Portugal is a small country filled with big and beautiful surprises. For our last day in Lisbon, Mr. M and I decided to explore the Lisbon’s vicinity a bit. I was obsessing over visiting Sintra. Thankfully, I stumbled across Margo’s post on their epic Lisbon day trip where, much to my excitement, she shared all about her time exploring the Sintra-Cascais region with Lisbon Riders. This post is then about how to roadtrip in Portugal: 5 best destinations!
The minute I finished reading their tour description for the Sintra-Cascais tour. I was sold!
I know you can take this route by your own if you rent a car. But believe me, not only is Lisbon Rider’s price lower than if you rent a car by yourself (remember you also need to fill up the gas tank when you return the car, plus Portugal’s roads are hectic!), the information about the places, history and heritage, you will receive in exchange are invaluable. You won’t get the feel and experience from a guidebook. Trust me. If two bloggers are already raving about them, there must be a reason!
Lisbon Riders is a start-up made by young entrepreneurs who want you to feel like you are exploring your own backyard. I don’t know if it is the Portuguese hospitality, but it takes only an instant to fall in love with such amazing country when its people transmit so much warmth and positivism.
Nuno did a wonderful job bringing the sunshine we needed that day. The weather was a bit gloomy compared to the other bright and sunny days we had a few days before. That didn’t stop us from having a great time!
I mean, just take a look at the places we visited… the 5 must visit destinations for your next roadtrip in Portugal:
1| Enchanting Sintra
This charming town is best known for its Pena National Palace (pictured above), a former Monastery turned vacation home for the kings of Portugal in the 18th and 19th century. Actually, the whole town used to be the rich’s summer getaway. Mainly for its beautiful scenery but also for its microclimate. So while it was a little gloomy that day in Sintra, it was pouring in Lisbon! This microclimate allows for a variety of exotic plants to grow easily. This meant that the rich could import exotic and rare plants from their travels and show them off to their neighbors without an issue. Now the town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. So not only did it preserved its charm, it is available and maintained for everybody to see! (hint: this is also the place where you can taste the amazing Piriquita’s pastries)
2| Breathtaking Azenhas do Mar
I’m a sea girl through and through, so I was extremely happy to make this stop on during our roadtrip! Azenhas do Mar may not a UNESCO Heritage site but its breathtaking natural landscapes are definitely worth seeing. There is something about those houses mounted on top of the cliff that make you wish this was your go-to summer getaway.
3| The Unique Cabo da roca
Before going to Cabo da Roca, I don’t think I was ever this close to the Atlantic Ocean. I just kept feeling that I was a “leap” away from home, being that this coast is the most western part of mainland Europe. A beautiful sight that is equally as dangerous though! Nuno advised us to stay close to the fence since the winds where blowing unbelievable hard. Plus, those waves are really strong and the cliff can be quite vulnerable because of that. Now, it is obviously a safe place to visit but we should always respect nature specially when traveling.
4| The world wonder of Boca do Inferno
Boca do Interno, or Mouth of the Devil in English, is a chasm located in the seaside cliffs of the Sintra region. Another marvelous natural landscape worth visiting in Portugal. After being here, I was convinced that we needed to be back soon! An adventours retreat this time perhaps.
5| A luxury retreat to Cascais
Cascais is known to be the summer getaway for the wealthy after WII, it is still a popular destination amongs the British. You will be able to enjoy its pretty coastline that is fortunately really close to Lisbon. Less than a 30 minute tram ride to be exact, which you can take departing from Lisbon Destination Hotel. This is also the birth place of Santorini Gelateria, the oldest gelato places in Portugal. Remember that gelato?
We really want to thank Nuno and Lisbon Riders for making such an exceptional job with this tour. It was en lighting, entertaining, and an eye opener to the infinite beauties of Portugal. Pin this How to roadtrip in Portugal: 5 Best Destinations for your next trip!
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Disclaimer: We received complimentary tour from Lisbon Riders. All review and opinions remain my own, and I would only recommend something my readers would enjoy too!