#Roadtrip17: 1 week, 2 countries.

Summer time is always a good excuse to get together with friends and go on the road. Today’s post is about 10 friends getting lost in 2 destinations


It all started with a joke and turned into the adventure of the year. A group of friends, some complete strangers to each other, decided to leave ground zero for a couple of days and form long lasting memories.

Our starting point was Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal. The chosen destinations: Algarve and Sevilla. So lets get ‘situated?’

Algarve is the southern most region of continental Portugal. Its on of the most popular tourist destinations in Portugal and Europe. Its administrative center is Faro, but we decided on Portimão which is on of the touristic town in the area. Historically, it is a fishing and shipbuilding centre but has developed into a touristic one thanks to its beaches and nightlife.

Sevilla, in Spain, is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Andalusia and the province of Seville. It is  the fourth-largest city in Spain. Seville was founded as the Roman city of Hispalis.  After the discovery of the Americas, Seville became one of the economic centres of the Spanish Empire, opening a Golden Age of arts and literature.

We had first decided on just Algarve, but then saw this:

Source: Google maps.

 

And guess what? They aren’t that far from each other. So why not go? I mean, when would we get a chance of all us being together and being able to cross a border? With everyone of us living our own lives, it would be almost impossible for us to get together like this again. And from that opportunity came the idea of this journey, a journey we will always cherish (Thank You Nuno!).  And so, #Roadtrip17 was born.

Gassing up before leaving. (Hi Maura!)

 

We got together Sunday morning, gassed up, got some snacks and by mid morning we were crossing the Vasco da Gama bridge towards Portimão. On the way, we stopped by Beja and had some lunch at Novo Coimbra. By the end of the day, we arrived in Portimão, unpacked and filled the house with some chow. We ended up deciding to stay in and having a chill session. We danced, laughed and goofed around until the early morning hours. After some well deserved rest, we decided to hit Praia Grande to catch some sun and then grab lunch close to home.

Diego acting like he isn’t posing @Praia Grande.

 

Then came Sevilla day. We got up with the Sun and hit the road towards the border with Spain. After a couple of hours, we arrived in unique Sevilla.

Souvenirs around Sevilla.

 

Horse ride anyone?

 

Here are some of the spots we got to visit during our 1 day trip to Sevilla:

  • Hard Rock Café Sevilla:

As heavy Hard Rock lovers, we couldn’t miss the chance of stopping by. One more for the collection. You can check them out by clicking here: @HardRockCafeSevilla.

Hard Rock Café Sevilla.

 

  • Plaza de España:

This massive building is Seville’s most impressive after the cathedral, for its sheer scale and grandeur. Plaza de España was built for the Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929 (Expo 29), along with many of the pavilions you can see in and around the Parque Maria Luisa.  The Plaza of Spain was a principal building built on the Maria Luisa Park’s edge to showcase Spain’s industry and technology exhibits. The Renaissance/neo-Moorish styles were used for inspiration. It’s a huge half-circle with buildings continually running around the edge accessible over the moat by numerous bridges representing the four ancient kingdoms of Spain. In the centre is the Vicente Traver fountain. By the walls of the Plaza are many tiled alcoves, each representing a different province of Spain. It is also know as the ‘Venice of Seville’.

Plaza de España

 

  • Metropol Parasol:

Metropol Parasol is a wooden structure located at La Encarnación square, in the old quarter of Seville, Spain. It was designed by the German architect Jürgen Mayer and completed in April 2011.The building is popularly known as Las Setas de la Encarnación.

The structure consists of six parasols in the form of giant mushrooms whose design is inspired by the vaults of the Cathedral of Seville and the ficus trees in the nearby Plaza de Cristo de Burgos. Metropol Parasol is organized in four levels:

– The underground level houses the Antiquarium, where Roman and Moorish remains discovered on site are displayed in a museum,

-Level 1 is the surface of the open-air public plaza, shaded by the wooden parasols above and designed for public events,

-Levels 2 and 3 are the two stages of the panoramic terraces offering one of the best views of the city centre.

Metropol Parasol, Sevilla.

 

We got to visit a lot more place such as La Catedral de Santa María de la Sede de Sevilla, and walked the whole day around the beautiful streets of the older quarter of Sevilla. Towards the start of night time, we headed back to Portimão, Portugal.

For the remaining days of our trip, we stayed around Portimão. We saw a bit of what Portimão has to offer at night in Alvor, and Rocha. We went karting (click here to find out more: @AutodromoInternationalAlgarve), and visited other beaches like Praia do Alemão.

Bolan Bar, Alvor, Portimão.

 

Karting, Portimão.

 

Praia do Alemão, Portimão.

 

Before ending, I would like to send a shoutout to Nuno Reis, Carlos Madaleno, Luna Santos, Diego Sirgado, Ayrton Reis, Ritchi Almeida, Maura Antas, Flavia Bastos and Herlander Sirgado, and to say a huge thank you for the moments shared, the laughs, the pics, the snaps and for helping create this post. You guys were amazing! I couldn’t think of a better group to repeat this experience with. I had the time of my life. I guess its true what they say: It doesn’t matter where you are or go, as long as you have the right people with you. Can we make it a yearly thing? #Roadtrip18 does sound captivating.

One last group pic with the Gang.

 

Lastly, here is a video compilation of our trip done by Luna Santos, just click and enjoy:

 

 

By Yocana Santos.

@Yocanapatricia_