When my girlfriend decided to move to Lisbon for an Erasmus-semester, our shared flat team decided to plan a trip to visit her.
During our preparation, we quickly figured out that Portugal is too nice to only visit Lisbon – we wanted to discover more of the country. And because we think, the best way for discovering a country is a roadtrip, we reserved a IndieCamper campervan. That’s especially cool because you can book a one-way-rent, which means you can rent in Lisbon and return in Porto – that’s just optimal for a roadtrip.
But first things first:
We started on a late Friday afternoon in Frankfurt Main Airport and flew to Lisbon – after a normal workday, we were at our airbnb in Lisbon at around 10pm.
After starting the next day with Pastel de Nata (obviously), we did the usual sightseeing actions and visited the castle St. Jorge with a great view over Lisbon. We checked the main street + Placa de Comercio by walking through it to the bus station. Kathi had planned a surf lesson and we decided to join her for the beach and visiting the Kontiki Beach Bar…
So Lisbon was nice, but we wanted to see more of the country, so Monday morning, we went to the Indiecamper office and picked up our rolling home for the next week. Because wild camping is not a problem in Portugal, we just kept our eyes open for nice cliffs where we’d like to stay and stopped there – so easy and so free, you immediately have vacation feelings. For the one week, we took the following route + stops (Google Maps link). We liked it because it was not too much driving, we would do it again like that. The rule is here: Drive less, see more.
Friday afternoon, we arrived at Porto and checked-in at the best airbnb I ever had. Veronica hosted us in a lovely apartment with enough space for 5 people and assisted us with every question we had regarding Porto.
Porto is a really romantic city, the riverside is picked with nice restaurants + portwine cellars where you can sit in the sunset and just be impressed by the fabulous atmosphere. It’s my new secret tip for a weekend trip – go there Friday evening, have two wonderful days and check out Sunday evening.
After one dinner at the riverside, my buddy Stefan took the camera and disappered…. after some time, he came back with this picture, the best holiday picture I had in my library for a long time: