Our daily routine went something like this.
- Wake up & get dressed
- Go to the breakfast buffet (included every day) and fuel up for the day
- Go back to room, lather on sunscreen, make sure we have everything we need for the day in the backpack
- Fill our water bottles
- Make sure our bags are packed and ready to go if it’s a day when we are moving
- Put on our hats, grab the hiking poles, backpack and start our hike, usually between 9 and 10am.
The beauty of this trip was that every day brought brand new scenery and types of scenery. Some days were along the breathtakingly beautiful coast where massive waves crashed against the shore under a backdrop of clear blue sky.
The paths were always steep.
Going down was frequently tougher than going up.
The views were always spectacular, no matter where we were.
We hiked through forests that looked enchanted.
Some days we passed through villages.
The paths would vary from cobblestone to rocky dirt off and on most days day.
Some days we visited palaces:
Mostly, we hiked. We walked and drank in the beauty of the countryside. Every day seemed completely different, yet all were spectacular. Picturesque views were all around us, every minute, every day. Wildflowers dotted the landscape. We rarely saw other people.
After a day of hiking, we would arrive at our lodging, (usually around 5pm) tired, hungry, and weary. Here was our end of the day routine:
- Take a shower
- Eat dinner
- Try to find a spot to get wifi to check our emails
- Download the days pictures from camera to ipad
- Plug in extra camera battery to recharge for the next day
- Charge GPS batteries
- Charge phones and/or iPads if needed
- Repack the backpack for the next day
- Take a quick look at the next day’s hike
- Decide on a plan for morning, what time to set our alarm, what time to go for breakfast, and what time we were targeting to start walking.
- Write in our journals if we weren’t too tired, which we usually were.
Get up and do it again!
For more on our trip: My Trip to Portugal General Information
For more on food and drinks of Portugal: Food and Drink of Portugal
For hotel information on where we stayed: Portugal Hotels
For Palaces and Attractions: Portugal Palaces and Attractions