Did you know that swings in Portugal is this big special thing? Just open Google Maps and type in ‘baloiço’ which means ‘swings’ in Portuguese and you’ll see what I mean! In this blog post, you will find the most beautiful swings in Continental Portugal!
Over the months while we were staying in Portugal, we went on a mission to hunt down the most picturesque swings in Portugal with the most scenic and special views. Or maybe the swing itself was somehow unique, then it is also included in this list.
Here you will find the best swings in Portugal in the most picturesque places all with photos, descriptions, and locations on Google Maps, so you can choose your favorites and add them to your Portugal travel itinerary! Happy exploring!
Tip! Before you travel to any of these swings, open Google Maps and look at the newest reviews. We had a couple of cases where we went to the place and the swings were gone. Most of them are made of wood so at one point they simply break down.
1. Baloiço do Trevim
The Trevim Swing is one of the most famous swings in Portugal and one of the most beautiful ones as well. The swing is located in Serra da Lousã mountains in the heart of Portugal about a 1-hour drive away from Coimbra.
The swing sits on a picturesque hilltop and boasts panoramic views over the surrounding area. It is a beautiful wooden swing with very long ropes. Some swings are only photo-perfect but this one was also perfect for swinging thanks to the long ropes.
Trevim Swing is easy to get to by car. The road up to the swing is paved and has scenic views. You can park your car at the side of the road in a parking lot and then walk to the swing on foot – it stands about 100 meters from the road.
This was definitely one of my favorite swings in Portugal thanks to the picturesque views over the mountains and Lousã town and because of the swing itself. This is definitely a popular spot – no crowds but a couple of cars stopped to take a photo while we were there.
Location: Baloiço do Trevim
2. Baloiço do Monte de São Pedro Fins
Baloiço do Monte de São Pedro Fins is one of the most beautiful swings in Portugal and one of my favorite ones. It is an unusual-looking swing with a circular seat hanging in a wooden frame with its name carved into wood and placed on top of the swing.
Probably the best part of Baloiço do Monte de São Pedro Fins swing is the view. The swing overlooks Caires parish in the Braga district located just 20 kilometers North of Braga city. We experienced the most magical sunset on this hill!
Getting to the swing is quite easy by car. You can drive to the very top of the hill. The road gets steep but it is paved so we had no problems getting there. The swing is located just 100 meters from the parking lot.
Although we were lucky and got to see the sunset from the hill, I’m certain that the swing and the view would look amazing any time of the day. The only time this would not be a good place to go would be on rainy or foggy days.
Location: Baloiço do Monte de São Pedro Fins
3. Baloiço do Mezio
Probably, the best swing in Portugal for the most panoramic views is Baloiço do Mezio. The Mezio swing sits on a rocky mountain in the beautiful Peneda-Gerês National Park in the North of Portugal. You cannot imagine a more picturesque landscape than this!
The swing is easy to get to if you have a car. In case you are traveling around Northern Portugal, you must stop at this swing to admire the views! We left our car next to the road and then walked to the swing. It is about a 5-minute walk from the road.
Location: Baloiço do Mezio
4. Baloiço da Serradela
If you are looking for panoramic swings then Baloiço da Serradela is your golden ticket. Positioned at the foothills of Serra do Gerês mountains in Northern Portugal this boasts the most spectacular views over the vastness around you.
Besides, the swing itself is perfect in every way as you can actually swing there very well and enjoy the view simultaneously. There is a stone table and benches for those who stop by to have a picnic as well.
Getting to the swing was quite easy. You can drive a car to the bottom of the hill the swing is located on. Park it at the side of the road or at a picnic area right next to it and then hike up to the swing. It is located only about 100 to 200 meters from the road.
This was one of my favorite swings in Portugal. It is not as popular as others that I have mentioned previously and requires a long drive to the mountains. It felt so great to only have nature around you and almost no one else!
Location: Baloiço da Serradela
5. Baloiço de Vila Flor
Baloiço de Vila Flor is a beautiful swing with panoramic views over the nearby town of the same name – Vila Flor. It is also one of the most unique swings in Portugal as it is positioned on a wooden platform sitting atop a rocky outcrop.
