As Portugal has become a popular tourist destination, Setúbal has lost a bit of its secret status, but is still one of the country’s best hidden gems. Sitting comfortably in a cradle between Estuary Sado and the Arrábida mountains, it is the perfect position to offer honeymooners a variety of experiences from climbing cliff trails to swimming in turquoise waters and enjoying a romantic candlelight dinner for two. It’s also where you’ll catch the ferry to visit the Troia Penninsula, another scenic spot that tourists usually miss.
Beautiful beaches near Setúbal: Galapinhos Beach, Portinho da Arrábida, Galápos Beach
Olive trees and cork dot the Alentejo landscape, adding even more charm to this already agriculturally populated area, of which vora is the largest city. Walking through the beautiful and historic city center feels like stepping back in time, and the cuisine is the epitome of comfort food. vora is the place to go if you want to spend lazy days hand-in-hand walking through ancient infrastructure and enjoying delicious yet inexpensive food and wine. Also, it is 40 kilometers (24 miles) from the stars of the ultra-beautiful L’And Vineyards Resort in Montemor-o-Novo, named as one of the best-viewed hotels in Europe.
Romantic hotel in Evora: Convento do Espinheiro Hotel and Spa
- vora, Portugal
Alentejo with its cork tree has a rustic charm unique to the area © ah_fotobox / Shutterstock
Speaking of views, few cities in the world have many stunning sights such as Sintra, Portugal, which is located less than an hour’s drive from Lisbon. This romantic city is covered in palaces and palaces, after all, and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are also beautiful beaches nearby and charming towns, such as Azenhas do Mar, perfect for spending the day. Stroll through the verdant paradise of the Sintra Mountains, which may as well have exploded from the same fairy tale as the Pena Palace, share a local sweet called pillow from Casa Piriquita, and explore the restaurants that line the cobblestone streets.
Points of interest: Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, Monserrate Palace, Guincho . Beach
This list would not be complete without mentioning the capital, and Lisbon has a lot to offer its visitors. Handsome Alfama is where couples can enjoy quaint eateries where they will discover traditional cuisine and hear Fado soulful, while Bairro Alto and Principe Real are neighborhoods to spend an evening with strong drinks and live music. There are lots of walks to do and lots of spas to relax in afterwards. Book a boat trip on the Tagus River or sit on a miradouro and watch the sun set.
The most romantic Miradouros: Miradouro da Graça, Largo das Portas do Sol, Miradouro de Santa Luzia
Porto is Lisbon, the eldest brother, and despite some of their similarities (both are situated along a river, and both are enclosed in hills), these cities are as different as day and night. Where Lisbon is bright and sunny, Porto has a more mysterious guise and aura that invites couples to snuggle closer. Some even say that the cuisine is among the best in the country, and it is home to the world-famous Port wine. In general, wine tasting is just one of the activities a honeymoon in Porto can enjoy, and many cellars (some of which date back hundreds of years) are in the city and nearby Vila Nova de Gaia.
Must-see in wine cellars: Graham’s Port Lodge, Sandeman
True, the Algarve is one of the big honeymoon zones, and the west coast is where you’ll find magnificent caves, but Vilamoura seems built for honeymooners. The marina and hotel are modern and luxurious, offering a large selection of restaurants and nearby beaches. It is also close to historical Faro and Estuary Ria Formosa. Stroll through Faro Old Town when you want to shake things up and get a taste of the culture, or stay by the sea in Vilamoura and try the famous Algarve seafood cataplana from one of the local restaurants.
Romantic hotel in Vilamoura: Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort
- Porto Santo Island
Just 40 kilometers (24.8 miles) from the island of Madeira is the smaller but equal (or more) island of Porto Santo. Almost an all white sand beach, this is an unrivaled honeymoon spot for couples looking to stay by the beach. Even though it’s an island, there’s still a lot to do besides soaking in the sun, including horseback riding, golf and hiking.
Fun tip: Visit the house that once belonged to Christopher Columbus.
Porto Santo Island, Portugal
- Island of São Miguel
The largest island in the Azorean archipelago is green, lush, friendly and vibrant, but also has a sleepy side that is perfect for relaxing. Since it’s the largest island, there’s plenty to do and see, but it’s also a convenient base if you want to explore the other islands as well (by ferry and airport). Walk through Sete Cidades and visit the kissing lakes known as the Blue and Green Lakes or soak in the natural geothermal pools.
Romantic hotels in São Miguel: Hotel Art Deco Terra Nostra Garden is located near one of the best places on the island to soak in a geothermal pool.
Island of São Miguel, Portugal