Get off the beaten path in Portugal! With over 800km of pristine coastline, this country is full of beautiful backpacker gems. Imagine dancing the night away in a bar, waking up to beautiful white sand beaches and then heading off for a day of epic surfing! That's what your trip will be filled with in Portugal, so strap on your backpack and book that ticket. The Mediterranean is calling!
Our Love Affair with Portugal
Spain & Portugal was the second ever Free & Easy-run trip (after we made our debut with Greece). While we lived it up Mediterranean-style for a couple years, Europe was put on hold when we discovered the magic of Thailand and Southeast Asia. However, 15 YEARS LATER we’re thrilled to be once again exploring Portugal with our travelers. This country very much represents the FnEZ approach to travel; your experience is about so much more than just passing through big cities and seeing the sites, but rather about slowing down to enjoy the local pace of life. With a warm, dry climate you’re never far from the sea and a gorgeous beach. The people are friendly, laid back, and truly understand living in the moment rather than hurrying through life at a hectic pace. Portugal is where you’ll be able to strike the perfect balance between experiencing rich historical and artistic locales, and taking in the local vibe and atmosphere you find in every street-side café, surfer hangout and nightclub. It’s the kind of country that inspires the soul.
Fans of Fado
An extremely 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 extremely 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 you would be doing yourself a disservice to miss out on it while in this wonderful country.
Portugal has some of the most dramatic scenery you will come across, and it’s natural beauty boasts a startling variety from rolling hills to sweeping cliffs. Go hiking on the edge of the world, or swim in crystal clear waters under wind-tunneled cliffs. Surf incredible breaks off dune covered-beaches or laze under the warm Mediterranean sun. Portugal’s scenery has something for everyone, and you will be blown away by the awe-inspiring views a trip to this country will offer.
Lagos to Lisbon
Experience all that Portugal has to offer, from the beautiful capital of Lisbon to the sunny beaches and awesome activities available along the coast.