So in October Ihad some time to spare and decided to head for Portugals south coast. For mainly two reasons, I wanted to go somewhere warmer and not to far away as i had to be in Paris in the need of the month. And, who can say no to Portugals beautiful cliffs?
I started my trip in Faro, where i arrived pretty late. Getting to the airport is pretty easy, a bus for a couple of Euros goes several times an hour. As Itraveled low season the streets where pretty empty, but it's a charming little city, and i guess that later in the fall there is more life there, as it's a pretty big university right outside the city. The hostel was filled with surfers and other backpackers and my impression is that faro is a first or last stop for people, either they fly in or out or head to Spain from there.
I stayed in Faro for two nights, did a bike ride to a mountain called San Miguel, some 15 km away. Such a tough ride, but it was amazing to bike past all the different fields with fruits. I find it so fascinating to see trees full of pomegranate and oranges as we don't have that kind of stuff in Norway. I also did my first solo couchsurf in Faro, and enjoyed the most beautiful sunset from their rooftop, drank some Port Wine and had great conversations about how life in Portugal is.
From Faro Itook the bus to Albufeira. This town is completely different and pretty touristy. I imagine that during the winter there is not a lot of people left here, as i seemed like they mainly maid a living of Tourism here. Never the less the town is super cute, with lots of white buildings, small streets and a huge beach. You can also make a day or two out of walking along the coast from beach to beach. When Ifinally reached San Rafael I was just in time to catch the sunset. With almost no other people around it was a really beautiful experience.
In Lagos Istayed at a super small hostel(8 beds), the owner claimed they are the smallest hostel in Europe. No matter what we ended up becoming a good gang on the hostel. What Ilearned on this trip is how easy it is to meet new people. Even though Istarted out alone Ineeded up having a travel companion for most of the trip, and didn't spend much time alone. Ispent a total of 4 days in Lagos and i loved it. once again it was low season, so when we went out we where pretty much alone and got to have the pool tables to yourself. I can also recommend the burrito place there, it's amazing! You can walk along a cliff path between the beaches here, and they are unique. Sitting on the edge of the cliffs there, looking into the clear blue water, such a liberating and thrilling feeling. If you're lucky you'll find a cave on your routeas well. Unfortunately the water was too rough to do a cave tour when Ivisited, but Iwould definitely do it another time. I really want to go back to Lagos or the area around to learn surfing. Just another point on my bucket list.
Let's just say Ihad an amazing firstexperience as a solo traveler and there is lots and lots of more adventures to come. I've been traveling pretty much non stop since May, so Iintend to update you with some of my adventures and experiences. Both thoseI've had, and the once to come. Hope you want to follow!