Portugal

Portugal, May 2018: Porto & Aveiro Video Moments

A four day weekend in the sunny riverside city of Porto was the perfect way to kick off some summer styled travel. Our love for Lisbon put Porto instantly on our list. It did not disappoint. The quirky (and hilly) city is full of character, hidden gems, views, tiles, and more. We enjoyed wandering around and stumbling upon its beauty. And, while there with some extra time to spare on our final day, it was an opportunity to finally see the famous neighborhood of Costa Nova in Aveiro. As we said in our post about the town, place like this can be miss-leading. You see a photo of a couple of striped houses and it makes you believe the whole town is full of them. Well, we can actually vouch for that! It was as playful, striped, and weird as one would hope. A great surprise ending to our long weekend away!

Portugal, May 2018: Porto & Aveiro Video Moments

Portugal, May 2018: A Day In Aveiro

There are some places that seem to pop up over and over again on social media sites like Pinterest and Instagram. If you spend any time on travel-related accounts on these platforms, chances are you’ve seen the famous striped beachfront houses of Aveiro (specifically the Costa Nova neighborhood). Only an hour from Porto and with lots of time to kill on our last day before our late flight, we decided to rent a car and make the trip!

Portugal, May 2018: A Day In Aveiro

Portugal, May 2018: Four Days In Porto

After falling in love with Lisbon on our visit in 2016, we knew Portugal’s second city beckoned. So with a four-day weekend to spare in May and our skin craving some early summer sun, Porto was an obvious choice!

We stayed at Casa dos Lóios, a centrally-located boutique hotel with breakfast included. And getting there wasn’t a problem as Porto’s metro has a line extending from the city center to the airport. Visitors to Porto will quick realize how hilly the city is—bring comfortable shoes! Luckily there are stunning views seemingly around every corner awaiting those willing to wander.

Portugal, May 2018: Four Days In Porto

Portugal, September 2017: The Algarve Video Moments

As the weather warms up here for spring in London, we were inspired to finally share more about our trip to Portugal's Algarve last September. It was a vacation filled with beach visits, strolls down cobblestone lanes, and good food. While we mentioned it didn't make the top of our list of places we have been, the Algarve is the spot to go to for some sun and relaxation. We enjoyed ending our 2017 travel season doing just that! If we ever make it back, Lagos or Salema will be calling our names.

Portugal, September 2017: The Algarve Video Moments

Portugal, September 2017: The Algarve, Barlavento (West)

Six of our 9 days in the Algarve were spent based in the central town of Albufeira. Though large parts of the town are quite modern and decidedly un-Portuguese (e.g., Irish pubs and sports bars), its central location and beautiful beach were factors in our decision to stay there. Luckily, our Airbnb was located in the quiet and traditional area immediately around Museu Municipal de Arqueologia de Albufeira, where we spent evenings strolling the streets and walking down to the beach. We also dedicated two days fully as beach days. Our main dinner spot was Ricardo's Pizzaria (spaghetti Bolognese, spaghetti carbonara, ravioli, bruschetta, tiramisu)—also decidedly un-Portuguese!—and we made a few trips in the car out to Pastelaria Riviera for its large collection of cakes, cookies, and other sweet delights.

Portugal, September 2017: The Algarve, Barlavento (West)

Portugal, September 2017: The Algarve, Sotavento (East)

Portugal’s Algarve region is famous for its long, sandy beaches, dramatic coastal rock formations, and tasty food. Best yet, all of this can be enjoyed at a fraction of the price of nearby Spain, and certainly of France and Italy. The region has largely been developed for and caters to package tourism, especially from northern Europe, and this no doubt detracts from the area’s cultural appeal, but there is enough to see and experience for the Algarve to serve as a relatively inexpensive destination combining lazy beach days with stimulating nature and city adventures. We spent 9 days in the region and will cover our trip in two parts—first, the eastern half (dubbed Sotavento), then the western half (dubbed Barlavento).

Portugal, September 2017: The Algarve, Sotavento (East)

Portugal, March 2017: Lisbon Video Moments

On Monday I shared all about my recent girls trip to Lisbon back in March with my friend Steph (here). I managed to snag just a little bit of video during our three-day adventure around. I can't say enough how perfect of a getaway this was for this time of year. We spent our time wandering around the old city, taking in all the sights, soaking up the sun, and trying some authentic Portuguese dishes. It was so much fun escaping the gloomy London winter for an early taste of spring and summer.

Portugal, March 2017: Lisbon Video Moments

Portugal, March 2017: A Three Day (Girls) Weekend In Lisbon

At the end of February, I made plans with my good friend Steph to have a weekend away in Lisbon, Portugal. Steph is a fellow American expat (even from the same state!) that I met shortly after our move to London. Unfortunately, she'll be moving back home in April so it was really wonderful to get a weekend together—just the two of us—traveling and wandering around Lisbon. Having been here before I enjoyed being able to show Steph around the city for her first visit and even do some new things!

Portugal, March 2017: A Three Day (Girls) Weekend In Lisbon

Portugal, October 2016: Lisbon Video Moments

Our recent trip to Lisbon (recap here) was one that really surprised us. We were in the midst of trying to figure out a move when the opportunity came up but there was no way we could pass on it. Travel is what we live for! Neither of us had ever been to Portugal and our plan was to put it on hold until we moved back to the States. The country is relatively easy to get to from the east coast so it made sense for us to originally do that. But, we pushed that all aside and jumped on board without hesitation!

Portugal, October 2016: Lisbon Video Moments