When my boyfriend asks which countries I want to visit in the future and what places to see, I always answer: all of them! And I believe I’m well on my way to achieving this. One of such new discoveries was Portugal, which we visited together for the first time. This year’s long journey was full of pleasant surprises and positive discoveries – we returned with smiles on our faces, richer with new experiences, tanned and with tons of beautiful pictures. At first we planned to stick to just a few main spots, to not drive around too much, but later on decided to see the whole Portuguese coast. This year’s travel was different, but it was very interesting! We were able to discover almost the whole coast of Portugal, as well as we’ve visited Gibraltar, which started the whole idea of this expedition. I thought about this place a year ago, looking at pictures of this famous mountain – but then we chose the Balkans. This time swhile aying: Let’s go to Gibraltar to pet the monkeys, I did not expect an answer like: Let’s do it! Faro was thus our starting and ending point, but it did not prevent us from discovering some of the charms of this place and falling in love with the local cuisine. Read on to find out more about this place and our trip.
Where to leave the car while flying from Vienna?
Planned route of the Portuguese roadtrip
The main idea was Gibraltar, but instead of going directly there, we decided to get to Faro, where we rented a Fiat 500 for two weeks of our trip. From here we reached Seville, then on Gibraltar and back, crossing the route almost all of the Portuguese coast – according to google maps we traveled over 2000 km and spent in the car a total of 20 hours. We took care not to stop in the places between the main points not to ride everyday and not to go long distances in one go, not counting the penultimate day we drove from Porto to Faro – but the distance seems to be huge only on the map, because in The reality did not take us more than 5 hours.
|Little Portuguese coffee|
Best restaurant in Faro
Renting a car in Portugal (Faro)
First trip to Portugal
I also spoiled myself with the local cuisine which consisted of fresh (or dried) fish in various forms, seafood and sweets (Pastel de Nata and many others). We did’t say no to culinary pleasures and beautiful views – this trip had everything I expected and more. Unfortunately, Portugal surprised me by the prices and at times the amounts were even close to those of Austria – especially when it comes to the hotels located in small villages, which prices were too high in my opinion. Still, I look at the pictures from the trip with a smile on my lips and I’m glad I could once again discover another piece of the world!
If you’re interested in the longer travel relation, check out my blog from time to time to read more about Portugal, Spain and Gibraltar!