My Unforgettable Portugal Adventure

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After Porto we drove to the Douro River area to a town called Vidago. This area is famous for it’s alpine forests, rolling misty hills and colorful vineyards. A stay at the Vidago Palace Resort was one of the highlights. Here we enjoyed some beautiful nature walks and their world class spa.

Next we traveled 6 hours to the south to Algarve. After 3 hours we made a stop in Nazare. My husband and I are huge fans of the HBO Max series, “100 Foot Wave” which is filmed in Nazare Portugal. The largest waves in the world have been recorded here and famous surfers have made this their home to try to conquer these huge waves. It was a misty day but we were still able to climb to the lighthouse and see the museum that has the surfboards from the surfers that have set world records here.

On to Algarve which couldn’t be more different scenery than the north. Here you find turquoise water, caramel colored beaches and caves along the coast. We stayed at the Vila Vita Parc resort, which was a wonderful way to pamper ourselves after a busy trip. This resort boasts a Michelin star restaurant and 6 other options to dine. The resort’s shuttle will take you to a picturesque beach restaurant, sushi dinning or a Bavarian restaurant depending on your mood. All restaurants are part of the resort and have dining privileges. There are 3 pools including an adult pool. The beach is stunning and beach beds are plentiful and free to guests. We took a fun boat cruise along the coast for the day to see the famous Albufeira Caves. The water is pretty cold here so my paddle boarding was brief but still lots of fun.

Lastly we spent a couple days in Lisbon. Lisbon is a breathtaking city with beautiful bridges, architecture and an incredible history. We enjoyed another food, walking tour that took us up and down the steep hills. The main square has some wonderful dining and shopping. I highly recommend at least a few nights in Lisbon to experience this exciting city.

Traveling within Portugal is very easy. English is widely spoken and people are friendly and eager to help tourists. I am excited to help my clients plan a trip to explore Portugal as part of a European experience or just on its own. It is a memorable experience.

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Kathy Hirst

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