The Portugal Guide – Lust For Life

From our guest contributor Olivia Lopez from Lust for Life
See more from her Portugal travels here
There’s no better way to explore a new country than taking a road trip along the coast – and in Portugal’s case, it’s one of the best ways to explore the country’s varied landscape and cultural history. From the Make sure to Porto, Lisbon


Check into ROSA ET AL Townhouse, a six-suite boutique hotel with sun rinsed rooms and a well-stocked library for guests.


Make sure to go to one my favorite places in Portugal is Porto, a coastal city that produces great wine and awe-inspiring architecture. Here are some of my top tips of where to eat + drink while visiting this beautiful city. Kick start your day with a cortado at Candelabro, a café and book store that serves Port alongside espressos. Drop by Miss’opo for a cozy and casual tapas style brunch. Dish out for dinner at Cantinho do Avillez, a restaurant serving simple yet sophisticated cuisine influenced by travel and local fare.


No trip to Lisbon is complete without a stop at La Vida Portoguesa: a souvenir one stop shop that offers some of the country’s most vibrant products from artisanal fragrances, Port, and other hand-crafted goods.


Make sure to visit Luz de Tavira, a quiet municipal known for its scenic cliffs and cobblestone churches. The quaint village is located in the midst of Algarve’s wine region, with easy access to the ocean and grape fields.

No trip to Portugal is complete without a stop at Lagos, a cinematic beach town located along the cliffs with rock formations that only compete in beauty with the shoreline it inhabits.


Then there’s Albufeira, a coastal city that offers great beaches and a nightlife scene.  If you’re seeking some architecture inspiration in Porto, make sure to stop by Casa de Musica, a multi-level contemporary art museum composed of multi-sensory installations in every floor and wall of the building.



Driving through Algarve offers some of the most picturesque views of Portugal’s fruitful country side, with weather worn yet charming farm houses along the way.


Photography by Grant Legan + production Drea Sobliski for ELSEWHERE


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