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Jimi Doohan
Portugal beaches algarve
Andrea G.
Portugal beach trip
Cherith Neisler
Algarve best beaches
Chad Smith
Lisbon city travel
Kayak algarve
Cherith Neisler
Beach Surf Portugal
Sintra palace group
Jimi Doohan
Lagos to Lisbon
Portugal
Lagos to Lisbon

In our opinion, Portugal is one of the most underrated countries in the Mediterranean. More popular destinations like Spain and Greece draw most of the sun-loving tourists, but Portugal is where you can really get off the beaten track and discover beautiful backpacker gems. We’ll start our 10 day trip in Seville, Spain of all places. One night of Spanish partying and then we’ll be off to start our Portuguese adventure in the beach town of Lagos. Portugal has over 800km of pristine coastline, and Lagos is one of the best backpacker destinations around. Imagine dancing the night away in one of the many bars, waking up to beautiful white sand beaches and then heading off for a day of epic surfing. Now that’s what we’re talking about! From there we’ll hop over to a village that overlooks some of the Algarve coast’s most dramatic scenery: Sagres! With its soaring cliffs and ancient fortresses sitting high above the ocean waves, you’ll feel like you’ve just stepped up to the edge of the world. With its laid-back vibe, vibrant nightlife and wicked surf, it’s the perfect place to live free. Last but not least, we will find ourselves in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. A postcard-perfect blend of cobbled streets, ancient ruins and beautifully crafted cathedrals; you will quickly fall in love with this city. The absence of open-container laws and cheap alcohol also means that a night on the town in Bairro Alto will introduce you to one of the most raucous party areas in all of Europe. Portugal has so much to offer, so strap on your backpack and book that ticket. The Mediterranean is calling!

 
Lagos to Lisbon
Spain
Seville.

Situated on the plain of the River Guadalquivir, which runs through the middle of the city and is bridged by lovely stone bridges, Seville is the largest city in Andalusia and contains not one, but THREE UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Many of it’s winding streets are lined with Bitter Seville orange trees that perfume the air as you stroll from one bar to another, tasting the delicious locals tapas on offer. Probably the most famous of Seville’s heritage sites is the Alcázar. Taking over 500 years to build, and a mix of Mudéjar and Renaissance styles, it was used to shoot many Game of Thrones episodes. Seville is the perfect place to end your perfect 10 days in Spain!

 
Lagos to Lisbon
sunrise cliffs and beach
Portugal
Lagos

One of the most popular cities of the Algarve region, and in Portugal as whole, Lagos will seriously take your breath away. Famed for its Ponta de Piedade shoreline, along this coast you will find some of the most magical beaches you’ve ever seen. Think weathered sandstone cliffs carved by nature into pillars, tunnels and hidden grottos, kissing crystal clear green and turquoise waters and an ultra blue sky. We know…it’s mind blowing. The town itself is renowned for its bars, restaurants and vibrant summer nightlife. Lying along the bank of the Rio Bensafrim, the old town’s pretty cobblestone streets and picture-perfect piazzas and churches are encircled by 16th century walls. From fabulous beaches, to lively parties and a ton of activities, you won’t leave Lagos disappointed.

 
Lagos to Lisbon
sun sand and surfboards sagres
Portugal
Sagres

Overlooking some of the Algarve region’s most dramatic scenery is the tiny village of Sagres. With soaring, sea-carved cliffs and ancient fortresses sitting high above the pounding waves, this is where you come to witness nature at its rawest and most fiercely beautiful; you’ll feel like you’ve just arrived at the end of the world. Wander through town and grab a coffee at one of its cheery cafes or a glass of Vinho Verde at a local restaurant. Looking for a little excitement? Sagres is home to some beautiful beaches with killer waves! Check out the glorious spot that is Praia de Mareta and sun yourself on the warm sand or grab a board and start paddling. With tons of surfers inexorably drawn to the town, you’ll find a laid-back nightlife and unobtrusively cool vibe, making it the perfect place to live free with your new Free & Easy friends.

 
Lagos to Lisbon
city view lisbon
Portugal
Lisbon

Ah Lisbon. Situated amongst seven lovely hills is the Portugese capital. This is a city where you can go from exploring azulejo-splashed architecture and sitting in little cafes...to drinking and feasting your way through raucous parties that keep you dancing until the sun comes up. No word of a lie, Lisbon has it all! Work your way through ancient ruins and beautiful cathedrals, hop on a tram and let it take you where it will, or head to Alfama and be greeted with the unique music of Fado. Lisbon is the perfect city to get lost in, with hidden gems tucked around every corner. Wine, dine and be merry!

