Madeira Island Guide (Portugal): the Pearl of the Atlantic

Madeira Island Guide (Portugal): the Pearl of the Atlantic

An insider handbook to the best spots on Madeira Island and happenings – By Andrea Newton (Resident) 

Welcome to our ultimate Madeira Islands travel guide, your passport to exploring this enchanting archipelago nestled in the North Atlantic Ocean. Madeira, known as the “Island of Eternal Spring,” beckons travelers with its lush landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and abundant natural wonders.

Known to be a holiday maker’s dream as it has something for everyone, my first impression of Madeira Island was that it was lost in a time capsule and retains an almost Jurassic flair to it.

Câmara De Lobos, Madeira - View of the port and Cabo Girao
Câmara De Lobos, Madeira – View of the port and Cabo Girao via Unsplash

Born of extensive volcanic activity the island boasts captivating lush scenery and a fresh climate compared to its mainland counterparts. 

It may seem like a small island and therefore easy to explore, but three years on I have yet to discover many villages and towns that are dotted across this gorgeous tropical haven. 

Getting in

The archipelago of Madeira is geographically closer to Morocco than to mainland Portugal.

An hour and a half’s flight away from Lisbon, you enter through the Cristiano Ronaldo Airport, FNC which is located between Machico and the island’s capital city Funchal. Direct flights make reaching Madeira convenient.

If you are lucky enough to catch a daytime flight, the absolutely stunning views and vibrant nature will surely tease you well before you have made your descent into the island. 

How to Get Around

Inter-island flights offer opportunities to explore beyond the main island. Public transport and taxis provide easy access to popular places, ensuring you can navigate the entire island with ease.

Rent a car for flexibility in exploring at your own pace. Free parking options abound, making it convenient to navigate the island independently.

Renting a car or a scooter is perhaps the best way to go around the island and the most cost-effective but it’s not the only way. (See this Portugal Road trip post too)

Local buses are efficient and reach every small corner, however to the deeper inner parts of the island, one might need to hire a taxi.

However bear in mind, that taxis are expensive but with the introduction of more Bolt service cars, you will be just fine. 

Where to Stay on Madeira Island

Ponta do Sol Pier, Madeira, Portugal
Ponta do Sol Pier, Madeira, Portugal

In terms of where to stay while visiting, it depends really on the kind of holiday you want. There are many affordable accommodations ranging from co-living spaces to shared grand villas or individual apartments and of course luxury hotels.

In order to stay on the sunniest part of Madeira, consider Ponta do Sol on the West Coast. I recommend Estalagem da Ponta do Sol, a lovely 4 star hotel.

Hotel Estalagem, Ponta do sol
Hotel Estalagem, Ponta do sol

Estalagem da Ponta do Sol is perched on a cliff facing the sea with an infinity pool and stunning views.

If you’d like to stay in the North, then I suggest the beautiful Estalagem do Mar in São Vicente.

Estalagem do Mar in São Vicente
Estalagem do Mar in São Vicente

This hotel has views of the Atlantic Ocean that you can enjoy from the pool and many of the rooms. The historic São Vicente Chapel with its views over the São Vicente Valley is right next to the hotel.

You can also stay directly in Funchal so that you are close to the city life, the nightlife, and all the buzz. Consider booking Savoy Palace, a stunning 5-star hotel.

Savoy Palace, Funchal, Madeira
Savoy Palace, Funchal, Madeira

Savoy Palace is close to Almirante Reis Beach and has gorgeous views and outdoor and indoor swimming pools.

It is advisable to book a couple of days in the north, then the east coast, then the west, etc to get a glimpse of the different spectrum of life each side of the island has to offer.

Best Time to Visit Madeira

Senna Flower Tree - Madeira is an year long destination
Senna Flower Tree – Madeira is an year-long destination

While Madeira enjoys a subtropical climate year-round, the winter months are particularly pleasant, offering milder temperatures and fewer crowds. However, any time of year is a good option for visiting, depending on your preferences.

So, the best time to visit the island would be practically any time of the year. There are always festivities going on in terms of festivals that showcase local produce and music and crafts.

If you do want a more relaxed, beachside kind of itinerary I definitely suggest coming towards the summer months when the weather is perfect. If you’d like to experience more beaches of Portugal, then check out the posts about Portugal’s Algarve region and Nazare too.

What to do on Madeira Island

Whether you’re seeking uninhabited islands for a perfect escape or vibrant cities teeming with local culture, Madeira has something for everyone. Let’s dive into the details and uncover the best of what these Portuguese islands have to offer.

Madeira Hikes, Trailblazing & Outdoor Adventures

One of the reasons many tourists flock to Madeira is its stunning hiking trails.

Vereda da Ponta de Sao Lourenco Hike on Madeira Island
Vereda da Ponta de Sao Lourenco Hike on Madeira Island via Unsplash

While the beaches spell beauty, it’s the inner labyrinths of Madeira island that are lined with liquid gold levadas that ooze a magical allure that is unseen anywhere else in the world.

Swim in natural pools carved by the waters of Madeira or marvel at the sheer cliffs of Cabo Girão, one of the highest peaks in Europe. Embark on hikes along the island’s extensive network of trails or simply relax on a sandy beach, soaking in the sun and sea breeze.

I have handpicked a few hiking adventures for you to consider booking based on your level and interest:

It is advised to do the hikes paying heed to the local weather restrictions, the difficulty factor if any, and the guidelines set by other hikers. Some groups meet regularly and do a trail together and this is advisable if you are not familiar with the terrain and cannot speak the local dialect.

Levada walks are usually the ones that are easier to do and don’t involve crazy paths. Whilst Veredas or exploring the peaks are not for the faint-hearted and do require some prep time. Some of the most popular hikes to really soak in the lush outdoors are

Pico Areeiro – Pico Ruivo and it is the most famous and Instagram-worthy hike in my opinion.

Ponta de São Lourenço - Madeira Island Hikes
Ponta de São Lourenço – Madeira Island Hikes

Ponta de Sao Lourenco is fairly easy to do and can be achieved in a time span of about 3 to 4 hours. It is the ultimate tip of the island and is located on the eastern coast of Madeira.

Levada das 25 Fontes, is also known as the fairytale hike because of the number of small waterfalls one can cross whilst doing this absolutely serene hike. It is not a very difficult hike and could be done in under 2 hours.

Waterfall in Rabacal, Madeira, Portugal
Waterfall in Rabacal, Madeira, Portugal via Unsplash

Some other epic trails are Levada Moinho, Vereda do Larano, Caldeirao do Inferno, and Caldeirao Verde.

Whatever trail you choose, be prepared for all kinds of weather, take warm layers as well as protection from the rain, and even your swimming gear. You can experience all four climates in one day and that is a fact! 

Exploring Madeira on a Rented Car

Now if hiking and getting sweaty up in the mountains isn’t your thing then renting a car and driving around the island is a superb way to spend a good holiday.

You can start by exploring the northeast and visiting Santana and Faial. Eat at local restaurants, the seafood on the island is fresh and super delicious.

I highly recommend trying local delicacies like tuna steaks, Espada fillets, grilled limpets, and octopus rice. There is also the very famous Bacalhau com Natas which is baked codfish with cream and potatoes – a winner for all kinds of flavor profiles.

Dolphin Tours in Madeira

Three dolphins swimming on the coast of Madeira, Portugal
Three dolphins swimming on the coast of Madeira, Portugal via Unsplash

Now, everyone knows Madeira is famous for its whale and dolphin tours. There are many eco-friendly tour companies that pass along the coast of Calheta.

This is a great way to get into the sea, some companies offer food and refreshments as part of the tour and you can swim mid-journey alongside dolphins if you are lucky.

I have handpicked a few tours for you:

  • Catamaran Cruise – Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour: EUR 35 per person, and starts from Funchal, Cabo Girão promontory.
  • Luxury Catamaran Cruise: Dolphin and Whale Watching, EUR 40 per person, starts from Funchal, Cabo Girão snorkeling.
  • Sunset Sailing Tour: Starts from Funchal and includes Dolphin and Whale watching. EUR 45 per person. Also includes snorkeling near Cabo Girão cliffs.

And, if you want to take it a notch higher, get yourself a diving lesson dive deep into the turquoise waters of the Atlantic, and associate yourself with marine life face to face. It is highly addictive so only do this if you are prepared to keep coming back for more. 

South Coast: Funchal – Experience the Big City Life 

Funchal, Madère, Portugal
Funchal, Madère, Portugal via Pexels

Funchal is the capital of the island, busier than most parts and full of activities. Whether you want to visit the botanical gardens, museums, parks, eat, shop, attend a concert, or get a massage at a spa, there is literally everything you can think of within a 30-minute walking radius.

Monte Palace

The dreamlike Monte Palace tropical garden is like a movie set in far east Asia, it is a beautiful spot in the heart of the city and should not be missed.

Cable Car Ride in Porto da Cruz

Cable Car Line Over the Cityscape of Funchal
Cable Car Line Over the Cityscape of Funchal via Pexels

Another star attraction of the island is the cable cars which give you an aerial view of Funchal and this is something worth experiencing as well.

Take a cable car ride in Porto da Cruz for breathtaking views from high cliffs or venture to Fajã dos Padres on the main island for a tranquil seaside retreat. Don’t miss the Monte Palace Tropical Garden, a botanical wonderland showcasing the island’s diverse flora.

Câmara de Lobos

Câmara de Lobos, Portugalia
Câmara de Lobos, Portugalia via Unsplash

Câmara de Lobos is Madeira’s largest city, and is a vibrant hub where old town charm meets modern flair. It is actually a suburb of Funchal.

Explore its bustling streets, sample exotic tropical fruits at the Mercado dos Lavradores, and indulge in culinary delights at restaurants boasting Michelin stars.

Ribeira Brava

Ribeira Brava, Travel Guide for Madeira Island, Portugal
Ribeira Brava, Travel Guide for Madeira Island, Portugal

Ribeira Brava serves as a vibrant hub where tradition meets modernity, offering a glimpse into authentic Madeiran life.

The town derives its name, which translates to “Wild River,” from the fast-flowing river that runs through its center, adding to its scenic allure. Ribeira Brava is strategically located on the south coast of Madeira, making it an ideal base for exploring the island’s diverse attractions.

East Coast: Porto da Cruz, Canical, Machico

Moving towards the east coast, Porto da Cruz is a surfer’s haven, with a stunning beach Maiata that is made of soft black volcanic sand and has some decent-sized waves.

Porto da Cruz, Madeira Island, Portugal
Porto da Cruz, Madeira Island, Portugal via Unsplash

It is home to the famous Rum factory where you can go and see the process of the extraction of the sugar cane rum and taste its varieties. There’s also a huge seawater pool by the coast if the beach doesn’t call to you.

The next town, Canical has a gorgeous little beach called Prainha which is worth all those hundreds of steps down. It’s a hidden pocket of paradise that can be the perfect picnic spot to spend the day. 

Machico Beach, Madeira Island Guide
Machico Beach, Madeira Island Guide

Moving further down the coast you will find the second busiest town on the island, Machico. It is here where the first inhabitants of the island set foot in the 1400s.

The yellow sandy beach was made with actual sand from Morocco and is a tourist favorite.

You can hire a kayak for a couple of hours and discover the surrounding bays and coves by yourself or if you like, take a SUP board and cruise along. Machico has some good restaurants and bakeries so it’s definitely worth spending a day there.

During the summer Mahcico hosts a medieval fair that lasts for about 3 days. It is a mesmerizing ode to the history of the original inhabitants and consists of the entire town dressing up in cosplay of pirates and lords, knights on horses, belly dancers mixed with vibrant fireshows, drinks in clay cups, music, food, and a lot of fun.

North Coast: Porto Moniz Pools

Porto Moniz, Madeira Island
Porto Moniz, Madeira Island Photo by Tim L

A trip to Madeira would be incomplete without a visit to the natural pools in Porto Moniz. They are absolutely breathtaking and perfect for summer dipping.

However, the weather is very unpredictable in that part of the island and you may even have rain and clouds on a summer day. Nonetheless, it is still such a picturesque wonder, there’s also a little turtle museum by the coast that showcases some very interesting species of marine life. 

Northeastern Coast: São Vicente, Ponta Delgada & Seixal

Madeirã, Castelo Branco, Portugal - Chapel on Hill in Sao Vicente, Portugal
Madeirã, Castelo Branco, Portugal – Chapel on Hill in Sao Vicente, Portugal via Pexels

The wild northern coast which consists of Sao Vicente, Ponta Delgada, and Seixal are the lesser populated parts where one can truly immerse oneself in the wilderness.