The swing itself has this bee-cell shape and looks very good in photos. The magnificent view of the whole town far below your feet makes this one of the most iconic swings to visit in Portugal.
Getting to the swing was very easy. We drove the car to the very top of the mountain and parked our car at the side of the road just 100 meters from the swing. The Baloiço de Vila Flor can be accessed through a short dirt path. be careful on the rocks!
Location: Baloiço de Vila Flor
6. Baloiço de Penouços Padreiro
Baloiço de Penouços Padreiro is one of the most panoramic swings in Portugal! It is a wonderful place with picnic tables, a viewpoint with spectacular views and there are two beautiful swings right next to each other with picturesque views over the area.
Baloiço de Penouços Padreiro is one of the biggest swings in Portugal in terms of rope length and swinging range. The other swing was a smaller one for kids.
Sometimes the builders focus only on the looks of the swing and the swinging part is not really there – where is all the fun if the swing is barely moving? However, the Baloiço de Penouços Padreiro swing is perfect for that!
I also loved the viewpoint! It is right next to the swing and has this wooden suspension bridge between rocks leading up to a platform sitting atop a huge boulder. It was such a peaceful and beautiful place! I loved it!
Getting there is as easy as can be. The beautiful swing is located right next to a road so you can easily pull over and make a quick stop. Or a longer one if you want to take a break from driving! One of my favorite swings in Portugal for sure!
Location: Baloiço de Penouços Padreiro
7. Baloiço do Viso
One of my favorite swings in Portugal was Baloiço do Viso. The swing sits on a hill next to a picnic area and a chapel overlooking the hills and valleys of Northern Portugal. I felt like I was on top of the World here.
This was also one of the largest swings we saw in Portugal. I highly recommend visiting this place! You can easily drive to the top of the mountain and park your car next to the swing. Bring some snacks for a picnic with you and enjoy!
Location: Baloiço do Viso
8. Baloiço da Boneca
Baloiço da Boneca is amongst the most panoramic swings in Portugal. Located on a hill at the banks of the Douro River, this swing offers sweeping views over the surrounding area. You can even see the river ferries passing by from time to time!
Baloiço da Boneca swing also was one of the swings that were pretty hard to access. We parked our car at the bottom of the hill and hiked straight uphill for about 20 minutes on an uneven surface with sharp rocks and gravel. But it was worth it!
What made it more difficult was that we went there during one of the heat waves in Portugal so the burning heat made it extra difficult. In other conditions, it would be a steep but pretty hike with panoramic views!
Around midway to the summit, there was a beautiful platform (photo above) – Miradouro da Boneca viewpoint – with stunning views over the Douro River. A perfect place to catch a breath and enjoy the views.
Our throats were burning because of the heat so we only stopped for a short while. I would have loved to enjoy this place more. The views were truly magnificent! This place isn’t far from Porto. If you are looking for Douro River views, this is the place to go!
Location: Baloiço da Boneca
9. Baloiço da Ladeira
Baloiço da Ladeira is a beautiful cliffside swing overlooking Nazaré town. Swinging in this iconic swing has to be amongst the best things to do in Nazaré – a Portuguese seaside town famous for the biggest waves ever surfed in the world!
Feeling free with the wind in your hair while having the whole town at your feet is a great feeling! The swing is located midway on the path that connects the downhill part of Nazaré and the Sitio de Nazaré neighborhood that is located on top of the cliff.
Location: Baloiço da Ladeira
10. Baloiço do Amor
Baloiço do Amor or the Swing of Love is amongst the most beautiful swings in Portugal thanks to the beautiful heart shape. What I didn’t love about this swing is that you can’t really swing here as the frame is tied to the ground.
Somehow we ended up here on a very rainy day so my photos are blurry because of the intense rain. But at least I got that iconic photo of love! One of my favorite things about this swing is the panoramic view over Vila Praia de Âncora and the Atlantic Ocean.
Right next to the swing, you will see a cute small chapel. it is made of stone and looks like a cave from the inside. Check it out if it is open! This is also a great picnic area if you are looking for a place to relax by nature.
