The secret attractions of Portugal – Part 1
The secret attractions of Portugal lie close at the heart of this amazingly beautiful and generous Mediterranean country that capture the magical essence of this amazing place and people.
Porto is one of the nuclei of Portugal. The city is one of the most awesome cities in the country and one of the richest. In the small city of Vila Nova da Gaia, a short drive away from the city on a Porto rental car, you can visit Miramar Beach. It is also known under the name “Praia do Senhor da Pedra” and it is one of the most beautifully romantic spots in Europe. It has a church right on the beach – a little chapel actually around the white sands, on a solid rock.
After you have sunbathed and rested here, you just might be ready to move on to the next attraction.
In case you want to know the coolest attraction in Porto, to many it is Livraria Lello, widely regarded as the most beautiful bookshop in the world. It is hosted in a lavish Art Nouveau building and any bookish person should stop by at least one in a lifetime.
Serra da Estrela is one of the most breathtaking national parks in Portugal. It contains the highest mountain the the country: Torre. It is halfway between Lisbon and Porto, so you can take the opportunity to visit any of the cities – or both, for that matter. Some of the most beautiful landscapes of the Iberian peninsula, endless stretches of parks and valleys, mountain tops and pastures will make your stay unforgettable.
As for Lisbon, there are a lot of hyped and secret attractions alike in the amazing capital city of Portugal.The Menino de Deus Church is still unpolluted by waves of tourists. Just a few minutes away from the Alfama district, this excessively ornate church commissioned by King Dom Joao V is one of the most beautiful in the country. And you can stop by for a minute of quiet.