If you’re craving solitude and pristine natural beauty, head to São Vicente, one of Madeira’s uninhabited islands. Here, you’ll find yourself in the perfect place to disconnect and recharge amidst rugged coastlines and untouched landscapes.

São Vicente Chapel and Blue Bridge, Madeira Island, Portugal
São Vicente Chapel and Blue Bridge, Madeira Island, Portugal

Great spots for camping. Not much to do in terms of nightlife so make a trip there when you are in need of solitude and peace and quiet.

West Coast: Ponta do Sol & Madalena do Mar (+waterfall of angels)

Ponta do Sol, Madeira Island Guide, Portugal
Ponta do Sol, Madeira Island Guide, Portugal

Finally, the beloved west coast of the Island, starting with Ponta do Sol which is the sunnier part, home to a sweet little rock beach and the famous Estalagem hotel for its grand views.

Ponta do Sol, Madeira Island, Portugal
Ponta do Sol, Madeira Island, Portugal

Weekly farmers markets, yoga classes, techno parties, hikes, and other activities make this a popular spot for foreigners living in Madeira.

The West Coast is home to the biggest number of digital nomads on the island and has one of the best co-working spaces for nomads in the center of the town. So, if you are working while on holiday you can have the perfect spot to connect with other nomads and explore opportunities.

Madalena do Mar, Madeira Island
Madalena do Mar, Madeira Island

A little ahead is the next town Madalena do Mar, succulent heaven and purely local resident zone but home to the famous Cascata dos anjos, waterfall of angels, drive-through waterfall that has graced many if not all influencers’ Instagrams.

If you do visit in the summer you can drive further down to Zion cafe and sip a cocktail whilst watching the sunset after your customary shower in the waterfall. 

Porto Santo Island

Porto Santo, Portugal
Porto Santo, Portugal via Unsplash

If you have a few days extra on hand, you can take a ferry from Funchal to the island of Porto Santo.

Named the best beach island destination in Europe a couple of times, it is worth visiting. Absolutely raw pristine nature, quiet neighbourhoods, and serenity. 

While most tourist attractions and nature trails are open all year round, the festivals and events are seasonal. It is advisable to check before traveling what the island has to offer.

Madeira Nightlife 

If you have had a busy day and want to kick back, Funchal does have a pretty spicy nightlife going on with cute little clubs that play interesting music.

A few bars to check would be Barreirinha Bar, Mini Echo Bar, Vespas, and Marginal. Depending on the day you can find dub, reggae, electronic, techno, or even trance. 

Funchal Madeira Nightlife
Funchal Madeira Nightlife via Unsplash

A party in Madeira is incomplete without a Poncha. Sounds interesting? It is a potent elixir made of very strong sugar cane rum and mixed with fresh juice of lime, oranges, local passion fruits, mint, and other exotic flavors.

The small drink has its own cup crafted delicately in glass, but do not judge this little dynamite by its sweet and innocent cover, this heady concoction can be quite intoxicating thus making it one of the most sought-after items to try when in Madeira.

You can find Poncha bars almost everywhere, however, Machico is known for the Poncha Pescador (the fisherman Poncha) legend has it was created during sailors’ long trips to the eastern subcontinent and back and comes from the Indian word Paanch meaning 5, and the English word punch.

During the local parties and festivals, it is common to eat grilled meat or espetada which is cubes of juice meal on skewers. And this is the perfect combo for those balmy nights out. 

Experience Madeira Wine

From sipping lemon juice to exploring sugar cane plantations, Madeira’s local culture is as vibrant as its landscapes. Visit Blandy’s Wine Lodge to sample the island’s famed Madeira wine or venture to Curral das Freiras for a glimpse into Madeira’s historical roots.

Christmas at Madeira

Christmas is one of my favorite times to be here as the island lights up like Santa’s workshop. The weather in December is hot during the day so you can be at the beach and then at night explore the Christmas markets.

Listen to the local choirs, check out the fantastic light show, and give in to all your festive cravings at the local markets. 

Spring Carnival

In spring there is the annual Carnavale, the likes of which can be compared to the grandeur and pomp of the Rio carnival. Locals and residents alike prepare months in advance for a glittering parade that attracts thousands of spectators every year.

The weeklong festivities include theme parties and concerts across the island. Each town has its own specific date and its own mini parade so if you don’t make it to the main one you can always catch the smaller version on another day. 

Is Madeira Expensive?

Ponta de São Lourenço, Estr. de São Lourenço, Canical, Portugalia
Ponta de São Lourenço, Estr. de São Lourenço, Canical, Portugalia via Unsplash

While traveling within Madeira might be cheap and eating out quite affordable, I have heard that it is more expensive than the mainland.

Keeping that thought in mind, come prepared to indulge yourself in a holiday of a lifetime by making a visit to this pearl nestled in the Atlantic Ocean.

Madeira Island Guide Closing Thoughts

Madeira Islands offer a myriad of experiences, from whale watching off the north coast to leisurely strolls through the city center. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion, Madeira promises a great time for every traveler.

So grab your camera, pack your bags, and embark on a journey to discover the wonders of this Portuguese archipelago – it’s sure to be an unforgettable experience!

About the Author – Andrea Newton

I’m Andrea, an Indian hippie at heart living in Madeira since 2021. I run a small boho business called Bohemia Lifestyle and I make scented candles for a living. I have two beautiful sons and I love life on the island. I used to write for various travel and lifestyle publications in India before I moved to Europe.

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Lisbon 1 Day Itinerary: How to Spend One Day in Lisbon + Map

Lisbon 1 Day Itinerary: How to Spend One Day in Lisbon + Map

Is it possible to explore Lisbon in one day? Hell no, but we will try anyway considering some of us don’t have more time to spend in Portugal’s capital city.

Having visited Lisbon multiple times, this one day itinerary has been crafted keeping my expertise so that you can experience the city’s rich history, see cool sights, and viewpoints, and don’t end up wasting time in long lines in one of Europe’s oldest capitals.

Lisbon is unlike most of the European cities because it is warm and it is said to receive 300 days of sunshine every year. The city is pastel-hued and pretty much feels like it is out of a Wes Anderson movie.

Lisbon has many viewpoints
Lisbon has many viewpoints

This lovely city is built on many steep hills and that’s why has many viewpoints. If you are a first-time visitor, then keep in mind that climbing up these hills isn’t easy. If you’re walking from point A to point B, even if Google Maps says it is 200 meters, it feels like quite a workout. So wear your most comfortable pair of shoes. (Here’s what to wear in Lisbon)

Planning your Lisbon Trip at the last minute?

Yes, it takes a lot of time and effort to find the RIGHT place to stay or book a decent tour or experience. If you are going to visit Lisbon, I have got you covered with my recommendations so that you won’t have to look any further.

Where to stay in Lisbon?

  • Olissippo Castelo: 4-star hotel with views of Lisbon and is along the walls of St Jorge Castle.
  • Costa do Castelo Terrace: an entire apartment in Alfama on Rua dos Lagares that’s close to Miradouro da Graça viewpoint and St. George’s Castle
  • Lisbon Gambori: is a hostel, we booked a private room here and loved it. It was close to everything – St George’s Castle, Alfama, and Praça do Comércio. We could just walk everywhere from here.

Must do tours in Lisbon

  • Fado Experience with Port Wine: Fado is Portuguese Blues music and if you are in Lisbon, then you should experience a live fado show for a one-of-a-kind magical evening.
  • Sintra Day Trip: This makes sense if you are in Lisbon for more than a day. Make a side trip to Sintra and see the Pena Palace, Cabo da Roca, & Cascais.
  • Jerónimos Monastery Entrance Ticket: Do this if you have more than a day in Lisbon. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Lisbon’s Belém district.

Lisbon 1 Day Itinerary Map

I have made this map on Google Maps and marked all the stops so that you can open it on your phone before you start this itinerary.

Remember – you don’t have to do it all but you can skip a few places to make this itinerary more “doable”.

Miradouro da Graça

Lisbon View from Miradouro da Graça
Lisbon View from Miradouro da Graça

I don’t know about you but I love to climb a bit for a good view. Miradouro da Graça is one of my favorite viewpoints in Lisbon because it is in Graça, which is a lovely neighborhood close to Alfama that some tourists miss out on.

You have to climb up a bit of steps to reach here, so don’t even think of doing this on an empty stomach. When you are up here, you will see a nice view of Alfama, Rio Tejo (Tagus River), the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora on one side, and also Ponte 25 de Abril. Ponte 25 de Abril is 25 April Bridge, which is a bit like San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and you can see it from Miradouro da Graça.

There is a cafe right here so you can grab a table near the viewpoint and sip your coffee or tea. There is also a public park here with WCs that were surprisingly very clean.

Alfama District & Tram 28 Route

Follow Tram 28 Route in Alfama, Lisbon
Follow Tram 28 Route in Alfama, Lisbon

Alfama is Lisbon’s historic district and is the city’s most beautiful neighborhood that’s located between the medieval Castelo de São Jorge and the Tagus River. I actually recommend spending more than just half a day here in my 2 day Lisbon itinerary but if it is just one day, then we don’t have a choice.

Alfama and the nearby Graça are hilly neighborhoods, and as a result, there are lovely lookouts and amazing photo opportunities. I have an entire post about Lisbon’s Alfama on my website, give it a read.

The Best 2 days in Lisbon happy in Alfama
The Best 2 days in Lisbon happy in Alfama

Please don’t make the mistake of trying to visit Castelo de São Jorge in the summer months. Yes, it has the best views but you will end up wasting a lot of time due to the long lines. You can’t visit Castelo de Sao Jorge if you have just one day in Lisbon. Instead, walk around Alfama and just enjoy the beauty of this neighborhood.

Yellow Tram in Lisbon with Tagus River in the background
Yellow Tram in Lisbon with Tagus River in the background

Follow the route of the famous Tram 28 and get lost in the labyrinth of Alfama’s cobblestone streets. These narrow streets are slanted and you will see the vintage red and yellow trams making their way up and down.

When in Lisbon, walk on Rua dos Remédios, the prettiest street of Alfama which is just for pedestrians. It is narrow and on a steep hill. You can see the Tagus River on one end of Rua dos Remédios.

Lunch in Alfama

Grilled Octopus at Santo André, Alfama
Grilled Octopus at Santo André, Alfama

I love trying local cuisine when I travel to a new country, and Alfama is one of the places where you can find not just quaint family-run restaurants but also international food.

I had lunch in Santo André, which is on one of the slanted streets that goes from Alfama to Graça. The Tram 28 runs on this street too, so you can get a window-side table and enjoy the view. I had grilled octopus and prawns here.

Yak and Yeti - slanted restaurant with a view in Alfama, Lisbon
Yak and Yeti – slanted restaurant with a view in Alfama, Lisbon

I also ate often at Yak and Yeti, an adorable Nepalese restaurant with delicious momos (dumplings), thali, and prawn curry with naan. Both these restaurants are on the same street. This particular street has many other options and a few cocktail bars too.

Miradouro de Santa Luzia & Portas do Sol

View from Portas fo Sol Alfama
View from Portas fo Sol Alfama

Miradouro das Portas do Sol and Miradouro de Santa Luzia are two amazing viewpoints in Alfama that are next to each other. This is where you will click some of the best photos of Lisbon’s pastel houses and the Tagus River.

The viewing platform of Portas do Sol is bigger and has more space to move around for photos, but I likeMiradouro de Santa Luzia a little better because of its arched passage and pillars next to the sitting spots at the lookout point.

Miradouro de Santa Luzia viewpoint in Lisbon
Miradouro de Santa Luzia viewpoint in Lisbon

Because of its direction, Miradouro de Santa Luzia is actually the perfect spot for sunrise photos in summer but for that, you have to wake up at 5 am, depending on the month.

If you like clicking photos, then be sure to check out my Lisbon Instagram Spots post. Like viewpoints and have a bit more time on your hands? Consider visiting Miradouro da Senhora for the panoramic views at sunset time, which is a little higher and is on top of a steep hill.

Sé de Lisboa

Sé de Lisboa - things to do in Alfama
Sé de Lisboa – things to do in Alfama

It is time to gradually make your way out of Alfama and move on to Rossio Square. On your way, you will cross Sé de Lisboa (a.k.a. Lisbon Cathedral), a protected national monument. This cathedral is the oldest church in Lisbon!

