These 5 Towns In Portugal Will Make You Forget About Lisbon
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These 5 Towns In Portugal Will Make You Forget About Lisbon

Europe , Portugal
Parker Diakite
Parker Diakite Jun 22, 2020

If you mention Portugal the most popular cities that come to mind are Lisbon and Porto.

Each year, these two cities attract more than 5 million visitors each year.

But there are so many cities and unique towns to explore outside of these two popular destinations.

Here are five cities that you should visit outside of Lisbon and Porto.

Located less than an hour south of Porto by train,  Aveiro is known for its canals, Nouveau architecture, and unique boats known as moliceiros.

The city lies on the edge of the Ria de Aveiro where the city’s canals are navigated by the moliceiros. Moliceiros are to Aveiro what the gondolas are to Venice, so be sure to book a cruise along the river.

Aveiro is a beautiful city on Portugal’s west coast that offers a ton of museums, shopping, beaches, and so much more to explore.

Out of all the things to explore in Aveiro, don’t leave without sampling the ovos moles. Ovos moles are a local delicacy from this region made of egg yolks and sugar. 

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Despite its beaches, cafes, amazing food, and plazas,  the capital city of the Algarve is often overlooked by tourists for Lagos and Albufeira.

The best part about visiting Faro is that the city is walkable.  The history of Faro is reflected in every turning corner of the narrow pavements.

One point of interest is the Capela de Ossos Bone Chapel.  The small chapel is built of human bones and decorated with a golden skeleton.

Faro is like a tale of two cities.  In addition to its beautiful city center,  is a beautiful beach across the bridge known as Praia de Faro.

The easiest option is to stay on the beachside and take the ferry into town during your stay to avoid the incoming traffic. 

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Halfway between Lisbon and the Estremadura region of Spain in the small town Evora. Evora is a museum-city with roots dating back to Roman times and known for its iconic white tiles and balconies.

UNESCO, who named Evora a world heritage site in 1986,  said the old wall, the Aqueduto da Água de Prata Agua de Prata Aqueduct, medieval buildings like the cathedral, convents, palaces, churches, squares are sites that visitors must see with their own eyes.

Located in the Alentejo region,  Evora has its own style of food. Some dishes you want to try during your trip include ensopado de borrego (lamb stew), açorda à alentejana (bread soup), and bolo de mel (honey cake).

In the Upper Douro Valley port, the wine-growing region is Lamego ­– a town that turns heads for its  Baroque style and wine.

Lamego is a very ancient city that at one point was a city known to produce “fine wine” that later gave rise to what we know as the world-famous port wine.

Its close proximity to the Douro River means there are a variety of walks and tours.

And just outside of the town is the chapel of Saint Peter of Balsemão, commonly believed to be the oldest in Portugal. Inside this unchanged 7th-century church resides the tomb of an ancient bishop of Porto surrounded by plain stone walls. 

Did we mention wine?  Visiting the wineries and vineyards in Lamego is a must!

Quinta Santa Eufemia is managed by the fourth generation of a family who have been producing Douro Port wines since 1864. The views on the hill are stunning.

Albufeira is the largest resort town of the Algarve.  It’s the liveliest and most energetic in the region that would give you everything you need for a fun-packed vacation. 

Albufeira has an energetic nightlife and many beaches to explore!

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