A new year has begun and many plans for the future have been made.
Many of these are travelling plans, and getting to know new places, people, cultures and traditions.
How nice it is to plan your next holidays!
But, then, what to see and visit in Portugal?
For SóPraSi there are countless places you should not miss!
From nature to architecture, through traditions, there are places and experiences for all tastes.
It is difficult for us to choose just a few when we want to show you everything. We are passionate about this country and those who visit us are always surprised by the diversity they find.
Even so, we leave you with some suggestions and, in any of them, you can count on SóPraSi to take care of your entire trip to Portugal!
We needed to start with Aveiro.
Aveiro means home!
It was here that everything began and Aveiro occupies a special place in our hearts. But that’s because this city is really special!
Aveiro is a small big city. It offers the best of the big cities’ dynamics and the best of the small towns’ tranquillity.
It is in the centre of everything!
It is 10 minutes away from the sea, 30 minutes away from the mountains and a little further away from the vineyards.
There is tradition, there is culture, and there is art!
A bit everywhere, some traditions are dying, but here, in Aveiro, we can still see and feel the masters of their arts.
You can meet the few salt producers that still exist, the same for the rice producers and not to mention the ceramic artisans.
But nature is also rich!
The proximity to the mountains and the connection to the water has created a rich ecosystem.
For us, passionate about this city which is home for us, Aveiro cannot be explained, it cannot be described, you have to come to discover it.
Aveiro is not something you visit, you feel it!
SEVER DO VOUGA
It is known by many as the capital of blueberries, but it is so much more!
It’s a green, quiet region that lives in perfect harmony with nature.
Visiting Sever do Vouga, is an invitation to slow down and enjoy the many things you can do here.
Here you can visit blueberry producers, see how traditional baskets are made, visit community threshing floors with their traditional granaries, find pre-historic remains, taste delicious food, and above all connect with nature.
The background noise of running water or birds singing is constant! This harmonious melody relaxes you and helps you realise how important contact with nature is.
For the more adventurous it is also here that you can try some adventure sports, from climbing to rafting. If you want a bit of adventure, but in smaller doses, you can opt for aquatic walks or stand-up paddle (SUP).
When you leave Sever do Vouga, besides missing it, you’ll be more energetic and you’ll feel better!
Do you accept the challenge?
SEVER DA ESTRELA
Serra da Estrela is one of the largest green and protected areas in Portugal!
This is where you will find the highest point in mainland Portugal, and this is also where you will find many of the most wonderful traditions.
Here the connection to the land, as a form of sustenance, is still strong.
Shepherds still take their herds to the wider areas to graze. We still find producers of queijo da serra (a typical cheese of this area, distinguished by its more “liquid/buttery” interior).
There are also products made in burel, so used by the locals, especially the shepherds.
In this region, you will get to know a good part of the essence of the oldest Portuguese traditions. You will meet friendly and generous people, who are passionate and proud of their land and their art. Here you will be able to visit lakes, and forests, and enjoy beautiful scenic landscapes.
Sadly, in 2022, a significant part of the Serra da Estrela burned down… Nevertheless, this region should still be visited! It continues to be a place of unparalleled beauty! And tourism can and should be an agent of social and economic development!
Come visit the heart of continental Portugal!
The Douro Valley is a charming and picturesque region located in northern Portugal. It is known for its terraced vineyards that stretch along the hillsides of the Douro River, creating a stunning and unique setting!
The region is famous for the production of Port wines, which are appreciated, known and renowned all over the world.
Here you can visit the estates where they are produced and taste the local wines, or take a private boat trip on the Douro River to admire the vineyards and their stunning scenery.
Besides the landscape and the wine, the Douro Valley offers many other tourist attractions.
You can visit the historic villages and medieval towns, such as the charming village of Pinhão, and admire the traditional architecture. You can also go hiking and biking along the local trails, or enjoy a relaxing day at quintas.
The Douro Valley is a perfect place for those looking to enjoy splendid nature, try the local cuisine, and taste quality wines.
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit this amazing region and delight in everything it has to offer.
SERRA DA LOUSÃ
The Serra da Lousã is another hidden natural paradise in the heart of Portugal.
With its stunning landscapes, trails that run through untouched nature, and many outdoor activities to choose from, this is the perfect place for those looking for a city escape and wanting to immerse themselves in nature.