Originally built in 1147, Sé de Lisboa has been modified and restored many times, which is why you will notice a mix of different architectural styles. There are Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassical styles that are evident in this cathedral. The great earthquake of 1755 in Lisbon destroyed the main chapel of this church but it was restored.

I like photographic historical buildings and churches, but I don’t go inside most of them. If you’d like to go inside Sé de Lisboa, the entry fee is EUR 5 and you will see interesting artifacts.

Rossio Square

Rossio Square Fountain, Lisbon
Rossio Square Fountain, Lisbon

Rossio Square is one of the main squares in Lisbon city and is also called Praça Dom Pedro IV. If you are tired of walking, you can just skip it and head directly to Arco da Rua Augusta instead of taking this small detour to see Rossio Square.

So what’s special about the Rossio Square? There is a lot going on here and you will see geometrical flooring, a historical fountain, a ginjinha stand, and loads of other interesting things. Stop and try a ginjinha shot – it is a Portuguese liqueur made by infusing Ginja berries.

Ginjinha Stand at Rossio Square, Lisbon
Ginjinha Stand at Rossio Square, Lisbon

You will also see the long lines of people waiting to get into the historical Tram 28. We can forget about trying to get in if you are in Lisbon for just one day.

Santa Justa lift - Rua de Santa Justa Baixa Lisbon
Santa Justa lift – Rua de Santa Justa Baixa Lisbon

Another interesting spot near Rossio Square is the historical Elevador de Santa Justa or the Santa Justa Lift. Getting on to this lift is usually impossible during the summer months because of long lines, but I’d like you to still see the lift tower which was built in 1902.

From Rossio, walk to Arco da Rua Augusta. I suggest another optional detour here towards Livraria Bertrand – the oldest operating bookstore in the world as per the Guinness Book of World Records. It isn’t as crowded as Porto’s Livraria Lello.

Arco da Rua Augusta

Rua Augusta in Lisbon
Rua Augusta in Lisbon

From Rossio, walk to Rua Augusta Arch. Rua Augusta is Lisbon’s busiest walking street and you will see all sorts of restaurants and shops on both sides of the street.

If you haven’t yet tried Lisbon’s famous snack – Pastel de Nata, then stop at Fábrica da Nata and eat one with or without coffee. If this bakery is busy, then skip it because there will be many other options.

Fábrica da Nata in Lisbon, Portugal
Fábrica da Nata in Lisbon, Portugal

The most famous pastéis de nata are from Pastéis de Belém but that’s in the Belém district which is far away. Even though Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery are a UNESCO World Heritage site, it doesn’t make sense to go all the way there for just one day in Lisbon.

Arco da Rua Augusta, Lisboa
Arco da Rua Augusta, Lisboa

Walk under the 30-meter-high Augusta Arch and make your way to the Tagus Riverside that comes right after. On your way to the Tagus River, you will also cross Praça do Comércio.

Tagus Riverside

Tagus River of Portugal is also called Rio Tejo and walking along it is an interesting way to experience the culture of Lisboa. You may see some musicians, performers, locals, and tourists alike.

Sit on one of the marble steps at Tagus Riverside and enjoy the warmth of Europe’s sunshine capital. If you did pack a snack or Pastel de Nata, then now would be a good time to enjoy it.

I did see some cocktail stands right here with Mohitos and Caipirinhas prized at 5 Euros.

Time Out Lisboa or LX Factory

Inside Time Out Market Lisboa
Inside Time Out Market Lisboa

Since you have just one day in Lisbon, I will let you decide which place you’d like to pick for dinner. Both LX Factory and Time Out Lisboa have plenty of options for eating and drinking.

Time Out Lisboa (also called Mercado da Ribeira) is closer to Arco da Rua Augusta on foot, so you can easily arrive here by walking. It is a massive food court-style hall with some of the best eating options from the top chefs in Lisbon. There are also a few cocktail bars in the middle of the hall.

In my experience, Time Out Lisboa was very full and almost all the restaurants had a queue (even though there were many). But the queues moved fast and we managed to get our meal in a few minutes and luckily also found a place to sit together.

Inside LX Factory in Lisbon
Inside LX Factory in Lisbon

On the other hand, LX Factory is not just a hall but an area that’s built up on an abandoned industrial spot. There are art installations, murals, and an amazing arty vibe. But, you will have to get on an UBER taxi to arrive here because it isn’t within walking distance. Uber in Portugal is super affordable!

My lunch - prawns in LX Factory
My lunch – prawns in LX Factory

LX Factory has plenty of outdoor restaurants and cocktail bars. If you decide to come here then you can not only enjoy a nice dinner but also a fun atmosphere and get started with a cocktail or two before you hit the nightlife.

Bairro Alto or Pink Street

Pink Street with Umbrellas looks good at sunset time, Lisbon
Pink Street with Umbrellas looks good at sunset time, Lisbon

Where to go for the best nightlife in Lisbon? The answer is always Bairro Alto which is a street that reminded me of Bangkok’s Khao San Road and has cocktail bars, clubs, and all sorts of fun places for an epic night out.

Another option would be Pink Street, which is pink in color and has umbrellas on top. All these places are nearby and can be reached on foot (unless you went all the way to the LX factory for dinner).

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What to Wear in Lisbon: Ultimate Guide for Every Season

What to Wear in Lisbon: Ultimate Guide for Every Season

Are you planning a trip to Lisbon and wondering what to pack? As someone who has visited Lisbon multiple times, I have the best tips for you so, look no further.

Whether you’re exploring Lisboa’s historic sites, the charming old town Alafama, lounging on beautiful beaches, or indulging in delicious cuisine, having the right wardrobe essentials is key to enjoying your time in this vibrant city.

In this comprehensive guide, I’ll provide specific advice on what to wear in Lisbon throughout the year, covering different seasons, activities, and occasions. From comfortable walking shoes to stylish beachwear, we’ve got you covered. Let’s dive in!

Portas do Sol - viewpoint in Lisbon Portugal
Portas do Sol – viewpoint in Lisbon Portugal

Best Time to Visit Lisbon

Before I delve into what to wear, let’s discuss the best time to visit Lisbon. With its Mediterranean climate, Lisbon enjoys pleasant temperatures year-round, making it a great destination regardless of the season.

However, the summer months (June to August) are the most popular, with high temperatures and sunny days perfect for beach outings and outdoor activities. If you prefer milder weather and fewer crowds, consider visiting in early autumn (September to October) or early spring (March to April).

A Few Lisbon-Specific Outfit Tips:

Lisbon’s Vibe is Hippie Chic

What I love about Portugal is that the locals dress up super comfortable and casual, unlike in Italy. I’d say Portugal as a whole has a hippie chic vibe where as Italy has more of a fashionista dress code.

What I mean is, go for a casual yet comfortable look that’s part boho, part you. Don’t overdress with shimmery, sparkly, or extra dramatic things. Don’t wear formal dresses – leave that look for Paris or Milan or Rome. Lisbon is super chill!

A Shiny Yellow VW Camper Van in Lisbon
A Shiny Yellow VW Camper Van in Lisbon

Go for Colour

Yes, this matters. Living in Germany, I stand out because I like colors but the locals here wear just neutrals. You will especially notice that in Berlin since the dress code there is black, especially for most parties.

However, in places like Lisbon, you should go all out with color and flaunt it. I wore bright reds, greens, and yellows and never felt overdressed. The locals wear bright colors or soothing pastels but I didn’t see many people wearing neutrals.

Comfortable Footwear

This is the most important thing. No matter what you do, pay special attention to your shoes. Lisbon has steep hills and even if Google Maps says your destination is 200 meters away, you will be panting for air because it would be a workout climbing up and down the steep hills this city is built on.

So ditch heels but opt for flats that support your arches and ankles. Look for footwear with comfortable soles.

What to Wear in Lisbon by Season:

Summer Months (June to August)

Summer in Lisbon is characterized by warm temperatures, sunny days, and a lively atmosphere. It’s one of the peak tourist seasons due to the city’s inviting climate and abundant outdoor activities.

Lisbon experiences hot and dry summers, with average daytime temperatures ranging from 25 to 30 degrees Celsius (77 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit). Heatwaves are not uncommon, with temperatures occasionally reaching higher levels, especially in July and August.

With extended daylight hours, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the city’s attractions, enjoy outdoor dining, and soak up the sun. Sunset times can stretch well into the evening, providing picturesque views along the Tagus River.

Torre da Igreja do Castelo de São Jorge, Lisboa instagram spots
Torre da Igreja do Castelo de São Jorge, Lisboa Instagram spots


I did mention comfortable footwear as your necessity in Lisbon but take extra care in summer. You will sweat in the hear as you walk so sandals are the way to go.

Even though I carried sneakers, I was more comfortable wearing my arch-support sandals to air out my feet. So opt for the most comfortable walking shoes that you can find with good support for exploring Lisbon’s cobblestone streets and tackling its steep hills.


Pack light clothing such as breathable fabrics, linen shirts, and breezy midi skirts to stay cool in the heat. I found that not only midi skirts with crop tops kept me comfortable in summer in Lisbon, but they also photographed really well. (You should check my Lisbon Instagram guide too!)

Exploring Lisbon's pretty streets with pastel houses
Exploring Lisbon’s pretty streets with pastel houses

Avoid ankle-length skirts because of the amount of walking you will have to do. The cobblestone tends to get slippery at times so you wouldn’t want to trip over your skirt.

Light Jacket

Yes, you heard me right. Even in summer in Portugal, I always carry my light jacket because it can get surprisingly chilly when the sun sets and also when it is cloudy. Just a light denim jacket will do.

I still remember my visit to Porto in August and how I was super cold even in a denim jacket as I crossed the Dom Luís I Bridge after the sunset. Yes, this guide is about what to wear in Lisbon, and not Porto but I just wanted to share this instance. Porto is anyway a tad colder than Lisbon!


You will definitely need a nice pair of sunglasses during summer. There are some really nice beaches close to Lisbon city and you might visit them too. So, don’t forget stylish beachwear, and straw hat for beach days along the Atlantic Ocean. On a side note, you should definitely wear sunscreen every single day in Lisbon.


Bring a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated and plenty of sunscreen for protection against the sun’s rays.

Evening Wear

Night walks in Alfama, Lisbon
Night walks in Alfama, Lisbon

For evenings out at live Fado shows, Michelin-star restaurants or stylish bars, consider smart-casual looks with comfortable trousers and nice shoes. See my one-day itinerary for Lisbon for more ideas.

Winter Months (December to February):

Lisbon in winter tends to be relatively mild compared to other European cities further north. While it can experience some rainy and chilly days, temperatures typically stay fairly moderate, with average highs ranging from 12 to 16 degrees Celsius (54 to 61 degrees Fahrenheit) and lows around 5 to 9 degrees Celsius (41 to 48 degrees Fahrenheit).

One of the advantages of visiting Lisbon in winter is that it’s less crowded compared to the peak tourist seasons of spring and summer. This means you’ll likely encounter shorter lines at popular attractions and enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere throughout the city.

Lisbon’s festive decorations and holiday markets can add a charming ambiance to your visit, especially around Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Winter in Lisbon - Torre de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
Winter in Lisbon – Torre de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal via Unsplash


Layering is key during the winter months, so pack versatile pieces like long-sleeved shirts, cozy sweaters (or hoodies), and a jacket for added warmth. Unlike most European destinations, you don’t need thick parkas in Lisbon but a sweatshirt with a simple jacket on top works well.


As mentioned before, comfortable shoes with good grip are essential for navigating wet and slippery streets, especially on rainy days.

Unlike summer months, you would need closed shoes like sneakers or comfortable boots. I’d go one step further and wear hiking shoes because you would be climbing the slippery cobblestone streets on the steep hills, especially if you have to visit my favourite neighborhood Alfama and the nearby Graca.


Bring a travel umbrella and a waterproof coat or light rain jacket to stay dry during occasional showers.

Indoor Activities

For visits to museums, galleries, or religious sites, opt for stylish attire that respects local customs.

Evening Wear

Dress up with a leather jacket or dress shoes for dinners at top-rated restaurants or evening entertainment.

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November)

Spring in Lisbon
Spring in Lisbon via Unsplash

Lisbon in both spring and autumn offers delightful weather and vibrant atmospheres, making these seasons among the best times to visit the city.

