Jan Kraus
01 June 2020travel3 min read

One week in Portugal

A photo of the Tram from Portugal

In the middle of March 2019, we’ve paid a short visit to Portugal, visiting Lisbon, Porto, and some places along the way. This photo story is a short memory of this travel.

Note that this entry was published in 2020 during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Since it isn’t the best time to travel and we’ve canceled all our plans for this year, I’m digging through archives to uncover some memories of photos from past trips.

Lisbon

We’ve arrived in Lisbon on Saturday evening and planned to stay there for 3 days and travel to Porto later for the rest of the trip. We unpacked in our Airbnb apartment located in Penha França (west part of the city).

A view from our apartment - A dome of National Pantheon can be seen above the roofs.
A view from our apartment - A dome of National Pantheon can be seen above the roofs.

The next day, on Sunday we went for a sightseeing walk around the city.

Lisbon is The City on Seven Hills, so there is a lot of walking up and downs, but also offers beautiful views from many viewpoints.

The view from Miradouro de Santa Luzia, Lisbon, Portugal
The view from Miradouro de Santa Luzia, Lisbon, Portugal

The view from Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara, Lisbon, Portugal
The view from Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara, Lisbon, Portugal

The architecture of the city wasn’t very appealing to us. On the one side, you cannot call it dull or boring - red roofs, colorful house fronts, and narrow streets are attractive.

A colorful building in Lisbon, Portugal
A colorful building in Lisbon, Portugal

But on the other hand, there are plenty of buildings that could use some refresh. Many antennas, wires, and tractions always find a way to get into the picture to ruin it.

Trams

One of the most known attractions of the city are the trams. They are quite old but still in service for the city infrastructure.

Obviously, we also went for a ride on the famous Tram 28, but the queue was crazy! I think it took more than 2 hours waiting in line to board it.

A photo of Tram, Portugal
A photo of Tram, Portugal

Around Lisbon

The next day we went for a small ride along the Atlantic coast to see the beautiful beach of Costa da Caparica.

Praia da Costa da Caparica, Portugal
Praia da Costa da Caparica, Portugal

This was a really idyllic place. Clear sky, navy blue water, and warm sand made us stay there for a couple hours just enjoying the time without rush to do something else.

We’ve returned in the evening, admiring the sunset from the ferry towards Setúbal.

Sunset over Parque Natural da Arrábida near Setúbal, Portugal
Sunset over Parque Natural da Arrábida near Setúbal, Portugal

Nazaré and Leiria

After a couple days in Lisbon, we went for the next part of the travel. The first step was Nazaré, a small town on the Atlantic coast, famous for its colossal surfing waves in the winter.

But also looks impressive in the sun!

This is Nazaré, Portugal seen from Miradouro do Suberco
This is Nazaré, Portugal seen from Miradouro do Suberco

The cliffs overlooking the north side of the city are more than 100m height, so the view from there is fantastic!

Since the Atlantic coast faces west, you can admire the golden sunset on the beach!

Golden Sunset at the Beach in Nazaré, Portugal
Golden Sunset at the Beach in Nazaré, Portugal

Castelo de Leiria

Less than 1-hour drive from Nazar, in Leiria, there are ruins of the castle, which is worth seeing just for the views from its walls.

Panoramic view of Leiria town, seen from Castelo de Leiria, Portugal
Panoramic view of Leiria town, seen from Castelo de Leiria, Portugal

But we’ve enjoyed a walk around its walls then the interiors.

View from Castelo de Leiria, Portugal
View from Castelo de Leiria, Portugal

Porto

After Nazaré, we went further north for the last chapter of our travel - Porto - and it found its place into our hearts since the first sight.

Livraria Lello - a famous, old book store in Porto, Portugal
Livraria Lello - a famous, old book store in Porto, Portugal

We’ve enjoyed every minute of our say there. Our lovely apartment in the old town, cafes, shops and restaurants, beautiful city views and of course the Wineries and the Port wine!

Below you’ll find a few fantastic moments from Porto. Enjoy.

View over Porto from Luís I Bridge, Portugal
View over Porto from Luís I Bridge, Portugal

View over Porto from Teleférico de Gaia, Portugal
View over Porto from Teleférico de Gaia, Portugal

View of North bank of Douro River, Porto, Portugal
View of North bank of Douro River, Porto, Portugal

Night view over Douro River and Porto, Portugal
Night view over Douro River and Porto, Portugal

Entry published on 01 June 2020 in travel, memories, photography, Portugal, Europe, Lisbon, Porto.
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