The 5 most beautiful villages on the coast of Portugal

Peniche
Discover the charming villages on the Portuguese coast / The Guardian
29 April 2021, Redaction

Portugal's coastline is home to a multitude of charming villages. If you travel from the north to the south, you will first pass through villages similar to those of Galicia in Spain, with stone houses. As you head south, the villages become lighter, whiter and even more colourful. While the Alentejo coast is still a well-known area with many villages and places to discover, the Algarve with its spectacular beaches is dominated by tourism. Join us on this journey and discover the five most beautiful villages on the coast of Portugal.

Viana do Castelo

Sanctuary of Saint Lucy in Viana do Castelo
Sanctuary of Saint Lucy in Viana do Castelo / Wikimedia commons

Viana do Castelo is situated on the banks of the river Lima, in the Northern Region of Portugal. The small town has much to offer, from its interesting medieval quarter to its attractive beaches on the outskirts. Highlights include the Praça de la República with its historic buildings and the castle of Santiago de Barra. From the Monte de Santa Luzia with its impressive basilica you can enjoy unique views of the city and the sea.

Aveiro

Aveiro is also known as "Venice of Portugal"
Aveiro is also known as "Venice of Portugal" / Photo by Ricardo Resende on Unsplash

Aveiro, also known as the "Venice of Portugal", is known for its canals and colourful buildings. It is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Portuguese coast with its pleasant climate all year round and a varied offer of museums, monuments, beaches and its typical sweets, "Ovos Moles", sweetened egg yolks. Be sure to visit the Santa Joana Museum, the Jardim do Rossio and Aveiro Cathedral.

Figueira da Foz

View of Figueira da Foz
View of Figueira da Foz / Vitor Oliveira from Torres Vedras, PORTUGAL, CC BY-SA 2.0

The cosmopolitan city of Figueira da Foz is located in the Coimbra region and owes its name to its location at the mouth (foz in Portuguese) of the Mondego River. It is one of Portugal's main tourist destinations, thanks to the fact that in the late 19th century it became fashionable for the region's aristocracy to spend the summer in Figueira. One of its most outstanding features is the casino founded in 1900. Its spectacular beach has the longest stretch of sand in mainland Portugal and is suitable for water sports. For a panoramic view of the town we recommend a trip to the Serra de Boa Viagem for a view of the area from the Mirador de Vela.

Nazaré

Beach in Nazaré
Beach in Nazaré / Wikimedia commons

Nazaré is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful villages on the coast of Portugal. It is a typical Portuguese village in an excellent location, facing a beautiful sandy beach and only about 100 kilometres north of Lisbon. Nazaré is a year-round tourist destination thanks to its pleasant climate: in the summer, it is an ideal destination for families with children who can swim in the sheltered waters of the bay, while in winter it becomes the surfing capital.

Peniche

Enjoy the sunset at Peniche beach
Enjoy the sunset at Peniche beach / The Guardian

Located in the central region of Portugal, Peniche stands out for its varied cultural offer, traditions and natural resources. Today it is still one of the largest traditional fishing ports in Portugal. Its historic centre is home to numerous restaurants where you can taste typical local dishes made with fresh, top quality food. The maritime area of the town makes for spectacular sunsets.

Ready to find the house of your dreams?

Ready to find the house of your dreams?

Find houses for sale and long term rentals on idealista