Portugal has true natural paradises from North to South. Breathtaking locations that are perfect for bringing peace and tranquility to our hectic days. Do you know where these small Portuguese paradises are? Come and find out now!
The privileged location of Portugal has allowed the natural world to create true movie-like sceneries. Thanks to the greenery of its forests, the wonder of its hidden waterfalls, the vast expanse of white sands in the most secluded beaches and the most beautiful lagoons, it's no wonder some people say that Portugal is made of small paradises.
These small paradises, where nature reigns and invites humans to share the peace and exuberance, are hidden (or in sight) throughout the national territory. From the north to the beaches and southern forests, there is no shortage of places where a visit is a must.
Highly unique and stunning, these places in Portugal do more than simply invite people for a quick visit since they become an addiction for all those who feel the need to stop the rat race in their daily life to take a break and enjoy these small paradises.
If you are part of the group of people who want to find out where these wonderful place are - and who knows, even move close to them - then come and get to know the 6 Portuguese natural paradises.
1. Peneda-Gerês National Park
This small paradise in Portugal is located in the north of the country, nestled between three distinct districts: Vila Real, Braga and Viana do Castelo. Having been considered as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, this is a national park with magical scenery that extends over more than 72,000 hectares.
Within it, you will find various animal and plant species, as well as streams, waterfalls and places of undeniable archaeological interest.
2. Serra da Estrela
The peace and tranquility felt in the Serra da Estrela does not disappear with the melting of the winter snow. This wonderful mountain range, where rivers such as Mondego, Alva and Zêzere originate from, is a protected area where one can hear (and feel) the sound of tranquility and beauty.
Along this mountain range, located next to Seia, you will find the most beautiful landscapes. In winter, the white blanket of snow. In summer, green meadows and streams.
This is a highly valued area known for its beauty but also for the rich gastronomy and the tradition that has still survived the passage of time.
3. Pedra da Ferida
In the centre of the country, in the heart of the Serra do Espinhal, it is possible to find a piece of land that's less known but no less beautiful.
An old watermill has given space to the reconquest of the nature, creating a mysterious scene, green and unspoiled. Here, flora and fauna grow vastly along the river banks of Ribeira da Azenha.
Following the stream, you can find the Cascade of Pedra da Ferida: a wonderful waterfall that falls at a height of 35 metres and allows one to enjoy the crystal clear waters, with green and natural surroundings.
4. Monte do Silêncio
In Greater Lisbon, in the heart of the Serra de Sintra, rising along the dam of the River Mula, you can find a region of unparalleled beauty.
Known by very few, this mountain, which can be reached by climbing through the nature, between the trees and the singing birds, takes us to the best panoramic views of the region, allowing us to catch a glimpse of the coast that stretches all the way to the south and the mountain range of Arrábida.
Between the greenery and the blue sky, among the beautiful rock formations, it is easy to understand how this place can be a true earthly paradise.
5. Vilarinho de Negrões
In Alentejo, Montalegre, we can find this small rural village, where the Albufeira do Alto Rabagão Dam flows through.
The landscapes in this village are breathtaking because of their natural beauty, which have been unspoiled and respected by humans when building stone houses that embrace the surroundings and complete the picture perfectly.
6. Waterfall of Pego do Inferno
To the south, in the Algarve, there is no shortage of small paradises. One of them is undoubtedly the largest waterfalls in the Asseca River: the Waterfall of Pego do Inferno.
This waterfall is located in the vicinity of the city of Tavira, more specifically in Santo Estêvão, and creates a paradisaical scenery worthy of any movie.
During the summer months, it is possible to take a swim in the fresh waters of the small lagoon formed by this waterfall.
If you think these small paradises are not enough to fulfill your curiosity and you want to get closer to them, you can visit them whenever you like and at the same time, find the best place to live in this heavenly region.