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12 unique travel experiences to do in 2021 in Portugal

By We Love Small Hotels | 14 January 2021

2020 was a year to gain inspiration. Most of the time closed at home, we travelled by images and videos. When there was an opportunity, we left the house for a short break, but we all are eager to travel again.

This year, we hope that it will be possible to "clear more ground". We all want to go out, do more and discover something new.

At We Love Small Hotels we wish for your unforgettable 2021 trip to be in Portugal. In this sunny, small country, but with so much diversity, we leave you with an irrefutable invitation.

Discover the coastal and fishing villages, walk through the countryside and vineyards of the interior regions, stroll the deserted beaches, know more about the history through the monuments or immerse yourself in a typical cuisine workshop. Take Portugal with you, in the memories that will remain forever.

Here are the 12 unique travel experiences that we recommend for 2021 in Portugal:

1. THE PORTUGUESE ROUTE 66

Cross the entire country from North to South on an unforgettable journey through one of the longest roads in the world, the National Road 2 (the Portuguese route 66). An adventure through the most varied landscapes, from the vineyards of the Douro, the Alentejo fields, to the beautiful beaches of the Algarve. It is just you, the road and a beautiful country to discover.

Get on the road here.

 

2. THE TUNNELS & BRIDGES ROUTE IN DOURO INTERNATIONAL PARK

Once a railway that connected Porto to Paris now is a path of tunnels and bridges that stretches for 17 kilometres to give breathtaking views and a unique sense of nature and silence. The railway was deactivated for more than 30 years ago and connects Barca d’Alva, a Portuguese station and La Fregeneda, in Spain. The path is surrounded by nature and with the rivers Águeda and Douro.

Adventure yourself into the tunnel route, discover more.

 

3. RECONECT WITH NATURE IN AZORES

Now more than ever we are eager to get out from home and reconnect with nature. The Azores is the best place to do it. The archipelago has a unique ecosystem, and some places are practically untouched. You might find a true paradise in the Azores once there. Discover the lakes and protected areas, be dazzled with the views that some viewpoints offer and taste some unique delicacies of the islands.

Discover a unique island here.

 

4. THE PORTUGUESE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

An emotional walk and one of the most famous paths in the world, the Camino de Santiago is something you should do at least one time in your life, so why not this year?

Pass through beautiful landscapes, charming villages and live the positive energy of the path. In the end, when you arrive at Santiago de Compostela, walking so many kilometres will be totally worth it and you will have many memories to share about your journey.

Discover our Camino de Santiago here.

 

5. A GENUINE GREEN EXPERIENCE IN PORTUGAL

This one is an invitation to a genuine green experience while discovering the country. Our eco-tour will lead you from three top green hotels in Portugal. Pedras Salgadas Spa and Nature Park that has a collection of unique tree houses, Areias do Seixo with its matchless natural decoration and sustainable operation and Torre de Palma Wine Hotel, a place that combines the wine and horse-riding culture, with stunning golden valleys and vineyards’ landscape.

To have the best of both worlds, luxury and sustainability, find more here.

 

6. SCHIST VILLAGES WALKING TOUR

In the centre of Portugal, there are some historical and picturesque villages. They are known as Schist Villages, small villages where schist was the main building material. Our suggestion is to visit more than one village, make your way and discover natural trails through the mountains and rivers.

All about the Schist Villages here.

 

7. JEWISH HERITAGE IN PORTUGAL

Portugal is an old country full of traditions and with a lot of heritage throughout the territory. In the Alto Alentejo, you not only find a beautiful region with a lot of plains, hills, castles and vineyards but it’s where you can also find out more about Jewish Heritage in Portugal and the Sephardic Jews. Their story can be discovered in this historical journey.

 

8. AUTHENTIC PORTUGUESE FOODIE TOUR

Through scents and flavours discover the Portuguese cuisine in our dedicated tour. This one is for food lovers, for those who really appreciate sitting at the table enjoying a good and real meal. This tour will guide you from many famous gastronomy points in Portugal. In the end, you will turn yourself into a foodie and a connoisseur of Portuguese gastronomy.

Find out all about the authentic foodie tour.

 

9. DISCOVER LISBON THROUGH FERNANDO PESSOA’S EYES

Maybe you already heard about or visited Lisbon, but you never truly discover this city with a passion like the famous Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa had for it. The legacy left by Fernando Pessoa allows you to look at Lisbon with different eyes and discover places you never saw interest in it.

Grab his book that will be your guide map and discover a whole different city.

 

10. A UNESCO HERITAGE TOUR IN DOURO VALLEY

Discover Portugal distinguished places classified World Heritage by UNESCO while also experiencing the wine culture and the unique flavours of Portugal. Wander through the North of the country searching for UNESCO sites, you will be amazed by the history and heritage this old territory has. This tour ends in Porto, a chance to mix both old and modern.

Search the UNESCO-listed Heritage in Northern Portugal here.

 

11. ROTA VICENTINA WALKING TOUR

Another opportunity to be in the middle of nature far from noise and crowds is the Rota Vicentina. This route is very special to the hearts of locals, spread along the coast. It mixes both natural and man-made paths. You can do it at your own pace, but most important is to absorb everything around you.

Rota Vicentina starts in the southwestern Alentejo, a land of great people, typical food and wonderful beaches. Discover it here.

 

12. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ROADS IN ALENTEJO

Fan of road trips? The most beautiful roads of Alentejo are waiting for you. From Comporta to Costa Vicentina, enjoy every kilometre and appreciate nature around you, the typical villages, local people and the typical delicious food.

Find out more here.

You should never run out of ideas, so visit our other tours and find the most suitable for what you are looking for. We can also personalize your experience, as we are here to help and welcome you.