Portugal

Portugal is a relatively small country literally taking a chunk off the west coast of Spain. Wherever you are in Portugal, you’re never too far away from a quiet secluded beach or stunning coastal cliffs. Portugal has become more and more touristy these past few years for how cheap it is compared to the rest of Western Europe and how fun the country is to explore. The delicious foods (Piri-Piri chicken!), vibrant city life (Lisbon), friendly locals and stunning national parks are only some of the many reasons why you are pretty much guaranteed to find what you are looking for if you visit Portugal. Keep in mind that July and August are the busiest and hottest months, although it supposedly doesn’t get anywhere as bad as Spain or Italy when it comes to the heat and crowds. 

June 18 : Madrid > Lisbon
June 19-20 : Lisbon
June 21 : Lisbon > Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast
June 22 : Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast
June 23 : Sagres
June 24 : Lagos > Sevilla

Portugal is a relatively small country literally taking a chunk off the west coast of Spain. Wherever you are in Portugal, you’re never too far away from a quiet secluded beach or stunning coastal cliffs. Portugal has become more and more touristy these past few years for how cheap it is compared to the rest of Western Europe and how fun the country is to explore. The delicious foods (piri-piri chicken!), vibrant city life (Lisbon), friendly locals and stunning national parks are only some of the many reasons why you are pretty much guaranteed to find what you are looking for if you visit Portugal. Keep in mind that July and August are the busiest and hottest months, although it supposedly doesn’t get anywhere as bad as Spain or Italy when it comes to the heat and crowds. 

June 18 : Madrid > Lisbon
June 19-20 : Lisbon
June 21 : Lisbon > Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast
June 22 : Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast
June 23 : Sagres
June 24 : Lagos > Sevilla

Lisbon

Lisbon is Portugal’s largest city, but don’t expect anything as big as other European capitals. With only roughly half a million people in the city center, Lisbon is easy to explore on foot (if you don’t mind walking uphill, that is!). The city is home to countless delicious restaurants sometimes offering stunning views (try Noobai for a cool sunset view over the bridge) as well as many viewpoints that will please any photographer (check out Miradouro Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen for my favourite viewpoint in Lisbon). I would recommend not driving in Lisbon since the trams and hills make it difficult to move around and park. Also, if you are looking for some beach time, you will have to get out of Lisbon as there are no beaches located near the city center.  

Lisbon is Portugal’s largest city, but don’t expect anything as big as other European capitals. With only roughly half a million people in the city center, Lisbon is easy to explore on foot (if you don’t mind walking uphill, that is!). The city is home to countless delicious restaurants sometimes offering stunning views (try Noobai for a cool sunset view over the bridge) as well as many viewpoints that will please any photographer (check out Miradouro Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen for my favourite viewpoint in Lisbon). I would recommend not driving in Lisbon since the trams and hills make it difficult to move around and park. Also, if you are looking for some beach time, you will have to get out of Lisbon as there are no beaches located near the city center.  

Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast

If you look at a map of Portugal, you’ll notice that area along the southwest coast is essentially one giant national park. If you love the mix of hiking, swimming, chilling on the beach, camping and good food, you can’t miss out on that area if you travel through Portugal. If you visit the area outside of peak season (July & August), you’ll likely find yourself alone on breathtaking beaches and hikes. I traveled the area in June 2017 for roughly a week and I fell in love with pretty much everything there. For detailed itinerary and places to visit, please send me a private message on my Instagram (@Raphtravels) linked at the bottom of this page. 

If you look at a map of Portugal, you’ll notice that area along the southwest coast is essentially one giant national park. If you love the mix of hiking, swimming, chilling on the beach, camping and good food, you can’t miss out on that area if you travel through Portugal. If you visit the area outside of peak season (July & August), you’ll likely find yourself alone on breathtaking beaches and hikes. I traveled the area in June 2017 for roughly a week and I fell in love with pretty much everything there. For detailed itinerary and places to visit, please send me a private message on my Instagram (@Raphtravels) linked at the bottom of this page. 

Sagres

Sagres is a town located at the southwesternmost point of Europe and used to be referred as “the end of the world” hundreds of years ago. The landscapes are similar to the rest of the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast national park, although the more south you get, the more dramatic the cliffs and beaches seem to get. One of the most popular things to do there is to catch the sunset at the Cabo de Sao Vicente. If you plan on doing that in July or August, I was told the place gets really crowded and you’d have to get there in advance to find parking. For the rest, take a look at the pictures and contact me by direct message on Instagram (@Raphtravels) if you are looking for a specific location. 

Sagres is a town located at the southwesternmost point of Europe and used to be referred as “the end of the world” hundreds of years ago. The landscapes are similar to the rest of the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast national park, although the more south you get, the more dramatic the cliffs and beaches seem to get. One of the most popular things to do there is to catch the sunset at the Cabo de Sao Vicente. If you plan on doing that in July or August, I was told the place gets really crowded and you’d have to get there in advance to find parking. For the rest, take a look at the pictures and contact me by direct message on Instagram (@Raphtravels) if you are looking for a specific location. 

Lagos

Lagos is supposedly one of the most touristy spots in Portugal, so don’t expect to have beaches all to yourself, especially if you visit in July and August. That doesn’t take anything away from the beauty of the area, though; the turquoise waters and stunning, orange cliffs reminded me of a mix of Australia and Indonesia, two of my favourite countries ever. 

Lagos is supposedly one of the most touristy spots in Portugal, so don’t expect to have beaches all to yourself, especially if you visit in July and August. That doesn’t take anything away from the beauty of the area, though; the turquoise waters and stunning, orange cliffs reminded me of a mix of Australia and Indonesia, two of my favourite countries ever.