Short and sweet trip along the southern Portuguese coast. Our focus was on finding beautiful beaches and the best custard tarts (Pastel de Nata)!
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Europe5 days / April 2022
Highs & Lows
The sunsets were magical
The sea was freezing (this is a highlight or a lowlight depending on what you love!)
We took the bus from Seville across the border with Portugal and straight to Lagos. The bus ride was fairly long and not particularly comfortable but very manageable and cheap. We did not book a return bus which was half a mistake and half an adventure. We planned to find a Blabla car to take us home but unfortunately they were all fully booked. Luckily for us there was someone driving our same route home afterwards!
Before taking the trip we had not planned much as we were originally supposed to be going to Morocco however COVID testing disrupted our plan. So we went in knowing very little and just hoping for a lovely holiday.
Would definitely recommend doing a trip along the Algarve, it is a beautiful area with stunning hikes and beaches. However, there are places that get especially over packed and therefore more expensive especially in summer so timing is everything and prepare yourself for beach crowds.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
Would have brought less stuff and hiked more! There are some great hikes in which you can go from coastal town to coastal town without the need for buses. But obviously for this type of activity you need to make sure you back light and don’t buy bottles of wine at a tasting event…
What tips would you give a friend?
Plan out transport well. Maybe this should have been obvious to us but in Spain we were so used to getting blabla cars easily and cheaply it came as a surprise that they booked up so quickly in Portugal.
If you are going in Spring like we did, pack for every weather. It’s freezing at night and there is such a bitter wind but during the daytime is great sunbathing weather.
Don’t rely on BlaBla car too much in Portugal. Use buses. They are cheap and usually very reliable.
Portugal had strict COVID protocol so make sure you check the rules before booking anything.