This summer when I was on vacation in Portugal with my family my brother and I started filming a few snaps and clips.
Especially my brother is really inspired by Jay Alvarrez and other amazing videographers and he wanted to start making travel videos himself.
As I also planned to start making videos in Australia as a great memory to all my travels, we made our FIRST TRAVEL VIDEO together and I finally managed to share if with you on here as well!
I am super proud of it and how my brother edited it so great, especially because it was our first try!
I love watching videos myself and I think that many people enjoy it more than reading blog posts and videos are an even better memory than only pictures as they capture a lot more of a moment than only one shot.
That’s why I want to really get into making my own videos of my travel from now on! I already started filming in Melbourne and filmed a bit here and there, but I never really felt comfortable to talk and film a lot when I was with other people… It is hard to get used to the camera and also remembering to film, but I want to start again and hopefully manage to upload my own first video soon!
In December, my family is also going to visit me for three weeks here in Australia so I will be able to film some cool stuff with my brother again!
Do you like videos more than reading blogs? How do you like our first travel video? What videos would you like me to make?
Now it’s time to finally talk about our two-day trip to Lisbon. As you already know from my previous blog posts we stayed in Portugal at the Algarve coast for two weeks and in between, we drove the three hours north to visit the capital city for two days.
Previous Portugal blog posts:
- number one including general information & recommendations for your own Algarve
vacation as well as our favorite towns to scroll through and the yummiest food places
- the second posts talks about our favorite beaches and breathtaking views you should
We didn’t want to arrive and leave from different cities/airports and instead booked a cheap hostel for one night to stay in Lisbon in between our time at the Algarve because this was much cheaper.
We rented a car for our whole trip which I highly suggest you if you want to see more than your local beach and drove the 300 km to Lisbon early in the morning and left the next day in the afternoon.
It takes about three hours to get to Lisbon but for the way out you will need more time especially at evening rush hour.
To get to the city from the south you will pass the red bridge „Port 25 de Abril“ which slightly looks like the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco :D and you will see the impressive statue of Christ.
Our hostel „Pensoa Praca da Figueira“ was located very centrally. It wasn’t luxury at all but super clean, cheap and everything we needed for the night. The breakfast was alright for that price, but I would rather go to a bakery next time.
We haven’t had enough time to really fully visit the city and do proper sightseeing. Also, we didn’t go to a museum which usually is a must in Lisbon because it has plenty of them.
We rather focused on walking through the streets and experiencing a bit of the typical Lisbon instead of the touristic attractions. Bairro Alto and Alfama are beautiful districts we scrolled through. We walked past several beautiful buildings such as Terreiro do Paco, Belém, Padrao dos Descobrimentos and Castelo de Sao Jorge.
We searched for the most popular picture spot in Lisbon with the old Tram…
And enjoyed the view from Miradouro da Senhora do Monte and Miradouro das Portas do Sol.
We walked along the Tajo Bay to see the Porte 25 de Abril from closer and took a Tuck Tuck to get back to our hostel.
Another thing I want to mention is that the houses in Lisbon are pretty old and not in a very good condition which is super sad because they could be made very pretty. But sadly there is not enough money to do so.
We had two great days in Portugal but I have to say that I feel like I haven’t seen anything of the city :D So I am for sure coming back to explore Lisbon some more and test their amazing vegan food places – if you didn’t know, Lisbon has many vegan places to offer but sadly I didn’t manage to go to any of them…
Have you already been to Lisbon? How do you like it? Would you want to go soon?
After talking about the cute little towns at the Algarve that we explored and the yummy food we ate, as well as some general recommendations in the first part of my travel guide for Portugal I want to share a list of our favorite beaches and some places you need to visit at the Algarve.
There will be a third part where I talk about our two-day trip to Lisbon soon!
Portugals Breathtaking Beaches at the Algarve Coast
The Algarve Coast is truly beautiful and special. High rock cliffs combined with lovely white sand beaches floating into the turquoise ocean.
Praia de Anna and Praia do Camilo
…are both near Lagos and truly beautiful! You can find the known wooden stairs leading to the small bays surrounded by the cliffs. From above you have an awesome view over the ocean, the cliff formations and the beach. Both beaches are pretty small at first sight but expand when you are willing to follow short tunnels through the stones.
@gypsea_lust visited Praia de Ana as well – just some days before we went there!
Meia Praia, Lagos
Lagos main beach can be recommended as well, even tho it’s „only“ a long sand beach without the typical cliffs. But because of its length, it is not overcrowded at all and you can rent jet skis, stand up paddles and kayaks or do other fun activities there.
Praia de Benagil
This beach is probably the most popular one, although it’s not lovely at all. Way too many people and pebble beach – not what we are looking for. But you have the shortest access to the well known cave hence there are lots of boats, kayaks and paddle boards going in and out of the cave. My dad and my brother swam into the cave which is not a very long way, but the water in Portugal is pretty cold (cause it’s Atlantik water) and took some video clips and pictures there but we didn’t stay at the beach for longer.
Praia da Marinha
Instead, we went to Praia da Marinha located nearby and definitely worth seeing. It is also a bit crowded, but the scenery is just insane! We went to this popular photo spot with the natural stone bridge where you had to climb a bit to get there and you could even jump from one of the big rocks in the water.
Praia de Carvoeiro / Algar Seco
My brother searched for a place to do cliff jumping and found one near Carvoeiro which was called Algar Seco. You walk some stairs from a parking lot to the cliffs where you can jump in the ocean. They constructed stairs into the stone so you can climb back easily and the height was – depending on the changing water level – around 5-7 meter (where I jumped from), 12-15 meter (my brother jumped from here) and around 30 meters (where some boys jumped from). The beach in Carvoeiro wasn’t very special, but still good enough to rest after the cliff jumping :D
Praia da Luz
The closest beach to our house in Espiche (talking about that in part 1 of my travel guide) was in Luz. It is pretty long and when you take the time to walk some meters you can find a more private place in the sand with a beautiful view of Luz.
Praia do Beliche
Last but not least our favorite beach: Praia do Beliche near Sagres and the viewpoint Cabo de São Vicente, the only beach we visited twice on our vacation. It is separated in two parts where only one can be arrived through stairs and the second part is only accessible while ebb tide or when you walk through the water. Therefore the second part was very empty and perfect for taking pictures. Also, the waves were pretty high at this beach and it was a lot of fun playing in them and we even rent a surfboard at this beach to try surfing for the first time (not very successful but still fun :D ).
Amazing viewpoints and places worth going
We haven’t done many sight seeing besides scrolling a bit through some cities and towns at the coast and the two-day city trip to Lison. Besides that, we spend most of our vacation at the beautiful beaches. But there are still two viewpoints I highly recommend you to go to.
Ponta de Piedade
A very popular viewpoint near Lagos at the Algarve and so so beautiful! Sadly we didn’t go there in the morning so the lightning in our pictures isn’t very charming.
Cabo de São Vicente
The lighthouse at the Cup de São Vicente is another lovely photo spot, especially for sunset when the sun kisses the ocean good night…
We went there in the late morning to see the lighthouse and explore the area, spend the rest of the day at the Praia do Beliche nearby and came back for sunset after dinner to take some of my favorite pictures from that trip. Sunset at the sea is just magical!
More blog posts about Portugal:
- Part one of my travel guide with tips & recommendations for your trip and our favorite
towns and where & what to eat
That’s it for my second part of my Portugal Travel series and there will be a third one about our two days in Lisbon next week!
Also, my brother is editing a short video from our Vacation – are you excited to see some moving images from all these beautiful places?