The Serra da Lousã is known for its beautiful oak and pine forests, as well as crystal clear rivers and waterfalls. It is here where we can also witness one of the greatest natural spectacles, the roar of the deer. September to November is the ideal time to watch this mating ritual where we can hear the males defending and claiming territories, attracting females.
Hiking or biking trails are great for exploring this spectacular landscape and nature enthusiasts can enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities, from mountain biking and rafting to rappelling and canoeing.
Besides nature, the Serra da Lousã offers a wealth of culture and history. You can explore medieval castles, monasteries, and ancient churches, as well as traditional, historical, and slate villages.
The local cuisine is another attraction that cannot be missed. You will enjoy typical dishes such as Portuguese stew, roasted lamb, and delicious traditional cheeses and sweets.
The Serra da Lousã is an incredible place to visit, with a perfect blend of nature, culture, and gastronomy.
Come and discover for yourself why this region is so loved by those who visit it, like us. Don’t waste any more time and book your trip to the Serra da Lousã now!
PORTUGUESE COASTAL WAY OF SANTIAGO
The Portuguese Coastal Way of Santiago is a historical and spiritual journey that attracts pilgrims and tourists from all over the world. Beginning in the city of Porto, this way offers a unique blend of breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and welcoming villages.
Along the way, you will pass through picturesque beaches, green forests, and traditional vineyards. You will also have the opportunity to explore historic cities such as Viana do Castelo, Ponte de Lima, and Vila Nova de Cerveira, each with its personality and charm.
If you are looking for a more relaxed experience, the Portuguese Coastal Way of Santiago offers a variety of accommodation options, including guesthouses, hotels, and hostels. Traditional regional meals, such as the famous caldo verde and delicious fresh fish, are also a great attraction.
The journey is full of moments of reflection and tranquillity. You can visit ancient churches and monasteries, pray in medieval chapels, and participate in religious ceremonies. And don’t forget that you will also meet many different people! Those who walk the way say that this is one of the strongest points of the experience, the people.
The Portuguese Coastal Way of Santiago is an incredible journey that combines breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and wonderful people. If you are looking for an unforgettable adventure, come and experience this historic way.
Évora is a charming city that breathes history, located in southern Portugal, right in the heart of Alentejo. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the city offers a rich mix of ancient and modern architecture, as well as beautiful natural landscapes.
The city is famous for its Gothic cathedral, the Roman Temple, and the Palace of the Dukes of Cadaval. In addition, visitors can enjoy a variety of museums, art galleries and shops selling traditional crafts from the region.
Évora is also known for its delicious cuisine, including traditional dishes such as the Portuguese stew and the Évora pastry. Many bars and restaurants serve delicious regional wines, many of which are internationally renowned.
The city is surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes, including green fields and rolling hills. Visitors can enjoy hiking and cycling in the surrounding area.
Évora is a unique and charming city that offers a variety of activities for all tastes. It’s a city that breathes culture, having been chosen as the Portuguese city to be the European Capital of Culture in 2027!
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit this natural and cultural treasure of Portugal.
If you’re looking for a beach vacation, the Algarve is a paradise for beach lovers.
With about 200 kilometres of coast, there’s a beach for every type of traveller.
The crystal clear water and white sand beaches, like Praia da Rocha and Praia da Falésia, are ideal for families and couples or groups of friends. Meanwhile, the wild beaches, like Praia do Camilo and Praia da Dona Ana, are great for those looking for adventure and challenge.
In addition, the beaches of the Algarve offer a variety of activities, from diving and windsurfing to boat trips and fishing. With a warm and sunny climate all year round, the Algarve is the perfect destination!
Come experience the wonders of the Algarve beaches! We recommend visiting this region outside of July and August if you’re looking for more tranquillity and authenticity. Talk with us and we’ll help you choose the best time to visit the places.
If you want to travel back in time, Portugal also offers good options, such as Óbidos. It is a charming medieval village located on the west coast of Portugal. It is known for its intact medieval walls and its historical and picturesque atmosphere. The village is surrounded by beautiful gardens, offering stunning views of the countryside.
The village of Óbidos is a true historical gem, with narrow and paved streets, colourful houses and ancient churches. The village is also famous for its local cuisine, including typical sweets and liqueurs like the famous “ginginha” and quality wines.
Óbidos is also a perfect place for those looking to relax and enjoy nature. The village offers a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling and horseback riding. Additionally, the village is a short distance from famous beaches such as Peniche and Baleal.
