7 hidden gems of Portugal

 Hidden gems are one of the best parts of traveling. When you go to a different country, most people just go to the most popular locations. I am not saying not to go to these, but you should definitely check out all of these awesome ‘hidden places’. Since I lived there for 3 years, I am going to talk about some of Portugal’s must see hidden gems.

  1. First we have Livraria Bertrand, Lisbon. This is a stunning bookshop, founded in 1732 in Lisbon that entered the Guinness Book of World records as the oldest functioning bookstore in the world in 2011.  

  2. Next, let’s talk about a city. Coimbra used to be the capital of Portugal in the Middle Ages and has the oldest academic institution in the Portuguese-speaking world, The University of Coimbra, founded in 1290 which is still an operative university and where you can go and visit. Considering it’s so old, the city is full of beautiful old architecture. It’s definitely a must-see.

   3. Costa Nova do Prado is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. It’s located near Porto and it’s pretty much a beach but with some beautiful houses around and honestly, I’m just gonna let the picture speak for itself…

   4. Praia de Benagil is a beautiful and unique beach in Lagos, Algarve. It is well known for the stunning cave with a hole on top that is now called – ‘The eye’. It’s so special and a perfect place for taking pictures. It looks like something from a movie.

  5. Another beautiful bookshop is Livraria Lello. This is the bookshop where J. K. Rowling got the inspiration for her Harry Potter books. It’s a magical place and even though it’s a pretty small shop, there are always lots of tourists visiting it. I guess you could say it’s not really a hidden gem, but I think it should be talked about more.

  6. Leiria is a very small city where I lived. It’s not very popular, but I have to say it’s just so nice and all the people are so friendly. There is this really beautiful castle in the middle of the city and the center has all of these really unique buildings. And considering it’s so small, you can walk all around the city. It’s just a really great place to  visit and it’s also right between Lisbon and Porto, so you can just stop there.

  7. Aveiro is another city in Portugal, but it looks exactly like Portugal’s very own Venice. There is this river with tons of interesting and beautiful boats you can ride around the city. Also, just as all the other cities I talked about, the architecture is so unique and cool, you definitely have to visit it. 

 Hope these help you out on your next trip to Portugal and I will try and make this a series so that you can find different, hidden places all around the globe. Have a great day,

                                                                                                        XOXO,Delayla

Places you need to visit at least once in your life

  I consider myself a pretty well traveled person, so I am going to tell you and encourage you to visit these places. I did not visit them all, there are still some that are on my bucket list and I am hoping to cut some off after this whole COVID-19 thing is over. Let’s start:

    1. Portugal. Since I lived there for a while, I can tell you it’s a beautiful place to visit and even live full-time. The people are so nice and there are some absolutely stunning cities and views. They even have their very own Venice called Aveiro. It’s just a beautiful country and there are so many beaches you can go to, not only Algarve.

Aveiro in Portugal: Sehenswürdigkeiten & Highlights ⋆ Child & Compass
Aveiro
Praia de Dona Ana, Algarve Coast, Portugal (by Rottabe).
Algarve

    2.  Paris. This is an obvious one, but I had to include it. There are beautiful places to visit, but just the city itself is just stunning. I visited it a few times, but I never really had the time to visit everything, so I am hoping to go again so I can just visit everything. It’s definitely worth going.

Tour Eiffel
Place Dauphine
Place de Dauphine

    3. Italy. Again, a pretty obvious, but necessary one. I haven’t been there, but I most definitely want to go. There are tons of places to visit in Italy, historical, artsy or pretty views, you can find them all. I would suggest searching for hidden beauties in Italy, or just any of the countries and cities that I am gonna talk about. I could do a post about them if you would be interested. 

Milan
Naples Italy #city #cities #buildings #photography
Naples

   4. Thasos. This is a beautiful island in Greece. I went there on multiple occasions and it’s such a relaxing environment with tons of different types of beaches. There is this beach called Marble Beach, where there is almost no sand but mostly marble rocks. I recommend it 100%. 

Marble beach
Our trip to Thassos, Greece. – Sophie's Thoughts
City

  5. London. I couldn’t leave this one out, just because it’s my dream city and I think it’s so freaking pretty. You NEED to visit it, it’s a beautiful city with so much history and so many pretty places. I can’t stress enough how awesome London is.

Streets of London
The Big Ben

  6. Romania. Not a lot of people know about all the beauties you can find here. This is where I live and I did see a bunch of cool places, but not even half of everything that Romania offers. There’s beaches and mountains, there are tons of different castles, including Dracula’s castle. One of my favorite cities is Sibiu, I just think it’s stunning. Romania is one of the hidden gems of Europe and in my opinion everyone should visit it.

Peles Castle
Sibiu, Romania
Sibiu

 7. Disneyland. Whether it’s the one from Orlando or the one from Paris, it’s an experience that you cannot miss. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy it. It’s such a pretty place and it emanates happiness. I rest my case.

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Orlando
Paris

  Hope this helped, I am planning on doing a sequel because there are so many other places to visit,that I couldn’t fit in just one post. Have a great day,

                                                                                  XOXO,Delayla