Getting to the swing was as easy as possible – we drove by car to the very top of the mountain and parked right next to the swing. The road is paved and of good quality. This is amongst the must-visit swings in Northern Portugal.
Location: Baloiço do Amor
11. Baloiço dos Caretas
Visiting Baloiço dos Caretas swing is such a special memory for me. Mostly because we got to visit this beautiful swing right before the sun went down as well as because we were the only ones there and everything was so peaceful and serene around us!
Baloiço dos Caretas sits on a hill next to a village in Vilarinho, Northern Portugal. Not only there is a picturesque swing but also a beautiful bench to sit on and enjoy the view of the village and the mountains around you.
Getting to the swing was a bit of a challenge, but not too difficult. We actually drove up to the swing and parked our car about 100 meters from it. It was a dirt and gravel road, a t time bumpy but doable for our regular sedan.
Here is the tricky part – I would never go there on a rainy day as I would risk getting stuck with my car on those muddy dirt roads. The second thing to know – you have to use Rua de Vilarinho road and turn off of it here to drive uphill. It is the best road of all!
If you want to hike, then you can leave your car at the bottom and then walk straight uphill on a steep path. It goes straight up! However, if you are a decent driver then you should be okay with driving to the very top of the hill by car. But not on a rainy day!
Location: Baloiço dos Caretas
12. Baloiço da Pateira do Carregal
Located in a recreational picnic area next to a pond sits a unique swing overlooking an overgrown pond full of water lilies. There were also two wooden boats drowning in the mud inside the pond.
We visited this place in the fall so the weather was quite moody but it had this special atmosphere around it. I enjoyed this place very much! However, I am not sure for how long the swing will survive. Definitely check the reviews before you go there!
Baloiço da Pateira do Carregal is a short drive away from Aveiro (like 20 minutes). In case you are in the area and you have a car, this is a cool spot to visit on your way to the next tourist attractions. Bring some snacks and have a picnic if you like!
The recreational area had tables, benches, a play area as well as a viewpoint overlooking the pond. It is a scenic little place to get some peace and quiet. If you can manage to go there when the water lilies bloom it’s going to be even more special!
Location: Baloiço da Pateira do Carregal
13. Baloiço da Paixão
Baloiço da Paixão is a beautiful swing hidden deep in Northern Portugal. It sits on a platform next to Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Paixão chapel with spectacular views over the mountains, Douro River, and the nearby Linhares village.
The hilltop area also has picnic tables if you are looking for a spot to have some snacks. It was absolutely peaceful as we were the only ones there. The swing itself is very unique with a metal heart-shaped frame. But it does swing a little bit!
Location: Baloiço da Paixão
14. Baloiço de Manhouce, São Pedro do Sul
Baloiço de Manhouce is an easy-to-get-to swing near Aveiro with incredible views over the beautiful Teixeira River. It is located right by a big road and is the perfect place for a quick and fun swinging stop while enjoying the panoramic view! I loved it!
Location: Baloiço de Manhouce, São Pedro do Sul
15. Baloiço de Óbidos
One of the most scenic swings in Portugal in an urban area is the Baloiço de Óbidos swing. It is a beautiful wooden swing located within the walls of Óbidos overlooking the Old Town. Swinging here was one of my favorite things to do in Óbidos!
Basically, it is a scenic swinging bench where you can sit down and enjoy the view of the whitewashed houses and terracotta rooftops of this magical town. The swing sits on a terraced platform right next to the defensive wall in the Northeast corner of Óbidos.
Location: Baloiço de Óbidos
16. Baloiço de Santa Justa
Baloiço de Santa Justa is a unique swing on the outskirts of Porto city. It sits on a hill in Parque das Serras do Porto Park overlooking Porto’s neighboring municipality – Valongo. You can summit the hill on foot or drive to the very top by car.
The hill is a popular place for hikers, runners, and bikers as well as for watching the sunset and enjoying the views over Porto and the Atlantic Ocean. You can walk up to the hill by either using the road or the wooden staircase.
The hill has numerous panoramic viewpoints, a chapel op top, swings, and a network of forest trails for walking, running, or biking. We even found a ‘Roman Throne’ – a wooden throne chair with a Roman soldier next to it. There’s another one right next to the swing.
