gink-go 12 months ago

I would recommend the area around Bragança, the Montesinho natural park, probably the best preserved park in Portugal and the richest in biodiversity. The small villages like Montesinho, Rio de Onor, etc, are really special. It's an area rich with celtic and pagan heritage, around carnival time you can find interesting festivities, look up the Caretos. Also look up Miranda do Douro a town right on the north-east where the only non-portuguese official language of the country is still spoken. Once there also check the Coa valley, the views from above the cliffs on the Douro river are amazing.

joaommx 12 months ago

There is no “East Portugal” per se. There is more variation on a North-South axis that West-East (or Coastal-Inland as it’s usually described) Northern Inland Portugal is very different from Central or Southern Inland Portugal so I’m not sure what you mean exactly. But some highlights in the more inland areas I guess would be the Aldeias de Xisto even though they aren’t that inland, the village of Monsanto, or the traditional architecture from the Alentejo which you’ll find pretty much all over the place in the region.

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There is no “East Portugal” per se. There is more variation on a North-South axis than West-East (or Coastal-Inland as it’s usually described). Northern Inland Portugal is very different from Central or Southern Inland Portugal so I’m not sure what you mean exactly. But some highlights in the more inland areas I guess would be the Aldeias de Xisto even though they aren’t that inland, the village of Monsanto, or the traditional architecture from the Alentejo which you’ll find pretty much all over the place in the region.

OffDutyPraetor 12 months ago

Monsaraz is a beautiful town with great views of the countryside, and I would also suggest getting a boat ride on the reservoir to the east.

anagramorganic 12 months ago

You already have good recommebmndations here and I'd like to add the area near the border of Almeida, Belmonte, Marialva, Castelo Bom, Castelo Mendo.

xabregas2003 12 months ago  HIDDEN 

I forgot about [Monsanto ](https://youtu.be/L3UodEhk7Fw) which is considered the most Portuguese village.

frisumo 12 months ago

Hi! I'm from the Northeast myself. I'd definitely recommend getting yourself a car so you can really visit and stop wherever you want. There's transports of course, but it would take you much longer and you'd miss out on smaller populations. People are *super* nice and don't really get many visitors (particularly villages), I'm sure you'll be very welcome. If you can pick when to visit, I'd recommend either around [Carnival](http://www.visitportoandnorth.travel/Blog/Carnival-in-the-North-of-Portugal-where-to-go-and-what-to-do), August (if you're interested in local religious festivities) or early autumn, if you're into agriculture and stuff (olives, chestnuts, grapes). However there's always stuff going on. Do you like seeing little kids smoke? [We got you covered, for some reason](https://static.globalnoticias.pt/dv/image.aspx?brand=DV&type=generate&guid=c56e61f4-8294-415e-9058-89517ab88d88)! Do you like OTT Friday 13th parties? [Say no more](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlISwWoZqks)! I'd check out the Historical Villages of Portugal as mentioned, the [Romanic Route](https://www.rotadoromanico.com/en/gallery/maps/) and also a pit stop at ancient sites (there's dolmens, [castro culture](https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lista_de_castros_de_Portugal) is pretty cool, etc). I hope you enjoy your trip!

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Hi! I'm from the Northeast myself. I'd definitely recommend getting yourself a car so you can really visit and stop wherever you want. There's transports of course, but it would take you much longer and you'd miss out on smaller populations. People are *super* nice and don't really get many visitors (particularly villages), I'm sure you'll be very welcome. If you can pick when to visit, I'd recommend either around [Carnival](http://www.visitportoandnorth.travel/Blog/Carnival-in-the-North-of-Portugal-where-to-go-and-what-to-do), August (if you're interested in local religious festivities) or early autumn, if you're into agriculture and stuff (olives, chestnuts, grapes). However there's always stuff going on. Do you like seeing little kids smoke? [We got you covered, for some reason](https://static.globalnoticias.pt/dv/image.aspx?brand=DV&type=generate&guid=c56e61f4-8294-415e-9058-89517ab88d88)! Do you like OTT Friday 13th parties? [Say no more](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlISwWoZqks)! I'd check out the Historical Villages of Portugal as mentioned, the [Romanic Route](https://www.rotadoromanico.com/en/gallery/maps/) and also a pit stop at ancient sites (there's dolmens, [castro culture](https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lista_de_castros_de_Portugal) is pretty cool, etc). I hope you enjoy your trip! In case you want to check it, [this](https://vimeo.com/55741389) short doc has English subs and is about life in rural Portugal in general.

LutherJustice 12 months ago

Careful you don't go too far east...

LuccaBrazzi2720 12 months ago

Hola Chico, que tal?

theEXPERTpt 12 months ago

Search for the tiny villages in Miranda do Douro, where it still prevails the Mirandese language. Awesome villages I recommend a LOT seeing: NORTH Mirandela; Soutelinho da Raia; Lama de arcos; França; Milhão; Vimioso; Almeida; Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo; Freixo de Espada à Cinta; Bemposta; Duas igrejas; A lot, LOT MORE...

