Monsaraz. This village still retains its historic and medieval atmosphere. 16th and 17th century whitewashed houses are dotted across Rua Direita. This street leads to the main square, where a parish church housing beautiful gilded altars and painted pillars awaits. A little hike takes you to the castle, with great views across the Alqueva Dam and olive groves.
Nazare. Portugal’s most famous fishing village, Nazare has always attracted visitors to its glorious beach and vibrant village life, where the locals still wear traditional dress. The fishing boats continue to be painted in Phoenician-inspired designs of bright colours. This is also the home of surfing in Portugal, with frighteningly high waves.
Obidos. One of Europe’s most romantic villages, Obidos has colourful houses and is filled with bougainvillea, Gothic passageways, cobblestone streets and whitewashed churches leading to its 12th century castle. Visiting in July means you might experience the Medieval Fair of music, knights and historic theatre – Portugal circa 1500.
Marvao. Another medieval mountain-top village with unspoilt charm. The village retains its streets, houses and churches and magnificent 13th century castle. Look over the walls for impressive panoramic views.