Itinerary - Portugal: Lisbon & Algarve
Roundtrip flights are not included in the TO Services so that you can choose where from, when and with whom you want to fly. All of that is up to you! Hotel check-in in Lisbon and welcome meeting. How about we start off right? Let’s order a beer and let’s celebrate the beginning of this trip! This is the right night to go for a walk in the city center and choose the pub that thrills us the most!
First Stop: Sines!
We’ll hit the road just after getting the rentals; say goodbye to the beautiful Capital and we’ll drive the first hundred miles singing the greatest hits we all know and share the first stories to start knowing each other, until we’ll arrive halfway between Lisbon and Lagos, in Sines. We’ll stretch our legs taking a walk in this town that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and find a nice local restaurant for lunch -we really need to try the bolinhos de bacalhau, the best appetizers here!
Let’s walk off the lunch visiting the Medieval Castle and Sines’ historic center and right after we’ll get back on the road! A couple more hours and we’ll be in Lagos: we finally got to the southern coast of Portugal, in the beautiful region of Algarve. Let’s explore the older part of the city, the cobblestone streets, the churches and the plazas -what? time to drink again? must be the sea air! Tonight the welcome dinner awaits us, where we’ll get to taste portoguese delicacies and say “cheers” to our new adventure!
Included: rental car & welcome dinner Money Pot: any other transportation, tolls, gas and entrances. Not included: food and beverages
Portugal or California?
Late night partying won’t stop us from getting up early to move further south; say goodbye to the city center and get ready to arrive in Ponta de Piedade one of the most wonderful natural landscapes in the whole Algarve region. Once we get there we’ll decide whether to explore these huge cliffs on foot - many trails develop on the coastline - or to sail by boat through the monumental rock formations. We surely advise you to give the sailboat a chance, but whatever you’ll choose, do not forget your swimsuit because diving in the crystal clear waters is a must do!
Can’t go more southern!
For lunch time we’ll drive to Sagres, which is a top surfing spot in Europe and we’ll have a portuguise style lunch in a surf-themed restaurant! We’ll tour this town starting from Forzaleza de Sagres, a fort from where we’ll have the opportunity to gaze at the breathtaking landscape of the steep cliffs overlooking the sea, and we absolutely can’t miss the chance to visit Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Graça, one of the most ancient buildings here. Since we’re already here let’s go to Cabo de São Vicente, The most southwesterly point in mainland Europe, and while we walk on the cliffs let’s decide whether or not it’s worth a stop ‘till sunset. Spoiler alert: it is! We’ll get back to Lagos for dinner - how about another few beers?
Included: rental car Money Pot: gas, highway toll, boat trip Not included: food and beverages
Say goodbye to Lagos and get ready to move east, towards Praia Marinha. Wear the most comfortable shoes you got and put a tonne of sunscreen on; the Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos, the most scenic hiking route in the whole Algarve, awaits us! Let’s park the cars in Praia Marinha and we’ll leave from there to get through this splendid cliff hike, until we get to Praia Centeanes. From here we’ll get on a dinghy to get to the Benagil Cave, the most famous spot of southern Portugal.
In the afternoon we’ll move towards Praia Marinha, in between Portimão and Albufeira, one of the most beautiful beaches here in Algarve and after the morning fatigue we’ll dedicate the afternoon to tanning and relaxing. As soon as we’re roasted enough we’ll get back in the cars and drive towards Tavira, but first we shall stop in Albufeira! Let’s find a bar and get some pestiscos de taberna (portoguese tapas) and a cerveza, and afterwards we’ll move to a local restaurant because we have to try the Cataplana de Marisco: lobster, clams, calamari and the catch of the day!
Included: rental car, Benagil Caves boat tour Money Pot: Gas, tolls and entrance fees Not included: food and beverages
days 5, 6
Going to Faro
Last night we got in Tavira very much after bedtime, so today and tomorrow we’ll get to explore this beautiful town and the nearby places, such as Praia de Monte Gordo and many more Portoguese beauties that we won’t spoiler to you. Tavira is Algarve’s gem, its alleys connect the historic center with the port; whether you want to get lost around its white churches or walk next to the Gilão river, or maybe buy some souvenirs or get a sunbath, you’ll get the chance to do all of it!
Isole e lagune
Il Parque Natural da Ria Formosa è formato da lagune salate e strisce di terra fangosa che costituiscono questa incredibile riserva - il litorale, che si estende per 60 km, è formato da paludi, saline, torrenti e isole con dune di sabbia che fanno da case a diverse specie di uccelli migratori (fra cui il raro pollo sultano). Per pranzo ci fermiamo nella bellissima isola di Culatra, all’interno del parco.
Rientriamo ad Olhao, la base di partenza per tutti i viaggiatori che come noi hanno deciso di visitare la zona delle lagune, e ci rimettiamo in auto: torniamo al nostro campo base, Faro, e dopo una bella doccia, esploriamo la Cidade Velha (città vecchia), ricostruita dopo saccheggi e ben due terremoti. Troviamo un locale che ci ispira e… aperitivino?
Included: Rental cars. Money Pot: Any excursion or entrance fees. Not included: food and beverages.
Sea, sightseeing or surf?
Goodmorning Algarve! This morning we can choose how to spend our time: we could hang out and visit Faro, enjoy the last few hours on the beach or shall we take a surf lesson? We can split into groups so that everyone can enjoy their time as they prefer!
Back to Lisbon!
Right after lunch, we’ll leave for Lisbon, where it all started! In about three hours we’ll go through the inland: we advise you not to fall asleep, you can’t miss these landscapes! We could even think about stopping in Evora, UNESCO world heritage, and enjoy all the various architectural styles! We’ll get to Lisbon by nighttime, ready to enjoy another night in the city center!
Included: rental car Money Pot: Gas, tolls, entrance fees Not included: food, beverages and optional surf lessons
It’s our last day in Portugal and we must explore Lisbon, one of the most stunning capital cities in europe! Let’s start our city tour taking a ride on the famous Tram 28, which connects Martim Moniz with Campo Ourique, and passes through the popular tourist districts of Graca, Alfama, Baixa and Estrel - let’s stop at the Mercado da Ribeira, explore it, let that sweet tooth win and try the many delicacies!
After some delicious snacks, we’ll continue on foot through Av. Ribeira des Naus to get to Praça do Comércio, surrounded by impressive yellow buildings that create a quite pleasing scenic effect. We’ll then go through the Arco da Rua Augusta, get to the homonym road where we’ll find the Elevador de Santa Justa, from which we’ll be able to look at the crazy nice city landscape, the Convento do Carmo and take a look at our next stop, Rossio, the Esplorando Lisbona!
L'ultima serata in Portogallo
Passiamo la seconda parte della giornata a gironzolare per i caratteristici vicoli dell'Alfama, il più pittoresco ed antico quartiere della città. La maggior parte delle case è color pastello o ricoperte da sbeccati azulejos, qui si trovano inoltre il Castillo del S. Jorge e in Largo da Sé, la cattedrale di Lisbona. Ci aspetta infine la cena di arrivederci, durante la quale possiamo parlare di tutte le avventura vissute assieme! Dopo cena andiamo tutti al K Urban Beach, per fare due salti, bere e divertirci!
Included: goodbye dinner Money Pot: transports, entrance fees Not included: food, beverages
Check-out and farewell
Time to say goodbye: see you in your next WeRoad adventure!
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