12 days – Portugal

  • Lisbon (2 days)
  • Adraga & around (3 days)
  • Aveiro (1 day)
  • Esposende & around (3 days)
  • Porto (3 days)

Lisbon (2 days)

Lisbon is Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city. From imposing São Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, Tagus Estuary and Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge.

Bairro Alto

Visitors wander the steep cobbled streets of bohemian Bairro Alto to ride the Bica Funicular. Many of the centuries-old houses in the neighborhood are decorated with vivid street art. After sundown, a diverse crowd fill the hip, quirky bars, while the evocative sound of Fado music is heard from traditional restaurants.

Coup de coeurWe recommend you this shopManteigaria : Rua do Loreto n°2, you’ll find the best Pastéis de Nata ever https://www.facebook.com/manteigaria.oficial/

A Nossa Casa: for the delicious “Mexilhoes el guacamole // Mussels”: Visit their Facebook page.

For a Gastronomic diner on terrace, Mesón Andaluz!!

Chiado

Historic center of Lisbon, Chiado is an important cultural and commercial district, known for its luxury shopping, historic landmarks, and its numerous theatres and museums. In 1988, the Chiado area was severely affected by a fire.

Baixa

Historic heart and commercial center. Neoclassical architecture, built after the 1755 earthquake, surrounds Commerce and Rossio squares. Walk through the pedestrianized streets to reach the famous Praça do Comercio.

Coup de coeurWe recommend you this place/quarter

Alfama

Take a a breath at the coast and start stepping to Alfama. One of Lisbon’s oldest areas, old sinners houses and very authentic neighborhood in Lisbon.

Estrela At Lisbon – Tram 28

Tram 28 is probably the most famous tour in Lisbon. It is a vintage yellow tram that crosses the city centre, passing by many of Lisbon’s main attractions. So a single ride on it has all the benefits of a sightseeing bus tour, and it is much cheaper.

July 2020: Covid-19 alone… with restriction

Around Lisbon

The docks (Docas) and LX Factory, an historical industrial complex houses an array of arty retailers & unique restaurants.

Belém: is a laid-back area on the Tagus River, known for its seafood restaurants and houses decorated with colorful tiles. Among the area’s shaded green lawns are historic landmarks that recall Portugal’s seafaring past, like the 16th-century Tower of Belém and the sail-shaped Discoveries Monument. Near the vast Gothic Jerónimos Monastery, the popular Pastéis de Belém patisserie is famed for its custard tarts.

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Sintra & around (3 days)

  • Nice Beaches:
    • Praia Adraga: Next to the town of Almoçageme.
    • Praia Do Guincho: Very popular beach known for surf competition
    • Praia Grande

  • Sintra: is a resort town in the foothills of Portugal’s Sintra Mountains, near the capital, Lisbon. A longtime royal sanctuary, its forested terrain is studded with pastel-colored villas and palaces. The Moorish- and Manueline-style Sintra National Palace is distinguished by dramatic twin chimneys and elaborate tilework.
  • Get a break and a drink at the Sintra Terrace, and you’ll get a nice view on the city and National Palace.

The hilltop 19th-century Pena National Palace is known for a whimsical design and sweeping views:

Near the historic center, Quinta da Regaleira is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO within the “Cultural Landscape of Sintra. This ensemble of enigmatic structures and luxurious gardens is a reflection of the philosophical and initatic pursuits of the owner, Antonio Augusto Carvalho Monteiro (1848-192) and the talented scenographer-architect Luigi Manini (1848-1936).

