These ghost villages in Portugal are not scary, some are still sparsely populated which makes them more mysterious.
Life in Portugal has undergone a great evolution in the last few decades. The search for better conditions is natural, many people have left the comforts of their villages, towns and cities to find better opportunities.
It has become increasingly common to see empty neighborhoods and villages. The Culture Trip is an international travel site. In an article on this site, a list of Portuguese ghost villages is presented. They are not scary villages, they are just a consequence of the economic changes that have taken place in the country.
The shift from the rural to the predominantly urban lifestyle has led people to leave the nest and build their homes elsewhere. Do you want to know which are the most intriguing abandoned places in the country?
5 ghost villages in Portugal that many are unaware of
The Algarve is one of the most popular Portuguese destinations. However, unlikely as it may seem, there is an abandoned rural village near the resorts and beaches. It can be difficult to imagine a deserted space in a region that attracts so many people.
However, Rocha Amarela deserves our attention. It is located just 20km north of the trendy city of Albufeira. According to The Culture Trip, Rocha Amarela is “surrounded by seemingly infinite natural beauty”. The international website reveals that there are springs, mountains and pretty (populated) towns in the Algarve, but that Rocha Amarela offers a break from the region’s usual festive atmosphere. The Culture Trip also recommends a visit to the nearby village of Alte.
Picões is located in the north-east of Portugal. This completely abandoned village is for sale. The country offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature, in a geographical space where wooded and mountainous terrain stand out. The Culture Trip also recommends visiting the local vineyards or cellars and “relaxing with a glass of wine from the Douro region”.
Covelo do Monte
Covelo do Monte is located in one of the oldest areas of Portugal, near Trás-os-Montes, more precisely in Boticas. The exact age of this village, which is also for sale, is not known for sure. Covelo do Monte has had no residents for over 50 years. Visiting Covelo do Monte is like seeing a village where there are ruined stone houses, several stone walls and a decrepit infrastructure that is incredible to see.
Vilarinho da Furna
Vilarinho da Furna has the beauty of the Peneda-Gerês National Park as its backdrop. This village is abandoned and the last resident moved in 1971. In 1972, Vilarinho da Furna was submerged and spends most of his time there. Being almost completely submerged, Vilarinho da Furna proves to be a sensational experience.
It is a particularly must-see attraction when the water level drops to make the village more visible. Experts believe that the village dates back to Roman times, there are other infrastructures in the area that allow us to reach this conclusion.
This village has been inhabited since the 9th century. Currently Juromenha is not entirely abandoned, but is heading towards it. The numbers make it clear that the numbers are dropping dramatically. In Juromenha there are structures that have been forgotten for a long time and the highlight goes to a 10th century Arab castle.
There are towns and villages that are running out of inhabitants, which is happening in Portugal, but also in other countries, such as Spain and France. These increasingly deserted villages and towns can be saved from tourism. There are in some of these places some villagers who still walk the streets they know like the back of their hands.
They have walked the same alleys since their birth. In these villages there may also be the return of some immigrants who wish to return to their homeland. These people bet on these places to build summer houses. However, math is like cotton, don’t cheat, the numbers are dropping, drastically.
These villages, towns and cities can have a second life. Pedralva (in the Algarve) serves as an example of how to give a new life to these places rich in history and rich in natural beauty.
If you have read “5 ghost villages in Portugal that many are unaware of” and liked this article, leave us your comment! If you liked this topic, you can search for other articles on Curiosity in NCculture. If you have other topics that you want NCultura to explore, please leave us some suggestions.
If you are passionate about the world of travel, regional cuisine, history and curiosities, know that there are other articles on NCultura on these topics. Fall in love with NCultura and explore different themes: portoguese language, lifestyle, stories, Incomeamong others…