Portugal

Portugal has fast become one of our favourite European destinations. For a start, did you know that it’s the sunniest country in Europe? Even in late October we experience endless blue skies and sunshine. We loved Portugal so much during our 2017 stay that we returned a year later to live and work in the Algarve. On our initial trip, we completed a house sit near Lagos, where we  fell in love with the country’s sandy beaches and explored coves bordered by red, yellow and orange cliffs. We watched the sunset whilst walking the dogs along flat, almost-deserted sands.

We’ve also discovered how great Portugal’s cities are with a whirlwind few days exploring the capital Lisbon where we hopped from Cathedral to museum to historic tower. Ancient Sintra is just a train journey away from Lisbon, so we also took a trip there to visit its Old Town, castle and yellow palace. We also enjoyed a month-long stay just outside of Porto, a city we fell hard for. As well as wandering along Porto’s colourful riverfront and steep cobbled streets, we took day trips to nearby cities like Braga and Guimaraes, as well as walks along forested walkways in the Passadicos do Pava.

As the year draws to a close and we prepare to leave for South America in January, it’s time to take a look at our 2017 travel roundup. I feel incredibly blessed to have enjoyed yet another year full of new experiences, adventures and travel. In 2017, we managed to live in Thailand, trek to Everest Base Camp, explore Sri Lanka and road-trip around Europe. We got married, went vegan, continued to earn a living remotely and, of course, blogged about it all.
In the last three months, we’ve travelled over 5,000 miles across nine countries in Europe by car. The journey has taken us from the canal-lined streets of Amsterdam and the beaches of the Algarve to Bavarian castles, Slovenian lakes and finally, to Prague. Here’s a look at our experience of travelling Europe by car, including the benefits, tips and some key things to consider if you’re planning your own Europe road trip. 
Portugal’s capital Lisbon is a city full of winding cobbled streets, bright yellow trams, wide piazzas, historic buildings and UNESCO treasures. Picture medieval towers, dome-roofed monasteries, baroque palaces and ornate churches. If, like us, you have just a few days to explore the city, it could be worth getting a Lisbon tourist card which grants you discounts, free travel and entry to top attractions.