PORTUGAL

Portugal is a great country to discover by car.

You will see beautiful cities, lonely beaches, eat great seafood and, of course, find tasty Portwine.

Boam Viagem!

LISBON

 

Stay:

  • LX Boutique Hotel. 4* boutique hotel close to Bairro Alto and Chiado districts. ca. 100 EUR per room and night. You can book it here.
  • Residencial Alegria. Cosy 2* hotel close to Bairro Alto and Rosso districts. < 100 EUR per room and night. You can book it here.

Eat:

  • Royale Café. Nice for a brunch on the little terrace.
  • Panificacao do chiado, Calçada do Sacramento, 26-32. Small bakery where you can taste a delicious pastel de nada (Portuguese egg and pudding tart).
  • A Gruta de Camoes, Rua Misericórdia 55. You can taste some bacalhao, simply cooked with lemon, herbs and a lot of oil.
  • Café Buenos Aires. Argentinean steakhouse with colorful interior..
  • Sacramento. Restaurant in the Chiado district with bar, designed in vibrant red and pink colors.

Do & See:

  • Visit Miradouros, the various vantage points of the city.
  • Alfama. Oldest district of Lisbon with facades covered in azulejos (Portuguese tiles). Do wear shoes with a little grip as the sometimes steep stone flooring can be slippery. Tram No. 28. makes a good tour through the area.
  • Take a stroll in the park Jardim da Estrela.
  • Museu do design e da moda. Design and fashion museum, free entry.
  • Elevador de Santa Justa, an impressive elevator right in the middlle of the streets!
  • Oceanario de Lisboa. See some funny fish in the oceanarium.
  • Gare do Oriente, station designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava
  • Take a guided walking tour with Lisbon Walker. You get discount with an Aerobus ticket. 
  • Teresa Alecrim. Shopping for beautiful towels, napkins and tissues.
  • Belem. Visit this area and get a famous nata at Pasteis de Belem.


CASCAIS

 

Stay:

  • Hotel da Vila. (Was closed unfortunately – flamingos keep researching.)

Eat:

  • Mar do Inferno. Walk along the sea to the restaurant and enjoy fresh seafood.
  • O ViriatoComfortable little restaurant with an atmospheric original feel.

Do & See:

  • Praia do guincho, praia grande is a nice beach.
  • Cabo da Roca. The westernmost point of continental Europe with steep cliffs.
  • Sintra. A UNESCO World Heritage Site not far from Cascais. The gardens up to the palaces are very nice.


SETUBAL

 

Stay:

  • Ha mar hao luar. It is a memorable experience to sleep in an old windmill. Breakfast is brought to your door in the morning, > 100 EUR per windmill and night. They also have rooms < 100 EUR. You can book it here.

Eat:

  • Taste grilled Sardines on Avenida Luísa Todi.

Do & See:

  • Take a walk along the port of Setubal (pronounced "Stobal").


VILA NOVA DE MILFONTES

 

Stay:

  • Patios da Vila. Affordable boutique apartments close to the beach, >50 EUR per apartment and night. You can book it here.

Eat:

  • Tasca do Celso. Portuguese restaurant with rustic interior – if you are not cooking yourself in the apartment.

Do & See:

  • Praia do Malhao, a picturesque nearly empty beach.


VARGOS

 

Stay:

  • Casa dos Vargos. Gorgeous building with charming rooms. Pilar is very helpful and keeps a shy dog called Zuka who is wandering around. Breakfast on the terrace, < 100 EUR per room and night. You can book it here.

Eat:

  • Os Maias, Pé de Cão in Torres Novas. Local restaurant with big steaks.

Do & See:

  • Tomar: Convento de Cristo. A former templar stronghold with beautiful courtyards and Manueline decorations (Portuguese late gothic style).
  • Aqueduto dos Pegões. Impressive aqueduct which served the Convento in Tomar.


LAMEGO

 

Stay:

  • Quinta de Marrocos. Cesar, his wife and dog live and work on the picturesque vineyard at the river Douro. Stay a night, take a tour with Cesar around the vineyard and taste some original port wine. <100 EUR per room and night. You can book it here.

Eat:

  • Pinhão: a nice village at the Douro 20 minutes from Quinta de Marrocos. Veladouro, Rua Praia. Convenient place for some food and port wine in Pinhão.


PORTO

 

Stay:

  • Vera Cruz. 2* hotel, > 50 EUR per room and night. Do take a room with bigger balcony. You can book it here.

Eat:

  • There are many small restaurants at the river and the backstreets around. 
  • Café Majestic. Belle Epoque style cafe at the shopping street of Porto.

Do & See:

  • Vila Nova de Gaia, the city across the river and the city of port wine production. You can visit wine cellars and do some tasting. A good way to cross the river is walking on the upper level of the bridge Ponte Dom Luis but you can also take a gondola (ca. 8 EUR return ticket).
  • Museum of Photography. Located in a former prison.
  • Igreja de Sao Francisco, Rua do Infante D. Henrique. The church with the golden interior.
  • Livraria Lello, Rua das Carmelitas 144. A beautiful bookshop with impressive staircase inside. 


FOZ DO ARELHO

 

Stay:

  • O Facho Guest House. Hotel right at the beach, take rooms facing the sea and have a drink in the bar.

Eat: