Lisbon to Algarve – 6 Day Road Trip Itinerary Part 1

Loyd Rozzo

Owner of Siesta Campers

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wine tasting
  • Dolphin spotting
  • Beach chillin


ROUTE:
 

  • Kickstart Lisbon to Algarve with a stopover in Comporta.
  • This route includes a ferry.
  • Driving time: 4 h 02 min

Part 1 of Lisbon to Algarve with a stop over in Comporta.



Escape the buzz of the city, taking your camper van south of the Tagus, across the suspension bridge, to beaches, vineyards, mountain views, peninsulas, ferry rides and hip seaside towns. Rock up and relax at Praia do Meco; go on a wine tour in Azeitão; set sail with the dolphins; mix with fellow Lisbon escapees in Comporta. Pack your sense of adventure and let your road trip south begin!

Lisbon to Algarve Day 1: Praia do Meco via Costa da Caparica

Highlights:

  • 25 Abril Bridge & Christ the King statue
  • Endless beaches
  • Sanctuary and clifftop chapel



New adventures start at a pace as you drive (fly!) high above the Tagus, making an exciting pitstop at Lisbon’s famed statue Christ the King and taking in the jaw-dropping view back across to Lisbon. Another unmissable vista is from the top of the famous 25th of April bridge. The Pilar 7 experience gives you unrivalled views across Lisbon and makes the ultimate sunset backdrop.

It’s then west to the Atlantic coast, the favoured haunt of Lisboetas in search of endless beaches and a good fish lunch facing the sea, in Costa da Caparica. This is a surfing hotspot, so be sure to grab some boards and wetsuits when renting your camper from the Siesta Campers base in Lisbon before heading off.

Carry on road trippin' from Lisbon to Algarve and head south (check out the Miradouro dos Capuchos for amazing views as you leave), you skirt the coast to reach the laid-back wonders of Praia do Meco. If you’re looking for nightlife, head to Aldeia de Meco, just 15 minutes from here. In the summer this quaint village turns into a bustling nightspot, with bars filling with a young Lisbon crowd partying till the early hours. But if partying doesn't tempt you, head to a great wild spot on the cliffs overlooking Praia do Meco beach for a sunset to remember. From here you can pop down to Cape Espichel (15 min) to visit its impressive sanctuary, and look across the ocean to America before settling in. Many people wild camp by the abandoned monastery. It can be quite eerie, as the sea mist rolls in during the night.


Sunset road trip drive along the Tejo river near Lisbon.




Lisbon to Algarve Day 2: The Setúbal peninsula

Highlights:

  • Wine and cheese galore
  • Fishing village charm
  • Views to die for



Begin the day by wandering the narrow winding streets of Sesimbra, or take the hour hike to marvel at the beautiful bay views from its Moorish castle

Hop back in the camper van and head northeast to the cluster of villages collectively known as Azeitão. Take a tour of its famed wine estates and cooperative, sample its world-renowned cheese or gorge on its delicious ‘torta’ cakes.  

Make sure you try another gem of this wine-rich region,the unique ‘Moscatel de Setúbal’’, produced across the peninsula.

Take the scenic route down to Setúbal through the hills to catch the incredible views down to where the Sado river enters the ocean at the tip of Tróia and beyond, before ending your day, parking up at Praia da Figueirinha.

Best scenic lookout point a short drive from Lisbon.




Lisbon to Algarve Day 3: Across the rivermouth down to Comporta

Highlights:

  • River dolphins at Sado estuary
  • Ferry crossing towards Trója
  • Chillin with the ‘it’ crowd in Comporta



Head down to the pier in Setúbal to catch your boat for a thrilling journey into the Sado estuary to meet the local dolphin population.

When you return, it’s time for another trip across the water, this time with your campervan on a ferry bound for Tróia.

Once on land, the choice of beaches all the way down the peninsula is endless. Comporta is the hip escape of Lisboetas in the know, with good restaurants, cool beach bars, boutiques and relaxed vibe. 

When you're ready to continue south, check out Road Trip Lisbon to Algarve – Part 2 – Comporta to Lagos

Beautiful, long and empty white sand beach along the Portuguese coast.

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