A trip to Quinta da Ragaleira is a journey into an imaginary universe of symbolism and metaphor. “Poço Iniciáco”,  this ceremonial well features a spiral staircase into a tunnel system

Aveiro (1 day)

Agueda: Coming from Lisbon, just a small round trip to Agueda the city of the coloured umbrellas (not always as per our experience)

Aveiro: The Venice of Portugal! It’s distinguished by its canals navigated by colorful boats (barcos moliceiros), traditionally used to harvest seaweed. Not far from its core, known for art nouveau buildings, is the Cathedral of Aveiro, with its prominent bell tower

Coup de coeurWe recommend you this place Quinta Salinas – Puro Prazer:  is located in Aveiro. Very nice place to stay for a couple of days: https://www.booking.com/hotel/pt/quinta-salinas.en-gb.html

Coup de coeurWe recommend you this shop – Posto 7: Get the best Caïpirinhas and/or Mojito at the bar or on the terrace. https://www.facebook.com/Posto7-495084467215697

Esposende & around (3 days)

Enjoy the long, large and windy beach of Esposende. Get surf or kite surf courses in this familial area.

Coup de coeurWe recommend you this Restaurante – A Cabana Endereço: Peixe grelhado, Av. Marginal Cedovém, 4740-031 Esposende

https://www.acabana.net/

Braga: is known for its religious heritage and events. To the east, Bom Jesus do Monte complex has a neoclassical church atop an elaborate 17-flight stairway. In the city center, medieval Braga Cathedral is home to a sacred art museum and the Gothic-style Kings’ Chapel. Nearby, the imposing Archbishop’s Palace overlooks Santa Barbara Garden.

Guimaraes: is known for well-preserved medieval buildings like the hilltop, 10th-century Guimarães Castle, with its sweeping city views. The restored Dukes of Bragança Palace, built in the style of a French chateau, has a museum showcasing furniture, tapestries and weapons. Between the palace and the castle is the Romanesque São Miguel do Castelo Church, built in the 13th century.

Porto (3 days)

Porto is a coastal city in northwest Portugal known for its stately bridges and port wine production. In the medieval Ribeira (riverside) district, narrow cobbled streets wind past merchants’ houses and cafes. São Francisco Church is known for its lavish baroque interior with ornate gilded carvings.

Monument Church Of St Francis:  is the most prominent Gothic monument in Porto, Portugal, being also noted for its outstanding Baroque inner decoration. It is located in the historic centre of the city, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Wikipedia

Mercado Ferreira Borges: Iconic market building built in the 1880s of iron & glass, now hosting a nightclub & restaurant.

Luís I Bridge (Pont Dom-Luís):  is a double-deck metal arch bridge that spans the River Douro between the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia in Portugal. At its construction, its 172 metres span was the longest of its type in the world. Wikipedia

Porto Sé Cathedral: is a Roman Catholic church located in the historical centre of the city of Porto, Portugal. It is one of the city’s oldest monuments and one of the most important local Romanesque monuments. Wikipedia

Ribeira Square (Praça Ribeira):  is a historical square in Porto, Portugal. It is included in the historical centre of the city, designated World Heritage by UNESCO. Wikipedia

Take the Teleférico de Gaia (Teleférico de Vila Nova de Gaia) in the south side or Porto:

Vila Nova de Gaia: A hub of the port wine industry, Vila Nova de Gaia is peppered with cellars offering tours and tastings. It’s also known for sandy beaches like Praia da Madalena, and the scenic riverside road Cais de Gaia, with its cafe terraces and expansive views across the Douro. Small restaurants serve grilled fish and seafood in the old fishing village of Afurada, where picturesque tiled houses line narrow streets. ― Google

Coup de coeurWe recommend you this excellent host: Porto Happy Flats, . de Santo Ildefonso 265, Porto

Coup de coeurWe recommend you this excellent bar Dourum Experience: http://www.dourum.pt/

Coup de coeurWe recommend you to taste the best “Francesinha(Portuguese sandwich originally from Porto, made with bread, wet-cured ham, linguiça, fresh sausage like chipolata, steak or roast meat, and covered with melted cheese and a hot and thick spiced tomato and beer sauce.) at the Cafe Santiago da Praça : https://cafesantiago.pt/

Coup de coeurWe suggest you Farol Tattoo Parlour for a nice and beautiful souvenir: https://www.faroltattooparlour.pt/