If I lived in the area, this would be one of my favorite places to come to just spend time outdoors, run or hike. There are parking places on top next to the chapel where you can park your car and then explore the hill or enjoy the scenery.
17. Baloiço de Gavião
Baloiço de Gavião is a swing in a stunning location in the Portalegre district overlooking the Tagus River and the Castle of Belver right across the river. River views are some of my favorite views and are amongst the most beautiful locations for swings in Portugal!
The swing is located right by the road so it is easy to access. The location is a bit away from everything, so only go there if you are in the area. We were hunting castles in Portugal so we visited the one across the river and the swing was an added bonus.
You can park your car right by the swing. There was also a large ‘Love’ sign at the viewpoint with the castle of Belver peeking over the installation. This was a beautiful and peaceful place to visit!
Location: Baloiço de Gavião
18. Baloiço do Cavaleiro and Coração da Pombeira
So, does this count as a swing? No doubt it is very beautiful and the views are spectacular! I found this place because on Google Maps it said there was a swing, however, when we arrived, we only saw this heart-shaped seat – Coração da Pombeira.
Coração da Pombeira heart is located on a hill in Castro Daire municipality in the North of Portugal. It overlooks a beautiful landscape of nearby hills and valleys between them. It was one of my favorite viewpoints in Portugal!
The heart is located on a hill right next to a road. We parked our car at the bottom of the hill and then hiked about 5 to 10 minutes uphill. Although the climb is quite steep, it is not too long and the view is rewarding. Imagine visiting this place during the sunset!
I absolutely loved the spectacular views! If you are looking for a peaceful and panoramic nature moment somewhere between Porto and Aveiro then consider doing a detour through this place. I’m happy we had time to visit it!
Location: Baloiço do Cavaleiro
19. Baloiço de São Gens
Baloiço de São Gens is a beautiful hilltop swing in Santa Maria de Sardoura municipality in Aveiro district. The beautiful wooden swing sits on a hilltop and boasts spectacular views in all directions.
The hilltop overlooks the nearby hills, residential areas, agricultural fields and you can even see the Douro River while swinging in the Baloiço de São Gens swing. It is a beautiful place to stop by if you are in the area!
Getting to the swing was very easy – there is a road leading uphill to the very top and you can easily park your car at a parking lot next to a couple of picnic tables. This would be a perfect place to watch the sunset, but it was still beautiful during the day.
Location: Baloiço de São Gens
20. Baloiço São Lourenço
Baloiço São Lourenço is a beautiful swing located in Miradouro de São Lourenço viewpoint next to the Sabor River dam. It is one of the remotest swings to visit in Portugal located not too far from the border with Spain.
However, if you are in the area it is definitely worth stopping by because of the scenic views over the river dam and the nearby hills. There is also a small picturesque chapel next to the viewpoint.
Baloiço São Lourenço swing is quite easy to get to. Although the roads are remote and not too wide, you can still drive up to the swing by car. There is a very decent gravel road leading down from the village to the viewpoint next to the water. I loved this place!
Location: Baloiço S. Lourenço
21. Baloiço Águas do Tua
Baloiço Águas do Tua is a panoramic swing in Northern Portugal overlooking the vineyards on the shores of the scenic Douro River. The swing is located at the side of the road and is very easy to access. You can park your car right next to it!
What I loved about this place was the rural feeling with orchards, vineyards, and this special stillness when the time moves really slowly. You only see small villages or single houses. And above all – the picturesque river that provides life in the form of water.
Location: Baloiço Águas do Tua
22. Baloiço de Soure Alfarelos
Baloiço de Soure Alfarelos is one of the most unique swings in Portugal with a circle-shaped seat hanging in the chains. it might not be the best for swinging, however, the panoramic views over Portugal’s rice fields make it worth a visit.
To get to the swing, you have to park your car next to the road and hike up a small hill to the top where the swing is located. It is a 5-minute hike on a dirt path so it is rather easy to get to. Worth stopping by if you drive somewhere between Nazaré and Aveiro!
