After spending an awesome day and half up north in Porto, we drove for more than five hours to bypass Lisbon and reach straight to the Algarve region down south. Read more our Porto experience here first and then get on the car to enjoy Algarve with us. We decided to stay the night at a hotel at Boliqueme. Like many things in life and on the web – it is not always as it shows. The room turned out to be of really poor quality, small and above all unhygienic. Already exhausted after the long drive, we had no other way to crash in to bed but we were determined to switch to a better place the following day.
One cannot leave Porto without tasting Porto, the famous port wine which borrowed its name from the city itself. Our activities in day 1 in Porto involved a lot of walking all day long while we discovered the old school charm of the historic core. You can read more about that here incase you already haven’t done so. For the 2nd and final day in Porto, we saved the best for the last. Like a passionate kiss before bidding goodbye to a lover, we drenched our lips with five types of Porto before saying ‘tchau’ to Porto.
They say, “What’s in a name?”, well – if a city’s name is embedded in the country’s name, then no wonder that there is something worthy out there to explore. What Porto is to Portugal is what breathing is to living it seems. Because Porto still being the 2nd largest city of Portugal, holds the most of the charm, history and energetic vibe the country has to offer. So if you have a couple of stop-overs planned in Portugal, certainly Porto must feature there. If you are thinking of visiting only one city in Portugal, shall we dare say that just visit Porto and you will not regret?
Like a bonbon with a lasting sweet taste, Lisbon continued to charm us on the 3rd day straight on. Have a read of our experience on day 1 and day 2 before we share with you how we rounded up our Lisbon exploration on the 3rd day.
Every year around 13th June, we make it a point to set voyage to a new destination in the world. What best to gift to a human life on a birthday but the gift of experience, that of travel, the joy to discover a new country, new culture and new culinary delights. In 2015, we went for road-tripping around beautiful Norway. In 2016, around the same time we were driving around Iceland and this year in 2017, we set our eyes on Portugal as Shehzaad flipped one more page of the life-years.
Portugal Please! Day 1: St. Antonio’s Day Festival in Lisbon