Spring in Lisbon brings mild temperatures and blooming flowers, creating a picturesque setting throughout the city. Average temperatures gradually rise during this time, with highs ranging from 16 to 22 degrees Celsius (61 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit) and lows around 9 to 14 degrees Celsius (48 to 57 degrees Fahrenheit).

Spring is an excellent time for exploring Lisbon’s parks and gardens, such as the Eduardo VII Park and the botanical garden, where you can enjoy the colorful blossoms and pleasant weather. The city comes alive with outdoor events, festivals, and cultural activities, including the popular Lisbon Fish and Flavors Festival, which celebrates the city’s seafood cuisine.

Spring and autumn months are actually amazing seasons to make a short trip to Portugal even if it is just to visit Lisbon and Portugal.

Autumn in Lisbon is characterized by warm temperatures, fewer crowds, and beautiful foliage, particularly in November. Average temperatures gradually decrease during this season, with highs ranging from 19 to 25 degrees Celsius (66 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit) in September and cooling down to 15 to 20 degrees Celsius (59 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit) by November. Lows typically range from 12 to 17 degrees Celsius (54 to 63 degrees Fahrenheit).

Autumn is a great time for outdoor activities such as hiking in the nearby Sintra mountains or along the Lisbon coastline, where you can enjoy pleasant temperatures without the summer crowds. The city hosts various cultural events and festivals during autumn, including the Lisbon & Sintra Film Festival and the Lisbon Book Fair, providing ample opportunities to immerse yourself in the local arts scene.

Elevador da Bica with tram 28 - Lisbon, Portugal
Elevador da Bica with tram 28 – Lisbon, Portugal


Pack a mix of light dresses, tops, and comfortable trousers for mild temperatures during these transitional seasons. Make sure to carry jackets and hoodies even for warm spring or autumn days because it gets surprisingly chilly.


As mentioned in the previous points, comfortable walking shoes are still necessary, especially for exploring Lisbon’s outdoor attractions and day trips to nearby coastal regions. Carry comfortable sneakers for the spring or autumn months.


Bring a day pack or crossbody bag for carrying essentials during day trips and outdoor activities.


Consider a capsule wardrobe with mix-and-match pieces to maximize outfit options while packing light.

Outdoor Activities

Enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, or picnics in Lisbon’s parks and gardens.

Specific Tips for Lisbon

Lisbon Pink Street
Lisbon Pink Street

Local Dress:

While Lisbon is relatively casual, dressing slightly smarter for evenings out or upscale establishments is always appreciated.


Prioritize comfort over fashion, especially when walking on cobblestone streets or exploring hilly neighborhoods.

Beach Days:

Don’t forget to pack a bathing suit, beach towel, and sunscreen for relaxing days by the sea.

Day Trips:

If you plan to explore coastal towns or venture into northern Portugal, pack accordingly for different climates and activities.

Essential Travel Items for Lisbon

  • Travel Essentials: Bring along a universal travel adapter plug, and a reusable water bottle.
  • Electronics: Your camera, smartphone, and other electrical gadgets, along with a portable charger to keep them powered throughout the day.
  • Safety: Keep your belongings secure with a crossbody bag or day pack, especially in crowded areas or tourist hotspots.
  • Culinary Delights: Sample local delicacies like olive oil, ice creams, and Portuguese cuisine at outdoor cafes and restaurants.


With its beautiful beaches, historic sites, and vibrant culture, Lisbon offers something for every traveler. By packing the right clothing, footwear, and accessories for the season, you can make the most of your time in this enchanting city.

Whether you’re exploring cobblestone streets, dining at Michelin-star restaurants, or soaking up the sun on the coast, having a well-curated travel wardrobe ensures you’ll be stylish, comfortable, and prepared for any adventure Lisbon has to offer.

So pack your bags, embrace the spirit of exploration, and get ready to experience the magic of Lisbon in style!

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Exploring Obidos, Portugal: Things to Do & See

Exploring Obidos, Portugal: Things to Do & See

Discovering the Enchanting Charm of Óbidos, Portugal: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Things to Do

Imagine a well-preserved small town that you can cover entirely on foot with amazing culture and history. That’s exactly what Óbidos is.

I mentioned Obidos in my Portugal road trip itinerary, and it is time to talk more about this under-the-radar destination.

If you’re on Instagram and often seek out travel videos, then chances are that you might have seen images of Obidos already. It is a tiny and well-preserved medieval town in Portugal situated on top of a hill.

Sounds interesting? Read on.

Obidos City Walls
Obidos City Walls via Unsplash

Introducing Obidos

Just an hour’s drive north of Lisbon, Óbidos is a captivating small town with a rich history dating back to Roman times. Don’t let its size fool you, Óbidos has it all – medieval castle walls, narrow cobblestone streets, and a unique blend of old-world charm. Yes, it is a hidden gem waiting to be explored.

Óbidos can be reached easily by car from Lisbon, Nazare, or even Porto.

Join me on an immersive journey through the town’s enchanting attractions as we uncover the best things to do in Óbidos, Portugal.

Obidos Portugal things to do

1) Rua Direita – The Main Street

Rua Direita in Obidos, Portugal
Rua Direita in Obidos, Portugal via Unsplash

To explore the historic heart of Óbidos, begin your adventure by strolling down Rua Direita, the main street of this little town.

Rua Direita is a charming and historic thoroughfare that encapsulates the essence of this medieval town. Nestled within the protective walls of Óbidos, Rua Direita winds its way through cobblestone lanes, lined with picturesque whitewashed houses adorned with vibrant bougainvillea, creating a postcard-perfect scene.

The street’s name, Rua Direita, translates to “Straight Street,” reflecting its linear layout that extends from the town’s main gate to its heart, the Óbidos Castle.

The architecture along Rua Direita is a testament to Óbidos’ rich history, with buildings showcasing a blend of Moorish, Gothic, and Renaissance influences.

One of the highlights of Rua Direita is the iconic Óbidos Castle, a medieval fortress that stands proudly at the end of the street. The castle’s imposing presence adds to the street’s allure, serving as a reminder of Óbidos’ strategic importance throughout the centuries. We will talk more about the castle later.

Obidos has stunning streets
Obidos has stunning streets via Pixabay

During festivals and events, Rua Direita comes alive with vibrant celebrations. The street becomes a bustling hub of activity, adorned with colorful decorations and filled with the sounds of music and laughter. Local vendors set up stalls, offering handmade crafts, regional wines, and traditional treats, providing a festive atmosphere that captivates both locals and visitors alike.

Lined with charming souvenir shops, local eateries, and boutiques, this street encapsulates the essence of this destination. As you meander through the narrow streets, you’ll feel transported to the Middle Ages.

2) Igreja de Santa Maria and Praça de Santa Maria

Igreja de Santa Maria in Óbidos
Igreja de Santa Maria in Óbidos via Unsplash

Visit Igreja de Santa Maria, the main church in Óbidos, located in the picturesque Praça de Santa Maria. This medieval church’s intricate architecture offers a serene escape from the bustling main street.

Igreja de Santa Maria and Praça de Santa Maria together form a captivating duo. At the heart of Praça de Santa Maria, the main square, stands the impressive Igreja de Santa Maria, a church that serves as both a religious landmark and a testament to Óbidos’ architectural and historical significance.

Igreja de Santa Maria, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, is a blend of Gothic and Manueline styles, showcasing intricate detailing and a harmonious architectural design. The church’s facade is adorned with decorative elements, including delicate rose windows and sculpted imagery, creating a visually stunning exterior that beckons visitors to explore its interior treasures. Inside, intricate azulejos (traditional Portuguese tiles) adorn the walls, narrating biblical stories and adding a touch of artistic elegance to the sacred space.

Praça de Santa Maria, the square surrounding Igreja de Santa Maria, is a charming gathering place where locals and visitors converge to soak in the atmosphere of Óbidos. The square is surrounded by historic buildings, quaint shops, and inviting cafes.

During festivals and events, Praça de Santa Maria transforms into a vibrant hub of activity, with lively markets, performances, and a palpable sense of community spirit.

The synergy between Igreja de Santa Maria and Praça de Santa Maria enhances the town’s allure, offering a perfect blend of architectural splendor, cultural richness, and a welcoming ambiance.

3) Óbidos Castle and Castle Walls

Obidos Castle
Obidos Castle via Unsplash

Undoubtedly the crown jewel of Óbidos, the Óbidos Castle stands proudly atop a hill, surrounded by impressive castle walls.

Óbidos Castle or Castelo de Óbidos stands as a formidable testament to Portugal’s medieval history, perched atop a hill in the charming town of Óbidos. Surrounded by well-preserved medieval walls, the castle commands a breathtaking panoramic view of the town and the surrounding countryside, making it a focal point of both historical and visual significance.

Originally constructed by the Moors in the 12th century, Óbidos Castle underwent various modifications and expansions under subsequent rulers, including the Christians who reclaimed the town in the 12th century. Its strategic location allowed it to serve as a key defensive stronghold against invasions over the centuries.

The castle’s imposing stone walls, crenelated towers, and sturdy battlements reflect the military architecture of its time. As visitors approach the castle through the narrow streets of Óbidos, they are greeted by a monumental gateway that leads to a spacious courtyard within the castle walls. This courtyard often serves as a venue for cultural events and festivities, adding a lively touch to the historic surroundings.

Within the castle, visitors can explore the former royal residence, now converted into a luxurious hotel, as well as the castle’s tower, which offers panoramic views of Óbidos and the surrounding countryside. The thick stone walls bear witness to centuries of history, and exploring the various chambers and passageways transports visitors back in time.

The castle is a key element in the town’s identity and a highlight for those who seek to immerse themselves in Portugal’s medieval heritage. Its preservation and adaptation to modern uses, such as the hotel within its walls, showcase the harmonious blend of history and contemporary life in Óbidos, making the castle not just a historic monument but a living testament to the enduring spirit of this enchanting Portuguese town.

Walk along the fortified walls, marvel at the historical significance, and don’t miss the iconic Porta da Vila, the main gateway to the castle.

Wander through the medieval market, showcasing the town’s vibrant heritage through music performances, medieval reenactments, and local crafts.

4) Museu Municipal and Historic Town Gate

Óbidos Historic Town Gate
Óbidos Historic Town Gate

Delve into the history of Óbidos by visiting the Municipal Museum, housed in an 18th-century building. Learn about the town’s evolution from Roman times through the Napoleonic Wars.

Admire the historical artifacts and gain insights into the local culture. Don’t forget to pass through the historic town gate, a well-preserved piece of the fortification.

5) Church of Santa Maria and Renaissance Church

Marvel at the artistic brilliance of the Church of Santa Maria, a 14th-century masterpiece adorned with intricate details. Next, visit a Renaissance church that adds another layer to Óbidos’ architectural diversity.

6) Local Cusine, Bom Sucesso, Sour Cherries and Chocolate Cups

Obidos in Portugal
Obidos in Portugal via Unsplash

Portugal has an amazing culinary scene and you should take some time aside to savor the local delights. Embark on a culinary journey through Óbidos, exploring local restaurants that offer a taste of traditional Portuguese dishes.

Bom Sucesso, a luxurious hotel and golf resort, provides an upscale dining experience with a view of the Atlantic Coast.

Indulge in Óbidos region’s famous sour cherries. Whether sampled fresh or in various culinary creations, these cherries are a delightful local specialty. Additionally, try a chocolate cup filled with the traditional sour cherry liqueur—Ginja.

If you have visited Portugal already, then you probably know of Ginja already. Also, I have mentioned this already in my Lisbon itinerary.

7) Chocolate Festival and Creative City of Literature

If you visit during the summer months, the Chocolate Festival in Óbidos is a must-attend event. Immerse yourself in a world of chocolate creations and sweet delights.

Óbidos is also recognized as a Creative City of Literature by UNESCO, a testament to its literary and artistic contributions.

Best Time to Visit Óbidos?

The charming Obidos Portugal
The charming Obidos Portugal

Óbidos is a year-long destination. It gets busy during the late afternoon or early morning in the summer months because of day trippers.

How to reach Óbidos?

The easiest way to reach Óbidos is by car, allowing you to explore at your own pace. Alternatively, buses from Campo Grande Bus Station in Lisbon offer public transport options.

Parking and Additional Costs

Parking lots are available outside the town walls and are free. If you are driving to Obidos, then look for “Estacionato em Óbidos” on Google Maps, which is a free parking spot.

