Along the beautiful coast of Portugal in one week. Which route we have chosen and which beaches you shouldn’t miss you can find out here.
Started in Lisbon we have chosen the southern route along the beautiful Algarve coast of Portugal.
Here is a short overview of our route:
Lisbon – Porthino da Arrabida
Aljezur – Praia da Amoreira
Farol do Cabo de Sao Vincente
Lagos – Praia da Marinha – Praia de Benagil – Praia do Carvalho
Faro – Loule
What Lisbon has to offer in three days can be found in our last blog post “I Fell in Love with Lisbon – 8 Things to see”. It’s best to visit Lisbon at the beginning of your road trip so that you can look forward to relax on the beaches after the exhausting sightseeing.
In Lisbom we rented a car and planned to drive all the way to Aljezur along the coast. Finally, we came to a very nice route towards Porthino da Arrabida. However, the roads there are closed from a certain point in time, so that we had to choose the domestic route.
Aljezur is a small coastal town and part of the southeastern national park “Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina”. The town is also one of the most popular surf spots in the area. A surfers paradise especially for beginners. If you book your acommodation early via Airbnb or other platforms, there are lovely beach huts and apartments at really fair prices.
My personal highlight and by far one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen was the sunset at the slope of Praia de Monte Clérigo in Aljezur. Except for a few backpackers, we had the rock and the fabulous view completely for ourselves. Currently still an absolute insider tip.
But also during the day it is a real adventure to visit the Praia de Monte Clérigo. From 1:30 pm the low tide will clear the beach and you can walk over the rocks – beware, it’s very slippery. Walk two or three beach sections further and you are the only ones far at the beach. But keep an eye on the time, so that you can go back before the tide comes around 4:30/5:00 pm.
The beach of Amoreira is comparable with Odeceixe, because the river runs out into the ocean. Odeceixe has meanwhile become very touristic. Therefore, I can really recommend the beach of Amoreira as a tip for you. The beach is only a few kilometres away from “Praia de Monte Clérigo“. Park your car at the first parking spot and walk along the beach to the sea. During the day you can go knee-deep through the river. But, be careful of the tide. We were a bit too late and then walked up to the chin in the water with our clothes, handbag and camera carried over our heads. The people on the beach laughed at us so much. But the most funny thing about it was that we couldn’t keep ourselves from laughing.
After two days Aljezur we made our way to Lagos. On the way there is the famous lighthouse Farol do Cabo de Sao Vincente, the most southwestern point of Portugal. Despite the fact that we thought the lighthouse is a little bigger, the view was very nice and is definitely a must-do on the list.
We finally arrived in Lagos. Here we only spent one evening, because we booked too late and couldn’t find any accommodation. But, if I could decide between Faro and Lagos, I would definetaly choose Lagos.
The city is very lively in the evening and full of small shops, delicious restaurants and bars.
A restaurant tip from me is definitely the Barbosa Bar & Kitchen. Afterwards you can go directly around the corner to the Baffi Bar, a hotspot for backpackers and young people.
Between Lagos and Faro are the most beautiful beaches of the Algarve located. Therefore it is a good idea to spend the night in one of the two cities in order to explore the area the next day.
Our favorite beach was definetaly Praia da Marinha, formed by the colourful sandstone rock.
The way to this beach section was already adventurous. Over the main beach to the right, across the stones and you’ll come to this wonderful place. Some people also climbed around in the rock walls, but please be careful, as it is not completely harmless. Also the footpath from Praia da Marinha to Praia da Benagil is very worth seeing.
At Praia de Benagil there are the famous Benagil Sea Caves. The beach itself is totally overcrowded, but those who want to have a look at the Sea Caves should book a tour there early.
Right next to it is the Praia do Carvalho. Unfortunately, also very crowded, but it is worth to slip through the small hole and have a look at the beach.
We actually looked for some beaches, but did not find them. Along the rocks you can see small bays from time to time, but don’t know exactly how to get there. So just try and explore the way along the coast.
Faro itself is a small coastal town with a super nice city centre. Here I can recommend you two really nice restaurants.
At La Forchette we had super tasty homemade noodles.
In the Faaron Steakhouse there was a really good surf n’ turf.
On the last day – on the way back to Lisbon – we drove to the small town of Loule and had breakfast in Café Q, one of the most authentic and beautiful cafés I have ever been to.
And that was our 8-day road trip. I hope you found some nice inspirations for your own trip. I will definitely visit Portugal again. But then maybe in a camper van and with my better half. Sunsets from the van with noodles and tomato sauce – what do you think? 😉