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Authentic Portugal: Gerês, Douro & Alentejo

Authentic Portugal: Gerês, Douro & Alentejo

July 13, 2016

Cities like Lisbon and Porto are known to most tourists and are trendy destinations these days. But there's a side of Portugal that shouldn't be neglected.

Cities like Lisbon and Porto are known to most tourists and are trendy destinations these days. Nonetheless, there's a side to Portugal that shouldn't be neglected.

Pieces of this country that remain authentic: wild parks, small charming villages, medieval towns, traditional taverns, sweeping views and a down-to-earth sort of atmosphere.

Emblematic places in Portugal

Different pieces of Portugal can offer you this kind of unique, humbling experience and we'll let you know how to get more in touch with nature, our people and the roots of our culture!

Not to dismiss when travelling to Portugal is our only national park, the stunning Peneda-Gerês. Home of wild and endangered species as well as a great number of waterfalls and viewpoints, Gerês is the perfect place to get in touch with nature, to be adventurous or to simply relax.

Penêda-Gerês, an emblematic national park

The enchanted Douro Valley is one of Portugal's most charming regions. Home of Port Wine, breathtaking landscapes and great traditional food. While cruising the Douro waters you get the perfect panoramic view of both riverbanks simultaneously. Also riding the train along this region is a scenic, enjoyable journey. Don't forget to stop at at least one of the charming, welcoming villages of this region and also stop at one of their famous Quintas (wineries).

Douro Valley, one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world!

To visit the south of Portugal is in much ways different than seeing the north of the country and the Alentejo is the golden prairie of Portugal. The influences in architecture are a perfect blend of arabic and roman elements. The Alentejo is the home of Portugal's most deserted, untouched and non-touristy beaches as well as of the production of half of all Portuguese wine.

Aletenjo, the region of the bucolic life