Lagos

22nd November – 24th November

Praia Dona Ana. Aaaaand, just when I thought it couldn't get any better.. Portugal's beaches looked like this.
Praia Dona Ana. Aaaaand, just when I thought it couldn’t get any better.. Portugal’s beaches looked like this.

To be honest, having spent the past few days on the south western coast where everything was so beautiful, I really didn’t expect much from Lagos.  I had heard that it was a bit of a party town and that this part of the Algarve is incredibly touristy (the most popular tourist destination in Portugal, and high on the list for Europe overall).  So, I thought it was probably going to be somewhat overrated and overdeveloped.  Well, I was wrong.. Continue reading Lagos

Spectacular coastlines and cute villages – the south west coast

19th November – 20th November

With so many rocky cliffs, accessing some of the coves is not so easy. We came across this little ladder to make the climb a bit easier.
With so many rocky cliffs, accessing some of the coves near Porto Covo is not so easy. We came across this little ladder to make the climb a bit easier.

Heading out from Lisbon we were going to make our way down the south-west coast.  We made our way through lush green countryside and cork tree plantations.  Apparently cork farms have traditionally been passed down from one generation to another, with the trees being stripped every 9 years, but taking 40 to become commercially viable.  The trees can live up to 500 years. Continue reading Spectacular coastlines and cute villages – the south west coast

The fairytale that is Sintra

13th November – 15th November

An interior courtyard of the Palacio da Pena in Sintra. This palace was incredible, with its fairytale pastel colours and tiling.
An interior courtyard of the Palacio da Pena in Sintra. This palace was incredible, with its fairytale pastel colours and tiling.

Sintra, a small town not far from Lisbon, really was like stepping into a fairytale. The town and hill overlooking it are littered with old castles and palaces.   Continue reading The fairytale that is Sintra