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Travelling the Portugal in a campervan – tips

A camping trip represents freedom;  flexible travel, finding your own way, getting an authentic and fulfilling travel experience, a holiday where you can always do what you feel like. Changeable weather can be avoided by simply driving on and you do not need a rental car to get to the beach where you won’t find a parking space. No, you are already there. Lisboa Campers wants to give all families or singles, hikers or surfers, nature lovers or city tourists the opportunity to design their own individual holiday, just as they want it. Because sometimes not having a plan is the best plan of all.

Here are some Tips for the campervan trip

BE SURE YOU CAN DRIVE THE CAMPERVAN

Your camper won’t do you much good if you can’t get it off the lot. A van can be more challenging to drive than a car if you aren’t used to the size and turning radius of a larger vehicle. Make sure you know how to drive the one you rent, and ask about manual versus automatic transmission before hitting checkout. If you haven’t driven a manual car in the past, this is not the time to learn. But our rental campervans are not very big. We are sure you can easily drive them.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FLEXIBILITY AND FREEDOM

Your new home is so comfortable, you will forget you’re spending the night in an automobile. You’re transient, flexible, and free. If you want to visit someplace new in the morning, you can just pop into the driver’s seat and get a move on. You already have everything you need.

Keep an open mind while you’re driving and hiking. If you see something interesting, stop. If a campsite neighbour tells you about an amazing hike she took the day before, think about extending your stay and trying it out. Allow yourself to enjoy the freedom the campervan provides.

ANYWAY, DO SOME PLANNING

While it may seem like you can just camp anywhere with your van—after all, your bedroom is on wheels—it’s best to consider your campsites beforehand. A bit of go-with-the-flow is necessary on a road trip, but you can eliminate plenty of stress by knowing where you’ll be parking.

If you can’t manage an exact plan, map out possible stopping points along your route. Once you have that information, you can take all the time you need on the road and choose the spot that’s most convenient at the time.

DON’T OVERPACK

You have limited space, and some if it is going to be taken up by you. Do you really need three swimsuits and four sweatshirts? No. You don’t. Consider what’s really going to make your trip enjoyable, then ditch everything else. You don’t want to be sifting through things you wish you’d left at home when you’re trying to get dressed in the morning.

Surf spots in Portugal

Portugal has a very mild climate with solid surf often with offshore morning breezes are extremely common, making it a popular surfing destination for surfers from inside and outside Europe. Portugal has a huge variety of waves and swell size and as a result makes an ideal surfing location for surfers of every ability. It is a good place to learn to surf with lots of places offering surf lessons and packages.

Situated west of Spain, Portugal picks up north, west and south swells, making surf conditions very consistent. During winter the swell size is around the 6ft mark but can get to 15ft or more, making it a spot for those looking for challenging surf. There is surf throughout the summer months and you can expect waves of 3-5ft.

There are many different surf spots over the whole coast which you can visit with our rental camper!

ARRIFANA COSTA VICENTINA
LEVEL (1-4): 2
TYPE OF WAVE: PIONTBREAK
BOTTOM: SAND/ROCK

PRAIA DO AMADO COSTA VICENTINA
LEVEL (1-4): 1
TYPE OF WAVE: BEACHBREAK
BOTTOM: SAND

PRAIA DE CARCAVELOS
LEVEL (1-4): 1
TYPE OF WAVE: BEACHBREAK
BOTTOM: SAND

ERICEIRA
LEVEL: WAVES FOR ALL LEVELS
TYPE OF WAVE: ALL TYPES

PRAIA DO NORTE NAZARE
LEVEL (1-4): 4
TYPE OF WAVE: BEACHBREAK

PENICHE
LEVEL: WAVES FOR ALL LEVELS
TYPE OF WAVE: ALL TYPES

PRAIA DO CABEDELO FIGUEIRA DA FOZ
LEVEL (1-4): 2
TYPE OF WAVE: JETTYBREAK
BOTTOM: SAND

ESPINHO
LEVEL (1-4): 2
TYPE OF WAVE: JETTYBREAK
BOTTOM: SAND

SAGRES
LEVEL: WAVES FOR ALL LEVELS
TYPE OF WAVE: ALL TYPES

PAUL DO MAL MADEIRA
LEVEL (1-4): 3
TYPE OF WAVE: REEFBREAK
BOTTOM: FLAT ROCKS

The best food you will find in Portugal

Portuguese cuisine is varied and rich, full of aroma and flavour !

