Best holidays ever! In August 2015 my dude and I took one week off, to explore Portugal by motorbike. He has a great Yamaha Bike which is perfect for dirt tracks - after a few hours on the highway we noticed our bums though! :)
We wanted (and needed) to travel lightly, so we were choosing the stuff we wanted to take very carefully. Then stuffed it all into one big IKEA bag, strapped it over the seat - ready :) What do you really need?
We drove all the way from Prado del Rey over Seville (tempted to stay for a Gin & Tonic) and then over the border to Portugal. Our first stop was Carrapateira which a friend had recommended to us. It is a lovely hippie and surfer village, even with a vegan-friendly restaurant. We found a cozy little bed & breakfast, El Colesterol, and had our first walk to the beach (and a drink of course). The beach was great, though the weather cloudy.
The next morning we got up early and had a naked morning jump into the ocean, followed by a sweet little breakfast. It felt so good to just stuff our little belongings into the IKEA bag and hop on that bike - free as birds!
Next stop was Lisbon already, but on our way up we stopped at many beautiful beaches.
In Lisbon we had booked a night in a bed & breakfast. I had scribbled down the description how to find it (more or less), and we navigated through the narrow streets stopping at one point to ask in a bar for closer directions - it was right next to the b&b! Yes, we were lucky buggars!
The hostel was very sweet, we had a room upstairs with the view over the river, where we spent two nights. We explored Lisbon, had drinks and coffees, had the mission to find a place with jazz music, and found it, and ate great African food in a two-table place aside from all the touristy fado restaurants.
After Lisbon we headed further up North, direction Sintra. We stopped to have lunch in Azenhas do Mar, a tiny weeny village by the sea. Stone steps were leading down to the sea, where we had a lovely siesta on the rocks. If you ever have a chance to visit this little village - do it! It's magical! The fish restaurant down at the rocks seems fantastic too!
We would have loved to stay here but couldn't find a place, so we finally drove further up to Sintra, the magical fairytale town in the cool forests. Once the summer residence of the Portuguese royals, it is now attraction for many tourists, with its castles and gardens.
Late at night we found a bed & breakfast - nothing less than a huge manor-house with parrots in the breakfast room, and a host with vitiligo hair (or an interesting fashion of dying your hair with white spots). Our little room was sweet, with a great view over surrounding forrests and gardens.
The next day we had a look through Sintra (my dude had been there before) and drove up to the big Castle of the Moors overlooking the town. It is impressive.
The queue to get inside was long though so we decided to skip this touristy part, and leave Sintra.
Driving further up to Ericeira, where friends of us own a surf & yoga retreat. They were quite busy when we arrived so we explored the little town and beach. We stayed there for 2 nights, going out for dinner with our friends, snuggled on the beach, and watched surfer dudes.
Then it was time to drive all the way back.
Tired we made it till Seville, got into the hotel room, and went straight out for Gin Tonics. A few too many quickly drunk - you know the story :) But it was a great way to end our holidays. Hungover we made the last kms back to Prado del Rey.
Best.holidays.ever! And so in love <3