Location: Baloiço de Soure Alfarelos
23. Baloiço Penedo dos Namorados
Baloiço Penedo dos Namorados was probably one of the most remote swings we visited on our road trip around Portugal, but it was also one of the most memorable swings in Portugal for me.
The swing is located next to the beautiful Dão River overlooking the forests, the hills, and the river all in one frame. The swing has a bench next to it where you can sit and enjoy the million-dollar view at your feet.
Getting to the swing was not easy. There is a bumpy gravel road leading towards the swing but it was too bumpy for your car. We parked at the side of the road and then continued on foot the rest of the way. It was a 10-minute walk.
The swing and the bench sit on a rocky outcrop on a hill at the river bank. The swing looked a bit fragile so I don’t know how long it will survive, but I’m glad I got to visit it. The bench will definitely hold longer! It is a wonderful hidden spot to visit if you are nearby!
Location: Baloiço Penedo dos Namorados
24. Baloiço das Bruxas
Baloiço das Bruxas is a scenic swing next to São Miguel de Vilar de Perdizes village in the far North East of Portugal just a stone’s throw away from the border with Spain.
It is definitely not worth a drive there however, it is a beautiful place to stop by if you are in the area. The swing overlooks the nearby village and the mountain range behind it.
This swing reminds me of the Baloiço de Santa Justa near Porto with the Roman soldier next to it, but this time the swing has a metal witch next to it. And the poles of the swing look like witch’s brooms.
This swing is one of the remotest we ever visited. The village was quiet and we had to wait for a herd of cows to pass by before we could drive up to the swing. A real countryside! Stop by if you are somewhere near!
Location: Baloiço das Bruxas
25. Baloiço do Urjal
Baloiço do Urjal is one of the most unique-looking swings in Portugal. We visited a couple of swings with circle-shaped benches, but none of them were hanging in a chain like this. Pretty cool!
However, this swing was also one of the hardest to get to. I would not come here if I was short on time as it requires driving on gravel roads and then hiking about 1 kilometer on foot. Besides the swing sits on a hill so the hike goes uphill pretty much all the time!
Without a doubt, this is a beautiful and scenic place. And super remote. If you are on a hunt for those remote places, this is a great place to go. Located about a 40-minute drive away from Braga in Northern Portugal, this spot is as remote as it gets.
In order to get there, we drove a car on a gravel road until around here and then hiked on foot to the hill where the swing is. This is not a quick stop however, the views are more than worth it!
Location: Baloiço do Urjal
26. Baloiço Memorial Com Vida
Baloiço Memorial Com Vida is a beautiful heart-shaped swing located in the Arouca municipality in Northern Portugal between Aveiro and Porto. It is a rather simple swing with views overlooking the town.
The swing was put there in memory of the lives lost during the pandemic. It was a peaceful place and had picnic tables next to it.
We parked our car at the side of the road. Parking places are very limited, so the swing doesn’t have the best access. But I liked it nevertheless.
Location: Baloiço Memorial Com Vida
27. Baloiço de Penalobo
Baloiço de Penalobo is a swing in the shape of a wolf’s head sitting atop a hill and overlooking the Pena Lobo village. The unique shape makes it one of the most special swings in Portugal. ‘Lobo’ translates as ‘wolf’ in Portuguese.
The swing is located in a beautiful place – not only it has panoramic views over the village, but it also sits next to a beautiful swimming and bathing area with a sandy beach. Locals come here to escape from the heat and take a dip in the water.
You can drive your car up to the swimming area. The accessing road is a gravel road but in a rather good condition. We drove to the beach and then hiked about 5 minutes on a dirt path up to the swing on foot.
It is easy to get to and worth a visit if you are nearby. We drove there when we were visiting Monsanto village and Serra da Estrela mountain. It was a small detour but we had some extra time, so it was not a big hassle.
Location: Baloiço de Penalobo
28. Baloiço da Eirinha
Eirinha swing is a beautiful swing on a rock outcrop on a hill next to Bendada village in Portugal. The unique part of this swing is the musical notes that decorate the swing as well as the beautiful view of the village and the countryside.