You must try

FISH AND SEAFOOD

Portugal is a seafaring nation with a well-developed fishing industry and this is reflected in the amount of fish and seafood eaten. The country has Europe’s highest fish consumption per capita and is among the top four in the world. You can get pretty much anything from octopus, crab, clams, barnacles, prawns or crayfish to mullet, tuna and the ubiquitous bacalhau (dried, salted cod). Portuguese bacalhau can be cooked in 365 different ways. Sardines (sardinhas) are close behind in popularity and can be grilled or barbequed, or there is the arroz de marisco, which is a bit like a seafood risotto crossed with a soup.

WINE

Portugal is famous for its fortified wines: Port and Madeira. Port comes from the Douro region and Madeira from the island. These are great wines for an aperitif or as a digestif after a meal. However, Portuguese wine culture and expertise does not end with its fortified wines. The Douro region has become one of the most famous regions in the world for its DOC wines. As is true of the chateaux in France, you will find wines denominated by Quintas in the Douro. The Alentejo and Dão regions make great red, white and rosé wines too. Enjoy a truly fascinating and intriguing wine tasting experience throughout Portugal!

BREAD AND CHEESE

Each region will also have its specific bread and cheese. Whether it be the simple queijo fresco, a soft, white creamy cheese, or one of the world-class varieties such as Beira Alta’s Queijo de Serra, the Alentejo’s luscious Serpa, buttery Beja or piquant Évora, or the Azores’ Cheddar-like São Jorge. Every restaurant will place a basket of bread on the table as a starter. If it is not home-made, it will be fresh from the bakery next door.

SWEETS

Many Portuguese sweets are a legacy of Moorish occupation, especially in the Algarve. The Portuguese enjoy rich egg-based desserts, often seasoned with spices such as cinnamon and vanilla. Perhaps the most populars are leite-creme (a set egg custard) and arroz doce (a typical and popular rice pudding). Cakes and pastries are also very popular and most towns have a local speciality. If you travel to Lisbon, try the bola de Berlim and the pão-de-ló and stop by Belém to try the famous “Pastéis de nata” of Belém.

 

5 Best Travel Destinations with Lisboa Campers

Leave your camper and explore Portugal.

SINTRA
Sintra is simply a must, if you are in the area of Lisbon! The old Moorish city, which was recaptured in 1147 by the Portuguese King Alfons 1, has been the summer residence of the Portuguese kings and the aristocracy for more than 600 years. Today Sintra is a popular tourist spot. You will find here a lot of royal retreats, estates, castles and buildings from the 8th-9th century, and many buildings completed between 15th and 19th century. You should visit Castelo dos Mouros, the Pena National Palace, Sintra National Palace, Monserrate Palace and many others.

BATHALA MONASTERY
It was erected in commemoration of the 1385 Battle of Aljubarrota, and would serve as the burial church of the 15th-Century Aviz dynasty of Portuguese royals. It is one of the best and original examples of Late Gothic architecture in Portugal, intermingled with the Manueline style. It is realy huge and beautiful. Portugal’s UNESCO World Heritage since 1983!

CASCAIS AND ESTORIL
Cascais and Estoril are two popular beach resorts that are situated on the beautiful Lisbon coastline. Both Estoril and Cascais make for outstanding holiday destinations and offer wonderful beaches, interesting day trips and a social holiday atmosphere.

Historically, Cascais was a minor fishing port, which was discovered in the 19th century by the Portuguese nobility, who transformed the sleepy town into a fashionable royal retreat. Today Cascais is a prosperous and lively town that offers grand mansions, pretty parks and a busy fishing harbour.

Estoril developed later, and became a major tourist destination with the construction of the grand Estoril Casino, which to this day is still one of the largest casinos in Europe. The writer Ian Fleming was inspired to create his legendary hero, James Bond, based upon the intrigue and events that played out in the historic casino. Estoril is a sophisticated town but with the historical charm of Cascais.

DOURO VINEYARDS
Wine has been produced by traditional landholders in the Alto Douro region for some 2,000 years. Since the 18th century, its main product, port wine, has been world famous for its quality. This long tradition of viticulture has produced a cultural landscape of outstanding beauty that reflects its technological, social and economic evolution.