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roadsurfer – your camper rental in Portugal
Surfing, sunbathing or visiting the beautiful cities of Portugal? Why not hire your roadsurfer now and start your unforgettable road trip? The wonderful climate is literally screaming for an adventure in the great outdoors. This is exactly the reason why you should hire your camper now in Lisbon or Faro and get carried away in the country of nostalgic cities and idyllic beaches.
Fado tells the story of Portugal
The sixth most beautiful word in the world? A jury from Berlin has reached a decision: it is called “Saudade” and stands for the most Portuguese of all feelings that you can feel. “Saudade” tells of yearning, nostalgia, pain and loneliness. As an old seafaring nation, the Portuguese have melancholy in their genes. And yet “Saudade” is a positive feeling because it means a deep connection with another person over the furthest distance. The Portuguese have translated “Saudade” into a musical genre, now known as Fado. Melancholic guitar sounds and emotional singing are the hallmark of this typically Portuguese musical style, which is a pillar of everyday life in Lisbon, as one of the Fado strongholds. Those who want to understand the Portuguese can find the most musical access to Portuguese folk soul via Fado.
Road trip tip #1: Along the coast to Alentejo – discovering how to take things easy
The locals in Alentejo are known by their fellow countrymen for their alleged slowness. There is a caricature that shows God on a cloud telling people: “Do not do anything before I come back.” Accordingly, the area of Alentejo has been spared from the tourist bustle and you can really relax here.
A peaceful atmosphere is carried across the landscape of Alentejo with its blooming meadows, old oaks and olive trees. From Lisbon, you can easily explore this fairytale landscape of Portugal by camper. Hire a camper and combine your road trip along the coast with true Portuguese culture away from the coastline. The further you drive from the coast, the closer you get to authentic Portugal. Cities such as Évora or Alqueva, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, are rich in Portuguese national monuments and historic castles. The latter is home to a huge man-made lake, where you can give all the water sports a whirl. This area has also been declared a protected area for stargazing by UNESCO. At night, the public lights are switched off here as far as possible, creating the perfect conditions for a breathtaking glimpse at the stars.
Surfer hotspot on the coast from Aletejo
The region of Alentejo also has some of the most beautiful beaches along the coast. Nestled between two cliffs lies the beach of Porto Covo. The water here is very clean and the waves are often ideal, which attracts quite a few surfers.
Very much loved by the Portuguese is the small town of Vila Nova de Milfontes. It is a little gem with its wild, unspoiled beaches. The small town has a very welcoming atmosphere, is family friendly and gives off a thoroughly Portuguese vibe. Needless to say, the local cuisine is also outstanding. For example, in the rustic Tasca do Celso, which offers a selection of typical dishes from the Alentejo region.
Another classic small Portuguese town is Odemira. Its charm is due to its picturesque location. It is located on a small mountain, where the dazzling white houses, which are arranged in the style of an amphitheatre, reflect onto the river Mira. Unbelievably good food can be found at Tasca do Bernardo. Once you’ve been there, you won’t want to cook for yourself ever again, but always be there on a culinary cloud nine.
A little something for the soul
Time passes by slowly in Alentejo, but in Zambujeira do mar it has finally stood still.
Not only do the beautiful beaches attract visitors during the summer months, but there’s also Portugal’s largest music festival, the MEO Sudoeste, which turns the place into a huge summer party for five days in August. Time can gladly stand still here.
Are you looking for nothing less than paradise? You can find this on Praia da Amália beach. There she is again, Portugal’s most famous Fado singer, who named the beach as she often enjoyed catching some rays here. The beach is not the easiest to reach but well worth the effort.
Road trip tip #2: Golden Algarve
Light blue, dark blue, azure, turquoise – the beaches of the Algarve glimmer and sparkle throughout the ocean colour palette. On the 150 km long stretch of coast, you can wake up on a different beach virtually every day. Hidden bays, long sandy beaches, untamed nature on rugged cliffs – there is everything imaginable here. Life follows the motto here: sun, sand and of course surfing.