Day Trips and Overnight Stay

Óbidos is a perfect day trip from Lisbon or Nazare. If you are exploring Portugal on a rental car, that’s what you should do.

However to fully savor its charm, consider an overnight stay. The Literary Man Hotel, a unique and luxurious hotel, offers a cozy retreat within the castle walls.

Conclusion: A Perfect Blend of History, Culture, and Culinary Delights

Obidos Hills and Castle in the background
Obidos Hills and Castle in the background via Pixabay

In conclusion, Óbidos, Portugal, is a captivating destination that seamlessly blends history, culture, and culinary delights. From the medieval charm of Rua Direita to the panoramic views from Óbidos Castle, every corner of this charming medieval town tells a story.

So, whether you’re sipping Ginja in the shadow of castle walls or wandering through the narrow cobblestone streets, Óbidos is undoubtedly worth visiting. Plan your trip, explore the best things to do, and let the magic of Óbidos transport you to a bygone era in the heart of Portugal.

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The Ultimate Portugal Road Trip: 2 Weeks in Portugal

The Ultimate Portugal Road Trip: 2 Weeks in Portugal

After five different visits to Portugal (one being a road trip), I have finally decided to pen down this post. Here’s all the information you need for the best 2 weeks in Portugal.

My first Portugal trip was in 2016 and it was love at first sight when I arrived in Lisbon. That time Portugal felt like a warm sip of a comforting caffeinated drink on a cold winter day. I did visit 4 more times after that and each time was special.

Starting Point for 2 Weeks in Portugal

Somewhere in Portugal - Van Life Europe tips
Somewhere in Portugal – Van Life Europe tips

Our road trip to Portugal actually started in Germany because we drove with our campervan from home. We crossed France, and Spain and then entered Portugal. We arrived in the North of Portugal near Coimbra.

I understand that not many will actually drive from their own country for a road trip in Portugal, but instead fly and rent a car.

For the sake of this itinerary, I suggest you fly to Faro, the south of Portugal. Faro is the gateway to the Algarve so you can start your trip with stunning beaches before you gradually make your way to the North. Another option would be to fly to Porto, the north of Portugal, and then make your way to the south.

At both Faro and Porto airports, you will find car rental booths but I always recommend you book a rental car in advance so that there are no last-minute surprises. For your 2-week Portugal itinerary, you could also fly to Lisbon, but then you have to do your road trip in a circle.

Keep in mind that Portugal is a small country, so a drive from Lisbon to Porto will just take 3 hours, or also Lisbon to Faro

Portugal Road Trip Itinerary + Map

Portugal Road Trip Itinerary Map
Portugal Road Trip Itinerary Map

If you see the map of Portugal, you will notice that the country’s shape is a bit like a long rectangle. So it makes it a perfect country for a road trip starting from the top end of the rectangle to the bottom (or vice versa).

That’s exactly how I have made this itinerary. You can start from the bottom or top, it depends on how you want to do it.

Faro, Algarve – 1 Day (Optional)

Faro Marina - view from Suites Aliança terrace, Portugal
Faro Marina – view from Suites Aliança terrace, Portugal

Our first stop on this road trip is Faro. If you have read my Algarve road trip post, then you know by now that Faro is the perfect place to start a road trip.

I’m in love with the Algarve. The beaches are sandy, the weather is pleasant, the rock formation is super stunning, and as a result, there are multiple viewpoints. Moreover, you can hike from one beach to another in many parts of the Algarve and that’s what makes the experience even more special.

You will land in Faro, pick up your rental car, and drive on the scenic route to explore the Algarve. It is up to you whether you want to stay in Faro for your first day, or just drive further to Carvoeiro (our next stop).

Arco da vila in Faro to Cidade Velha, the Algarve
Arco da vila in Faro to Cidade Velha, the Algarve

I have stayed the night in Faro on two occasions and I enjoyed this tiny city with a historical center. Everything in Faro is so close to each other. You can easily walk from anywhere in Faro to the marina and the old town.

I booked a place to stay near the train station the first time I was here but decided to stay right next to the marina on the second visit.

If you do decide to stay in Faro for a night, then the right place for you to spend your evening is the marina, and Cidade Velha (the old town). See the city walls in Vila Adentro.

Walk around in Cidade Velha and pick a restaurant with outdoor seating for dinner. I ate in Taberna Modesto in the old town and had a lovely meal. Sleep and rejuvenate after dinner to drive to the beautiful beaches of the Algarve the next day.

Carvoeiro, Algarve – 2-3 days

Praia de Carvoeiro, the Algarve
Praia de Carvoeiro, the Algarve

Wondering what’s the best place to visit in the Algarve? It is Carvoeiro.

The most famous spots of the Algarve are easy to access from Carvoeiro. I’m talking about the legendary Marinha Beach and Benagil Cave.

Carvoeiro is the reason why I went back to the Algarve within just 11 months instead of picking a new destination. There are beaches, caves, and stunning hikes.

Here’s what you can do in Carvoeiro for your 3 days here.

Vale de Centeanes Beach

Carvoeiro - Vale de Centeanes beach
Carvoeiro – Vale de Centeanes beach

Carvoeiro has a few beaches but the best one is Vale de Centeanes. Since you are in Carvoeiro for just three days, make the most of your time by relaxing on Vale de Centeanes.

Unlike Praia do Carvoeiro (the main beach close to Carvoeiro town center), Vale de Centeanes doesn’t get as crowded. We stayed very close to this beach at Rocha Brava Village Resort so we just walked and reached this beach.

There is a small bar/restaurant at Vale de Centeanes at the entry point. I suggest you walk a little further from there till the time you find the arch of a cave. Sit here because the water is cleaner next to it for a swim.

Algar Seco (Sunset)

"A Boneca", Algar Seco Caves, Carvoeiro
“A Boneca”, Algar Seco Caves, Carvoeiro

This is unmissable. If you arrive late in Carvoeiro, then skip the beach and just go for a walk to Algar Seco Caves.

There is an entire Carvoeiro Boardwalk that one can do, but for that, you need more time. The best part is the Algar Seco caves. Halfway on the Carvoeiro Boardwalk, you will find a sign for “A Boneca”. That’s a beautiful cave and there’s also a restaurant with the same name.

The entry for “A Boneca” cave is through the restaurant. Go inside “A Boneca” and see a magical sunset. There are two holes, that look like the eyes.

Algar Seco Cliff Walk - Carvoeiro Algarve
Algar Seco Cliff Walk – Carvoeiro Algarve

This cave is tiny so I suggest you be mindful of other visitors and leave when you are done admiring this pretty spot so that the queues don’t build up behind you.

There are more caves all around and the rock formations reminded me a little of Cappadocia. Walk around here and admire the beauty. Find a nice spot to sit on one of the rocks and see the beauty of the golden hour.

Benagil Cave

The empty Benagil Cave beach in the morning
The empty Benagil Cave beach in the morning

Your second day in Portugal (if you didn’t stay overnight in Faro) will start with a visit to Benagil Cave. It is a hidden beach inside a cave with a hole on top that filters the natural light.

I have visited the Benagil Cave twice. It is a stunning cave that has become very popular on Instagram. The only way to enjoy it is by getting to it by 9 am. So wake up early and arrive at Benagil village by taxi from your hotel at 8:45 am.

Inside Benagil Cave - June 2023
Inside Benagil Cave – June 2023

The only way to reach Benagil Cave is by kayaking or paddleboarding. If you haven’t done kayaking or paddleboarding, the easiest way to start is by joining a group tour. They will instruct you and guide you. Otherwise, you can always opt for a boat trip.

There are boat tours that go to the Benagil Cave too but the boats aren’t allowed to stop inside to offload people.

If you want to walk on Benagil Cave beach, then the only way in is by kayaking or paddleboarding. Forget swimming because it isn’t safe because of the rocks. Believe it or not, I did both. I kayaked to the Benagil cave in 2022 and Stand Up Paddleboarded to it in 2023.

You can do a tour like I did, or just rent a kayak or a paddleboard on Benagil beach as soon as you arrive. I did a tour because I wanted to be safe and didn’t want to collide with the rocks. Please read my details post about Benagil Caves here.

Seven Hanging Valleys Trail

A stunning spot at Seven Hanging Valleys Trail - Algarve itinerary
A stunning spot at Seven Hanging Valleys Trail – Algarve itinerary

The Seven Hanging Valleys trail actually starts from Vale de Centeanes in Carvoeiro to Praia da Marinha. This entire hiking trail is scenic but the best way to do it is to divide it into sections. The most scenic part of the Seven Hanging Valleys trail is from Benagil to Marinha.

After you are done with visiting the Benagil Cave beach, go up on the cliffs to start this hike and go in the direction towards the Marinha beach.

You will also be able to see the Benagil Cave from the hole on the top. It is fenced off but some people jumped the fence. It is dangerous because if you slip, you could seriously injure yourself.

Even though Portugal gets hot in the summer months, this hike is totally doable during the day because there are trees around.

Double Sea Arch at Sete vales suspensos OR the Seven Hanging Valleys trail, Algarve
Double Sea Arch at Sete Vales Suspensos OR the Seven Hanging Valleys trail, Algarve

Carry a hat and water. This hiking trail doesn’t have a boardwalk but a path over the rocks that has many viewpoints and each one is special.

We did a section of this hike each day and saw something new. There is a heart in the rocks that’s at the end of this hike right above Praia da Marinha beach near the elephant rock.

We came here to watch the sunset too and it was an amazing experience. Although we couldn’t really see the sun setting because of the direction. This is more of a sunrise spot than a sunset since it is east-facing.

Marinha Beach

The famous Marinha beach in Portugal - Algarve itinerary
The famous Marinha beach in Portugal – Algarve itinerary

Praia da Marinha is the prettiest beach in the Algarve and has won many awards. I won’t go into the details but to deep dive into more info, see my Marinha Beach blog post.

Now that you have arrived at Praia da Marinha, enjoy a swim in the clear and cold waters of this beach. Swim around the arch on the Marinha beach and enjoy the beauty.

Yes, the water here is cold because you’re swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, but it is super refreshing and fun, especially on a hot summer day after the hike.

Praia da Marinha beach in Algarve
Praia da Marinha beach in Algarve

Marinha Beach has a nice restaurant and bar that’s family-run and has affordable prices. I loved this little restaurant so much that I ate there twice. They also have amazing Sangrias.

We enjoyed Marinha Beach so much that we stayed here for a full day and visited it again the next day. It didn’t feel crowded even though we visited during the summer months.

Where to Stay in Carvoeiro

Rocha Brava Village Resort – This is where we stayed. It is a stunning resort with amazing villas, and apartments and is close to the beach. The Seven Hanging Valleys trail starts from right here.

Campsites Ferragudo – If you rented a van instead of a car, then it makes more sense to stay in a campsite instead of a resort. It is also called “CCL – Parque de Campismo de Ferragudo”.

Lagos, Algarve – 3 days

The arch at Praia do Camilo, Lagos, Algarve, Portugal
The arch at Praia do Camilo, Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

Your next stop in the Algarve is Lagos. It is so much better than other destinations like Portimão or Albufeira. Somehow most travelers visit Albufeira and that’s it.

I have suggested 3 days in Lagos for you but I stayed here for a week myself because I fell in love with its easy vibes. If you decide to stay here for a longer duration then see my post with things to do in Lagos which has more activities than what I mention here.

Lagos is just 42 kilometers from Carvoeiro and hence a short drive away. Honestly, if you hate packing and unpacking to move rooms, then it might make more sense for you to stay put in just one of these places.

For me, it made more sense to stay in these places separately so that some things that are done super early (like Benagil Cave) or late (like special sunset hikes) are easier to do when you’re sleeping close by.

Ponta da Piedade (Sunset Hike)

Sunset at Ponta da Piedade, Lagos, Portugal
Sunset at Ponta da Piedade, Lagos, Portugal

Ponta da Piedade is the best hiking trail in the Algarve, if not the entire Portugal. Unlike the Seven Haning Valleys hike that I mentioned before, this one is a fenced boardwalk so feels safer.

There are multiple viewpoints on this hiking route and there’s usually a gazebo for every nice viewpoint. You don’t have to do this entire hike.

Just go near the Ponta da Piedade lighthouse near the sunset and find a spot to sit on top of the rocks. The sudden drop below you will take your breath away.

