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In today's video I wanted to share some stories from one of my favourite trips: Portugal I hope this video will give you some ideas on where to go and what to do, if you are planning on visiting Portugal.
It was a trip that lasted two weeks.
I went there with a friend.
We traveled along the coast of Portugal starting from the south until the north.
I spent around 400 euros in total, flight ticket, which costed around 100 euros, included.
So, I spent around 300 euros in total for accommodation, food and buses from place to place.
So it was very cheap.
We went there in September and I think it's the best time to visit Portugal because it was warm, the weather was very good and there were just a few tourists.
You could have the whole beach to yourself.
I mean, of course there were some people, but not as many as in July or August.
We flew to Faro, which is in the south.
There is an airport there and you can normally find cheap tickets.
Faro is located in the Algarve region, which is known for it's famous beaches and many caves.
The majority of the beaches in Portugal are sandy, but many of them also have rocks.
If you like to visit museums, churches, cathedrals or mosques, there are some in Faro you can visit.
I think that Faro is a not a city that I would visit again.
There are nicer ones.
The hostel in Faro was horrible.
Now that I remember, the hygiene was really bad.
I have tried many different hostels but I have rarely been in one in that condition.
The worst thing that happened to us in that hostel was the appearance of a big cockroach in our bedroom.
I don't know the name in albanian.
In german they're called Kakerlake I think.
Anyway, Era and I were ''arguing'' on who was going to kill it because we were both afraid.
Because Era is a vegan she found the excuse of not killing it, so I had to.
The next morning we traveled from Faro to Albufeira.
Albufeira is known for its beaches and nightlife.
As you can see, the buildings are generally white with colors surrounding the doors and windows.
This makes the city look very cute.
You should visit the old part of the city.
There you can find plenty of shops, bars, different cafes, and restaurants, which usually serve fish and seafood.
Here Era and I saw the ocean for the first time and it was such a beautiful feeling.
We stayed in Albufeira half a day and in the afternoon headed to the bus station to catch a bus to Lagos.
The problem was that we didn't book the bus tickets in advance and we had no idea how the schedules were.
We went there around 7 pm and the information told us that the last bus to Lagos was at 7 pm and probably left.
We waited a couple of minutes hoping that the bus would come and not let us in the middle of the road.
The bus came around 7:20-7:30 pm thanks god.
We took the bus and headed to Lagos.
Lagos is one of the most visited places in the Algarve because of its golden color, weird rock formations.
Almost all the beaches here face east.
This protects them from the open ocean and big waves.
If you want a more unique experience, try the different water sports that are offered.
When we arrived in Lagos, we left our stuff in the hostel and went out with some girls from our hostel room and a guy we met on the bus to here.
The nightlife was lively.
There were many young people on the streets drinking, dancing, having fun.
On the next day we spent the morning at the beaches there.
The beaches were amazing! It is a must if you go to Portugal.
In Lagos it was the first time that I could swim in the ocean.
In Albufeira I couldn't because of the freezing water.
Even in Lagos it was so cold but I somehow found the courage to try it.
Ugh god it's tough.
If you compare to the sea in Albania it was way colder.
In the afternoon we caught the bus to Odeceixe; not sure how it's pronounced though.
Odeceixe is a small village in the Costa Vicentina natural park.
When we got out of the bus, this view appeared in front of us: You can imagine our confusion because we weren't expecting to be in a village.
I mean, when we decided to go to Odeceixe, we had seen some pictures of the beach, but we had no idea how far the beach was and the beach was pretty far away.
We needed 40 minutes by feet to go to the beach.
The family that had the apartment where we stayed were very welcoming.
They gave us many advices on where to go, what to do, where not to go and so on.
On the way to the beach, an old man stopped the car and offered to take us to the beach.
The problem was that he didn't speak any english, spanish, german, nothing that we could speak.
I don't know how we managed to communicate with each other using sign language.
It was funny, because he was a very talkative person.
He was asking us questions the whole time while we were trying to understand what he was saying.
He was very sweet though! When we arrived at the beach it was one of the most amazing views I had seen.
It wasn't sunny, it was very foggy and looked so surreal.
I had never been in such a foggy environment before.
This is such an undiscovered place and there aren't many tourists.
Generally, the tourists that go there are surfers that know the place and go for surfing.
On this hill with this view of the beach there are some places where you can eat something.
We ate salads, which were delicious.
I remember that on one side of the beach there were some beautiful black rocks that we wanted to explore.
To go there we had to cross a river, which was not deep at first.
We stayed there for a while, took some pics, explored the place and then went back to the beach where our stuff was.
After some time I notice that I had forgotten my wallet back at the rocks.
I ran to the rocks to search for it and saw that the depth of the river had increased a lot.
It was up to here.
I got scared at first but I managed to cross it and found my wallet.
Luckily no one had taken it.
That afternoon we went to Cascais.
Cascais is a small city close to Lisbon.
In this city there are a lot of city beaches, protected from the waves of the open ocean and perfect for swimming.
It was a nice city but now one of those ''wow'' cities that I would visit again.
The next day we went for surfing.
I always wanted to try it and it was the first time that I did.
It was a beautiful experience for me.
I can't say the same for Era.
Here are some pics of me surfing.
It was a real failure but let's say for the first time it's understandable.
The most important is that I was having fun even at falling from the surfboard.
We went surfing at a beach called Guincho, which was known as the best in the area.
It is around 10 minutes drive from the city center.