The swing is relatively easy to get to. You can drive up the road that leads to the swing, park your car around here, and then follow on foot. It will be a 5 to 10-minute uphill hike to the swing. If you are in the area, stop by to stretch your legs!
29. Baloiço Aviste As Berlengas and Baloiço Ecoparque
If you are looking for a swing in Portugal not too far from Lisbon, then stopping by Baloiço Aviste As Berlengas swing could be a great option. Although it is a rather simple swing, it has beautiful scenic views over the hills and the Atlantic Ocean.
By the way, the name of the swing translates as ‘See the Berlengas’ swing. Meaning – you can see the Berlengas Archipelago islands just off the coast of Peniche. However, I did not see the islands. But the views were beautiful and panoramic!
Just a few hundred meters from the ‘See the Berlengas’ swing is another swing – Baloiço Ecoparque – located right next to the road. Two swings in one go is a great trade so I recommend visiting this spot!
Getting there is easy if you have a car. There is a gravel road leading to the swings so you can park your car right next to the swings. This is perfect for a quick visit and a short detour if you are traveling somewhere between Lisbon and Óbidos.
30. Baloiço de Soalhães
I actually contemplated for a while whether I should visit Baloiço de Soalhães swing. I thought it wasn’t special enough but I’m glad I visited it. The rustic wooden swing sits on a boulder and overlooks the rural area around it. It was very beautiful and peaceful!
Next to the swing, you will also find a bench to sit on and appreciate the simple things in life – nature, fresh air, and sun on your skin. I loved the moment we had there! Sometimes the remoteness is an advantage to places as you get that special moment all to yourself!
Location: Baloiço de Soalhães
31. Baloiço Panorâmico de Esporões
Baloiço Panorâmico de Esporões is a picturesque swing on a hill overlooking the beautiful Braga city in the North of Portugal. It is a place favored by locals so we even had to wait in line to get a photo of the swing (that was on the weekend).
The swing itself is quite simple, but the view is very beautiful. Even if you have to wait for your turn to swing it is worth driving up there for the views alone! You can even climb higher for the most panoramic views over the city.
Getting there is very simple as there is a paved road leading uphill that goes to the very top of the mountain. There is a monument and a chapel to check out if you want to stretch your legs. A perfect place for watching the sunset as well!
Location: Baloiço Panorâmico de Esporões
32. Baloiço de Pendilhe
Baloiço de Pendilhe might not be amongst the most beautiful swings in Portugal, however, the swing is only one part of all the things you will find on a hilltop in Pendilhe parish in Northern Portugal.
The hilltop area is like a playground – decorated with benches, picnic tables, and swings as well as beautiful photo spots, this is definitely a unique place to visit in the area. I did not expect to see something like this in the middle of nowhere.
You can get to Baloiço de Pendilhe swing by car. Although the gravel road was a bit bumpy we drove to this area without any problems. This would be a perfect picnic place to relax and take some unique photos as well. The swing was a bit simple tho.
Location: Baloiço de Pendilhe
33. Baloiço Das Antas P´ro Mondego
Baloiço Das Antas P´ro Mondego is a scenic swing in the Coimbra district overlooking the hills and a beautiful valley of the Mondego River. This is definitely one of the remotest swings in Portugal. If you like remoteness, this is a beautiful spot to stop by!
The swing is located at the side of a gravel road. We decided it was too bumpy for us to drive to so we parked our car about 300 to 400 meters before the swing and then walked to the swing. It is a peaceful and scenic place, so I loved it!
Location: Baloiço Das Antas P´ro Mondego
Portugal’s rich heritage, breathtaking landscapes, and diverse attractions make it a must-visit European destination for every traveler. This captivating Southern hidden gem transports you to a world of limitless wonder and discovery.
From ancient villages, majestic castles, and cobblestone streets in vibrant cities to picturesque mountains, scenic rivers, and tranquil vineyards in the countryside – there is an abundance of places to explore in this bucket-list country.
Over the years, we have altogether spent about six months in Continental Portugal exploring everything it had to offer! I hope you enjoy your time there as much as we did and I hope you will get some travel inspiration from this blog post! Happy travels!