Summer is coming! This means it’s time to think about your ideal vacation. This time, I’m going to take you to the beach. The sound of the sea, the heat of the sun and beautiful coastal towns with a soul are all the ingredients for what for me is a truly relaxing holiday. This blog was supposed to be about Madrid and Spain, but let us ignore that rule for now. Whilst I’m betraying Spain, we’re still going to stay on the Iberian Peninsula and so I hope, you forgive me for slightly bending the rules.
Today it’s going to be about a weekend on the coast of Portugal.
In all honesty, this was meant to be a weekend in Spain. However, what with it being mid-August and hence peak season, my endless searching for hotels along the coast came to naught â€“ the prices in both the north and south had gone through the roof! Staying in Madrid with the heat throughout the whole of August is unbearable, especially with the sea being so far away. I casually took a look at the hotel prices in neighboring Portugal, not really expecting to find anything as had always been told that it is so expensive there. To my surprise, the prices were actually very reasonable. Fine, they still could have been better, but were within our budget. This is how we ended up in Portugal. I had always wanted to visit Porto and so finally had the chance to do so.
Our accommodation was close to the beach, the weather was great, the sun was out, views of the ocean, white sands â€“ what more could you ask for?
The prices in the bars in town approx. 30km away from Porto (Furadouro) really surprised us. And this time, we were happily surprised! The drinks on the beach were cheaper than in Madrid. Our meals in the restaurant on the promenade too (the prices in Porto itself were actually higher). Even without this, I’m still a fan of small towns.
So summarizing â€“ the ocean, sunbathing, beautiful sunsets whilst sitting at the beach bar, good food, friendly people and so all in all, a great weekend.
There were too many photos to show in one go and so today itâ€™s the beach and next week it’ll be Porto. In the rain.