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Road Tripping in Portugal: Hidden Gems and Sleepy Secrets

While over 20 million visitors a year flock to Portugal, each comes in search of their own unique experience. From delicious wine to cascading coastal cities, Portugal has something to offer everybody, but there is one way to make your experience even better. Driving through a country is undoubtedly one of the best ways to see all of the beauty it has to offer. Exploring Portugal’s beautiful coastal towns and delightful inland villages is best when done by car, and don’t worry if you get lost, because each detour and wrong turn can take you to another beautiful town or village

Exploring the Southern Coast

Any experienced traveler who’s been in Portugal will tell you that exploring the stunning Portuguese coast is a must, with the Algarve Region offering plenty to see and do when traveled by car. The region is home to more than 150 beaches, and when you choose to adventure the land by car, you will pass dramatic cliffs, turquoise waters, small tile shops, and surf-themed cafes. Expect to enjoy one sleepy, yet beautiful, fishing village after another and try some of the best seafood you’ve ever had. From Lisbon, you can head three hours south to the village of Sagres to begin your journey. Depending on the size of your group, you will want to drive a vehicle that fits your needs, but an SUV is typically recommended as you will be able to head off-road when accessing remote beaches and small villages.

Getting a Taste of Portuguese Wine

Douro Valley is home to Portugal’s most popular wine region, and if you’re taking advantage of slow travel and allowing yourself to enjoy all that the country has to offer by car, you’ll definitely want to check out these vineyards. This is an especially great road trip option for those who are beginning their journey from Porto rather than Lisbon, as you can begin there and drive to Pinhão for the day and sample some delicious wine before heading out on the open road to tour the region’s rolling hills, small towns and delicious food typical in the north of Portugal.

Staying Close to Lisbon

If you only have a few days to hit the road and need to make it back to Lisbon for a connecting flight or meeting, try heading to the famous “fairytale” town of Sintra. Known as one of the best day or weekend trips from the country’s capital, you’ll not only enjoy the final destination, but you’ll also enjoy the lush, winding roads to get there. Traveling through the Sintra mountains by car is an unforgettable experience that will allow you to see stunning castles, jaw-dropping estates and incredible views before you even reach the main event.

Taking in the Culture

Regardless of the route you choose, exploring Portugal, or any other country for that matter, is best when done in a manner that allows you to really take in the culture. Traveling through Portugal by car is safe, fun and a truly unique way to take advantage of the cultural intricacies, ood and customs of the people who call this place home.

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