15 Unique Places to Stay in Portugal
Portugal has a seemingly infinite number of corners to explore, and what better way to reach them all than in your own car. Whether you are visiting Portugal for just a few days or even a few months, be sure to escape outside the main cities and see what the more rugged, tranquil regions have to offer. Read on to discover 15 unique places you can stay in along your drive through Portugal.
1 . A Wooden Pod in Aguncheiras
This tiny home lies on a romantic, coastal campsite and makes for a quick and convenient getaway from Lisbon. With sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, guests at this site can enjoy peaceful cliffside walks and explore the expansive property. The pod features a double bed, a mini kitchenette, and a private detached bathroom. The eco-friendly design is still roomy enough to stand and relax in, though the beauty of the property will inspire you to spend your time outdoors.
2. An Ecosuite in Santiago do Cacém
The spacious, modern design and panoramic glass windows allow guests to enjoy the beauty of the Alentejo Coast from the comfort and privacy of this truly unique eco-suite. The property features multiple lounges and areas to relax and an infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Each suite can comfortably accommodate up to 4 guests, making it perfect for a couple with two children. The rain shower, full kitchen, and private deck will intice you to make yourself right at home, and the helpful staff can help coordinate activities and day trips to make the most of your visit.
3. A Silo on a Farm in Eucisia
A repurposed silo turned architectural marvel, this unique accommodation combines understated design with luxurious comforts. Complete with furnished balconies for guests to make the most of the sprawling views, each silo can comfortably accommodate couples or small families and features a spacious bathroom with a rain shower. The bio-pool is a welcoming amenity, especially after spending time relaxing in the warm sun. Guests remark that their favorite part of their stay would be the meals (breakfast and dinner) prepared on site by the hosts.
Bela Vista Silo Housing – Quarto Duplo com Varanda - $85/night
2 hours from Porto, Portugal or 3 hours from Vigo, Spain
4. A Deck House in Costa da Caparica
For ocean-front living in a converted beach cabin, guests can stay at this unique listing is located on the sandy dunes just outside of Lisbon. The cabin was recently renovated and the shutters can be propped open to allow the ocean breeze and sunlight to flow in. A private, shaded deck adds more square footage to the already spacious three-bedroom home, making it a perfect destination for a fun family getaway.
5. A River Cottage in Viana do Castelo
This secluded cottage is surrounded by nature on all sides- including nearby mountains, coasts, waterfalls, and forests. Past guests write their favorite feature of the property is the crystal-clear river passing peacefully by. With minimalistic furniture and a cozy fireplace, guests can enjoy the true comfort of this house near the northern border of Portugal. Though it feels remote, the nearest city is about 15 kilometers away and offers all conveniences including bars, restaurants, and shops.
6. A Windmill in Santa Luzia
For seclusion and privacy on a tranquil hilltop in a southern Portuguese ecological reserve, look no further than this charming converted windmill. The 3-bedroom home can comfortably accommodate six guests hoping to relax, watch beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and enjoy walking amongst the property’s ponds and gardens. The windmill is a fifteen-minute drive from the nearest town and a ten-minute walk to the local village.
7. A Granary in Foz do Sousa
Once used to store grain on a rural farm, the building and the surrounding area have been renovated and tastefully designed to welcome guests to this convenient getaway from nearby Porto. The granary has two stories, a stone and tiled bathroom, an outdoor deck, and a landscaped yard complete with a swimming pool and chairs for sunning. The nearby Douro River is a destination for visitors to lay and relax on its sunny banks, just three kilometers down the road.
Espiqueiro da Casada – Old Granary in Douro Valley - $62/night
25 minutes from Porto, Portugal
8. A Tipi in Odemira
Aterra Eco Camping on the Alentejo Coast offers a unique glamping experience for guests to enjoy the rugged natural beauty of the region while staying in a comfortable space with luxurious facilities. Multiple lounge areas, a freshwater lake, and nearby horse trails give guests the options to enjoy a relaxed or more active holiday. Each spacious tipi can accommodate up to four guests on three beds and is a great option for families, couples, or groups of friends.
9. A Bell Tent in Praia da Luz
Located on the southwestern most tip of the country, this eco-campground is home to two custom bell-shaped tents. The property is completely run on solar power, and each tent is spacious and stylishly decorated. Guests can relax in one of the many lounge areas that feature hammocks, recliners, and lounge chairs. The property welcomes a nice breeze in addition to many months of sun, making it a nice place to lay your head after days spent on the beach exploring the rugged southern coast.
10. A Dome in Santiago do Cacém
The most notable feature of the geodesic dome is the panoramic window offering expansive views of the Alentejo coast. Built on platforms across the sprawling hillsides, each dome is a private, romantic hideaway where couples can stargaze from the comforts of a warm and luxurious space with a canopy bed. Each dome has an indoor kitchenette, a small dining area, and a spacious bathroom. The property has an infinity-edge swimming pool and a pond, and is a beautiful destination for a quiet and meditative stay.
11. A Tree House in Fiaes do Rio
With a view over the mountainous Peneda-Geres National Park, this wooden yurt is built amongst the trees to give guests the opportunity to feel connected to nature. Previous guests described the tree house as the perfect location for star-gazing, and nearby activities include waterfall hiking, cycling, and motor-biking. Though it feels quite remote, the nearest town is less than 20 minutes away from the property.
12. A Tube in Louriçal
The Costa da Prata is located halfway between Lisbon and Porto, and is home to one of the most unique accommodations in the whole country. Repurposed cement tubes have been fitted and finished as livable dwellings. The campground offers a number of amenities including a saltwater pool, Wifi, a fire pit, and laundry service. Guests are encouraged to bring their own sleeping bags and camping supplies, however anything a guest needs can also be rented on site.
13. A Train Car in Ílhavo
A converted train car has been built into a deck and refurbished with colorful and quirky interior and exterior decoration. Built into the deck is a detached but private bathroom, and guests can explore the tranquility of the immediate area or venture into the nearest city, Aveiro. The city is known for its colorfully painted houses, beach cabins, and boats; and the friendly people that inhabit it enjoy the relaxed coastal lifestyle that Portugal has to offer.
14. An A-Frame Hut in Santa Rita
Just north of Lisbon is a tiny home built into stone on a charming property overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Guests can explore the natural coastline and enjoy the sounds of the sea crashing into the cliffs below. The host happily offers yoga instruction and healthy food, ensuring that guests have everything they need and everything they don’t need to feel calm and connected to the nature that surrounds them.
15. A Hobbit House in Montes do Alvor
This surprisingly spacious hideaway is modeled after the Hobbit houses in the Lord of the Rings series, and is located on the southern coastal paradise of Algarve. With endless corners and cliffs to explore on the coast, guests can return to this quirky retreat at the end of each day or spend their time relaxing along the waterways that border the property. The outdoor kitchen is a shared space where guests can get to know the other travels visiting the property.
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