Ponta da Piedade caves - Lagos, Portugal
Ponta da Piedade caves – Lagos, Portugal

We found a nice spot here that overlooked a hidden beach and faced the west, so perfect for seeing the sunset. I was in Lagos for a week and went back to this spot every single evening.

If you want to do the entire Ponta da Piedade hike, you can read my post about it. I did the whole route and split it over a few days. You can hike from one beach to another and it is totally worth it if you have time.

Camilo Beach

The stunning and empty Praia do Camilo in Lagos, Portugal
The stunning and empty Praia do Camilo in Lagos, Portugal

There are many beaches in Lagos, but the best one is Praia do Camilo. It is stunning but is tiny. The water is very clear and the sand is perfect. There are arches, rock formations, and also a cave.

Praia do Camilo tends to get crowded because it is so pretty, so the best time to visit it is at 9:30 am right after breakfast. I did that too and it was empty. The beach is divided into two sections and you have to go through a cave to reach the second part.

The beaches of Lagos, Algarve - Praia do Camilo, Portugal
The beaches of Lagos, Algarve – Praia do Camilo, Portugal

In order to reach Praia do Camilo, you have to go on the same path that goes to Ponta da Piedade, but just before it is a turn that points to Camilo restaurant. That’s the entryway for Praia do Camilo too.

You have to climb lots of steps to reach this beach, but trust me it is worth it. Unfortunately, it has no wheelchair or pram access. There are many spots to stop and admire the view as you climb down this wide staircase.

I also saw a tiny snack bar at Praia do Camilo, so you can buy your basics. There isn’t any WC here on this beach.

Dona Ana beach

Praia de Dona Ana is a massive beach that’s amazing for a swim. There are nice rock formations here and as a result, there are some shaded areas to sit on a hot summer day.

The first time I visited Dona Ana beach was from a hike from the nearby Pinhão beach, which is super tiny. The first view of Dona Ana beach from up on the rocks took my breath away.

There is a restaurant on Dona Ana beach with a bar. I didn’t go there but my friend did to use the WC. There is also a bus stop right at the entry point of Dona Ana so it is easy to reach with public transportation.

Dona Ana beach was empty at 6 pm
Dona Ana beach was empty at 6 pm

This beach was completely empty at 6 pm because the sun went behind the rocks and the entire beach was covered in shade. I loved the view of it from the top when the sun started going down.

Dona Ana is not far from the old town. Actually, the beaches that are closer to the main town are Praia da Batata and Praia dos Estudantes. You can read more about those beaches in my post about Lagos’ beaches.

Praia do Canavial

Praia do Canavial, Lagos, Portugal
Praia do Canavial, Lagos, Portugal

If you want to go off the beaten path in Lagos, I suggest you hike to Praia do Canavial. You have to go on the Ponta da Piedade hike and keep going on this trail for a long time to see this beach.

It wasn’t easy to find it but I got lucky and found someone on the hiking trail who just got out of this beach. It was kind of like an adventure to reach here.

This beach is very nice because it is empty. That’s why it is a nudist beach or FKK beach. The sand was a tad pebbly and the rock formations were pretty ok when compared to the other beaches. But the thrill of adventure made this visit memorable.

Lagos Old Town

Lagos Old Town center, Algarve, Portugal
Lagos Old Town center, Algarve, Portugal

Yes, Lagos is a beach destination but has an interesting city center. There are old buildings that are covered with Azulejos. The time I visited, there were Jacaranda trees, citrus trees, and bougainvillea all around the old town and everything was blooming and fruiting.

I like that Lagos is a stunning beach destination but also has a historical small-town vibe. This is why I feel that Lagos is an important spot in this Portugal road trip itinerary because it pretty much has everything.

Where to Stay in Lagos

B22 – Rising Sun 2 Bed Flat – Ideally suited for families and couples who are looking for an apartment with a view. I’d book this in a heartbeat if I was visiting with my husband and my little girl.

Lemon Tree Relaxing Guest House – Peaceful Place with a garden and a shared kitchen.

Safari Beach Guest House – Affordable private rooms and dorm beds in a quiet residential area. This is where I stayed and loved it.

Kampaoh Praia da Luz – This is a nice campground and it makes sense to stay here if you have a campervan.

Trindade Guest House and Camping – If you arrive in Lagos on a camper van, then you can consider this place since it has van parking and camping facilities too.

Lisbon and Sintra – 3 days

Lisbon view from the top
Lisbon view from the top

Ola Lisboa, you are just so beautiful!

I don’t like big cities but I make an exception for Lisbon because it is so pretty. It has loads of history thus one can find historical buildings, churches streets, and structures. Yes, a lot of big European cities have a rich history, but Lisbon has so much more.

Lisbon is built on seven hills and as a result, there are many viewpoints. These are called “Miradouro” and there are many. Some of the streets are slanted and you can see the Tagus River from a few of them.

Walking on Lisbon’s narrow streets with pastel houses all around and yellow trams, I felt I was a part of a Wes Anderson movie. Also, make sure to wear the most comfortable pair of shoes that you have because these walks aren’t always so easy. (Here’s what to wear in Lisbon)

If you are driving to Lisbon, then consider parking your rented car or van at Lisboa Bungalows & Camping, which is a little away from the busy city center. Driving in Portugal’s busy cities is no fun, so avoid it if you can.

There are many things to do here, I recommend you spend at least three days here. You can get yourself a Lisbon card which covers the transport and historical buildings. In case you are planning on spending just a day here, then read my itinerary for spending one day in Lisbon.

It is worth it only if you want to go inside historical buildings. I didn’t get the Lisbon card, but I still managed all right because I didn’t have plans to go inside more than 1-2 historical buildings.

Eat Pastel de Nata

Pastel de Nata - a must have in Lisbon
Pastel de Nata – a must-have in Lisbon

Pastel de Nata is a famous Portuguese egg tart pastry, which was invented in Lisbon by monks to use up leftover eggs. It became popular and the recipe was then sold to Pastéis de Belém. You don’t have to go all the way there but find any random bakery where you eat this amazingly filling snack that makes a good breakfast.

Alfama & Graça

Rua dos Remédios in Alfama
Rua dos Remédios in Alfama

Lisbon is pretty but Alfama is the icing on top. It is Lisbon’s oldest district and is mostly residential. The famous historical Castelo de São Jorge is on one side of Alfama and on the other is the Tagus River.

Walk on Alfama’s narrow streets and get lost in the labyrinth. Watch how the Yellow Tram 28 moves on these slanted streets. A notable old street in Alfama is Rua dos Remédios, which is just for pedestrians. I discover something new each time I walk in Alfama.

Lisbon View from Miradouro da Graça
Lisbon View from Miradouro da Graça

There are a bunch of free walking tours in Alfama but you can easily explore this adorable old town on your own at your pace.

Right above Alfama is Graça, which is Lisbon’s highest district. Be prepared to climb to the top of the hill to enter Graça and sit for a drink next to Miradouro da Graça, there’s an open-air cafe/bar here).

Follow Tram 28 Route

Follow Tram 28 Route in Alfama, Lisbon
Follow Tram 28 Route in Alfama, Lisbon

Lisbon’s historical trams are cute but tram 28 is special because it goes through Alfama & Graça. It isn’t easy to get on the tram 28 because of crazy long lines but you can just follow its path and photograph it.

Personally, I think standing in a long line would be such a time waste because Lisbon has so many amazing things to do and you can’t just get stuck on to one.

I have been to Portugal five times and still not got on to the tram 28. By the way, Lisbon has red trams too and they move around in Alfama as well.

Castelo de São Jorge

Walking to Castelo de São Jorge in Lisboa
Walking to Castelo de São Jorge in Lisboa

Let’s talk about the most famous historical building of Lisbon, the São Jorge Castle (or St. George’s Castle) which is perched on top of a hill overlooking Alfama. This castle is so old that the first fortification here dates back to the 2nd century BC.

In order to visit the São Jorge Castle, you have to arrive here super early because the queues are longer than you can imagine. If you arrive a bit late, you can forget about entering it and move on to the next place.

If you do manage to get inside Castelo de São Jorge, you will enjoy a panoramic view of Lisbon.

Torre da Igreja do Castelo de São Jorge, Lisboa instagram spots
Torre da Igreja do Castelo de São Jorge, Lisboa Instagram spots

If you don’t want to wait in line and can’t go inside Castelo de São Jorge, just walk a little further and you will arrive at the castle’s church tower – “Torre da Igreja do Castelo de São Jorge”. The line here was non-existent and I paid 5 euros to enter and went up to see the view. I also got a free glass of wine!

Miradouro de Santa Luzia and Portas do Sol

Miradouro de Santa Luzia viewpoint in Lisbon
Miradouro de Santa Luzia viewpoint in Lisbon

There are two viewpoints in Lisbon right next to each other and are totally worth the visit. Miradouro de Santa Luzia is on a lower level with a beautiful tiled sitting area and magenta bougainvillea growing on the arches on top.

Portas dos sol sunset cocktails - 2 days in Lisbon
Portas dos sol sunset cocktails – 2 days in Lisbon

Right above it is Miradouro das Portas do Sol, which is more open and also has an open-air bar, so you can grab a drink here and sit next to the railing to admire the view of Lisbon’s red-roofed buildings and Tagus river.

I suggest you see the sunset at Miradouro de Santa Luzia and then head to Miradouro das Portas do Sol for a few cocktails. Miradouro de Santa Luzia tends to feel more crowded because it is smaller and super pretty. If you can wake up early then come here for a sunrise experience.

Jerónimos Monastery & Belém Tower

Belem Tower in Lisbon
Belem Tower in Lisbon

Jerónimos Monastery & Belém Tower are historical buildings close to each other. They are a bit far from Alfama and Rossio, so you have to get on an Uber to visit them.

Visit Jerónimos Monastery early because the queues tend to get long. Lisboa Card will get you skip-the-line privileges but it isn’t always possible when things go out of control. This along with the nearby Belém Tower is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Belém Tower is a symbol of the Age of Discoveries and is a lovely landmark. Honestly, you don’t have to enter it to appreciate it but you can admire how it looks from the outside as well.

Rossio Square to Santa Just Lift

Geometrical flooring at Rossio Square Lisbon
Geometrical flooring at Rossio Square Lisbon

No matter where you stay in Lisbon, you will at some point cross the main Rossio Square. It is a big square with geometrical floor tiles, a fountain, and old buildings all around. There is also usually a long queue here for tram 28.

Rua de Santa Justa in Baixa, Lisbon
Rua de Santa Justa in Baixa, Lisbon

From Rossio, you can walk to Baixa and on to Rua de Santa Justa. This street is pretty and you will see a Neo-Gothic style tower which is a historic elevator building. During the high season in the summer months, the lines are very long and it doesn’t make sense to go up.

Arco da Rua Augusta

Rua Augusta in Lisbon
Rua Augusta in Lisbon

From Rossio, walk to Arco da Rua Augusta – the main shopping street of Lisbon which is very busy. It is lined with restaurants and shops. At the end of the street is the Augusta Arc.

Arco da Rua Augusta Lisbon Portugal
Arco da Rua Augusta Lisbon Portugal

You can stop on this street at Fábrica da Nata for Pastel de Nata. There are many touristy restaurants on this street that are overpriced. One place worth visiting is Imprensa Cocktail & Oyster Bar for amazing drinks.

Walk to the Augusta arc and admire it. Beyond it, you will see Praça do Comércio and the Tagus River.

Walk Along the Tagus river

Walk next to Tagus River
Walk next to the Tagus River

From the Augusta arc, walk along the Tagus River. There are marble sitting structures along the river where you can sit and spend some time. As you walk along the Tagus River, you will see some carts with cocktails for sale.

Time Out Lisboa / Mercado da Ribeira

Inside Time Out Market Lisboa
Inside Time Out Market Lisboa

Walk a little further along the Tagus River and you will see a building with “Mercado da Ribeira” written on it. It is an amazing place for food that was also featured on the “Somebody Feed Phill” show on Netflix.

Mercado da Ribeira also called Time Out Lisboa, is more than just a normal food court. It is a collection of carefully curated eateries with some of the best chefs from all over Lisbon. You will find not only a lot of traditional Portuguese food but also international food.

The middle part of Time Out Lisboa has cocktail bars and we had Aperol Spritzes from here. The all-around these bars were dining tables with shared seating. The atmosphere overall was super casual.

