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10 Most Instagram Perfect Locations In Portugal

Looking for the perfect Instagram places in Portugal?

Who doesn’t like amazing dreamy destinations, where you can take pictures everyone will be jealous of?

The great news is that we found the perfect country for Instagram perfect pictures, and if you are planning to visit Portugal, you might want to check out some of these awesome spots.

From the rugged coastline, crystal clear blue waters, to fairytale castles and charming villages, Portugal has it all.

We spent a lot of time travelling around Portugal on several different occasions and came across many amazing spots. From north to south, east to west, Portugal has such a diverse look, that you will struggle to keep your camera in the pocket.

You can find something picture-worthy on every corner here.

Here are our top 10 most stunning Instagram places in Portugal:

1. Cascais

This beautiful fishing town, we call home for a few months, has to be one of the most picture-perfect spots in Portugal.

The view of the Santa Marta lighthouse from the bridge, featured in many travel magazines and painted by talented artists, has to be one of our favourite spots.

If you are looking for more tips, read our 20 things to do in Cascais, and you will find much more than just stunning views.  

2. Sintra

10 Most Stunning Instagram Places In Portugal

Pena Palace in Sintra.

You can easily visit Sintra on a day trip from Lisbon.

Set in the Sintra hills, you will find fairytale castles and stunning views. Sintra has become one of the most popular places to visit in Portugal, and once you get here, you will realise why.

The Pena Palace is not only the most popular tourist attraction but also one of the most popular Instagram places in Portugal.

When here, make sure to visit the Monserrate Palace, located about 3.5 km from the historic Sintra town centre.

It is our personal favourite and least touristy palace in Sintra(for now anyway).

3. Peniche

If you love the beach, clear waters and waves, then Peniche is what you are looking for.

This stunning fishing coastal village, located less than 2 hours from Lisbon, attracts many people each season looking to learn surfing or enjoy the Portuguese lifestyle.

4. Algarve

Algarve has a special place in our hearts since we came here on our first holiday to Carvoeiro over eight years ago.

Since then, we visited Algarve over and over again, and soon, we will get married here!

Whether you are looking for a fun holiday, relaxing break away or simply need to unplug, here you will find what you are looking for.

5. Lamego

Nestled among the magnificent slopes of the Douro valley, the town of Lamego infused with Baroque-style architecture is also home to Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios.

One of the most striking architecture pieces in this region. Stroll around the town for some unique pictures of the area.

6. Mafra

Mafra town has one of Europe’s largest and most extravagant palaces, the Palacio de Mafra.

Constructed between 1717 and 1755 the palace was used as both a convent and royal residence.

Within its walls, there are over 1,200 rooms connected by over 150 flights of stairs, but only a small portion of the rooms are open to the public.

When here, don’t forget to stop by for beautiful sunset shots in the nearby town of Ericeira.

7. Azores

Only 2 hours away from Lisbon, an exotic paradise awaits you.

We got to explore Sao Miguel, which is also the main and the biggest island of the Portuguese Azores.

Covered by vibrant green vegetation, turquoise lakes, and several unique volcanoes, the island has some of the best views one can imagine.

Here you have countless opportunities for stunning pictures everyone is going to be jealous of.

Make sure to read our 20 unmissable things to do in Sao Miguel for more stunning Instagram places in Portugal.  

8. Nazare

You can easily spend here a week or two enjoying the sandy beaches, delicious seafood and explore some of the most unique places Portugal has to offer.

Nazare’s Praia do Norte beach extends for many kilometres and has a beautiful, natural setting.

With almost no tourist development, the beach became famous around the world for its huge waves.

During the winter months, you get to see staggering 30-meter waves here.

9. Porto

You have probably heard of one of the most famous libraries in Porto, the Lello bookstore.

It was considered the 3rd most beautiful bookstore in the world by Lonely Planet and many people claim that JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, wrote the first Harry Potter book inside the bookstore.

Well, this city has much more to offer than this.

Porto has thousands of Instagram worthy places on every corner here.

Walk five minutes in any direction away from the crowds, and you will find yourself in charming cobblestone covered streets with little to no tourists.

10. Azenhas do Mar

Azenhas do Mar

The Azenhas do Mar village, located only 15 min drive from Cabo da Roca can be easily combined to make for a perfect day trip from Lisbon.

Here you will find a beautiful small clifftop village with whitewashed cottages and cobbled streets overlooking a small sandy beach with a seawater pool.

Right above the pool stop at the Azenhas do Mar restaurant for an unforgettable seafood stew.

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We realise that Portugal has many more incredible spots and we can’t wait to explore more of the country. 

We are still to get to the Benagil cave! But planning to tick it off our bucket list this October:-)

If you found secret Instagram places in Portugal, make sure to comment below. 

Thanks for stopping by,

Steve and Sabina

Lourdes Deserpa

Monday 20th of January 2020

Only one of these beautiful gems,is very well dear to my heart and know fairly well,for it’s my birthplace the island of São Miguel that I left to emigrate to America.

Sunset Travellers

Thursday 30th of January 2020

Indeed Sao Miguel is absolutely stunning! We hope that you get to visit it quite often since you moved to the US.