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Most Romantic Places in Portugal

Recently, a photo contest we held on Instagram gave us insights into what places the people in Portugal think are the most romantic! Let’s go through them.

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The most submitted place was the beautiful archipelago of Madeira. Which makes sense since the island is known for its stunning natural landscapes!

Madeira is a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors from around the world to enjoy its natural beauty and cultural attractions. Some of the top attractions in Madeira include hiking, visiting the botanical gardens, exploring the charming town of Funchal, and tasting the local cuisine and wine. The island is also famous for its festivals and events, such as the Flower Festival (happening right now!), the Carnival, and the New Year’s Eve fireworks. 

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© Inês Martins
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Vereda do Fanal © João Santiago @joaolcsantiag


Azores is Portugal’s other archipelago – composed of nine volcanic islands located in the North Atlantic Ocean, with the most popular being São Miguel.

The Azores are a nature lover’s paradise, offering a wide range of outdoor activities, such as hiking, whale watching, birdwatching, diving, and surfing. The islands are also known for their hot springs, lakes, waterfalls, and lush vegetation, thus their high classification on our contest!

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Lagoa das Sete Cidades © João Moura @instajohn13


Aveiro is a charming coastal city located in the central region of Portugal, known for its picturesque canals, colorful moliceiro boats, and beautiful Art Nouveau architecture.

Aveiro is a great destination for those looking to relax and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of a small Portuguese city. Some of the top romantic attractions in Aveiro include taking a ride on a moliceiro boat along the canals and exploring the rather small  city center. 

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@ Sérgio Martins @sergionunesmartins
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Salinas de Aveiro © Sofia Amaral @sofia.amaral00
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© Sérgio Martins @sergionunesmartins


Second largest city in Portugal, so a great variety of places is granted, with plenty of romantic ones, of course. Porto‘s beautiful architecture, scenic riverside views, historic landmarks, and charming streets make it an ideal place for couples to explore and spend time together! A perfect example of this is the Ribeira – a picturesque area full of colorful buildings, narrow streets, and cafes, right under Dom Luis I Bridge.


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Ribeira © Henrique Costa @bhphotosessions


If you’re visiting Lisbon, a de-tour to the beautiful Sintra is very recommended! The picturesque town is known for its stunning palaces, gardens, and historic buildings, making it a perfect place for a romantic getaway.

One of the most famous attractions in Sintra is the Pena Palace, which is perched high on a hill and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. The palace itself is a fairytale-like structure with colorful turrets and intricate details that make it a must-see attraction for couples.

The gardens of Sintra, such as the Quinta da Regaleira and the Monserrate Palace Gardens, are also popular spots for romantic walks and picnics. These gardens are filled with fountains, grottoes, and exotic plants that create a magical atmosphere that is perfect for romance!

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© Laura Senent @laurasenent
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Monserrate @Carina Ramalho @pijaminha_de_fotos
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Monserrate @Natalya Pyrogova @nnnseaphoto

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