Top Roadtrips in Portugal

Portugal has endless amounts of open roads, great for campervan hire vehicles.  Do as much or as little as you please and whether you are interested in beaches, the mountains of the interior, or the wild outdoors of the north you will have no trouble finding something you enjoy here. 

These are just a two different itineraries; easily adapted, for visitors with campervan hire or motorhome rental in Portugal but there are many more beautiful trips to take.

For the beach bums who love surfing

Start in Portugal’s second largest city Porto or Oporto and travel south to Figueira da Foz and find a beachside campsite or one of the ‘free’ camping options.  From here you can visit the beaches at Cabedelo and Peniche for some great surf.  If you prefer you can move down to Peniche, there are some good places to stay here too.

Today travel to Santa Cruz, there’s lots of options here.  Get settled in and then head off in search of some great waves at Vimeiro, Ericeira and Santa Cruz, spend a few days here and travel around to catch the best waves. There also has some good places to chill out in the evening.

Travel back up to Figueria da Foz or the last day of surfing before heading out and if you’re feeling energetic then the nightclub is highly recommended amongst fellow surfers.

For the sun seekers who love sandy beaches

Collect you motorhome rental from Faro and spend some time discovering the beautiful town itself, or hit the beach at Ilha de Faro with miles of sand and warm sea.   

Today drive east along the wonderful coast road, if you have a passion for golf you may have to resist stopping at any one of the 20 golf courses along the way to Carvoeiro.  Carvoeiro is a small seaside resort with lots of lovely beaches nearby.  Find a campsite; free camping here may get you a parking fine so don’t be tempted, and find a tranquil bay or try out some of the local fish restaurants.

Travel from Carvoeiro to Sagres.  Along the way you will see some stunning rugged cliffs backing the sandy beaches; turn off for a spot of lunch at the laid back village of Salema.  After lunch head for Sagres and find a suitable spot for the night.

Today see the Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina (quite a mouthful!)  This is an outstandingly beautiful area with rugged cliffs bordering the empty beaches, inlets and marshes.  If you enjoy wildlife then stay for a few days around Aljezur which has some great restaurants and a choice of places to stay.

Head for the quiet town of Silves. Today's journey passes some traditional villages such as Caldas de Monchique with its aromatic valley of eucalyptus trees.  On arrival find yourself somewhere to stay and visit the town with its red sandstone castle sheltering Roman and Moorish ruins with some stunning views.

If you need to head back to Faro from Silves take the motorway if you don’t have much time, or if you’re in no rush take one of the quieter roads through Estoi where you can spend another couple of days.

There are so many lovely road trips to take in Portugal and theses are just two.  This is why motorhome rental and campervan hire are so popular here, there are just so many beautiful places to visit.

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