When I start planning a new trip – which I always am – I usually think about going aboard to discover new countries and different cultures. I sometimes forget how blessed I am to live in such a beautiful and unique country as is Portugal. We have a lot of magical and magnificent places to visit, from mountains to the ocean, great cities, monuments and culture. Portugal is blessed with plenty of sunshine hours and, because it faces west, you are more than likely to assist the most colorful and beautiful sunsets throughout the country’s entire coast all year around.
Since we traveled to Mexico in the spring, we decided to spend our summer vacation travelling in our own country and we decided to do it our way: a backpack, a tent, a few camping gear and a car; no schedule, no bookings, no planning, no worries.
We started our road trip in the north of Portugal, where we live, and drove all the way down to the south end of country, stopping wherever we wanted. Sintra was new to us so we decided to stop and visit this unique city, planted in the middle of the mountains with more palaces than any other city I’ve ever visited. It’s kind of a magical place with its foggy forests and mystical palaces. You can easily feel transported to a fairy tale land far far away. From Sintra we decided to spend the night in our beautiful and vibrant capital, Lisbon.
The next day we left Lisbon to stop close by at the beach of Portinho da Arrábida. Despite being close to the city, the beach is very quiet, surrounded by high mountains in a very picturesque spot. If you ever feel like visiting Portinho da Arrábida, I strongly suggest you drive up the mountains through Arrábida National Park and you will find the most spectacular view over the Tróia Peninsula and the ocean. It’s definitely a must see!
Our trip then continued south but I’ll leave that to share in another post soon. Stay tuned!