A while ago Ellie and I created our ultimate bucket list and although each place in it is equally important to us, a specific image keeps popping up in front of my eyes. It feels like I see this picture everywhere – as if the Universe is trying to tell me something. It’s the top image of this article and I bet you can understand how easy it is to get obsessed over the idea of seeing this with your own two eyes.
Super happy that Ryanair is soon about to offer direct flights from Sofia to Dublin, and huge beer fans as we are, we started planning our trip to the capital of Ireland when I stumbled upon a link by a travel company offering holidays in Portugal. I wasn’t even looking for Portugal! But then again I guess destiny is giving me a hint: what could possibly be better than spending a week in Portugal (in the end of the summer let’s say) and concluding the holiday with marvelous 2-3 days in Dublin before returning to Sofia? Sounds like a dream come true, right?
With this plan in mind we decided to create a list of things we want to do and places we want to visit when we go to Portugal. Have something to add? Please do!
Things to see in Portugal
1. Benagil Beach Sea Caves
As I said – this place made it to our bucket list and we were really picky! To me it is perhaps one of the most beautiful places on Earth!
2. The National Palace of Pena
This absolutely stunning, fairytale-like Royal Castle is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In present times it is a history house museum but it has served as a castle to many of the members of the Portugese Royal family and it is both a good way + a good reason to learn something about the history of Portugal (which is a total mystery to us right now).
3. Cabo da Roca
This incredibly beautiful, sunset and sunrise perfect location is nearby the above castle and can be the perfect ending of a notorious day! Just imagine sitting there and listening to the waves crashing into the rocks in the effort to sculpt the next amazing piece of art by Mother Nature.
4. São Vicente at sunset
There’s nothing more gorgeous at sunset than a lighthouse. Especially when the lighthouse is located at the southwesternmost point of Portugal, where several historic battles took place.
5. Pocas do Gomes (Madeira), volcanic bathing pool!
I don’t even need to explain why we want to go to Pocas do Gomes, do I? Although it is a little far from the mainland of Portugal, I bet we can make it happen and it will be worth it.
Things to do in Portugal
1. Go to a beach party in Lagos, Portugal
Apparently, Portugal is the new “it” place when it comes to beach parties and we’re soooo ready to crash one! Cyprus has us well trained for those and we can get the party started right away!
2. Climb above the clouds: Pico do Arieiro, Madeira
We have seen lots of pictures from this place and now that we’re crafting this “wishilist to Mrs. Universe” we found out it is in Portugal! Guess it’s all meant to be one day!
3. Get lost in Lisbon
We don’t normally want to get lost but Lisbon seems to be worthy of an exception from this rule. Can you disagree?
4. Eat as much Pasteis de Belem as we can!
We get happy goose bumps every time someone mentions custard. And these are custard tarts… We don’t need more convincing!
5. Last but not least: tan by the pool in one of the awesome Portugese resorts
This entire post began with because of the most simple thing: we were looking at the super awesome offers here and drooling over the idea of spending at least a day around the pool of one of the awesome resorts in Portugal.