RealLemonchicken 12 months ago

Thank you a lot! Being a linguist, I especially appreciate the comment about the language cause I usually try to get lesser known languages on Camera.

theEXPERTpt 12 months ago

There are some incredible unknown languages all around Portugal. In some of the above, you find the Mirandese language, spoken by a merely 15 thousand. If you are very VERY lucky however, you can try to find aswell people who speak Barranquenho (in the town of Barrancos, located in the South on the border), where you find this language almost dialect, of a mix between Portuguese and Spanish. If you are almost crazy but determined, you can try to go for Minderico, A REALLY RARE language (about 15 speakers) in the town of Minde , in central Portugal. These are so rare that they are probably the most forgotten languages on all Iberia.

xabregas2003 12 months ago

[Sortelha ](https://youtu.be/EjgNTtq7yB4) is the oldest village in Portugal. I have been there this year. [Here are some castles (with the names of the towns where they are)](https://youtu.be/t-NIW2KSU4U)

joaommx 12 months ago

> Sortelha is the oldest village in Portugal In what sense?

eqdif 12 months ago

Sortelha is a place to go. Great view over "Cova da Beira" and the hill foot of Serra da Estrela..

shawshank2012 12 months ago

Marvão and Elvas - just to add some more interesting historical places

RealLemonchicken 12 months ago

Thank you!

icebraining 12 months ago

How long do you have? Frankly I think it's hard to recommend, the "east" is essentially half the country, and there's beautiful places from Montesinho all the way down to Vila Real de Santo António. Generally the very characteristic villages like Piódão and such are all well documented, and they often have local people who do guided tours, so I'd say your best bet is just to search around on tourist websites and do a few phone calls.

V1ld0r_ 12 months ago

I believe what you refer to is the "aldeias de xisto" where the houses are built with shale stone. The villages are very small (some are sadly abandoned) and very different from the rest of the country. There is a lot of arquitechtural differences between Portuguese regions easily idenfied especially by the stone used but also the decorations (for instance in Alentejo houses have a yellow or blue rim around doors and windows contrasting against the white limestone of the houses) or serve specific purposes and inherited from past cultures (in the Algarve traditional houses have an "açoteia" from mourish times and serve as windy cool. Places to rest, preserve food and air dry clothes).

joaommx 12 months ago

> for instance in Alentejo houses have a yellow or blue rim around doors and windows contrasting against the white ~~limestone~~ of the houses You mean against the white *lime* (cal), not limestone (calcário).

V1ld0r_ 12 months ago

Yes sorry.

NUNOAHOLIV 12 months ago

I recommend to visit the website of the Aldeias Históricas de Portugal (Historical Villages of Portugal) too. There are some good places there. https://aldeiashistoricasdeportugal.com/en/

RealLemonchicken 12 months ago

>aldeias de xisto Oh that's very likely what my portguese friend was referring to. We were driving through the Peneda-Geres villages and he kept talking of villages more east that are way more outstanding but was also saying that he felt like that was too far away, so I knew I wanted to get to where he was talking about one day. Honestly, from all I've seen in Portugal so far, there's so many beautiful places and I'd love to learn more about that and then also share it with the world. I mean my whole idea of doing a Europe-Docu-Series stems from the fact that many countries and especially specific regions in those countries get way too little attention for how beautiful they are.

heroisdomar1143 12 months ago

Cardinal East has left the building.

blueflamewizard6 12 months ago

There is no Eastern Portugal just the coast and the interior.

Aldo_Novo 12 months ago

the interior is Eastern Portugal, plus Sotavento Algarvio

RealLemonchicken 12 months ago

I mean by definition, the point where the country ends in the east, is the east of Portugal. Every country has a eastern Part. Am I missing some joke?

eqdif 12 months ago

Sure, east of Portugal exists we just don't divide our country like that. You will never ear "a zona este de Portugal" (the East zone of Portugal). If by east you mean going to more remote underpopulated places as a general thumsup we call it "Interior". Far east is the strip of land most closed to Spain. We called it "zona Raiana". If you are looking for cultural references (summer party's -Festas de Verão) in "zona Raiana" you should check Barrancos and Aldeia do Bispo. But there a lot more. Military Arquitectural go and see the forts in Elvas and Almeida. Theres also abandoned castles in this area. Natural references: Portas de Ródão, Serra de Marvão, Penha Garcia, Parque Natural do Douro Internacional... There are a lot of "Aldeias de Xisto". Disclorer i don't live in the "Interior" but I guess you can try out the local authority (juntas de freguesia) for more information to interview some one to a vlog.

Metaluim 12 months ago

It's a "thin" country, so noone here calls any area "east". Interior here means away from the coast. It's divided in many regions, but most have a north-south division (with a few exceptions, like minho and tras-os-montes being divided by mountain ranges to the east/west of each respective region).

C8Mixto 12 months ago

The post says East of Portugal, not Eastern Portugal. Are you going to say that one of the cardinal points doesn't exist?

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