The perfect day in Ericeira, disappointment in Sintra, happy moments in Cascais and a happy reunion in Lisbon – this is what is awaits you in this post about my trip through Portugal.
I´ve already told you about the start of the road trip and my acquaintance with port wine in Porto. From there we went on to Águeda and Fatima, before staying for two nights in Ericeira.
Ericeira, you´re a dream
I was already looking forward to come to this surf town and I wasn´t disappointed. Ericeira has a very pleasant atmosphere and for me the perfect size for a livable place. Reminded me a little of Tarifa in Spain, but to be fully honest, Tarifa is even a bit nicer. Maybe it´s also the fact that I feel more comfortable with Spanish as language than with Portuguese. At first I thought about getting a little surf practice myself (it´s urgently needed), but ultimately, I have preferred to watch the experienced surfers.
Tipp for Ericeira: If you’re looking for a place to stay in Ericeira, I recommend our Hotel: Hotel Camarao. First, we were a bit skeptical because it has “only” 2 stars, but it was by far the best hotel of our whole trip. The location is great and newly renovated rooms. The only drawback: There is no parking on the hotel. But not really a huge issue, as you will easily find free parking near. In retrospect, I actually found it a pity that we only stayed two nights.
My next happy place in Cascais
For the onward journey the first stop was actually planned in famous Sintra with its colorful palaces. Unfortunately we absolutely couldn´t find a parking spot and the traffic was just catastrophic in general. After we got tired of the situation, we just left Sintra and went to Cascais. Although I was slightly disappointed, I already told you last week, that it´s not that important to me, to pound every attraction. Rather, it would have stressed me more to look after a parking lot for age. To spend time in Cascais was definitely the better alternative.
We parked a little outside the city, walked a few steps and I had arrived in my Happy Place.
The raging sea, the light, fresh wind, the birds and the sun’s rays – the perfect Ocean Therapy.
Let´s continue to Lisbon
After we finally could tear ourselves away, we continued to our destination: Lisbon. Before heading to our hotel, we made a stop in Belem, as it was on our way. Here we strolled to the famous Torre de Belém and enjoyed the view, the Ponte 25 de Abril – the Bridge of 25th of April, included.
The next day: After we got lost in the streets for one and a half hours, we arrived a little late at St. Jorge Castle.
A little tip: Take the Metro station Rossio as orientation point for the right path up to the Castelo Sao Jorge.
A friend of mine was already waiting for us, as she is currently in Lisbon for a Work Away program. Together we walked to a couple of look-outs in the Alfama district, before we had to say goodbye again after lunch. We´ve spent the afternoon with a relaxing walk through Baixa and Bairro Alto.
My conclusion for Lisbon is kept a bit in perspective.
I think it is a beautiful city, but somehow I must confess, I am not overwhelmed. However I think I´ll give Lisbon a second chance and definitely come back again soon.
Have you already been to Lisbon and Porto? Do you have a favorite?
At the end of our trip, we stayed for a few days at the Algarve. Why I was confronted with my personal tourist hell, but also got to meet Justin Bieber and Popeye, I´ll tell you in the next part of my report about my holiday in Portugal.
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Have a good one, guys!