12 secret places to visit in Portugal for nature, food and culture; iNews

Portugal – University of Coimbra – Alta and Sofia

In the first of a three-part series, Lonely Planet’s Kevin Raub reveals some of the country’s lesser-known highlights.

1. Granite playground

Parque Nacional da Peneda-Geres, Portugal’s only national park, can sometimes be hard to squeeze into an itinerary between wine-tasting in the Douro, port-imbibing in Porto and dining in Lisbon, which is a shame. Wandering among its 100 or so granite villages inhabited by farmers and shepherds gives a flavour of a life little changed since the 12th century. The park – in the country’s north-east – also has an abundance of hiking opportunities.

2. Rural retreat

One of Portugal’s most impressive, under-the-radar places to bed down is Aldeia da Mata Pequena, located just outside the former royal enclave of Mafra, 45km north-east of Lisbon. Former Lisbonite Diogo Batalha has restored 13 ruined structures of a 300-year-old village and flipped them into fabulous, historically accurate stone cottages.

The village’s former wineries, barns, bakeries and homes retain original elements, which you can now sleep in. Doubles from €60 (£52), aldeiadamatapequena.com

3. Hydroelectric hotspot

Read more from source: 12 secret places to visit in Portugal for nature, food and culture

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.