It is not my intention to write about the whole Portugal, the culture and customs of its citizens and the monuments. If you want to read about all of that, I recommend you read guides that offer more details about this beautiful country.

However, since Andalusia lies close to Portugal and I had some opportunities to drive alongside the coast from the Spanish border to Porto, I will try to tell you more about the most interesting places I visited there. 

It was one of the most beautiful family trips in a VAN. We set out from Malaga, then drove to Tariff and continued alongside the coast… In total, the meter showed that we travelled about 2500 km in 17 days.  

We travelled alongside the southern and western coasts of Portugal, as can be seen on the map below.




We crossed Lower Alentejo very quickly, while taking breaks near some of the beaches. 

It seems that we need to go back there, because the region is really beautiful due to its lush woods, small towns hidden among gentle hills and valleys, in which the threads of rivers flow to meet the ocean. The Alentejo Coast is 150 km long and is situated between Troia peninsula and Odemira – a town with a beautiful beach called Zambujeira do Mar.

After a quick stop in Sines, a birthplace of Vasco da Gama, we stopped in the charming town called Porto Covo. There was a beautiful beach with the same name, so we decided to stay there and gather our strength for the rest of our trip to north…

Lower Alentejo – places you should see on the coast:

  • Odemira town with the beach called Zambujeira do Mar
  • Porto Covo
  • Vila Nova de Milfontes





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