If you are looking for an authentic and historical experience in Portugal, Óbidos is the right place for you! With its unique and charming atmosphere, delicious cuisine and proximity to nature, Óbidos is a must-see destination. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit and enjoy everything this village has to offer!
Since it’s so close to Óbidos, you can’t miss Peniche, a beautiful beach with extensive sand that shows how diverse the Portuguese coast is.
Peniche is a charming town located on the west coast of Portugal, with history and beautiful natural landscapes. It’s one of the world’s capitals of surfing due to its perfect conditions for the practice of this sport.
In addition, the city has several tourist attractions, including the Fortaleza de Peniche, a historical fortification built in the 16th century, and Praia do Baleal, a wild and untouched beach with stunning views.
The city also offers a variety of gastronomic options, from traditional fresh fish to famous egg sweets. Furthermore, the nightlife in Peniche is lively, with many lively bars and clubs where you can have fun at night.
From Peniche you can also visit the Berlengas islands. These picturesque islands offer stunning landscapes, crystal clear waters and a variety of outdoor activities.
It’s a calm and dazzling destination, with a pleasant climate and outdoor activities. Visit and experience everything we have to offer!
OBSERVATION OF WILDLIFE AND FLORA
Portugal is a paradise for nature lovers, especially for bird and flora watchers. With a variety of natural habitats, from dense forests to open fields and rocky coastlines, Portugal offers a unique wealth of wildlife.
Bird watchers can enjoy a variety of endemic species as well as rarer species. Additionally, the country is home to several bird reserves, such as the Tejo International Natural Park and the Sado Estuary Natural Reserve, where large numbers of migratory birds can be seen.
For flora lovers, Portugal offers a variety of botanical gardens, such as the Ajuda Botanical Garden in Lisbon, where a wide variety of plants and flowers can be seen. It also offers forested areas and protected natural reserves where you can observe flora in its natural and wild state.
Whether you are an experienced bird watcher or a nature enthusiast, Portugal surely has something to offer. Come and enjoy the natural beauty of our country and be enchanted by its wealth of wildlife and flora.
The historical records in Portugal are strong. Portugal is a country rich in history and culture.
Its historical heritage is visible on every corner, from ancient monuments to traditions that are still alive today.
The history of Portugal is full of fascinating events, from the age of Discoveries, which saw the Portuguese being the first to arrive in Brazil, India, and China, to the Carnation Revolution, which marked the beginning of the end of dictatorship in Portugal.
Visitors to Portugal have the unique opportunity to explore some of the country’s most important historical monuments, such as the Jerónimos Monastery, the Belem Tower, and the Guimarães Castle.
In addition, they can also experience traditional cuisine, hear fado, and watch folk dance performances. They can also meet and see artisans in action, sharing their love for their art.
The history of Portugal is also very present in the cities and villages. It is possible to walk through the streets of historic cities such as Évora, Guimarães and Porto and feel as if you have gone back in time.
Visiting Portugal is a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in a rich and fascinating culture and to explore historical monuments of world importance.
Architecture in Portugal is simply stunning. From medieval castles to baroque churches, passing through traditional quintas and herdades and modern buildings, each building has its history and unique personality to tell.
The architectural heritage of Portugal is rich and diverse, with influences over the centuries from different cultures and civilisations. For example, Romanesque architecture is found in churches and monasteries throughout the country, while Manueline architecture, with its Gothic and Renaissance characteristics, is found mainly in Lisbon and the Atlantic coast.
In addition, Portugal’s modern architecture is also impressive, with many buildings designed by internationally recognised architects such as Álvaro Siza Vieira and Eduardo Souto de Moura. Portugal’s contemporary architecture is also an incredible attraction, with buildings like the Casa da Música in Porto and the Contemporary Art Museum in Lisbon.
A visit to Portugal is a unique opportunity to explore the country’s rich architectural history and diversity. Don’t miss the chance to see these architectural treasures up close and be amazed by the beauty and sophistication of Portuguese architecture.
Portugal is full of charming and wonderful places.
Everything we’ve talked about so far is just an example of the many things you can do to discover this country.
Don’t waste any more time and plan your trip to Portugal now!
Whether it’s a weekend, a week, or three weeks, SóPraSi takes care of everything you need to make your time in Portugal unforgettable!
(You just have to book the flights)
Contact us now!