Portugal is a country full of history and nature where we can enjoy the magic of its small towns and the beautiful corners of its beaches. This European country has the half its border facing the sea, so you can enjoy coastal cities and towns on a road trip. Today we suggest a route for the three most recognized points of its geography.
Our trip starts at the International Airport of Porto, from where we leave with a rental car. When we get to the city we visit the Palácio da Bolsa that began to be built in 1842 and it took almost half a century for it to be inauguraed in 1891. Today it is qualified as a National Monument and it is the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Porto. Once inside we see a bright central courtyard covered by an impressive glass structure.
Then we can visit the area known as Cordoaria, which is part of the centre of Porto. There we find the Museum of Photography, the Tower of the Clergy, the Lello Library and the gardens of the same name, perfect for sitting or dining in one of the restaurants.
Our trip continues to Lisbon, about 300 km from Porto. The Lisbon International Airport could also be a good starting point to visit the country, since the city is in the centre of the national territory. When we get there we visit Plaza del Comercio, the most important square in Lisbon. For decades it was a point of business for the maritime trade. After this visit we go to Plaza Rossio, the most lively area of Lisbon. There are plenty of bars and restaurants in its surroundings and it is the meeting place for locals and visitors. Other places we can visit are: Plaza Marquês de Pombal which is located next to Eduardo VII Park, at the northern end of Avenida da Liberdade. The Cathedral Santa María Maior is the most important church in Lisbon. The Tower of Belém, located in the Tajo estuary, which initially served as a defensive tower to protect Lisbon.
Our journey continues to the south, to Faro (280 km from Lisbon) which is the capital and the most populated city of the Algarve. It is the main communications hub of the region. The city is also the closest to Faro International Airport, making it the gateway to the region for most tourists. Faro stands out mainly for four things: the coast, the commercial area surrounding the north of the old city, the old city and, on the outskirts, the western end of the Ria Formosa natural park. We recommend a walk in the pedestrian area of the city that takes you to the walled centre of the city. The centre is a small labyrinth of cobbled streets that will give way to various squares. Nothing better than crossing this small country from north to south with your car to enjoy a vacation discovering Portugal.