Places to Visit in Portugal
We have finished our eight day House Sit here in Portugal. Tomorrow we board the plane for Munich, Germany for a three week house sit. We came to Portugal more than a week before our house sit and were able to explore the “Hot Spots” of Portugal. Thought I would share with you the Places to Visit in Portugal
We flew into the Lisbon Airport
Since we were in Lisbon already we stayed there a few days and explored the city. Lisbon is HUGE! We were able to explore some of the original and older parts of Lisbon. One day was spent visiting . We started with Praça do Comércio which translates in English to Commercial Square. This is the historic center of town called Alfama. And then the next day we went and visited the Belem area. We explored the Alfama area with a hop on hop off bus, which we highly recommend. The Belem area we were able to drive to the different locations.
The Alfama Area
The Belem Area
Next, we were off to the Algarve
The Algarve is the Southern most region of Portugal. It is the warmer part and thus the touristy part of Portugal. We did not even know about the Algarve region. We were told about this area by a few expats that have now called this place home. They are Anita and Dick from Corpus Christi. They lived within five miles of us when we lived in Corpus Christi but our paths never crossed. I found contacted them after I found Anita’s blog NoParticularPlaceToGo.net
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Anita and Dick live in Lagos in the Algarve Area
We were able to find really cheap accommodations right in the heart of “Old Town Lagos”. Come to find out, it was the “off season” and the hotels came rather cheaply. In fact, there were only two guests at this small Eight Room B&B and they upgraded our room to a suite overlooking the city square. So, we were able to walk and explore this historic area of Lagos!
Lagos, Portugal Historic Center
Anita told us about the Christmas Life Statues in Lagoa, Portugal
Terry and I have always been fans of these living statues so we jumped at the chance to check this open air show out! We were absolutely blown away by this troop of professional artists! Hard to believe they were real people posing for us.
On the way back from here, we visited Alvor
We had made an appointment to meet one of Terry’s Blog Followers from way back. Many years ago, we connected with Mark on the blog. At the time, he was interested in moving to Panama. We have exchanged many emails talking to him about the benefits of moving to Panama. However, in the end, Mark decided to retire to Portugal. I am sorry to say we did not get any pictures of us on our visit.
The Last big adventure were the Grottos of Portugal
We drove to the South Western tip of Portugal to take in one of the most beautiful natural sights i have ever seen. A combination of Cliffs and Grottos carved by the sea were a sight to behold. We only viewed a small portion of them. One can also take a boat trip and see much more of these. But, we were very happy with the views we found from the shore line.
On to Sintra, “Felt like we were in a Fairy Tale”
Wow! We were blown away with this area. Castles, Churches and Palaces straight from the books of fairy tales we read when we were little. We did not spend enough time here, but got to see a lot! Once you arrive in the town, you can get to all of the interesting places shown by public transportation.
Time for our House Sit in Sarnados del Rodao
After all of these exciting sights, it was time to get busy and head off to our house sit in Sarnados del Rodao. We were there to keep an eye on the house and five sweet elderly dogs. The home owner likes to adopt older dogs and give them a good life in their final years. All of the dogs were adopted at the age of ten or older.
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