Portugal is full of nice surprises. We knew of Lisbon, Europe’s San Francisco with its steep hills, Golden Gate Bridge-look alike (Ponte 25 de Abril) and the cable car. But also very much its own, with the wonderful Wine Bar do Castelo for a great port accompanied by cheese; screaming, happy and dressed up students filling the streets in their first days (and nights!) of university; a beer in the Miradouro de Santa Catarina for an amazing evening view of the city surrounded by local hipsters. We’ll definitely be back!
And now we’re privileged to also know of Nazaré! Had we been more into surfing, we probably would have heard of this charming small town already, as it can brag of some of the biggest waves of the world… With only one night there, we’ll need to come back…
And Sintra! Although close to Lisbon, getting off the train in Sintra felt like entering a fairy tale, with castles and mansions hiding in the lush green hills, a mysterious path through the woods (where we accidentally passed the house in which H.C. Andersen had spent some time in 1866!) leading up to the ruins of Castelo dos Mouros, which is wrapped in Arabic warrior atmosphere, and from where we even could catch a glimpse of the Berlengas some 70 kms away.
And Sesimbra! Not initially our intention, but when the weather forecast has underestimated the amount of wind we would have for our crossing to Madeira, Sesimbra was a positive surprise as port of refuge… And not least: Henrik finally found his barber 😉
Come see Portugal for yourselves 🙂