How to say “beautiful” in Portuguese

There are a number of ways of saying beautiful in Portuguese and it can get a little confusing knowing which word to choose, so we are going to take a look at the differences – or the similarities.

We all know that Learning Portuguese can be complicated at times, especially when there are so many words that mean the same thing. Take the Portuguese word for “beautiful” for example.

Are you unsure whether you should use “Bela”, “Linda” or “Bonita”? Which word would you use?

The words, “Belo,” “Lindo,” and “Bonito”, can all be used to say beautiful in Portuguese or “nice”, (some people prefere not to use the word nice in English)

What exactly are the differences?

Well, there aren’t any real differences. Here are a few examples below.


The word “belo” is used to describe something that is pleasing to the eye, and is often used to describe beautiful landscapes, art, or buildings.

Ela vive numa bela casa.” (She lives in a beautiful house.)

“A Igreja de Santo António é bela.” ( The Santo António Church is Beautiful.)


“Lindo” generally expresses a strong sense of beauty and is used to describe something that is attractive, charming, or lovely. It’s more informal and can be used to describe people, objects, or situations.

“Que vestido lindo!” (What a beautiful dress!)

“A amiga do Francisco é linda!” (Francisco’s friend is beautiful)


“Bonito” is a versatile adjective that can mean beautiful, handsome, or nice. It is often used to describe people, but it can also refer to objects or situations. Bonito carries a sense of attractiveness, but it maybe not as intense as “belo” or “lindo.”

“Ele tem olhos bonitos.” (He has beautiful eyes.)

“A casa é bonita.” (The house is nice)

Different contexts and interpretation can also influence usage. In everyday conversations, these words can be used interchangeably. It can also be a question of personal choice. Also, different regions may show preference for different usage.

Let me know in the comments what do you prefer to say.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.