Bairro Alto or Pink Street for Nightlife

Pink Street with Umbrellas looks good at sunset time, Lisbon
Pink Street with Umbrellas looks good at sunset time, Lisbon

Just a few steps from the Time Out Factory is Pink Street. Just like the name, the street is actually pink in color with umbrellas on top. It is where you can start your evening and enjoy a few cocktails.

The main area for nightlife in Lisbon is just a bit ahead of Pink Street – it is Bairro Alto. That’s where a lot of locals and travelers go for a night of party and it sort of reminded me of Bangkok’s Khao San Road.

Where to Stay in Lisbon

If you are driving to Lisbon, then I mentioned Lisboa Bungalows & Camping already. It is a bit away from the busy center.

If you don’t mind driving in Lisbon’s narrow lanes, here are a few places I think you can consider in the old town of Alfama and Graca.

There is much more to do in Lisbon than what I have mentioned above. Even though most of these spots are just 100 – 200 meters away from each other, don’t underestimate the amount of energy you will need to walk in Lisbon. The city is built on hills, thus the streets are sloped and one needs to climb a lot.

There are more things to do here like LX Factory, Live Fado Shows, the Christo Rei statue, and many more viewpoints. See my Lisbon itinerary for more things to do here.

Pena Palace, Sintra

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal
Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal

If you parked your car at Lisboa Camping, then Sintra is less than a 30-minute drive away. In that case, you can stay put in the same campground and see Sintra on a day trip from Lisbon.

Sintra has mountains, beaches, small fishing villages, and a technicolor fortress perched on top of a hill – Pena Palace. This UNESCO World Heritage Sita is also one of the seven wonders of Portugal.

The first thing you should do when you arrive in Sintra is to see Pena Palace. The palace itself is stunning and multicolored. It is unlike any building you would ever see. The view from Pena Palace is spectacular because there are mountains all around.


Boca do Inferno, Cascais, Portugal
Boca do Inferno, Cascais, Portugal via Unsplash

After visiting Pena Place, drive for 25 minutes towards the coast to reach Cascais, which is a beautiful seaside resort town with was earlier a simple fishing village. Take a break and relax on the massive sandy beach of Cascais. Go to Guincho Beach or Praia do Tamariz.

After Lisbon and Pena Palace, you might be bored of historical buildings so a breach break would be good for you. If not, Cascais also has historical buildings – Nossa Senhora da Luz Fort, the Citadel Palace, and Nossa Senhora da Assunção church.

If you are interested in nature, then see Boca do Inferno which means “Hell’s mouth” and is a rock formation. You have to walk along the water on the rocks and go a bit uphill to arrive here. Also, this is the spot from where you will get a nice waterfront view of Cascais.

Cabo da Roca

Estrada do Cabo da Roca, Colares, Portogallo
Estrada do Cabo da Roca, Colares, Portogallo

After seeing Cascais, drive for another 30 minutes to reach Cabo da Roca, which is the westernmost point of Europe. It is a viewpoint on a 140-meter-high cliff that looks out to sea where you can stand and wave at America.

There are many hiking trails that start here. There is also a small cafe with touristy prices. There is a lighthouse here too, Farol do Cabo da Roca.

It can get very windy up here so bring a jacket. If you are lucky, you will also see a musician or two here busking. Cabo da Roca is a part of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park.

By the way, the parking at Cabo da Roca is free and sometimes there are people who try to scam visitors by asking for a parking fee.

This brings us to the end of Lisbon and Sintra as part of the itinerary. If you want to skip North Portugal, then you can catch a flight to the Azores Islands from Lisbon. Else, get ready for a short drive to the next destination.

Óbidos  – Stop for Sightseeing

Óbidos town and castle, Portugal road trip
Óbidos town and castle, Portugal road trip via Pixabay

The beauty of a road trip in Portugal is that none of the destinations are a long drive away. Everything is so close, so the drive from Sintra to your next top – Nazaré is just 1.5 hours.

Just towards the end of this drive, you will cross a historical small village called Óbidos. This is where you can make a small stop for lunch, coffee, or possibly quick sightseeing. Portugal has many interesting places but there’s something special about visiting the smaller towns.

Óbidos is located on top of a hill with fortified city walls around it. The medieval architecture of this little town is well preserved and that’s why it has been receiving attention recently.

With a medieval castle, old city square, and historic streets, Óbidos has enough that will keep you occupied for a few hours.

Compared to most of the destinations mentioned in this itinerary, Óbidos is tiny. It is one of the beautifully preserved medieval villages of Portugal.

Nazaré – 2 days

Praia da Nazaré, Nazare beach view from the cliff, Portugal
Praia da Nazaré, Nazare beach view from the cliff, Portugal

On my third visit to Portugal, I asked some of the locals and other travelers about other interesting places to visit in the country and most suggested Nazaré, a surf town on the west coast. So I went back after three months to see Nazaré, and it was my fourth time in Portugal.

Nazaré is world famous, but not because of the beaches but the waves. They are massive here. The highest wave that was ever surfed was recorded in Nazaré and was 26.2 meters high. The record was made by Sebastian Steudtner, a German surfer.

You know one of those small towns with a fun vibe that you visit and get too comfortable to leave? Nazaré is one of them. Here’s what you can do in Nazaré during your visit here.

Praia da Nazaré

Praia da Nazaré - Nazare beach
Praia da Nazaré – Nazare beach

Praia da Nazaré is the main beach of Nazare and is massive. It is a nice sandy beach where I enjoyed a swim on a day when the waves were calm. Just like most of the beaches of Portugal, the water here was very cold too because it is the Atlantic Ocean, but was fun nonetheless.

The time I visited Praia da Nazaré, it was pretty full and had a lot of families because it was the school vacation time in Europe. There were tented sitting spots that we could rent for a day, but we just put up our mat instead.

Ride the Funicular Railway to Sítio

Nazare Funicular from Nazaré to Sítio, Portugal
Nazare Funicular from Nazaré to Sítio, Portugal

Nazare is divided into two parts – Lower Nazare (Praia da Nazaré) and Sítio (Upper Nazare). You can ride the funicular to reach the top, it is just EUR 1.50 per way. When you reach the top, it isn’t just a viewpoint but an entire separate town center with everything.

Walk around in Sítio and you will see an amazing view from many different spots. For me, the best views are at the start of Sítio overlooking Praia da Nazaré.

The entry point of Sítio, or upper Nazare, Portugal
The entry point of Sítio, or upper Nazare, Portugal

Sítio is actually the place from where you can see the waves and the surfers during the high wave season, which is October to February.

If you are in Sitio, one of the must-see sights here is the 21-foot Veado statue, which is the body of a human, the head of a deer, and holding a surfboard. Right behind it is Praia do Norte (the North Beach) where all the surfing action happens.

Explore Nazaré Town

Nazare town with white houses, Portugal
Nazaré town with white houses, Portugal

I loved exploring the maze of narrow streets in Nazaré town. The streets looked whitewashed and with white laundry that was hanging from the windows to dry.

As you walk in the direction of the beach, the streets get busier with loud bars and restaurants. But if you walk in the other direction, you will only see simple residential buildings.

Where to Stay in Nazare

  • Vila Fidalgo – Cute apartments and ours had a view from the balcony. This is where I stayed.
  • Feel Nazaré – Boutique Apartments that are beachfront
  • Hotel Mar Bravo – Beachfront with a view

Coimbra or Aveiro – Stop for a lunch

Is Coimbra Worth Visiting, Portugal
Is Coimbra Worth Visiting, Portugal

After spending two relaxing days in Nazare, it is time to hit the road again for your last stop – Porto. The drive from Nazaré to Porto is just 2 hours, which gives you enough time to stop somewhere so I will give you two options.

Both small towns Aveiro and Coimbra are small towns where you can stop for lunch and a few hours of sightseeing because they are just midway on your drive from Nazare to Porto.

I have been to Coimbra, it is an interesting old city and has the oldest universities or Portugal. In fact, it is the oldest university in the Portuguese-speaking world and has a stunning library.

Aveiro is smaller than Coimbra and is situated along a lagoon called Ria de Aveiro. It has canals and colorful boats that are called barcos moliceiros. I personally haven’t visited Aveiro because I went to Coimbra instead.

Porto – 2 – 3 Days

Porto Cathedral views
Porto Cathedral views

Your last stop in your itinerary for 2 weeks in Portugal is the historical city of Porto. Please check the traffic situation before because I remember standing in a jam for 2-3 hours near Porto. I have learned to be patient with traffic jams but they aren’t fun when you are traveling with children.

Porto is smaller than Lisbon, but it still has a lot of historical buildings and viewpoints. I also have a post on my blog with a detailed comparison of Porto vs Lisbon. Porto is called Oporto in Portuguese.

I will give you a tip for exploring Porto. This city has a lot of historical buildings and landmarks. In order to enjoy your trip and relax a little during your holiday, don’t put pressure on yourself to see as many historical landmarks as possible. You will have more fun when you give yourself time to relax, explore a little spontaneously, sit at random open-air bars for a drink, and just chill.

Spend three days in Porto if you want to experience this city in a relaxing way. If you are short on time then two days are also enough. See my list of recommended things to do here:

Ribeira (Riverfront)

Ribeira Riverfront in Porto
Ribeira Riverfront in Porto

Ribeira is Porto’s old town and is also the historic center. But at this point I’m not talking about the entire old town, but just the waterfront area.

Porto’s Ribeira is one of the most beautiful riverfront areas that I have seen, with old buildings, boats, and interesting sights. This area looks its best at night when it’s dark and all the yellow lamps glow. Their reflection in water looks amazing.

Porto’s Historic Center

Porto is a beautiful city with historic buildings, churches, and streets. Along with Ribeira, the historic center of Porto is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has more than 2000 years of history.

azulejos in Porto
Me admiring and photographing azulejos in Porto

Admire the old buildings covered with blue azulejos, dilapidated buildings that look very old, cute residential buildings with grandmas standing on the balconies – the beauty is in the details and you can actually lose yourself admiring all these little things because there are so many.

There are many buildings and landmarks that you can see here, I won’t mention them all but a few here and everything is a short walk away:

Igreja do Carmo

Igreja do Carmo's famous tiled side facade
Igreja do Carmo’s famous tiled side facade

Igreja do Carmo is perhaps the most photographed church in Porto because it has a side facade that’s covered with azulejos. You will see azulejos all over in Portugal but this particular wall is one of the most famous ones.

Torre dos Clerigos & Church

When you explore Porto’s Historical center, you will see the 75-meter-high Clerigos tower in the background. Torre dos Clerigos and Clerigos Church are very old Baroque structures that are interesting to look at.

Rua Santa Catarina

Rua Santa Catarina - Porto's shopping street
Rua Santa Catarina – Porto’s shopping street

This is a historical shopping street in Porto, walk here and enjoy the sights. You will find a lot of cork leather-based items and I bought a little backpack that receives a lot of compliments.

São Bento Train Station

São Bento Train Station
São Bento Train Station

More than any church or cathedral, my favorite building in Porto is the São Bento Train Station. The interiors are super splendid and there are high arched windows. There is intricate tilework on the walls – an amazing example of well-kept azulejos.

Livraria Lello

The crowded Livraria Lello bookstore in Porto
The crowded Livraria Lello bookstore in Porto

Yes, it is a bookstore but Livraria Lello is historical. It is one of the oldest bookstores in the world. It isn’t that big and sometimes gets crowded beyond imagination. Read my post if Livraria Lello is worth it or not.

I actually visited Porto during peak season so my experience wasn’t all that great. If you visit Livraria Lello first thing in the morning or during less busy months then you might just end up enjoying it.

Sé do Porto (Porto Cathedral)

If you decide to visit just one historical building, then it is Sé do Porto – also called Porto Cathedral. It is so beautiful that it looks more like a palace and less like a cathedral.

I happened to be here right before the sunset so the pictures came out really well. This is also close to Dom Luís I Bridge on which you can walk to reach the other side of Porto for an amazing sunset. We will talk about them right below.

Dom Luís I Bridge

Me on the windy Dom Luís I Bridge in Porto
Me on the windy Dom Luís I Bridge in Porto

Dom Luís I Bridge is iconic and is fun to walk on it to reach the other side of the Douro River because of the amazing views after every few steps. Even during peak summer months, it gets very windy and cold on this bridge so carry a jacket.

Be careful and watch out for the metro when you are walking on this bridge because it runs on this bridge without a protective barrier.

