Portugal has been on my listing of nations I needed to go to for a number of years now, however it wasn’t till this summer time that I lastly determined that it was about time for a Portuguese street journey alongside the gorgeous coast line for a month. I didn’t have loads of expectations on learn how to be Vegan in Portugal or how I used to be going to eat throughout these few weeks, to be trustworthy I assumed that it might be fairly just like Spain, the place veganism is kind of recognized in the cities however fairly difficult in smaller villages and the countryside. Holy guacamole, I used to be in for a deal with although! Because it end up – Portugal is a tremendous journey locations, particularly for vegans and nature lovers which might be in search of pristine eco-pleasant getaways close to lovely seashores! 🙂
Should you comply with me on Instagram, you in all probability have been bombarded already with tons of photographs and experiences from my Portugal street journey all through this entire summer time, however in case you continue to haven’t had sufficient you’ll discover an in depth information and proposals for one of the best locations to journey, see, keep and eat under! When you’ve got any additional questions or if in case you have further ideas or suggestions relating to eating places/lodging/retreats – tell us in the feedback under (that is tremendous useful and helps the submit keep updated)!
In the event you’re not precisely conversant in Portuguese geography I’ve added a map of my actual street journey under: I began in Lisbon, continued a bit north to Ericeira, Sintra, Peniche, Islas Berlengas, and from there went all the best way south alongside the coast to Odeceixe, Aljezur, Sagres, Salema, Lagos, Tavira and ultimately flew again from Faro.
In case you haven’t seen it – I’ve already written a full Vegan Information to Lisbon together with all of the superb eats & stays this beautiful metropolis has to supply! So as an alternative of repeating myself right here I’m going to concentrate on all the opposite treasures Portugal has to supply! Whereas I didn’t have sufficient time on this specific street journey to discover the north of Portugal together with Porto, I’ll add these all through subsequent yr as soon as I compensate for that lacking half.
Referred to as the most effective surfer spots in Portugal, Ericeira is a superb and close by getaway if you wish to escape Lisbon for a short while. Although I don’t know how you can surf, I’ve loved Ericeira’s vibe and pleasant individuals a lot. Ericeira is situated about 45 minutes outdoors of Lisbon and full of surfers from all all over the world. It has 9 surf seashores in complete inside a variety of 8kms, in addition to a number of hidden gems. The city itself is certainly one of Portugal’s most lovely, filled with fascinating previous cobblestones streets and native eating places and bars. Simply standing on these spectacular rock formations, watching the highly effective waves as they break or a type of lovely sunsets, is wort a go to alone!
The city itself is extremely charming, filled with younger surfers and type of has that white-blue greek home fashion to it. Even though it was starting of September and therefore summer time, it could actually get extremely windy and chilly in Ericeira so remember to deliver some cardigans alongside!
The place to eat?
Should you’re craving these Bali, submit-surf, smoothie/açaí -bowl vibes then Nalu Bowls is YOUR place! Actually that is the associate shack to the well-known and ‘Instgrammable’ Nalu Bowls from Bali they usually’re good to fulfill these candy cravings in a wholesome method!
R. Manuel Ortigão Burnay, 2655-304 Ericeira, Portugal
Superb selfmade ice cream with tons of vegan choices! Probably one in every of my favourite locations in Ericeira! Seize your self some creamy ice chilly goodness and stroll by way of the cobble stone streets! Extremely advocate the coconut and fig flavors!
Television. Misericórdia 6 R/C, 2665-311 Ericeira, Portugal
Inexperienced is Good (GiG)
Situated simply subsequent to Nutwood, half Hostel half Restaurant, Inexperienced is Good is a superb place to take pleasure in an superior feast together with matcha/turmeric latte, considered one of their recent juices/smoothies, avocado, hummus or peanut butter toast, salads, vegan tapioca wraps, and even vegan lasagna! It’s the right place to cease by in the morning or after an extended browsing session in the early afternoons (beware they shut round 17:00)!
Television. Misericórdia 16, 2655-311 Ericeira, Portugal
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Casa das Tres
This espresso store is a small, but charming and actually scrumptious place. Aside from vegan choices like chia pudding, superb espresso, matcha latte and different drinks, they provide preset vegan buddha bowl mixtures or combine-your-personal bowl from an inventory of elements. I created a ‘sushi’ bowl together with rice, seaweed, avocado, cucumber, carrot and sesame seeds.
R. de Santo António 12A, 2655-360 Ericeira, Portugal
Sundown Bamboo Bar
Cute little nook cafe, sandwich store and cocktail bar on the primary sq. in Ericeira. They serve quite a lot of veggie sandwiches, carob bread, salads, wraps, scorching drinks with plant milk, nachos with guacamole, juices, açaí bowls, chia puddings, and smoothie bowls.
Television. do Jogo da Bola three, 2655-297 Ericeira, Portugal
The place to remain?
