2 Weeks in Portugal


This was our first trip together, in the end of April/Beginning of May 2009, my folks are from Portugal so I had been there many times.

We had a car rental for the 2 weeks and did the most of it.

Here’s the complete album I did a re-edit of my pictures in 2015.

We landed in Lisboa, it was  a bit cloudy.




The next day we drove west to the city of Cascais.



Continued west to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost extent of mainland Europe.




Next day we went on to beautiful Sintra, very historic place.


Castelo de Sintra



Palácio Nacional de Sintra


We then drove to Peniche to have a look at the beaches.



Then is was time to visit the fortified village of Obidos





Went on to sleep in Batalha.



The next way the final destination was Porto! Drove through nice little villages and the Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Rosário in Fatima.



Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Rosário



Beautiful Porto







Next day I visited family in Val de Cambra and drove to Lamego.  Got there late and the next day we woke up to this view.



The plan was then to drive in the amazing Douro region and end the day in Guimarães to visit other family members.




Guimarães view from Parque da Penha



Castelo de Guimarães, very important in Portugal history.


Next day it was time to go down to hotter places, the Algarve.

On the way to Faro, Algarve we stopped in Braga to visit a sanctuary, Bom Jesus do Monte.





After 5 hours driving we got to Faro for the sunset at the Marina



Next day we went to the beach early in Faro.



Then we booked an amazing hotel on the cliffs of Albufeira. Rocamar Exclusive Hotel

Pool at the  Rocamar



View of the beach from the Hotel, Praia Peneco



The city of Albufeira




Next day we went to Praia Da rocha, amazing beach between Lagos and Albufeira.




Went on to Sagres to see the most southern part of continental Portugal.



We then booked a room in Sagres and drove to  Praia da Arrifana and back before sunset.



Sunset from the hotel room in Sagres




The next day we woke up and went to Tavira Island, well worth the visit. Sadly I don’t have any pictures.

We then had to go back to Lisboa, drop the car at the airport and visit the city on foot/public transport, which I recommend.

Santa Justa Lift  & Praça do Comércio



Classic tramway in Lisboa



Mosteiro dos Jerónimos



Torre de Belém,



More modern part of Lisboa, near the Expo 98 site.




The Aquarium





View of the city from the São Jorge Castle




Palm in Alfama.



Church of São Vicente of Fora




Amazing trip, I highly recommend a vacation in Portugal!