Jardim do Morro (Sunset)

Jardim do Morro Sunset view
Jardim do Morro Sunset view

When you cross the Dom Luis I Bridge, you will reach Vila Nova de Gaia – which is the other side of the Douro River. There are many spots here that offer great views, especially during the sunset time.

The closest spot to the bridge for sunset watching is a garden called Jardim do Morro. If you are here during peak season times, then forget about getting a good spot for sitting but just stand and enjoy the most beautiful show that the sky puts on every 12 hours – sunset and sunrise.

Eat Francesinha Sandwich

Francesinha at Café Santiago, Porto
Francesinha at Café Santiago, Porto

Just the way I told you to eat Pastel de Nata which was invented in Lisbon, I recommend you try Porto’s iconic sandwich – the Francesinha.

Francesinha sandwich has layers of meat, cheese, bread, egg, and more cheese. It is topped with Francesinha sauce and sometimes also french fries. It felt like more of a hangover meal and we couldn’t eat more than a handful of bites.

Douro Valley Wine Tasting

Douro Valley - Porto day trips
Douro Valley – Porto day trips

Going to one landmark to another and trying to see them all can be stressful. Take a break and get on a boat to see the beauty of Douro Valley, which is the Port wine region.

Sit back and relax as you experience the natural beauty of Northern Portugal on a guided tour that includes a traditional Portuguese lunch, the Pinhão viewpoint, a river cruise, and a wine-tasting session.

Where to Stay in Porto

Here are the places I suggest you consider booking in Porto. I stayed in an Airbnb and we didn’t like the location. After seeing Porto, I now know I’d want to stay closer to Ribeira so below are the places I have shortlisted for you.

If you don’t have time to do an entire Portugal road trip and you’re able to fly to Oporto airport for cheap, then consider doing just a Porto road trip with the nearby Douro Valley, Coimbra, and Aveiro. Personally, for me, any visit to Portugal is incomplete without the amazing Algarve coast.

Tips for driving in Portugal

If you aren’t able to get cheap flights to Faro, then consider flying to Seville in Spain which is close to the border. You can spend a day here to see this pretty city and then reach the Algarve by road. It is very easy to cross the Spanish border by car to enter Portugal. It never feels like a different country.

Portugal has toll roads and if you are renting a car, then you will pay the toll fee with the toll transponder which will be fixed in your rented vehicle. The toll transponder will be connected with your debit or credit card for the toll payments.

When you are trying to find the route using Google Maps, there is an option of avoiding toll roads. Use it if you must. But the toll fee isn’t expensive in Portugal the way it is in France.

Don’t try to cover it all and stress yourself by trying to see everything. Some of the best road trips are those where a part of the itinerary leaves room for spontaneity.

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Is Livraria Lello Worth it? I visited the Harry Potter bookstore in Porto

Is Livraria Lello Worth it? I visited the Harry Potter bookstore in Porto

Before I was a travel addict, I was a book lover. Strangely, that happened because of traveling because my mother would buy me a new book every single time we’d travel together and we did that often and not just in summer vacations.

You may not know this about me but I’m the biggest Harry Potter fan that I know of. The Harry Potter books came out at a time when I was very fond of reading. I waited for every new book in the series patiently and bought it as soon as it hit the bookstores.

So when I visited Porto and I heard that there was a “Harry Potter bookstore”, I obviously made it a point to visit. It is called Livraria Lello and let’s talk about it in detail.

Introducing Livraria Lello

Inside Livraria Lello - Most beautiful bookstore in Porto
Inside Livraria Lello – Most beautiful bookstore in Porto

Livraria Lello is one of the most famous bookstores in Portugal and is situated in the city of Porto. It is a historic bookstore dating back to 1906.

The internet says that Livraria Lello is the second oldest bookstore in the world, and another website says it is the 6th oldest. You never know what’s right when it comes to finding information on the internet.

Why is Livraria Lello famous?

Livraria Lello’s fame started when was called the prettiest bookstore in the world by Enrique Vila-Matas a Spanish writer in an article published in El País. Over the years, it has been praised on different literary and travel publications.

The Iconic red staircase of Livraria Lello bookstore in Porto
The Iconic red staircase of Livraria Lello bookstore in Porto

After that, it was also mentioned in The Guardian, Lonely Planet, Time magazine, CNN, and National Geographic and most of these publications also called it one of the most beautiful bookstores.

Of course, its current fame was fuelled by Instagram where some influencers have spread misinformation that Liraria Lello was the inspiration for Harry Potter. We will talk about that later.

So, Livraria Lello attracts a lot of misinformed Harry Potter fans. I fell for this too!

Fun Fact: A collection of letters written by Bob Dylan to his high scool; girlfriend were sold in Livraria Lello for $670,000 in 2022.

The Bookstore History

Harry Potter Books section inside Livraria Lello bookstore in Porto
Harry Potter Books section inside Livraria Lello bookstore in Porto

Livraria Lello & Irmão is also known as Lello Bookstore. Let’s talk about how it came to its existance.

A frenchman named Ernesto Chardron moved to Porto and founded Livraria Internacional de Ernesto Chardron in 1869 after winning lottery.

He isn’t the founder, but wait, I’m coming to that. Meanwhile brothers José Lello and António Lello operated José Pinto de Sousa Lello & Irmão. The Lello brothers were notable members of Porto’s intellectual bourgeoisie and bought a big share in Chardon bookstore in 1894 and also the firm Livraria Lemos & Co in 1898.

The Lello brothers hired an architect Francisco Xavier Esteve for the construction of a bookstore on Rua das Carmelitas. That’s how the bookstore Livraria Lello was born. It was inaugerated on 13 January 1906 on 144, Rua das Carmelitas.

In 1919, the bookstore was simply Lello & Irmão, Lda but in 1930 it was known as Livraria Lello.

Livraria Lello Entry tickets

Waiting in the line outside Livraria Lello, Porto
Waiting in the line outside Livraria Lello, Porto

The tickets to enter Livraria Lello can be baught on their website for different time slots. The ticket price has gone up almost double from a year back when I visited it. The line was already very long in 2022 and I’m sure it is even longer today.

You can also buy a priority ticket to move up in the queue. The time I visited, it was so crowded that the priority entrance also had a small queue but of course it moved very fast.

Here’s the online ticket price for Livraria Lello for 2023 and 2024:

Type of TicketAmount
Silver Ticket Voucher8,00€
Gold Ticket Voucher (Priority Entry)15,90€
Ticket for children below 3 (Mandatory online schedule)Free
Livraria Lello Entrance fee

Note that this isn’t a ticket price but a ticket voucher. Meaning, if you buy a book in the store then you can use your entry ticket as a voucher for the same amount. We wanted to buy also but the queue to buy the books was also frightenengly long.

We left without buying anything despite having the vouchers because we had wasted enough time already waiting in the long queue to enter the bookstore.

You need to reserve a time slot in advance, even for a child below three who will enter for free accompanied by parents or guardians.

The opening time of Livrairia Lello is 09:30 am and it closes at 7:00 pm every day. It is slightly less crowded at lunch hours and late afternoon.

My experience

Outside Livraria Lello bookstore in Porto
Outside Livraria Lello bookstore in Porto

I spent 3 days in Porto and I always saw a line outside Livraria Lello. I prebooked a slot at one of the leaner times and I thought I was being very smart. On my last day here, I arrived here as per the prebooked slot and I was shocked when I saw how big the line was.

While waiting in the line, we did notice the interesting architecture of this small bookstore from the outside – a mix of Art Nouveau and Neo Gothic.

Yes, the line was long and it didn’t take more than 20 minutes for us to stay in it, that wasn’t the problem. It was when I stepped inside that I was shocked.

The crowded ground floor of Livraria Lello Porto
The crowded ground floor of Livraria Lello Porto

I saw a little bookstore that was overflooded with visitors and there was almost no place to walk. I didn’t understand why they sold tickets as per particuylar time slot when they let as many people inside as possible.

Don’t get me wrong, this bookstore is very beautiful. I did notice the beautiful architecture instantly.

As soon as I got over how crowded it was, I saw the iconic red staircase that I had noticed in the photos of this bookstore already on Instagram. It is a central staircase where I wanted to stand for a photo but I had to laugh at that thought.

The crowded Livraria Lello bookstore in Porto
The crowded Livraria Lello bookstore in Porto

This staircase was so full that my friend and I had a big laugh because there would be a traffic jam if one would even stop here. Just to showcase that I still stood here for a photo.

One of the prettiest things that I noticed about Livraria Lello was the stained-glass skylight. It was really so pretty and I love how the light was filtered through it. There are two floors in this bookshop and the groundfloor was the busiest.

The Art Deco interiours were very visually appealing even though we were uncomfortable in this place because it was more full than we could handle.

The stained glass ceiling at Livraria Lello bookstore in Porto
The stained glass ceiling at Livraria Lello bookstore in Porto

It did have kind of a striking resemblence to the Gryffindor common room and also the hogwarts library from the Harry Potter series. I could see why many people would call it one of the most beautiful bookstops in the world.

My personal experience was one of those expectations versus reality kind of a situation. In my openion, Bucharest’s Cărturești Carusel is a more beautiful bookstore than this and is massive, so it didn’t feel crowded.

If you are a book lover, then visit Livraria Bertrand in Lisbon, it is actually the oldest bookstore in the world as declared by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2011.

“What Makes a Nobel?” Exhibit

The famous Livraria Lello bookstore in Porto
The famous Livraria Lello bookstore in Porto

Livraria Lello has had an exhibit since 2021 called “What Makes a Nobel?” in collaboration with TIME to showcase Nobel Prize winners featured on TIME magazine covers and many more. It also featured the writers who could have received this award.

In total, this exhibit features 143 authors of multiple genres, writing in many different languages of various nationalities.

Was it really JK Rowling’s inspiration for Harry Potter

Inside Livraria Lello Bookstore in Porto
Inside Livraria Lello Bookstore in Porto

No, it wasn’t. This is a rumor started by an influencer. Yes, author J.K. Rowling did spend a lot of time in Porto while she was writing the Harry Potter book series but she clarified it in a tweet that she didn’t visit Livraria Lello.

J.K. Rowling mentioned in her tweet that she spent most of her time in Majestic Cafe, so if any place had to be the inspiration it would be that cafe instead.

(Yes as a big fan of Harry Potter, I did dress up in my Hogwarts uniform for Gryffindor and visited the bookstore.)

Is Livraria Lello worth it?

Livraria Lello's Crowded Entry
Livraria Lello’s Crowded Entry

Yes and no.

No, during the peak seasons, it isn’t worth it to visit Livraria Lello.

If you are visiting Porto in high season (July and August), there will be a long queue outside. I saw a line outside this bookstore many times during the day. If there is a long line then it makes no sense visiting it.

It isn’t just about waiting but you won’t even enjoy your visit when it is so full and it would feel like a tourist trap even though it isn’t.

If you’re in Portugal during the high season, there isn’t a best time to visit it. I thought I was visiting during leaner visiting hours in the late afternoon but it was a madhouse.

During peak hours, just skip this otherwise stunning bookstore and head to café majestic instead. If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, then you should know that majestic café is where J.K. Rowling spent a lot of her time.

Livraria Lello is worth visiting only if there isn’t a long line outside.

If you are visiting Porto when it isn’t crowded in winter, spring, or autumn months, then you may just be able to enjoy this stunning bookstore in a way that does justice to it.

Where is Livraria Lello Located?

Livraria Lello is located on Rua das Carmelitas near its intersection with Rua da Galeria de Paris in Porto’s historical center.

How to Reach Livraria Lello?

You can walk to Livraria Lello from São Bento train station. You can also get on the bus or tram from many parts of Porto to reach this bookstore.

The nearest tram stop to Livraria Lello is “Carmo” and the nearest bus stop is “Cordoaria”.

Livraria Lello is in Porto’s historical quarter and I wouldn’t suggest arriving here on car because of limited parking areas and narrow streets. It is near Igreja dos Clerigos, and you will see the Clérigos tower from far away as you walk to it.

Can you skip the line at Livraria Lello?

Yes you can. You just have to buy the “Gold ticket voucher” for priority entry on their website in order to skip the line. The prioroty ticket voucher costs 15,90€.

What does livraria mean in English

The word livraria is Portuguese and means Bookstore or a Library in English.

What neighborhood is Livraria Lello in?

Livraria Lello is in Porto’s historical quarter in civil parish of Cedofeita, Santo Ildefonso, Sé, Miragaia, São Nicolau e Vitória in Porto.

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