As the old Chinese saying goes, "It is better to see something once, than to hear about it a hundred times." Located at the western tip of Europe, Portugal is on the list of "Best Countries in the World to Visit" published by Conde Nast magazine. One of the best ways to explore Portugal is by car, because when you drive, even a wrong turn can lead to fascinating experiences that weren't on your must-see list.
With China hosting a Portuguese Cultural Festival this year, let's cruise from north to south to see what this country has to offer.
Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and is about a three-hour drive north of the capital, Lisbon. Besides the architecture here, don't miss out on its port wine lodges in the famous Vila Nova de Gaia, where the Graham's Port Lodge is located.
From the city of Porto, drive about two and a half hours down the coastline to Peniche, which has many surf schools. So if you're a beginner, it's fine. Enjoy the waves.
Lisbon is the capital and the largest city in Portugal, and it's just an hour's drive away from Peniche. As one of the oldest cities in the world, it has unique charm. Don't walk too fast, though downtown Lisbon is walkable. The four items below should be on your bucket list: the Alfama District, the Tower of Belem, Tram 28 – a convenient and stylish mode of transportation, and the Pasteis tarts that you've been dreaming about since exiting the plane.
Pasteis de Belem
Faro is located on the southern coastline of Portugal. It's a perfect way to finish this tour relaxing on the beach again. Return the car to the airport, and I swear, in your window seat on the flight back home, you'll be looking down, vividly awake in your daydream.