On the beautiful golden coast of the Algarve you’ll find resorts, small towns and, of course, campsites like sand in the so-called Sandalgarve. Here’s a small selection, but it’s best to just get in the camper and hit the road. You can’t take a wrong turn in this area.
- The bustling fishing port of Olhão with its Moorish-North African flair invites you to take a stroll along the front.
- Tavira, with its charming old town, is also called “the little Venice” of the Algarve.
- Loulé is a traditional Portuguese market town. Here you can buy handicrafts as well as fresh fish.
- Vilamoura, with its golf courses and marina, is considered the Saint-Tropez of Portugal.
- In Portimão, you can take a nice relaxing walk along the long promenade and unwind.
- Although Albufeira has sold its soul to tourism, it is one of the most popular and lively holiday destinations on the Algarve for all the party animals and energetic ones, not least for its vibrant nightlife.
- Lagos brings together traditional Portuguese culture with modern tourist spots.
- Odeceixe is an idyllic town with a windmill as its landmark. High-rise buildings are prohibited here.
roadsurfer tip: It is also worth paying a visit to Estoi. The town is home to the pink Palace of Estoi – one of the most magnificent buildings on the Algarve. The Rococo building originally served as a pleasure palace for its owner and is now fittingly a luxury hotel. The beautiful façade and adjacent gardens can also be explored by non-residents of the hotel.
Sunbathing or surfing?
At and between these places you will find, you guessed it, beaches, beaches and more beaches. Grab the keys for the camper and throw yourself into the sweet surfer life. Just between Lagos and Odeceixe, you will find 50 interesting surfing spots. Among the most beautiful are the Praia de Vale Figueiras and the Praia do Zavial, bang in the middle of a natural park and the idyllic Ponta Ruiva bay.
Even when it comes to natural wonders, you just can’t get enough in the Algarve. Ponta de Piedade, near Lagos, is stunning with its rock formations and caves. And Benagil Cave is just 100 metres from Benagil Beach. You can reach the cave by kayak or – for all would-be surfers who can’t master the big waves – with a stand up paddle board.
Roadtrip tip #3: Porto and the wild north
Portugal’s second largest city once again pulls on the heartstrings of romantics. And where one finds romantic alleyways, the UNESCO World Heritage rating is not usually far away. The heart of Porto beats in its old town Ribieira, with its winding little streets and ancient houses. From there, all the sights are well within walking distance, except for the extremely popular Museu de Arte Contemporânea. Porto has one of the most beautiful stations in the world. It is decorated with over 20,000 Azulejos that tell the story of Portugal. Similarly magnificent is the Café Majestic in the Arte Nova style, which forms the Portuguese counterpart to the Art Deco style. Another highlight for book lovers is the Harry Potter scenery of the bookstore Lello. Particularly eye-catching is a curved staircase whose red steps lead to the upper floor, where there is also a small bar. J.K. Rowling is said to have been inspired to write about the swinging stairs of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in this very bookstore.
Porto not only gave its name to the whole country, but also to the famous port, which was shipped here across the Douro river in the traditional port boats, the Rabelos. Today the boats are used for tours, which is a great way to sit back, relax and explore the city.
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Pure nature – the rustic beauty of the north
Raw beauty is a typical characteristic of the north. This can also be found in the Trás-os-Montes region. Life is determined by nature and this is reflected not only in the landscape, but also in the hearty food and warmth of the rural population. North of Porto is where the Costa Verde begins. Wide sandy beaches and white dunes alternate with green stretches of land and fragrant pine forests. Nature lovers will certainly get their money’s worth. In the Trás-o-Montes region, the landscape is dominated by vineyards, olive trees and almond groves. You can hike extensively here and the lush greenery is a blessing for the eyes. If you don’t tend to feel the cold, discover lonesome surfing spots and conquer the wild, rough seas of the north. Don’t forget to treat yourself to a Francesinha afterwards, a hefty, meaty sandwich with melted cheese. Surfers need to eat too. If Portugal didn’t already exist, it would need to be invented especially for road trips with the camper. Hire a camper now and discover the camping paradise of Portugal.