Ericeira Boutique Lodge (≈37€ per night time for two individuals) << examine costs
Extremely cozy place with all of the requirements – a kitchen and correct eating space to organize some meals. three-5 minutes stroll away from the primary sq. and a couple of huge supermarkets (nice for getting ready some sandwiches for the day). Good for extra unbiased and quiet those that need to discover the environment (Sintra, Cabo da Roca) and have a very good night time sleep.
Magic Quiver Surf Lodge (≈58€ per night time for two individuals) << examine costs
This charming surf store is run by Petrina and Mario, who’ve put tons of affection and design particulars from their former life in Kuala Lumpur into the place. Furnishings, picket lamps and macramé wall hangings are virtually all of the work of Petrina or native designers. Aside from renting surf shacks and seashore cabins additionally they supply to check/rent boards by Portuguese and worldwide shaper (for the surf lovers right here).
Undoubtedly value a half-day journey when you’re staying in Ericeira! Sintra is a resort city of Portugal’s Sintra Mountains and its Nationwide Palace counts as a longtime royal sanctuary. It’s a stupendous place to go to with distinctive views. It typically feels a bit like Disneyland as a result of the designs are sort of clashing with one another and also you’ll certainly really feel like a princess exploring the palace.
PRO TIP: be there the second the park opens! In any other case you’ll get crushed by the bus a great deal of Chinese language and different selfie-sticking vacationers from everywhere in the world.
I ended up planning Sintra and Cabo da Roca as a day journey from Ericeira which turned out to be good. I spent the morning exploring Sintra and the palace and the afternoon operating topless at Cabo da Roca seashore! I by no means actually explored Sintra city itself, as my luggage have been crammed with selfmade sandwiches and fruit for a picnic on the seashore so I can’t converse to Sintra vegan eateries!
You may need seen Cabo do Roca in numerous Instagram photographs nevertheless it actually is as beautiful because it appears and DEFINITELY value a go to for those who’re fast in your ft and up for a hike! Actually, Cabo da Roca types the westernmost extent of mainland Portugal, continental Europe and the Eurasian land mass! Getting there includes some critical down climbing so watch out! I completely managed in rope sandals and a bikini although so no worries! The seashore itself isn’t too crowded and more often than not full of younger individuals and topless tanners – my kinda crowd!
I wouldn’t essentially advocate going into the water because it’s freezing and the currents/waves are fairly robust however a fast dip by no means harm no one! To be trustworthy it’s the right place to learn a very good e-book, convey some meals and simply take pleasure in a relaxed afternoon by the seashore!
The rock formations and colour of the sand is admittedly spectacular and the publish card-worthy views are all the time nice to ship again house to the household! 😉
I virtually skipped this a part of my travels however my good friend and I obtained a final minute tip from an area to not miss out on the gorgeous Berlengas Islands proper off the shore of Peniche (silent “e” btw). The islands themselves are located 10km west of the fishing city of Peniche, and are house to the Arquipélago das Berlengas nature reserve. It’s potential to go to and discover the most important of the three islands, the Berlenga Grande, and this 1-day tour is taken into account as one of many highlights of the Peniche area – with good cause!
In truth, I’d say that these islands are undoubtedly a hidden gem and relatively recognized by locals than vacationer (as my pal and I have been the one vacationers on the ferry). Particularly younger Portuguese individuals are likely to go over for the weekends, filling up the islands small tenting website in a scorching second. Because the island is a part of the character reserve, it is just visited by scientists and, in the summer time, by a small variety of vacationers.
The massive island itself is principally only a massive pink-ish rock in the center of the ocean. There’s not a lot rising there or on it actually, aside from a couple of bushes and birds. Nevertheless, there’s one beautiful seashore simply on the small port of the island and the Fort of São João Baptista is situated in the waters off the southeastern coast of Berlenga Grande, on a small islet related to the island by a causeway/arch-bridge. You possibly can truly sleep and keep the night time in that fort for those who’re into these type of issues because it has been retrofitted as a relaxation home for vacationers to remain at whereas visiting the islands.
The spotlight of those islands, nevertheless, is certainly the dramatic pure panorama, and surrounding crystal-clear waters which might be are teeming with sea life. Even if it wasn’t the warmest day and the Atlantic ocean is freezing chilly, we ended up leaping into the waters from the arch bridge. There’s one particular spot the place it’s protected to take action (at your personal danger), however you bought to be additional cautious to be careful for boats/divers/canoes. If leaping just isn’t your factor you can too simply take the steps right down to the water or stay on the fundamental seashore!
I’ve discovered my favourite Portuguese costal city: Aljezur! Although there are tons of those little villages and cities alongside the West Algarve, Aljezur actually stood out to me for a) it’s vegan-friendliness and b) it’s general magnificence and allure! 🙂 I truthfully fell a bit of bit in love with this place, its individuals, beautiful seashores and common vibes! Though we initially solely deliberate to remain for two days, we ended up extending our keep as a result of we had such an excellent time!
