In the middle of March 2019, we’ve paid a short visit to Portugal, visiting Lisbon, Porto, and some places along the way. This photo story is a short memory of this travel.
Note that this entry was published in 2020 during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Since it isn’t the best time to travel and we’ve canceled all our plans for this year, I’m digging through archives to uncover some memories of photos from past trips.
We’ve arrived in Lisbon on Saturday evening and planned to stay there for 3 days and travel to Porto later for the rest of the trip. We unpacked in our Airbnb apartment located in Penha França (west part of the city).
The next day, on Sunday we went for a sightseeing walk around the city.
Lisbon is The City on Seven Hills, so there is a lot of walking up and downs, but also offers beautiful views from many viewpoints.
The architecture of the city wasn’t very appealing to us. On the one side, you cannot call it dull or boring - red roofs, colorful house fronts, and narrow streets are attractive.
But on the other hand, there are plenty of buildings that could use some refresh. Many antennas, wires, and tractions always find a way to get into the picture to ruin it.
One of the most known attractions of the city are the trams. They are quite old but still in service for the city infrastructure.
Obviously, we also went for a ride on the famous Tram 28, but the queue was crazy! I think it took more than 2 hours waiting in line to board it.
The next day we went for a small ride along the Atlantic coast to see the beautiful beach of Costa da Caparica.
This was a really idyllic place. Clear sky, navy blue water, and warm sand made us stay there for a couple hours just enjoying the time without rush to do something else.
We’ve returned in the evening, admiring the sunset from the ferry towards Setúbal.
Nazaré and Leiria
After a couple days in Lisbon, we went for the next part of the travel. The first step was Nazaré, a small town on the Atlantic coast, famous for its colossal surfing waves in the winter.
But also looks impressive in the sun!
The cliffs overlooking the north side of the city are more than 100m height, so the view from there is fantastic!
Since the Atlantic coast faces west, you can admire the golden sunset on the beach!
Castelo de Leiria
Less than 1-hour drive from Nazar, in Leiria, there are ruins of the castle, which is worth seeing just for the views from its walls.
But we’ve enjoyed a walk around its walls then the interiors.
After Nazaré, we went further north for the last chapter of our travel - Porto - and it found its place into our hearts since the first sight.
We’ve enjoyed every minute of our say there. Our lovely apartment in the old town, cafes, shops and restaurants, beautiful city views and of course the Wineries and the Port wine!
Below you’ll find a few fantastic moments from Porto. Enjoy.