10 days in Portugal
Lagos to Lisbon

Lagos to Lisbon

In our opinion, Portugal is one of the most underrated countries in the Mediterranean. More popular destinations like Spain and Greece draw most of the sun-loving tourists, but Portugal is where you can really get off the beaten track and discover beautiful backpacker gems. We’ll start our 10 day trip in Seville, Spain of all places. One night of Spanish partying and then we’ll be off to start our Portuguese adventure in the beach town of Lagos. Portugal has over 800km of pristine coastline, and Lagos is one of the best backpacker destinations around. Imagine dancing the night away in one of the many bars, waking up to beautiful white sand beaches and then heading off for a day of epic surfing. Now that’s what we’re talking about! From there we’ll hop over to a village that overlooks some of the Algarve coast’s most dramatic scenery: Sagres! With its soaring cliffs and ancient fortresses sitting high above the ocean waves, you’ll feel like you’ve just stepped up to the edge of the world. With its laid-back vibe, vibrant nightlife and wicked surf, it’s the perfect place to live free. Last but not least, we will find ourselves in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. A postcard-perfect blend of cobbled streets, ancient ruins and beautifully crafted cathedrals; you will quickly fall in love with this city. The absence of open-container laws and cheap alcohol also means that a night on the town in Bairro Alto will introduce you to one of the most raucous party areas in all of Europe. Portugal has so much to offer, so strap on your backpack and book that ticket. The Mediterranean is calling!

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Lagos to Lisbon
Portugal
Lagos to Lisbon

In our opinion, Portugal is one of the most underrated countries in the Mediterranean. More popular destinations like Spain and Greece draw most of the sun-loving tourists, but Portugal is where you can really get off the beaten track and discover beautiful backpacker gems. We’ll start our 10 day trip in Seville, Spain of all places. One night of Spanish partying and then we’ll be off to start our Portuguese adventure in the beach town of Lagos. Portugal has over 800km of pristine coastline, and Lagos is one of the best backpacker destinations around. Imagine dancing the night away in one of the many bars, waking up to beautiful white sand beaches and then heading off for a day of epic surfing. Now that’s what we’re talking about! From there we’ll hop over to a village that overlooks some of the Algarve coast’s most dramatic scenery: Sagres! With its soaring cliffs and ancient fortresses sitting high above the ocean waves, you’ll feel like you’ve just stepped up to the edge of the world. With its laid-back vibe, vibrant nightlife and wicked surf, it’s the perfect place to live free. Last but not least, we will find ourselves in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. A postcard-perfect blend of cobbled streets, ancient ruins and beautifully crafted cathedrals; you will quickly fall in love with this city. The absence of open-container laws and cheap alcohol also means that a night on the town in Bairro Alto will introduce you to one of the most raucous party areas in all of Europe. Portugal has so much to offer, so strap on your backpack and book that ticket. The Mediterranean is calling!

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IMPORTANT: If you are doing a combo trip and booking your own flights, please contact us to confirm the start and end point of your trip.

Day 1 Seville
Flights will arrive into Seville, Spain on the first day joining up for the last night of the 10-Day Spain trip.
Day 2-4 Lagos
Those who are not continuing on to the Portugal trip will depart from the group and we will hop on a A/C private bus to Lagos. Here we will spend three days exploring the stunning coastline, wandering the town and staying up way too late!
Day 5-6 Sagres
We depart for Sagres - The southwest coast of Portugal. Here we will be away from tourist hordes and be living a laid-back beach life. This is where the waves get good!
Day 7-10 Lisbon
Depart from the coast by A/C private bus and head to the capital city! Here we will have 3 days to explore, eat and drink and be merry! We will also have a day trip to the nearby historical town of Sintra.

To live Free and Easy is to live without busy, rigid schedules. Each destination provides some amazing activities, but we make sure that free time is there so you can take part in all of them or none of them, do as much or as little as you want. 'Take time, breathe it all in, no rush!'

More detailed information about what's included, destination information and activities are listed on this page.

Please note: The above itinerary is subject to change. A confirmed Free & Easy trip itinerary with exact routing will be provided at least 30 days prior to trip departure. 

IMPORTANT: If you are doing a combo trip and booking your own flights, please contact us to confirm the start and end point of your trip.

