PORTUGAL Road Trip: From the Algarve to Porto...and a few stops in between

July 26, 2016  •  2 Comments

Albufeira, Algarve, PortgualAlbufeira, Algarve, Portgual


PORTUGAL, I LOVE YOU!


Things always happen for a reason. Fate, if you will - a chain of events that inevitably lead you to where you're supposed to be - and it seems my travel fate brought me to Portugal - which is exactly where I was supposed to be this summer.

Very rarely I've come across a country that I could see myself living in. Sure, no one ever wants to come home from vacation, but Portugal has got it all - historic cities, incredible beaches, seafood galore, friendly people, fabulous (and cheap) wine - why would I need to live anywhere else?

Y'all know it'll take me forever to go through all the photos from this trip (I still haven't gone through all the ones from Spain in March!). So here's a quick peek of the 11-day itinerary > 4 days in the Algarve, 4 days in Lisbon, 2 days in Porto and 1 day in the Douro Valley (with plenty of exploring along the way), and a few photos to appease some peeps.

 

Perfect for road tripping through Portugal! Algarve, #travelkeepsmesanePerfect for road tripping through Portugal! Perfect for road tripping through Portugal!


View from our apartment in Albufeira | #travelkeepsmesaneView from our apartment in Albufeira DAY 1: Enjoying the view from our apartment in Albufeira


Praia dos Pescadores, Albufeira #travelkeepsmesaneDAY 1: Praia dos Pescadores, Albufeira DAY 1: Praia dos Pescadores, Albufeira


DAY 1: Yes folks, that is an escalator that takes your lazy-ass down to beach level #travelkeepsmesaneDAY 1: Yes folks, that is an escalator that takes your lazy-ass down to beach level

DAY 1: Yes folks, that is an escalator that takes your lazy-ass down to beach level


DAY 1: What's the first thing we do? Drink wine. 6 for 4 euros. Pretty good start to this vacation! #travelkeepsmesaneDAY 1: What's the first thing we do? Drink wine. 6 for 4 euros. Pretty good start to this vacation! DAY 1: What's the first thing we do? Drink wine. 6 for 4 euros. Pretty good start to this vacation!


DAY 2: Praia do Beliche, Sagres  #travelkeepsmesaneDAY 2: Praia do Beliche, Sagres DAY 2: Praia do Beliche, Sagres (I won't show all the beaches in this post..... but stay tuned....!)


DAY 2: Cabo de São Vicente (Cape of Saint Vincent) - the southern tip of Europe #travelkeepsmesaneDAY 2: Cabo de São Vicente (Cape of Saint Vincent) - the southern tip of Europe DAY 2: Cabo de São Vicente (Cape of Saint Vincent) - the southern tip of Europe


DAY 2: View from Fortaleza de Sagres #travelkeepsmesaneDAY 2: View from Fortaleza de Sagres DAY 2: View from Fortaleza de Sagres


DAY 2: Celebrations in Old Town Albufeira the night Portugal won the Euro Cup #travelkeepsmesaneDAY 2: Celebrations in Old Town Albufeira the night Portugal won the Euro Cup DAY 2: Celebrations in Old Town Albufeira the night Portugal won the Euro Cup


DAY 3 & 4: These days were spent vegging out on Praia do Inatel #travelkeepsmesaneDAY 3 & 4: These days were spent vegging out on Praia do Inatel DAYS 3 & 4: These days were spent vegging out on Praia do Inatel


DAY 5: Lovely Lisbon! #travelkeepsmesaneDAY 5: Lovely Lisbon! DAY 5: Lovely Lisbon!


DAY 6: Checking out Sintra Palace #travelkeepsmesaneDAY 6: Checking out Sintra Palace DAY 6: Checking out Sintra Palace


DAY 6: A Tapas kind of lunch in Sintra #travelkeepsmesaneDAY 6: A Tapas kind of lunch in Sintra DAY 6: A tapas kind of lunch in Sintra


DAY 6: Hanging laundry out to dry - see, it's like I live there already! #travelkeepsmesaneDAY 6: Hanging laundry out to dry - see, it's like I live there already! DAY 6: Hanging laundry out to dry - see, it's like I live there already!


DAY 7: Visiting the Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones) in Évora #travelkeepsmesaneDAY 7: Visiting the Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones) in Évora DAY 7: Visiting the Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones) in Évora


DAY 8: In GINJA heaven - Óbidos #travelkeepsmesaneDAY 8: In GINJA heaven - Óbidos DAY 8: In GINJA heaven - Óbidos


DAY 8: A quick stop in Coimbra on the way to Porto #travelkeepsmesaneDAY 8: A quick stop in Coimbra on the way to Porto DAY 8: A quick stop in Coimbra on the way to Porto


DAY 8: Porto! My fave city #travelkeepsmesaneDAY 8: Porto! My fave city

DAY 9: Porto! My fave city


DAY 9: Port wine tasting in Vila Nova de Gaia (Porto) #travelkeepsmesaneDAY 9: Port wine tasting in Vila Nova de Gaia (Porto) DAY 10: Port wine tasting in Vila Nova de Gaia (Porto)


DAY 9: A quick lunch (and more Port wine) before heading to the Douro Valley #travelkeepsmesaneDAY 9: A quick lunch (and more Port wine) before heading to the Douro Valley DAY 10: A quick lunch (and more Port wine) before heading to the Douro Valley


DAY 9: The Douro Valley #travelkeepsmesaneDAY 9: The Douro Valley DAY 10: The Douro Valley


DAY 9: View from the Quinta we stayed atDAY 9: View from the Quinta we stayed at DAY 10: View from the Quinta we stayed at


DAY 9: Owner, Caesar of Quinta de Marrocos, letting us sample many...many... different kinds of Port wine #travelkeepsmesaneDAY 9: Owner, Caesar of Quinta de Marrocos, letting us sample many...many... different kinds of Port wine DAY 10: Owner, Caesar of Quinta de Marrocos, letting us sample many...many... different kinds of Port wine


DAY 10: Back for one more night in Porto, but first a stop in Matasinhos for the freshest and tastiest grilled seafood #travelkeepsmesaneDAY 10: Back for one more night in Porto, but first a stop in Matasinhos for the freshest and tastiest grilled seafood DAY 11: Back for one more night in Porto, but first a stop in Matosinhos for the freshest and tastiest grilled seafood


DAY 10: What a view of Porto (from Vila Nova de Gaia, above all the Port wine cellars) #travelkeepsmesaneDAY 10: What a view of Porto (from Vila Nova de Gaia, above all the Port wine cellars) DAY 11: What a view of Porto (from Vila Nova de Gaia, above all the Port wine cellars)


Photos taken | written by JENNIFER MAHON


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Comments

3.Rahul Yadav(non-registered)
Great post! I was thinking about a roadtrip in Portugal, and now I’m even more sure I need to do it! Thank you.
2.Citytrip(non-registered)
Nice hotspot. Only went to Lisboa, but want to go back to Portugal! It's amazing!
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