Planning your road trip to Portugal 🚐 ?
Check out our roadmap with our top 11 must-see destinations during your trip (& our tips)! 🗺️
If you need to rent a van in Portugal, many platforms offer rental deals like Indie Campers.
⚠️ Don’t forget to download vanlifers’ favorite app Park4night. The essential app for finding night spots, showers, laundries, places to fill your water bottles etc.
Ready to go? Come on board with us for a complete tour of our favorite spots from the north to the south of Portugal! 😎
For hiking lovers, first stop: Penada-Gerês Park.
The park lies in northern Portugal between the Spanish border and Porto. The park offers a wide range of hiking trails. On the sites you’ll find, verdant nature, animals, natural pools and waterfalls, enough to refresh yourself after several hours of walking 😌
💡 Our tip: park your van in a parking lot in the small village of Gerês and set off on the trail of your choice. For our part, we followed the tracks of the GR50.
Find out before you set off on one of the hikes, as some can be a little more complicated than others.
The Douro is the famous river that winds its way through Portugal. The region is famous for its vineyards, natural landscapes and charming villages. Pinhao is the emblematic village of the Douro Valley.
Are you a wine lover? Then the Douro is The Place To Be for you! You’ll be able to taste wines at the many estates that surround the valley. 🍷
💡 Our tip: if you’re sporty, a slightly more unusual way to visit the Douro Valley is to take part in the Douro Valley Half-Marathon 🏃🏻 held during the month of May.
Who hasn’t heard of the world’s biggest waves at Nazaré ? 🌊
Nazaré is a very (very) touristy village, but still a must-see. In half a day you can stroll along the main avenue, have lunch in a typical Portuguese restaurant and visit Nazaré’s fort; Forte de São Miguel Arcanjo
Spoiler alert: don’t expect to see huge waves in Nazaré in summer.
Big waves are a natural phenomenon and are only present for a few weeks a year during the winter season. If you want to see these huge waves, find out before you go to Nazaré.
Obidos is a really (too) cute little village 🥰, which is known for producing the famous Ginja d’Obidos (cherry-based liqueur). 🍒
If you’d like to know where to go, we’ve written an article dedicated to this region.
On the way to Lisbon, the 6th stop is Ericeira 🌺
With its flowery, colorful streets, Ericeira is a cute, trendy little surf town.
Good addresses in Ericeira:
Because there’s so much to say about Lisbon, all the tips and good addresses are in this article 100% dedicated to Lisbon. 🌈
Arrábida Natural Park is located on the Setubal peninsula. The park abounds in land and water activities. Hikes and walks are available to all. The most famous is the walk to the wild Ribeira do Cavalo beach. 🏖️
On the ocean side, you can rent a kayak or motorboat.
👉🏻 Vertente Natural offers a huge range of activities in the Park.
💡 Our tip: it’s hard to find a place to park your van in the park. We advise you to take the road towards the coast, further south of the Park. On the coast, you’ll find wilder spots to spend the night.️
Aljezur is a small town in the Algarve region. ☀️
A must for surfers. Praia Arrifana is the main beach for surfing or learning to surf. 🤙🏼 There are a few surf schools on the beach where you can take lessons or rent a board.
A little lower down than Arrifana, the ” Praia do Amado ” is a very popular beach with vanlifers. In winter, surfing conditions on this coast can be incredible.
At the southern tip of Portugal, the town of Sagres, is packed with surf vibes 🏄🏻♀️. Sagres lives to the rhythm of surfing and is home to a roadtripers community, which is cool for meeting people. 😎
💡 Our tip: check out the Laundry Lounge for lunch, work, a machine , or just a fun time.
Our favorite ❤️du southern Portugal. Olhao is a picturesque little town in the Algarve where you can ;
💡 Our tip: to sleep in the south of Portugal in a van, opt for campsites 🏕️. If, however, you want to sleep in the wilderness, you’ll have to move away from the coast and go a little further inland to find a nice spot.
Enjoy your trip to Portugal 🤙🏼