Epic Experiences you will have on this adventure

Explore the Magic of Sintra

Just a short drive from Lisbon, exploring Sintra is like walking straight into a fairy tale. Winding your way through gorgeous mountains, velvety forests rife with greenery, enchanted gardens and glittering palaces, this may be one of the most interesting days you have in Portugal. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the many towns found in Sintra’s rolling hills are dotted with beautiful lookouts and pastel-hued manors. We’ll take you on our very own Free & Easy day trip to this incredible locale, and we'll explore the multi-coloured Peña Palace. You'll then be free to explore the gardens of the Quinta de Regaleira, the National Palace, or whatever your heart desires! With so much to see and unexpected surprises around every bend, you’ll never want to stop exploring the beautiful side of Portugal.

Party in Bairro Alto

Crank it up! Welcome to Bairro Alto, the ‘it’ spot for a night on the town in Lisbon. A picturesque working class quarter during the day, nighttime transforms this area of town into a boisterous backpacker’s dream. The bohemian heart of Lisbon, wander through trendy traditional and international restaurants, intimate Fado Houses with the sound of music wafting out doorways, a variety of alternative shops, and all the bumping bars your little traveling heart could desire. The absence of open-container laws and cheap alcohol means that a night on the town in Bairro Alto will introduce you to one of the most raucous party quarters in all of Europe. Everyone here is bar-hopping across cobbled streets, regardless of age, background or lifestyle. And don’t expect an early night in. Throughout the summer the partying continues until early into the morning. So put your Portuguese party pants on and enjoy the novelty of wandering the streets with cold drink in hand!

Nibble on Bacalhau

Bacalhau is the Portuguese word for cod and, in particular, dried and salted cod. It’s the most popular base ingredient in Portuguese cuisine, with its history traced back to the 14th century and Portugal’s era of exploration. This style of preparation allowed cod to be to be kept on ships for years, and became a staple in the Portuguese diet with the discovery of huge cod stocks off the shores of Newfoundland. Doused in vast quantities of salt and dried under the scorching Mediterranean sun in order to maintain preservation, the cod is then soaked in freshwater for 24 hours before being needed (to reduce the sale level) and then added to a variety of dishes. While dishes with Bacalhau might be a little outside of your culinary comfort-zone, while in Portugal make like the Portuguese! You only live once.

Booze Cruise Along the Portuguese Coast

While Lagos might be the perfect place to lie on the beach all day, Free & Easy is adding a little excitement to your trip to Southern Portugal. How about the best booze cruise in the country?! Spend an afternoon gliding along the Portuguese coastline with your brand new TFFs! Lagos is famed for its Ponta de Piedade shoreline, with its weathered sandstone cliffs carved by nature into pillars, tunnels and hidden grottos, kissing crystal clear green and turquoise waters and an ultra blue sky. Top it all off with all-you-can-drink beer and sangria, drinking games, funnels, music, dancing and a whole lot of FnEZ shenanigans, and this will most definitely be a cruise to remember. Stopping here and there for a refreshing swim, we like to spend the day gawking at the stunning natural setting while throwing down and having a party fit for such a glorious sailing experience. Welcome to Free & Easy’s Portugal!

Lisbon City Tour

We will have our young local guide take us around the the best parts of the city, showing us all the fascinating buildings and explaining the history in a way that will keep you captivated and doesn't feel like history class!

Surf an Atlantic Wave

Nothing compares to the feeling you get the first time you paddle into a wave, stand up as it breaks and ride the face of it – this is the incomparable feeling of surfing. When you get it right, you'll know, because you'll be more excited than the first time you had sex and probably more addicted to it, too! Surfing is arguably the most challenging sport in the world and requires you to learn much more than physical coordination. In order to surf a wave, you'll need patience, discipline, a lack of fear and an insatiable urge to have fun. There aren't many places in Europe that can post wicked surf scenes, but Spain and Portugal sure can! These countries have become known among surf aficionados for small towns with killer breaks. Ready, set, paddle!

Eat at the Time Out Market

Lisbon is already a magical place, but add in this eating experience, and you’ve got yourself a good night! The Time Out Market became the #2 must-see attraction in Lisbon within 8 months of opening. The market boasts 24 restaurants among other shops, bars, and even a live music venue, all surrounding an open concept dining area. Hard to picture? It’s basically a huge food court, but with award-winning food. It’s run by a group of magazine journalists who’s idea is: “If it’s good, it goes in the magazine, if it’s great, it goes into the market.” Everyone can go grab their own idea of a perfect meal, from traditional Portuguese food to Pad Thai, and everything in between, and meet up at the same table to enjoy it all. It’s also the best place to try Pastel de Nata, Lisbon’s famous custard pastry.

