Portugal Travels

Portugal Travel Guide & Photo Diary

August 24, 2016

Over the summer, I had the opportunity to take a trip to Portugal with my parents. As a country I hadn’t visited before, I resorted to buying travel guides and researching online for tips on places to stay, where to go, and the best restaurants to eat. This country, which may not be the first country that comes to mind when visiting Europe, actually should be high up on the list. You will instantly be charmed by it’s incredible views, the funky cobblestone streets, and all the stunning colors it has to offer.

If you’re doing a road trip within Portugal, these cities are a must.

Lisboa

Where to stay:

  • Airbnb – this is always a great solution for an authentic and cheap stay. It’s one of my favorite as you can get an apartment for a low price and live like a local. $-$$$
  • Hotel Avenida Palace – right in the heart of Lisbon, this hotel is luxurious and refined for those who seek a sumptuous stay. $$
  • Hotel Valverde – ideal for an upscale stay with a modern interior design and tasteful surroundings. $$
  • Olissippo Lapa Palace – another sumptuous hotel with grandiose features and a paradisal atmosphere. $$$

What to visit:

The best way to explore Lisbon is by walking and roaming around aimlessly, or taking the tram for that traditional tour.

  • Belém, Alfama, Bairro Alto, Baixa (downtown) – all neighborhoods that need visiting
  • São Jorge Castle
  • Praça do Comércio
  • Jeronimos Monastery

Where to eat/drink:

Lisbon seems more like the place where one plays it by ear when it comes to eating and going to bars. Avoid the most touristy places as those will be more expensive; you can get something cheaper and authentic elsewhere (a good Portuguese meal shouldn’t cost you more than €10).

  • Pasteis de Belem – the best of the best, truly. You might need to wait in line for a bit but the pasteis are just too delicious
  • Mercado da Riberia – Time Out opened this market which has many food stalls worth exploring
  • Confeitaria Nacional – another bakery, perfect for the sweetooth…
  • A Baiuca – for the traditional fado music, a little hard to find as it’s a ‘hole in the wall’

Faro

A good sleeping destination en route for the nicer towns of the Algarve, like Lagos and Albufeira.

Pousada Palacio de Estoi – this hotel is a little far from Faro but definitely worth the stay. The hotel is located within/next to an old palace which has been conserved in its primal state. A mix of modern and old, all the more charming.

Porto

This is the second largest city of Portugal and although I did not visit it, it seems charming and worth the trip. Indulge in historical sights and drink Port.

 

Albufeira

This town is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Portugal. Think of the coast, with long sandy beaches, pastel colors, and cliffs.

Where to stay:

Epic Sana Algarve Hotel – spacious, close to the beach, and a fancy spa hotel perfect for relaxing.

Airbnb – the customary cheap stay

What to visit:

  • Praia Sao Rafael
  • Praia dos Olhos de Agua

Portimao

Very much like Albufeira but you will definitely find many more tourists and the traps that come with it. Not as pretty nor pleasant as Albufeira.

Bela Vista Hotel – close to the party town Portimao, this hotel is splendid and chic, with incredible views and next to the beach. $$$

Lagos

A cute little town worth the day visit by car. Spend a night if you feel like a day isn’t enough, but it’s charming and not as packed with visitors as the other Algarve towns are.

What to visit:

  • Benagil Sea Cave
  • Ponta da Piedade

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  • These are gorgeous gorgeous photos! Portugal is high on my next to travel list and this would make a great guide, thanks so much for sharing 🙂 xx

    Erica
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