Portugal: 7 Natural wonders
Portugal is a small and unspoiled Mediterranean country still waiting to be discovered. These are our 7 natural wonders!
Portugal is a magical place. Despite being a tiny coastal country, if offers an incredible diversity in climate, nature and scenery. Some of this natural wonders are even quite unexplored by the Portuguese People.
One of the most impressive and breathtaking natural parks in Portugal. Peneda Geres is famous for the lush green forests, crystal clear water falls, creeks and streams.
Peneda Geres hosts a number of incredible wild animals, including wild horses. This natural park is a must for all nature and trek lovers!
The Douro valley is famous for the 2.000 year old wineries and home to the Port wine. Since the 18th century wine has been the main production in the beautiful region and the high quality of this product is worldwide famous.
The rows of wineries resembling balconies, descending the hills towards the river, are one of the most beautiful sights in Portugal and unique in the whole world! After the Douro, experience a bit of Porto city like a local!
SESIMBRA – PORTINHO DA ARRABIDA
Portinho da Arrabida, literally means “Little port of Arrabida”. Located south of the river Tagus, you can find probably the clearest and most turquoise shades of water in the whole country.
Portinho da Arrabida is still a local spot, with very few tourists passing by. It’s a natural gem, combining, a pristine beach, mountain views and a rich forest. A paradise for trekeing and snorkeling lovers!
MADEIRA ISLAND – LAURISSILVA FOREST
This very unexplored forest is located in the beautiful Madeira islands, an autonomous region of Portugal
The forest Laurissilva is another protected UNESCO heritage site. The natural park comprises the largest surviving area of primal laurel forest, a type of vegetation that is now confined to the island of Madeira, Açores and the Canaries.
CAVES OF MIRA DE AIRES
I’ve visited these gigantic caves when I was a kid and let me tell you: I was speechless! The complex system of caves, stalactites and stalagmites will take your breath away!
The Caves are located within the National park of Serra de Aires and are worth a visit.
AZORES: SAO MIGUEL
Ahhh the Açores or Azores in English…. All the islands could be a natural wonder. Azores is famous for the intense and green lush forests, volcanic scenery and wild flowers.
The Island of Sao Miguel, or San Miguel offers a collection of unique spots, like the Lagoa do fogo and Lagoa das Furnas, which are lagoons formed within the volcano crater and surrounded by lush nature.
The San Miguel island is already on my bucket list for 2015 and I’ll be exploring the region in a couple of months!
THE VOLCANIC SCENERY OF PICO ISLAND
The azores islands are of volcanic nature. This fact, offers some of the most unique scenery in the whole country. The island of Pico, specifically, is famous for its incredible landscape. Pico literally means “peak”, in Portuguese, which means the beauty of this unspoiled island actually is in the origin of its name.
THINGS TO DO IN PORTUGAL
There are many natural and Eco-friendly things to do while visiting Portugal. From swimming with wild dolphins, to whale watching in the Azores Islands. You can trek part of the Costa Vicentina, which is the western coast of Portugal and explore the natural wonders of Alentejo and desert beaches along the way.
Paragliding is another activity for nature lovers to see our beautiful little country from another perspective.
Is water sports are you passion, come and surf our beautiful Atlantic coast. Portugal is the European capital of surf and you’ll find waves for all levels, including the famous Gigantic waves of Nazare. Kite surfing is another growing sport, combining water and wind.
Portugal has something for all nature lovers and Eco-tourism enthusiasts!
MAP OF PORTUGAL
Portugal is a warm and sunny southern European country. Out climate is mild and even our coldest winter days feel like spring for most of the tourists who visit us.
Portugal is a perfect winter escape destination, thanks to our sunny warm days and one of the top spring and summer holiday destinations, because of all it has to offer that is unique in Europe.
Come to Portugal, you won’t be disappointed! For more info on Portugal visit the official tourism board: