From hidden bays in southern Portugal to homely dinners in Lisbon. You may be a tourist technically speaking, but the local life is where you’ll slip in. Here in Europe’s sunshine states, we’ll frolic beyond the usual trail. With meals & moments & magic discoveries weaving the fabric of our travel tale.
We’ll meet in Porto, where we’ll find sprawling terracotta buildings by the Douro river & one of Europe’s oldest town centres. Here in the home of fortified port wine, we’ll get to know a city experiencing a well-deserved renaissance.
With both waterways and walkways on the menu for exploring, there’s not much of Porto we can’t see today. In our downtime you could laze at a local café, visit a cool local or visit on of the many Art Museums.
Today we can tap into Porto’s heritage, tasting the sweet nectar that is port wine & riding the old wooden tram. You could then shop macramés & cork bags from the markets & have a last stroll of the UNESCO stamped alleys of Ribeira.
Feeling more than impressed by our introduction to Portugal, we’ll carry on our venture by moving south. On the journey from Porto to Algarve we’ll cruise past little towns of Juliet balconies and fields of olive groves. Spotting Santarem and its Roman heritage will mark the halfway point of our trip. After the windmill filled journey down Portugal’s west coast, we’ll arrive in the southern region of The Algarve. With turquoise caves & long balmy days, our region of Lagos is what travel dreams are made of.
Today marks our biggest scene change as we head beachside to the pebbled Portuguese bays otherwise known as heaven on earth. At some point in the day we suggest sampling a fresh catch of seafood in an alfresco café; wine soaked mussels should hit the spot. By night there are some trendy little bars worth checking out, particularly since we can shake off shady feelings tomorrow by hitting the beach.
Still riding the wave of yesterday’s salt water induced bliss, we’ll be keen to jump in a boat and see the idyllic beaches from a different view. Tomorrow we’ll be moving on to the big smoke, so we best make the most of this time by the ocean.
No journey to Portugal would be complete without a bout in the much adored capital of Lisbon. Brimming with quirks & an undefinable charisma, this city will woo us within an hour. Cruising north with the Oceano Atlântico somewhere to the left, we’ll pass through Portugal’s fertile lands and quaint villages. A little after pretty Grandola we’ll reach our final destination known locally as Lisboa. A mosaic of tiled streets, pastelarias, & antique stores awaits us in the capital of Lisbon. Boasting the slow-paced Portuguese way of life, we’ll take long lazy strolls & dine for hours sinking into this pretty habitat.
A mountain of castles & secret gardens can be found today in Sintra, the place that many locals call the cultural heart of the country. Here we’ll roam through markets, admire local street artists & ogle at the sprawling vistas seen from ancient monuments. Back in the city we can liven ourselves up with invigorating Portugese coffee & consider a bit of bar hopping or a saunter along the seaside.
In no mood for winding down, we’ll tap into the banquet of possibilities available in this sweet European city. Speaking of sweet, it’ll be time for more pastel de natas, as the devastation of leaving Portugal unfathomably good baked treats starts to sink in. We can also take a mosey around Bairro Alto, where boutiques, bookshops & cafes sit by the lanes of the antique tram.
Today we’ll wake to the heartbreaking reality that our days on tour have come to an end. Feeling completely at home in the cities we’ve been to, we’ll wrap up our trip desperate for more culturally immersive travel.
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Trip Name: Porto to Lisbon
Duration: 10 Days
From Price: $1,686
Supplier Tour ID: EXPL/205389
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