Roadtrip across Portugal – Part II.

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The second half-Lisbon over Peniche and Coimbra to Porto.

Dear travel seeker, design engineer, adventurer and poetry slammer AND road trip junkie– Hi EVERYONE,

today I want to continue my story about our West Portugal road trip. Yesterday we stopped right after Sagres and shortly before Lisbon.

I am so excited to tell you today from Lisbon, one of my favourite cities in Europe!

View from Castelo de Sao Jorge, overlooking Lisboa.

When I was 14 years old I visited Lisbon for the first time during a student exchange for 2 weeks. I stayed with a befriended family  of ours, right in the City Centre. The two daughters were both older but we spent a lot of time together and they introduced me into their life’s. Ever since I consider this beautiful city as part of my home and enjoy coming back every time.

I always say: Regardless of your reason for traveling, no trip to Portugal is complete without a stop in Lisbon.

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Streets of Lisboa.

Weather: January is the coolest month, with an average temperature of 11°C. July is the hottest month, with an average temperature of 24°C.

Some of the tips for Lisbon:

  1. Their awe-inspiring viewpoints (miradouros) and the narrow steep streets crowded with the moorish castle on top – Castelo de São Jorge -are the true essence of Lisboa!

    Castelo de Sao Jorge.

  2. The convent, medieval, which was ruined during the earthquake in 1755 and the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel – Convento do Carmo – is definitely a visit worth.

    Convento do Carmo – Courtesy of Dicas de Lisboa

  3. Built on the northern bank of the Tagus between 1514 and 1520 as part of the Tagus estuary defence system, the Torres de Belém is one of the architectural jewels of the reign of Manuel I.
  4. The trams in Lisbon not only still work but are actually one of the best ways to get around many parts of the city. Especially the famous Tram 28 is to recommend!

Life is not what we live; it is what we imagine we are living.

― Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon 

Moving on from there we went to Peniche, Europe’s  surf paradise. It has beaches and breaks facing in 3 distinctly different directions making it a very variable and consistent destination for surfers. Peniche is one of the largest traditional fishing ports in Portugal and a major Atlantic hub for maritime-tourist activities.

Peniche – Courtesey of Soleil Peniche.

If you visit Peniche the following activities are a must do:

  1. Nossa Senhora dos Remédios Sanctuary
  2. São Pedro
  3. Misericórdia Churches
  4. Peniche Fort

After catching a view good waves, spending time exchanging with others surfer and enjoying the beach life we started to move on to Coimbra.

As one of Portugal capital over hundred years, this medieval town wears some great importance of Portuguese history and dignity. Its atmospheric, beautiful historic core cascades down a hillside in a lovely setting on the east bank of the Rio Mondego: it’s a multicoloured collage of buildings spanning nearly a millennium. Among the many archaeological structures dating back to the Roman era, when Coimbra was the settlement of Aeminium, are its well-preserved aqueduct and cryptoporticus.

Coimbra – Courtesy of Hostelsclubblog.

Best sights in Coimbra are:

  1. Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro
  2. Museu da Ciência
  3. Universidade de Coimbra
  4. Sé Velha
  5. Biblioteca Joanina
  6. Capela de São Miguel
You should try to spent at least two days in this beautfiul city. The history and atmosphere this displays is superb and not to be dismissed.
After having visited Coimbra we moved on to Porto, our final destination!
 Porto, a city I have never visited before, absolutely amazed me: The miradouros peeking above tumbledown rooftops, the history pulsating through alley-woven Ribeira, the random splashes of creativity in street art and azulejos, the musty cellars of big-name port lodges, the design scene, the high-spirited nightlife, the glorious food – I am in love!
The must see sights in Porto:
  1. The old town or historic centre of Porto was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996.
  2. Igreja de São Francisco – RIBEIRA
  3. Serralves
  4. Sé – RIBEIRA
  5. Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis – MIRAGAIA
  6. Palácio da Bolsa – RIBEIRA
  7. Jardim do Palácio de Cristal – MASSARELOS

Porto from the Douro Alamy – Courtesy of Independent.co.uk

This trip has given us a beautfiul insight into Portugal’s history, breathtaking landscapes and scenes, good waves for a surf, amazing food, laughter throughout the many conversations with locals, it has taken us on many adventures and so much more…
I love spending time with my family, family first, and even better combining that with a holiday! :)

Enjoy the read and stay tuned for more travel stories around Europe in the next days and weeks, 

Yours, 

Laura Kukuk

 

 

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