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4 Places To Visit in Portugal That You've Never Heard Of

Heard of Albufeira? Yep.

Lisbon? Yeah.

Porto? Probably.

Lagos? Most definitely.

What about Berlengas Island? Err.

Comporta? That’s North isn’t it?

Tomar? Rings a vague bell.

Let’s solve that today. Here are the 5 places to visit in Portugal that you’ve never heard of.

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Tomar is in the south central region of Estremadura. It is one of the most adorable towns in all of Portugal with a prolific convent that stands majestically above. There is a small river than runs alongside the main squares that will give you tons of Instagrammable shots and an altogether a pleasant summer afternoon. It is not the most flashy on this list but a cute, calm, oh-so-portuguese spot to check out.

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Óbidos is possibly one of the more famous towns on this list but is still indie enough to mention on this list. This quirky medieval town is built within castle walls with original battlements and views across the surrounding countryside. It is a huge draw for tourists and has a colourful joyfulness. Highlights are the International Chocolate Festival which takes place every April or the Christmas markets in November and December.

Berlengas Island

Berlengas Island is a small archipelago off the West coastal town of Peniche. It is slap bang in the middle of the country and although Peniche is not the most obvious of holiday spots, Berlengas makes it worth the visit! Take a boat out to through the clear teal waters to the hidden spots around this picturesque idyll. I love it, you’ll love it too!

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Comporta is often touted as Portugal’s best kept secret beach. On the South West coast in the Alentejo region, Comporta is well hidden and well kept. Its soft white sand and calm atmosphere makes it a better choice than the busy rabble you’ll find at the Algarve.

There you have it! My top four picks for places you should finally get round to visiting in 2020.

Let me know on my Instagram page what your favourite spots in Portugal are?