Rucksacks travel guide

Atlantic coast

The striped houses in Costa Nova – Portugal

The small fishing village of Costa Nova outside Aveiro offers one of Portugal's real gems - the polka-dotted houses in all the colors of the rainbow.

Stared during a lunch at Taberna D'Adelia in Nazaré – Portugal

We had read about a Michelin recommended restaurant in Nazaré - Taberna D'Adelia - where they would serve really good fish. It was only about 12 o'clock, so we took a chance and went there without a reservation. The Portuguese shouldn't be hungry yet, should they?

Dried fish and sunbathers in Nazaré – Portugal

On the beach in Nazaré, mackerel and squid lie in the sun drying. As they have done for hundreds of years.

Óbidos – The White City – Portugal

Óbidos is Portugal's answer to the picturesque and whitewashed Santorini, but with its very own ring wall and a castle that contributes to the village's silhouette.

Azenhas Do Mar - The village on the edge of the cliff - Portugal

The white town of Azenhas do Mar offers one of Portugal's most delicious beaches and languid views of ocean waves and cliffs.

Pena Palace in Sintra - The Castle We Almost Gave Up - Portugal

There was basically only one 'must see' place in Portugal for me - Palácio da Pena in Sintra. We would definitely go there first! But, it doesn't always turn out the way you imagined when you travel... For better or for worse :)

Cabo da Roca - a walk at the end of the world - Portugal

I stand at the end of the world - Cabo da Roca. Portugal's westernmost place. Here we put on our backpacks and hiked along the coast, among steep cliffs, sea air and turquoise water.