Sip on Fine Wines…For Cheap!

The Mediterranean is home to some of the best-known wines in the world. The variety of climates spread across the Iberian Peninsula mean that both Spain and Portugal have very strong wine-making traditions…in fact Spain’s wine-producing dates all the way back to at least 3000 years ago! Not only that, but buying wines in these countries is CHEAP! It’s the backpacker’s paradise! Incredible wines for just a few dollars a bottle? Count us in! Whether you’re sipping on Portugal’s famed Vinho Verde, or trying a delicious bottle from the famous Rioja and Tempranillo regions of Spain, you are unlikely to have complaints. Looking to try something new? What about a fortified wine? Port and Madeira in Portugal, and Sherry in Spain are very well known and definitely worth a try. So let your inner wino out, save your dollars and start sipping!

Listen to Fado

A popular music genre traced back to the early 1800s, Fado is a form of Portuguese singing that is often associated with sitting with a drink in hand in pubs, cafes and restaurants. It is melodic and expressive in nature, but also profoundly mournful. The singer will express melancholy at the harsh realities of daily life, whether it’s of the life of the poor or the life of the sailor at sea, and the music is infused with resignation and fatefulness. They are often accompanied by 12-string guitars, violas and even 8-string basses. Fado is a very important musical tradition in Portugal, having made UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists, and lucky for you, you'll be able to hear it in the streets without having to try to hard. Fado isn't always a group activity, but if you find yourself near a cafe, slip inside and take a listen for a while.

Drink All the Sangria

Ah, Sangria. Does anything taste better on a balmy summer day as you sit chatting with friends on your porch? Well it’s even better when you’re chilling in Spain and Portugal with your brand spankin’ new TFFs! Spain and Portugal are the Sangria Capitals of Europe! Not only has Sangria been around in these areas for close to 2,000 years, but it’s also where you will find some of the cheapest, most delicious versions of this wine cocktail that you can imagine. So what exactly is Sangria? Traditionally it consists of red wine (although some people now make it with white instead), chopped fruit like orange, lemon, peaches and/or berries, a sweetener like honey or fruit juice, and brandy. It’s then left to sit in the fridge for as little as a few minutes all the way up to a few days! Thinking of ordering a glass of it? Forget it…order a pitcher. Some nightclubs even sell it by the 2L bottle. Now that’s hardcore. Whether you’re tucked away in a tiny café off La Rambla, or sitting in a beachside bar in Lagos, this wine-based specialty is sure to quench your thirst and lead to the best of times.

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What's included in this adventure

Accommodation (Europe Trips)

  • Accommodation for the duration of your Free & Easy experience
  • Rooms will be a mixture of 2-10 person rooms throughout the trip

Transportation

  • All group travel between destinations
  • If you are doing multiple trips, all travel between trips is included
  • Return international flights and airport transfers*** (No surprise extra flight surcharges)

***Land Package prices do not include your international flight, airport taxes or transfers

Leaders

  • 2 knowledgeable and fun Free & Easy leaders
  • 17 years of trip leading experience
  • No commissions or gratuities required or accepted... ever!
  • Preparations guidebook
  • Trip Experience guidebook

Meals: Portugal (10 Days)

  • Breakfast included during our stay in Lisbon

Activities: Portugal (10 Days)

  • Lisbon city tour
  • Sintra day tour (transport and palace entry included)
  • South Coast Day Trip (includes Benagil Cave and The End of the World)
  • Sangria Beach Day
  • Watch a sunset from the rooftop of a haunted hotel (don't worry, we do not stay here!)

Optional Activities: Portugal (10 Days)

  • Bar hopping - Bairro Alto to Pink Street
  • Experience famous Lagos nightlife
  • Lagos Booze cruise
  • Surfing
  • Kayaking
  • Listen to Fado music
  • Avoid being skinny with Portugese pastries
  • Ride a Lisbon streetcar
  • Go shopping in Baxia Chiado
  • Eat & Drink at the famous Time Out Market in Lisbon
  • Catch the sunset from a Lisbon viewpoint

Not Included

  • All meals and drinks (except those mentioned above)
  • Activities outside of the ones listed above (optional activities are not included)
  • Any Visa or Visa fees

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