Iberian Road Trip – Guimarães, Pontevedra and Santiago de Compostela

Our Iberian road trip continued north, first stopping in Guimarães, Portugal before heading into Spain, where we visited both Pontevedra and Santiago de Compostela.  With spring comes rain and it seems we couldn’t escape it on this trip.  Luckily, we did have a few sun breaks, so we tried to make the best of it.

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Portugal’s West Coast – Porto and Aveiro

WWI monument

After mentioning to some friends we were traveling to Portugal, we were told multiple times that we must visit the city of Porto.  I quickly did some research and found that it was a riverfront city full of colorful buildings, a pretty famous bridge, and home to port wine.  There’s not much that could go wrong with this scenario, so off we went.  We continued our road trip north, stopping first at Aveiro (which I will explain at the bottom of the post because it’s just not as exciting!) and then Porto, Portugal’s second largest city.

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Portugal’s West Coast – Sintra and Obidos

View of the Obidos Castle from the walls

Leaving Lisbon, we picked up a rental car and set off for our two-week road trip.  We started our trip by traveling up Portugal’s west coast, but we didn’t make it very far before stopping in Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site just thirty minutes from Portugal’s capital city.  We spent the day at the Castle of the Moors and the Pena National Palace.  Afterwards, we continued north, stopping for the night in the beautiful walled city of Óbidos.

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Lisbon – The City of Seven Hills

Beautiful tiled house

Bobby and I arrived in Lisbon a few days ago, ready to kick off a twelve day tour of Portugal and Spain with my parents.  None of us had ever visited the country before, so we didn’t really know what to expect.  After walking around the first night, we quickly learned why Lisbon is nicknamed “The City of Seven Hills.”  We thought it felt more like 700!  The uphill battles, combined with the fact that the sidewalks are all constructed of mini-mosaics, certainly took a toll on our feet.  I suppose this is why the trams are so popular.

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