7 villages that are the most secret and beautiful in Portugal

Despite its relatively small size, Portugal has many localities incredible to discover, which include the marvelous villages that are spread out a little throughout the country, especially not inland. They are rich in tradition, gastronomy, culture and artistic heritage and they inhabit the most welcoming people you can imagine.

Walking through the streets of these villages is making an authentic trip in time. After all, they keep memories of other times and here the most secular traditions of Portugal are kept alive and that make the charms of all the tourists who visit them.

Some of these villages are better known and, therefore, more visited, while others remain unknown to the majority of people. And these are precisely some of those jewels that we are going to leave on this list. Discover some of the most beautiful (and secret) villages in Portugal.

1. Alt

Alte

Longe de um Algarve mas turístico, or its historic center remains faithful to the traditional characteristics of the area. Likewise, here we can find white walls bordered in yellow, blue or red, the typical chamínés worked and the narrow streets that favor shade.

em Alte There is an Igreja Matriz with a simple appearance and medieval roots, with its current structure dating from the 16th century. The touch of modernity of the village is given by several wall paintings behind the walls, which reproduce typical figures and activities of the region.

2. Alvaro

Alvaro
Alvaro

É uma das “aldeias blancas” da Rede das Aldeias do Xisto, once I hear that the houses are fair, it is mostly plastered and painted white. Among its main points of interest we find the Igreja Matriz and the Igreja da Misericórdia, a small church from the end of the 16th century that maintains some of its original character.

You will also be able to find in the village some well-preserved 19th century houses. This was one of the villages affected by the fires of 2017, with the ravages that will still be evident in some places.

3. Casal de Sao Simao

House of São Simão
House of São Simão

House of São Simão It was practically abandoned for about 2 decades, but due to the purchase of various houses by a group of friends and the subsequent creation of the Refúgios de Pedra association led to the recovery of 23 rooms, all in existence.

Starting from the village, located on top of a rugged coastline, we have a captivating view over the Fragas de São Simão, as well as over the recently installed walkway. The encosta farm runs to the Ribeira de Alge, where we can find one of the most beautiful river beaches in Portugal.

4. Arcade Fountain

Arcade Fountain
Arcade Fountain

In this beautiful village, you will be able to find a Romanesque church, a Pelourinho, various 17th century plots, old stone houses with their wooden verandahs, a sanctuary dedicated to Nossa Senhora da Saúde and a peculiar Clock Tower, which does not have a clock . but sim um but, that in times marked the hours pelas quais os aldeões were guided.

It is precisely from the location of this tower, called Castelo, that we can have a privileged view over the house of the village and over the Vilar barragem.

5. Rio de Cima

top janeiro
top janeiro

It is an Aldeia do Xisto that extends from the bank of the Zêzere river, where the Parque Fluvial da Lavandeira was raised, a well-kept park that functions as a beach and picnic area.

To the oldest part of top janeiro It is located around the Igreja Velha, whose houses present particularities of demonstrating large rolled sexes, extracted from the river, interspersed with blocks of succulents. One of the two most well-known projects of the town is the preservation of the traditional cloth with linen, being likewise that it arose at Casa das Tecedeiras.

6.Outeiro

outeiro
outeiro

This small village in the municipality of Montalegre has about 150 inhabitants, whose stone houses are distributed along several narrow and winding streets. The village is surrounded by marvelous cultivated and pasture fields, which form a kind of green amphitheater, which is wide or metallic with two colliding animals.

Around here you can find various traditional granite spikers, almost all of them ancient, and some of them decorated with carvings in relief of stone.

7. Pia do Urso

Pia do Urso
Pia do Urso

It is a typical mountain village with rooms in stone and wood, with the recovery and requalification works that I am seeing to be something to transform it into a flowery, clean and well-ordered local.

On its streets, it is barely allowed or automobile transit to the inhabitants. Here I was raised, a few years ago, the first Ecoparque Sensorial in the country, with a very pleasant free tour, which was conceived to think about invisible people and the possibility of apprehension of the medium through senses such as smell, touch and hearing.