Puente in Portugal
As an English Teacher in Spain, I am fortunate enough to get school holidays off of work in addition to never having to work on Fridays! If I live frugally enough on the income I am given, this allows me time to travel a bit around Europe. We had a long weekend or a "puente" this past week, so my British travel partner Sam and I made our way to Lisbon and Lagos, Portugal! Here's a recap of our adventures and some of the ways we traveled cheaply.
Blablacar from Sevilla, Spain to Lisbon, Portugal:~€25 per person
AirBNB for 1 Night in Lisbon with a stunning view of the city: $25
On the first day of our trip we woke up extremely early to meet our Blablacar driver at 6am. Blablacar is basically like Uber, but drivers charge a set rate to travel longer distances at a certain time. Usually it is a trip they are making anyway. I've had drivers heading home to visit family or commuting for work, so it's a good way for them to make back their gas money while also providing passengers with a means of cheap travel. Win-win!
Since we got to Lisbon around 10am, we still had the whole day to explore. We spent the day mastering the metro, exploring the winding, uphill streets, tasting Portuguese cuisine (especially the sweets!) and drooling over the breathtaking views Lisbon has to offer.
Bus from Lisbon to Lagos, Portugal: €19 per person
AirBNB (entire home) in Lagos: €40 per night
In Lagos we splurged on our accommodations a bit and ended up with one of the best AirBNBs I have ever stayed in. The owner had converted his childhood home into rental spaces and allowed us to use the top floor's balcony which had a table for meals and an absolutely gorgeous view of Lagos. We spent 3 days in Lagos which might seem counterintuitive because it is a smaller beach town with much less to do than Lisbon, and we were actually advised against this plan. However it worked in our favor in several ways. Yes, Lisbon was completely enchanting and I will be returning to spend more time there, however Lagos allowed us more relaxation time, more time spent in nature, and also more affordable days. We ended up being very pleased with our decision and spent our time in Lagos captivated by the charm of the town, its tranquil energy and breezy beaches, and the mouthwatering food we discovered there.
Day 5: Heading Home
Bus from Lagos to Sevilla: €17 per person
Our trip was a much needed moment of relaxation, it rejuvenated my thirst for travel and did a lot to remind me of why I made the decision to move to Spain. I am thrilled to have had the chance to experience the Portuguese culture in two cities I have never visited and be inspired by the different people, landscapes and lifestyles I encountered along the way. Experiences like this make me want to look life straight in the face and say: "more please!"