Have you ever felt like you were standing on the edge of the world? This is how it felt for me when I visited the southwestern-most point of Europe in the Algarve region of Portugal.
In the capital of Portugal, as in a lot of other big cities, there’s a distinct difference in the personality of the city after the sun goes down. Whether it’s seeing all the architecture lit up or catching a brief glimpse of the trams whizzing through the streets, Lisbon is great to explore after dark.
One of the things Lisbon is most famous for is their brightly colored trams that run throughout the city. From Tram 28 that does the tourist circuit around the city, to the tram that runs out to Belém, the trams in Lisbon are pretty entertaining to ride on. A single-ride ticket for Tram 28 costs €2.85, but if you plan on wandering around the city all day you might be better off paying €5 for a day pass covering all the metros, buses, and trams.
The hostel I stayed at was about halfway up this next hill, so I got to see this tram going back and forth quite frequently.
If you’re ever in Lisbon, make sure to catch a ride on one of the trams, especially if it’s up this hill!
Have you ever showed up in a town only to wonder how you somehow fell into a Disney movie? The colorful town of Sintra, Portugal made me feel like I was in the middle of a fairy tale (sort of like Prague did). Located a little less than an hour from Lisbon, Sintra provided for spectacular views, a medieval Moorish castle, and a gorgeous palace right out of a children’s book.
With its majestic cliffs and spectacular views, the beaches of the Algarve of Portugal provided no shortage of great photo opportunities. Here are a few of my favorites from my time spent training to become a professional beach bum. I think this could potentially be a new career path!
The first comes from Sagres, Portugal, near the western most point of Europe.