Driving through Portugal by car is a great way of travelling for lovers of the road. You will be delighted by its beautiful landscapes, charming cities and fine gastronomy. Even if your holiday is short, this form of travel can be one of the best options you'll find to disconnect and enjoy the essence of this magnificent place.
We recommend you depart from Porto and get to Faro, passing through Coimbra, Lisbon, Sesimbra, Évora and Beja. It seems a lot, doesn’t it? It’s not surprising, as we are traveling more than 550 km at your own pace along the Portuguese coast, this is the best way to appreciate any trip.
Here’s some ideas for Porto. Enjoy its modernist buildings, its impressive “San Bento Train Station” with over 20,000 tiles that tell us the history of Portugal, the views offered by the Clérigos Church tower, the commercial street Rua Santa Catarina and the ancient Wineries of Vila Nova de Gaia. It’s now time to set off towards the Algarve!
The first stop on this route in Portugal will take us to Coimbra, the pearl of the North of the country. Here we recommend you stroll through the narrow downtown streets, the Church of Santa Cruz, the Old Cathedral in Romanesque style, also called Sé Velha, the New Cathedral and the University, which is considered one of the oldest universities in Europe and also houses the magnificent “Joanina Library”.
Our next destination is Lisbon, leaving behind the University City of Coimbra. In this beautiful ancient city, you cannot miss Rossio square or the Marqués de Pombal square. Regarding monuments, we invite you to visit the top attractions of any trip to Lisbon, the Cathedral, the Monastery of the Jerónimos, the Tower of Belém, the Castle of San Jorge and the Monument of Discoveries. Visit the Bridge of Vasco de Gama, 17 kilometers in length and links the north and south of Portugal or the “25th of April Bridge”, which is the longest suspension bridge in Europe.
We continue our journey to the south of Lisbon, in Sesimbra and be delighted by this small fishing village where you can discover its beautiful 12th century castle among the cliffs of Setúbal Bay. We can assure you that the view from this lovely villa is well worth it!
Évora is waiting for you after just 130 kilometers, this place is full of historical national treasures. Very close to Évora you can find Marvão, a medieval village bordering Spain that will delight the most adventurous travellers.
Just a hundred kilometers away we will find Beja and enjoy the traditional white houses and a charming 13th century castle, and the possibility of staying in an authentic old monastery.
Faro, capital of the Algarve is at the end of our journey on this route in Portugal. This lovely place will leave you breathless with its beaches and beautiful coastal villages. In addition, you will be very close to the Albufeira, where you can spend long days in the sun on its magnificent beaches and nights of pure fun with its lively nightlife.
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