So in October, I had some time to spare and decided to head for Portugal’s south coast. For mainly two reasons, I wanted to go somewhere warmer and not too far away as I had to be in Paris by the need of the month. Portugal also ended up being my first solo traveler adventure, and it wouldn’t have been better!
And, who can say no to Portugal’s beautiful cliffs?
In this post, I’ll share my travel route in Algarve with you, along with some snaps I took while there. Hope it spikes your interest for Portugal!
First of all, it is super easy to travel in-between the cities in the area. There are buses departing several times a day, and the ticket is right under 5 euros. If you’re more adventurous it is also pretty easy to hitchhike here.
I started my trip in Faro, where I arrived pretty late. Getting to the airport is pretty easy, a bus for a couple of Euros goes several times an hour. As Itraveled low season the streets where pretty empty, but it’s a charming little city, and iI guess that later in the fall there is more life there, as it’s a pretty big university right outside the city. The hostel was filled with surfers and other backpackers and my impression is that Faro is a first or last stop for people, either they fly in or out or head to Spain from there.
I stayed in Faro for two nights, did a bike ride to a mountain called San Miguel, some 15 km away. Such a tough ride, but it was amazing to bike past all the different fields with fruits. I find it so fascinating to see trees full of pomegranate and oranges as we don’t have that kind of stuff in Norway. I also did my first solo couchsurf in Faro, and enjoyed the most beautiful sunset from their rooftop, drank some Port Wine and had great conversations about how life in Portugal is.
From Faro I took the bus to Albufeira. This town is completely different and pretty touristy. I imagine that during the winter there is not a lot of people left here, as I seemed like they mainly made a living of Tourism here. Never the less the town is super cute, with lots of white buildings, small streets, and a huge beach. You can also make a day or two out of walking along the coast from beach to beach, you see the amazing cliffs and finish off with an amazing sunset,you’re lucky. When I finally reached San Rafael I was just in time to catch the sunset. With almost no other people around it was a really beautiful experience.
In Lagos I stayed at a super small hostel(8 beds), the owner claimed they are the smallest hostel in Europe. No matter what we ended up becoming a good gang on the hostel. What I learned on this trip is how easy it is to meet new people. Even though I started out alone I needed up having a travel companion for most of the trip and didn’t spend much time alone. I spent a total of 4 days in Lagos and I loved it. Once again it was low season, so when we went out we were pretty much alone and got to have the pool tables to yourself. I can also recommend the burrito place there, it’s amazing! You can walk along a cliff path between the beaches here, and they are unique. Sitting on the edge of the cliffs there, looking into the clear blue water, such a liberating and thrilling feeling. If you’re lucky you’ll find a cave on your route as well. Unfortunately, the water was too rough to do a cave tour when I visited, but I would definitely do it another time. I really want to go back to Lagos or the area around to learn surfing. Just another point on my bucket list.
Let’s just say I had an amazing first experience as a solo traveler and there are lots and lots of more adventures to come. I’ve been traveling pretty much non stop since May(2016), so I intend to update you on some of my adventures and experiences. Both those I’ve had, and the ones to come. Hope you want to follow!
If you want more tips on what to see and do in Purtugal, check out Kierens post about how to spend 2 days in Lisbon!