Portugal is a beautiful country with many hidden gems that go beyond the popular destinations of the Algarve, Lisbon, and Porto. Here are a few ideas of why Portugal is so much more than these well-known places:
The Azores - This stunning archipelago of nine volcanic islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is a nature lover's paradise. With rugged landscapes, geothermal hot springs, and stunning waterfalls, the Azores offer a unique experience that is different from anything else in Portugal.
Costa Vincentina - Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park occupies 345.8 sq miles alog the Atlantic and is one of the last outposts of the wild European coast. It has one of the highest levels of biodiversity in Portugal with more than 12 endemic species of plants and several vital bird nesting sites.
Évora - Located in the heart of the Alentejo region, Évora is a charming city with a rich history dating back to Roman times. Its well-preserved old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is home to some of Portugal's most impressive historical monuments, including the Roman Temple of Évora and the Gothic Cathedral of Évora.
Coimbra - This historic university city is known for its stunning architecture, including the famous Coimbra University Library, which houses over 300,000 volumes of rare books and manuscripts.
Trás-os-Montes - The "behind the mountains" region, Trás-os-Montes is located northeast of the country defined by the Douro and Tâmega rivers to south and west and by Spain the north and east. It is rcih in cultural traditions that mark the soul of the Portuguese identity.
These are just a few examples of the many wonderful places to visit in Portugal beyond the Algarve, Lisbon, and Porto. Whether you are interested in history, nature, or culture, there is something for everyone in this beautiful country.