Whether you are looking for the ideal honeymoon, a romantic break away or are planning that special moment to propose to the love of your life, maybe you have already proposed and are now looking for your wedding destination, Portugal will have the most romantic place for you for your magical moment.
But with a whole county to choose from, where will you pick?
We are here to help you with a selection of our favourite romantic locations. These are not in any particular order
Porto city is a romantic dream location, with winding cobbled streets, little corners where you can feel totally alone and an atmosphere of times gone by. Your only problem will be choosing just one place in this beautiful city.
One of our favourite spots overlooks theThe Dom Luís I Bridge at sunset.If you are considering a proposal can you imagine a better backdrop?
Sunset in Porto
The Douro Valley
For all you wine lovers, can you imagine anywhere better than the Douro Valley? It is often referred to as the enchanted valley, due to the beautiful and far reaching views.
Spend your days exploring vineyards and wine tasting, meandering along the river on a boat or maybe just spend your time in the hotel enjoying the relaxation and the beautiful Portuguese background.
The beautiful Douro Valley
Sintra, a land of fairy-tale castles and palaces, often referred to as one of the most romantic locations in the world. Easily accessible from Lisbon airport, you could lose yourselves strolling around the gardens or visiting the different castles, use a tour guide, to find the lesser known spots or plan your explorations to make sure you fit them all into your trip.
Pena Palace, Sintra
Aveiro, Central Portugal
Aveiro is an attractive town in central Portugal and has often been referred to as the Venice of Portugal.
This is due to the network of canals in the town, not to the extent of Venice, but still very beautiful with an array of moliceiros, small and colourful boats that look similar to the Italian Gondolas. These boats are painted on the bow and stern, the paintings can vary but are usually historical representations.
In addition to the canals, you will find a fantastic variety of restaurants and cafes and a selection of Art Nouveau houses, colourful and attractive that decorate the town.
The Moliceiros at Aveiro
Obidos, Silver Coast
Obidos is a small town located on the Silver Coast, recognised as one of the prettiest and well preserved walled medieval towns. Visit during the spring and summer and stroll along the cobbled streets, that burst with the vibrant colours of the bougainvillea contrasting with the pretty white washed houses, shops and restaurants.
If you are fit enough, take a walk along the castle walls and view the far reaching vistas, or spend your time enjoying a meal in a small intimate restaurant, whichever way you look the romance of this town will envelope you.
A beautiful cobbled street in obidos
Monsaraz is one of the oldest, walled medieval villages in, Portugal, located in the Alentejo Region. A village where time has stood still. In 2017 Monsaraz won the category “Monument Villages” in the competition 7 Maravilhas de Portugal – Aldeias (7 wonders of Portugal – Villages).
The village sits at the top of a hill and gives stunning views of the river Guadiana and the border with Spain. Walk along the walls, until you reach the castle or meander along the pretty narrow streets and stop for a meal at one of the wonderful restaurants, serving traditional Alentejo food with local award winning wines.
Here you can forget the world and just enjoy being the two of you in a land that time forgot.
Benagil cave, Algarve
The Algarve has some of the most romantic beaches in Portugal, sit and watch the sun setting over the Atlantic Ocean or stroll hand in hand along long stretches of golden sand, or lose yourselves in a small sandy cove away from the world.
But if you are looking for a truly romantic setting, then a visit to the Benagil caves is a must. Accessed via boat, you can find yourself in this stunning setting and for the fit , use the SUP’s (stand up paddle boards) to reach the land inside the caves.
Sit together under the natural spotlight, if you were thinking of proposing, could you find a more natural and romantic spot?
Praia Marinha, Algarve
One of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal, Praia Marinha, in the Lagoa area of the Algarve has been considered by the Michelin Guide as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in Europe and as one of the 100 most beautiful beaches in the world.
Though only a small beach and accessed by a long flight of stairs, it truly is a romantic place, but to get the true romance, stop on the cliffs where you can stand in front of the M shaped cliffs and with the perfect shot you are standing in front of a large natural love heart.
Praia da Marinha: Photo credit @Goldentravelroute on Instagram
Swimming with wild dolphins, in Sao Miguel
If you are looking for a truly natural experience, why not try snorkelling with wild dolphins in Sao Miguel, Azores?
Enjoy a boat trip where lookouts inform the boat of the location of the dolphins, and then slowly and carefully approach, ready to go in the water and swim with dolphins in the wild and in a responsible manner. Enjoy snorkelling in crystal clear water as the curious dolphins come to explore you.
Take a snorkelling trip with @seabookings
Sao Miguel, Azores
If together, nature, wildlife and fauna are your passion, then nothing can really beat Sao Miguel, Azores. A land of walking and exploring, often feeling like you are the only 2 people on the planet. Visit the António Borges Garden, which is actually called the Romantic garden, hike on one of the many trails that are available with amazing views such as Miradouro da Boca do Inferno. Or maybe take a trip to the geo thermal pools and let the waters relax and revive you.
After all, romance is supposed to be slow and enjoyed.
Miradouro da Boca do Inferno: Photo credit Solar Branco Eco Estate
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Jenny Lovett moved to Portugal in 2018 and together with her husband John bought a derelict Manor House in a small rural village, (which they are are still renovating).
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Steven Jepson "Our trip to Portugal was put on hold by the pandemic, but we can't wait to get there eventually and see some of these spots that you highlighted!"