Nov 13, 2013
You can find a lovely and surprising country somewhere beyond Spain in the very last parts of Europe before the Atlantic ocean divides the continents.
From the paved streets of Lisbon to the rough cliffs of the South the country features an impressive diversity. We started our trip by climbing the seven hills of Lisbon, went north to World Heritage Sintra and took our way down to the south.
We ate too much Nata, drunk countless Galãos (sometimes Bica or even Ginjinha) and fell in love with grilled and super fresh fish served with almost nothing but tasty olive oil. We explored crowded beaches but also found lovely and relaxing spots in the middle of nowhere. We discovered the west coast, located great surf spots and enjoyed terrific sunsets by the cliff coasts of Sagres. Let me take you on a visual journey.
Casa Da Índia Lda
Excellent grilled fish or chicken in a rustic place filled with locals as well as with tourists. It’s a sweet spot to fall in love with the Portuguese Cuisine.
Ginjinha Sem Rival
We tried the most famous spot for Ginjinha first but fell in love with the shots at Sem Rival: The cherries felt fresher and the alcohol tastier.
Estrela da Bica
This restaurant has a changing and creative menu with lots of unique food experiences. The beef teriyaki was delicious.
This place belongs to a Portuguese family running it for years in a side-street. You can’t recognize it if you don’t know it. Though, it was no surprise that we were the only tourists among a vibrant crowd of locals.
Imagine a café with a very stylish interior plus a superb view! There you go with the Lost In Esplanada situated on top of the hill in Bairro Alto. Sure shot to have a Galão or Bica.
Miradouro da Graça
When you stop with the Tram 28 on the top of the hill near the castle, you can find a hidden viewpoint with a little café and a fantastic view.
Park Rooftop Bar
The rooftop of a car park was transformed into a bar that opens daily at 1 PM and only closes late at night with a beautiful view over the city. Slightly better than Flunkerkranich.
Bar Incógnito Lda
When people talk about Lisbon’s nightlife, they will tell you about LUX, which is probably the best club in the city. But if you like it more underground you should visit Bar Incógnito for some excellent music.
The world heritage is one of the most visited areas in Portugal, but also worth a visit. We recommend to take the steps to the castle on the hill – you will be rewarded with a superb view.
Praia do Zavial
We found that spot late. It’s hidden between Salema & Sagres and features a beautiful beach with fewer tourists than anywhere else on the Algarve.
Praia da Marinha
Some say, it’s the most beautiful beach the Algarve has to offer, and they are right. The problem is, it’s pretty crowded, but the best place for a cave tour!
Praia do Amado
This beach is on the west coast and quite famous for surfing. Superb waves and lots of space! Still too crowded? Go to the adjacent beach and enjoy being almost alone.
One of the best places to see the sunset! Many people, locals as well, go there and celebrate this happening with a proper bottle of wine.
Letzte Bratwurst vor Amerika
Enough of tasty seafood? Then this might be your last hope! Get a Bratwurst and enjoy the rough cliffs! Everyone needs Bratwurst!
If you are residing in or visiting Carvoeiro try this restaurant: It’s less chic, but features the best Portuguese cuisine in this village!