Portugal: a country that can surprise you with its enchanting landscapes and small towns where time seems to stand still. This destination could be perfect to make a romantic surprise to your soul mate or simply to spend some unforgettable moments with your better half.
If you are reading this article, regardless of your motivations, you will be surprised to discover the enchanting places that Portugal has to offer.
Below is a list of the 10 most romantic places in Portugal.
1 – Pinhão – Douro (North).
Pinhão is a village in the Douro Valley region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The heart of the Alto Douro Vinhateiro, Pinhão is known for its famous Port wine production on the slopes of the Douro; this brings thousands of tourists each year to visit the wonders and delicacies that the Pinhão region has to offer.
2 – Piódão e Foz D’Égua – Arganil (Centro)
If you read two names within the title, it is because these two very close places go together like peanut butter and jam. Piódão is a village located in the foothills of the Serra do Açor, known for its houses, walls, and streets completely covered with shale. This specific feature makes the village unique and unforgettable for those who visit it.
Just 5 km from Piódão, you reach Foz D’Égua, where you can find a wonderful natural pool, great for relaxing, having deep contact with nature and making new love acquaintances. An experience not to be missed!
3 – Fisgas do Ermelo – Mondim de Basto (Centro)
The Fisgas do Ermelo Waterfall, located in the Vila Real district, is the name given to one of the largest waterfalls in Portugal and even Europe. With a slope of 400 meters, the Figas do Ermelo is a super romantic location to share with those you love; in fact, it is possible to take long walks hand in hand thanks to the walkways there. More adventurous BTT trails are available for couples who enjoy thrills instead.
4 – Serra da Estrela (Center)
The second highest mountain in Portugal needs no introduction. The Serra da Estrela, part of the Serra da Estrela Natural Park, is one of the most visited tourist areas in the world, especially in winter, when the presence of snow makes for great skiing. In fact, the Serra da Estrela ski resorts are its most important attraction. Not to mention the historical, cultural and gastronomic wealth that the place possesses. An unforgettable vacation for all our couples in love.
5 – Sintra
One of the biggest attractions in Sintra is the Pena Palace, which, besides being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been considered one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal. Inside you can find different architectural styles, perfectly mixed together, and all this makes the palace an exotic and exuberant place, with facades in strong and passionate colors! In addition, it is surrounded by a park of over 200 hectares, consisting of numerous gardens, bridges, fountains, lakes, greenhouses and caves. An ideal place to get lost among your kisses and walks in hidden and mysterious corners.
6 – Porto Côvo – Sines (Alentejo)
“Aqui, no lugar de Porto Côvo.” There is no Portuguese who does not know the song by Rui Veloso, who sings passionately about the village located on the Alentejo coast. Porto Covo is a romantic and cozy place, known for its fantastic beaches (Praia Grande, Praia dos Buizinhos, etc.). When you visit Porto Côvo you cannot miss Pessegueiro Island, with the Pessegueiro Fortress, historically important in the defense of the Costa Vicentina.
7 – Monsaraz – Alentejo
Narrow streets, white walls and medieval ramparts. Rich in history and with a wonderful heritage, the village of Monsaraz is a must-see destination for a romantic weekend getaway. Monsaraz is increasingly distinguishing itself in the Portuguese rural tourism scene, becoming one of the most popular resorts in the Alentejo region. We guarantee that you will never forget your romantic moments in Alqueba and Alentejo!
8 – Benagil Beach – Lagoa (Algarve)
Benagil Beach deserves to be on this list because it is one of the most heavenly places in Portugal. The crystal clear, calm waters and beautiful caves will surely surprise your soul mate. For example, the Algar de Benagil is a natural cave formed by wind and water erosion that have created an absolutely beautiful and impressive effect. There is one catch though: Benagil Beach is not easy to get to and can only be done via water. But don’t worry! This will add more to the adventure at this place and unite the couple in love even more.
9 – Caldeira Velha – Azores
We know that in this article we have already talked about waterfalls. But the Azores also has a unique natural paradise worth visiting And it’s a lot warmer, too! Caldeira Velha is a hydrothermal waterfall located on the slopes of Serra de Agua de Pau, ideal for swimming and diving with your soul mate. Caldeira Velha is far from the hustle and bustle of the city and is rich in natural and exotic treasures. It is located in the crater of a volcano, and it is this that produces wonderful thermal waters. An enchanting experience for couples who enjoy pure relaxation and spa treatments.
10 – Levadas – Madeira
Madeira is known around the world as the “Pearl of the Atlantic” for many reasons. In this article we will discuss one of them: the Levadas. Walking in Levadas, Madeira, is one of the best experiences you can have on the island. Of course, it is always best to share these moments with your better half with you. Therefore, be enchanted by the many waterfalls and attractions there are in Levadas, 25 Fontes and Risco in Rabaçal. Experience the pure nature and romantic atmosphere of this beautiful place.
Now we want to leave you with a detail you may have noticed: the above places are not organized in order of preference, but by region. All of them are recommended and we all have special feelings for them. Some are more famous, some less famous, but all of them are capable of making our happy couples feel great emotions.
Proposal in Portugal – The perfect itinerary for an unforgettable day
If you want to plan a romantic and memorable marriage proposal in Portugal, here is a perfect itinerary that can help you in the endeavor:
- 09:00 Start the day by exploring the romantic streets of Lisbon, Portugal.
- 11:00 Romantic boat ride on the Tagus River.
- 12:00 Stop for lunch at a restaurant with breathtaking views of the city.
- 2 p.m. Ride a cable car to the top of Sao Jorge Castle for a panoramic view of the city.
- 15:30 Stroll through the cobblestone streets of Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood.
- 17:00 Enjoy a relaxing sunset picnic in one of Lisbon’s parks.
- 19:00 Find a romantic place to propose and pop the question!
- 7:30 pm Celebrate with a romantic dinner at a restaurant with breathtaking views of the city.
This itinerary is just a sample of what Portugal has to offer for a romantic proposal; therefore, you can customize it according to your needs and interests.
Be sure not to be afraid to discover and visit the most romantic places in Portugal!