One word for all of the beaches in Portugal we’ve visited – AMAZING! I loved them, every single one of them. Beaches were one of my favourite things about our trip to Portugal. As soon as we left Lisbon behind we drove way down to the South and spent a few days on a touristy Southern coast. The following days consisted of : sleeping in, eating good food, driving around in search of some beautiful beaches and enjoying each other’s company.
When travelling, we always try to squeeze in a few “rest” days, between those “go-go-go” days. Spending a few days in Albufeira deffinitely gave us that much needed rest.
As we headed to the Western part of Portugal we decided to stop in Lagos. Lagos is most known by it’s ridiculously beautiful and picturesque rocky beaches. As soon as we parked our car in the middle of nowhere (by the macadam road that was close to the path that took you to one of the scenic beaches) things went wrong. We were in the process of taking everything we needed for the beach, when suddely both of us had closed the car door. And that’s when we heard that car had locked. My boyfriend was desperately searching for the car keys, but he had no luck. The car keys were inside the car and the car has locked itself. I thought we are screwed and that’s when I panicked. We were in the middle of nowhere, somewhere in Portugal, we had barely any water with us (thankfully we had our phones) and into the bargain it was 38°C. The only nearby shade was a shade under a palm tree (thank God for that!)
We called our car agency and explained the situation. It would be easy if we were closer to the agency, they’d only give us the second key and unlock the car. But no one could help us at that point because we were 400km away from it. The agency told us they sent someone to check the situation and that we have to wait up to an hour for him to come. We tried to think positive and decided to kill time with walking to see the beach only from the top.
Finally the help came and after another hour of praying that everything will work out, he managed to open the car. I think that was one of the happiest moments in Portugal haha. We thanked him a hundred times and still felt like we couldn’t thank him enough. At the end we were tired, dehidrated, sweaty but so happy that nothing else really mattered.
Despite how bad the situation seemed at first, thankfully everything solved out. No matter how close you are to someone, situations like this one bring you even closer.
We continued our road trip through Portugal and visited some beaches along the Western coast. Two of my favourites were Praia Do Guincho and Costa Nova with all of those adorable beach houses.