Lisbon (2018, 2023).

  • Time Out Market.
  • Black Sheep Lisboa. A wine bar. Take your glasses into the park.
  • Castelo de São Jorge.
  • Senhor Uva: great vegetarian restaurant.
  • Jardim Botânico de Lisboa.
  • Two mid-range, small hotels in good locations:
    • Casa Das Janelas Com Vista is charming with great views from Room 7; I’ve stayed twice.
    • Casa Do Jasmim is in a slightly more convenient location (a couple blocks away), but is not quite as perfect inside.
  • Get a public transit pass and ride everywhere. Buses, trams, and trains are all easy, including to Cascais and Sintra.
  • Bird in the Tagus estuary with Birds and Nature Tours in Portugal.

Cascais (2018).

  • Beach by the train.
  • Then, take a cab or bike to Praia do Guincho to see the transition to the Atlantic.

Sintra (2023).

  • Castelo dos Mouros.
  • Jardins do Parque da Pena.

Faro (2023).

  • Bird in Ria Formosa.
  • Rent bikes from Formosamar and bike to Gigi’s beach.
  • Ferry to Faro beach.
  • Airbnb apartment is a 2-minute walk outside the main hustle and bustle.
  • Drive4Miles, my new favorite rental car company. There’s an airport office and one by the train station.

Sagres (2023).

  • The best place.
  • Laundry Lounge Sagres. Food, drinks, laundry.
  • Mar Ilimitado for pelagic birding and cetaceans.
  • Rota Vicentina, amazing backpacking trail along Western coast. We hiked from Aljezur down to swim at Praia de Amoreira.
  • FERMENTO. Excellent mediteranean restaurant.
  • Three Little Birds, a burger bar.
  • Nemmo Sagres, a fairly fancy hotel which was worth it, at least from Room 324.