If you want to try surfing, talk to the receptionist of your hostel.
He will arrange something with a surf school for you.
They will pick you up at the hostel and bring you to the beach with them and back at the hostel afterwards.
This could be included in the price or could have a small extra fee.
After lunch we took the bus to Sintra, but before going there we stopped in Cabo da Roca, which is the most western part of Portugal and Europe.
It was a breathtaking place, but the wind was extremely strong.
We arrived in Sintra.
Sintra is a very famous tourist destination because it looks like a picture.
It is a must city for all those who love nature because it was full of botanical gardens and plenty of castles.
The next day we visited some of these botanical gardens and castles.
The biggest problem we had was that we couldn't leave our backpacks in the hostel, because they told us that all the lockers were full.
so we had to carry them on our back.
Now imagine having to walk the whole day with the heavy backpacks and the worst – to hike in hills with those on the back was a disaster.
I remember that we needed to walk 1 km up the hill until the Pena Palace, which was the most famous.
After we visited some other castles and were already tired, we started hiking towards the Pena Palace.
We hiked around 1 km climbing stairs and walking on very steep terrain.
After we hiked this 1 km and arrived, we saw that we hadn't arrived at the Pena Palace, but at the gardens of the palace.
and the Pena Palace was another 1 km up the hill.
We have a whistle here in case we feel that we are in danger.
You can hear it even from km away.
Tomorrow morning when I woke up my clavicle bones were swollen.
They were literally like this.
Never experienced something like this before.
But all that torture was worth it, because Pena Palace was not only beautiful from outside with all its colors, but it was very interesting to visit as well.
Now we will go from Sintra to Lisbon, the famous capital of Portugal.
Hello, I'm Viki and she's Era.
We are talking here- -We are talking live- We need to synchronize.
Start again How do we start? Do it again -I don't know.
-Anyway, you got the point.
-We are talking live from the train to Sintra no, the train from Sintra to Lisbon.
Era will now perform a scene from Tom and Jerry.
-Show me where your feet hurt.
Sorry this is not translatable hahah, but something like '' my legs are shaking''.
-Show me how they are shaking Byee, we love you! When we arrived at the hostel in Lisbon, it was the first time that I was seeing a triple bunk bed.
I mean, three beds over one another There were 12 people in the room.
It was the first time we slept with so many people in the room.
The snoring I heard that night Lisbon is known as the city of 7 hills.
From this hills there are amazing views of the city.
The city was full with ups and downs so prepare for a good walk.
Two of the neighbourhoods that you should visit are Alfama and Bairro Alto.
Bairro Alto is a very quiet zone during the day, but when it gets dark it gets noisy and full of people because many young people go there to drink and have a good time in the bars there.
Alfama is maybe the most interesting neighbourhood of Lisbon It's like a labyrinth with small streets and full of restaurants where you can try traditional food while listening to the traditional music called fado.
Lisbon is a very beautiful city and it's a must to visit of course, it's also the capital.
The best thing I tried in Lisbon was Pastel de Nata, which is their traditional dessert and I tried it for the first time there.
They are super delicious and you must try them if you visit Portugal.
In Lisbon, Era and I went apart because she had to go back to Germany and I would travel solo until Porto.
After Era left, my google maps wasn't working and neither were all the other apps that I installed.
This was very stressing because it is something very important and I was afraid of getting lost.
Anyway I tried to not worry and continued my trip to Ericeira.
Ericeira is a small village and it's the only World Surfing Reserve in Europe.
It is very famous for surfing and it was full of surfers.
The beaches that I saw there- Ericeira was a beautiful village that gave me a very good vibe.
The houses were cute and looked almost the same.
I would recommend it if you are someone who wants to try surfing.
After I spent one night there I took the bus to Aveiro.
Aveiro is a small city also called ''Venice of Portugal'' because it is full of canals and beautiful boats like in Venice.
But to be honest I was a bit disappointed before in the pictures it looked way more interesting.
The most interesting place I saw in Aveiro was a nearby village.
This village is called Costa Nova and it was full of striped colored houses.
The traditional dessert of Aveiro is called Ovos Moles.
It had a really strong egg taste.
It was interesting to try but very sweet.
My last destination in this trip is Porto.
Porto is the second city after Lisbon and it is my favorite from the cities that I visited.
I stayed there for two nights and had a wonderful time.
Two of the things that you must do in Porto are 1- Take a walk in the famous bridge Luis I during sunset.
2- Take a walk along the river at night and enjoy the street artists that play wonderful music.
The atmosphere is super nice.
My hostel was close to a shop that made and sold fresh Pastel de Natas.
This means that every time I went to the hostel or went out, I ate at least two Pastel de Nata.
So I don't know how many kilos I gained there but it's ok because I enjoyed it all.
One of the places you should visit there is Livraria Lello.
It is one of the oldest and the most beautiful in the world.
Rumors say that J.
Rowling was inspired from this library to write Harry Potter, and they say that this library is very similar to the description of the Hogwarts library.
So for all of fans of Harry Potter, this is something not to be missed.
The traditional dish of Porto is called Francensinha and it is the most horrible thing I have ever tasted.
It was something that looked like a hamburger, but it had so many different meats inside, like bacon, ham, brisket.
ugh, I tried it out of curiosity and almost puked.
It was so heavy that I couldn't eat more than 2-3 bites.
My last night in Porto was so nice thanks to a street musician that sang so beautifully.
This was my trip to Portugal.
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