It’s more than likely among the best locations to return for a month or two, discover ways to surf and simply benefit from the nature and superb meals round you! This place is all the time filled with younger surfers and enjoyable workawayers which might be touring the area and determined to remain for a bit.
Coming again to this place is so excessive up on my listing for 2019 that I ought to truly simply depart proper now! 🙂 I’m unsure when precisely I’ll be again, however at newest once I lastly determine to discover ways to surf! 😉
The place to eat?
Native Farmers Market
For those who’re in Aljezur you merely HAVE TO take a look at the weekly farmers markets (Saturday early mornings). It isn’t very touristy, in reality it’s fairly the other, crammed with solely regional sellers or expats that settled down in Aljezur for good. The market itself is sort of hidden approach behind the church in the brand new city, so that you gotta know the place you’re going (all the time helps to ask an area)! To be trustworthy I haven’t been to such a stunning farmers market in a very long time. Everybody I met was SO pretty, freely giving free meals, all the time up for slightly chat and simply so heat and welcoming.
Aside from the tastiest regional produce (figs, child carrots, cherry tomatoes, ardour fruit, broccoli, and so forth.) we discovered scrumptious hummus (a very good one made by an Israeli man), vegan candy potato bread and sandwiches by Pão do Sol (a regional gluten-free & natural bakery), the most effective vegan Indian meals & Mango lassi made by the loveliest Indian couple that simply gave away their meals totally free, scrumptious muffins and bread from a German household, cookies, handcrafted arts, garments and a lot extra! To be trustworthy I might have spent hours at this place simply consuming my method via all of the goodies and chatting with everybody! Such good vibes!
In case you’re already in that space I extremely advocate to take a look at the native zero-waste/well being meals retailer referred to as Madame Granel! Diane sells probably the most scrumptious vegan granola, cookies and a ton of bulk elements and 0-waste gadgets like bathing cloths, sponges and so forth. In reality, when you can’t discover the shop simply open your nostril because the odor of freshly baked cookies will certainly information you throughout the church sq. into that beautiful little store!
Convey your personal reusable jars or get some on the retailer itself!
Mó Veggie Bistro (Moagem)
Wow. I keep in mind this place and it’s beautiful meals so dearly! I used to be so pleasantly stunned once I came upon that there’s a loopy common vegetarian now-turned-vegan bistro in Aljezur that not solely serves superb meals but in addition hosts stay music occasions on the common! They all the time have a every day dish on show however you can even select another issues from the menu. Their uncooked cake desserts are divine and actually soften in your mouth. The bistro itself is situated contained in the city’s historic mill which makes for a shocking setting! Their meals is made with the perfect native components and produce and can certainly depart you with a cheerful stomach! Should you can attempt the unicorn soup, triptica open sandwiches, burgers and all the time take a look at their every day dishes!
Additionally be certain that to take a look at their occasion calendar and ask for the yoga courses (occurring in the constructing reverse Mó Veggie Bistro)!
R. João Dias Mendes 13, 8670-086 Aljezur, Portugal
The native Italian place serving quite a lot of vegetarian pizzas, one immediately labeled vegan pizza, and another vegan and vegetarian dishes like pasta and salads. their dough is superb, tremendous fluffy with tons of veggies on prime!
R. do Vento three, 8670-082 Aljezur, Portugal
This gem isn’t precisely situated in Aljezur itself, however in the neighboring city of Rogil, which is only a 5 minute drive away! They’re a totally vegetarian restaurant that’s tremendous vegan-pleasant and run by the loveliest individuals. You’ll find tons of wonderful dishes together with recent juices, muffins, desserts, crackers & dips, avocado toast, vegan sushi, lasagna and a lot extra! I had already seen this place on the street to Aljezur because it’s simply situated on the primary road main by means of the village and I’m truly so comfortable we determined to return again right here for dinner one night!
Av. 16 de Junho 134, 8670-440 Rogil, Portugal
Located simply upon the gorgeous seashore entrance of Monte Clerigo, this cool seashore bar is the right place to get in a yummy afternoon snack! Whether or not you’ve been browsing all day or simply working in your tan, this place is a superb pit-cease for a refreshment. They’ve the standard smoothie and açaí bowls, but in addition a superb matcha latte and scrumptious vegan carob fig cake!
Praia do Monte Clerigo, 8670-156 Aljezur, Portugal
One other place that we discovered passing by way of that isn’t situated in Aljezur however in the broader space in Odeceixe (20 minute drive). This can be a cute little vegetarian cafe providing vegan choices like hummus, gluten-free desserts, burgers and extra. We stopped right here for lunch and spent a couple of hours on the seashore in Odeceixe which is fantastic!
Travessa do Rossio, Largo 1 de Maio, 8670-320 Odeceixe, Portugal
Once more, not precisely in Aljezur however very shut by you’ll discover this spot clearly promoting vegan and gluten-free choices. They’ve two vegan pizzas, pancakes, breakfast choices, recent juices and desserts.
Largo do comércio three, 8670-230 Bordeira, Portugal
The place to remain?
Surf Shanti Lodge (≈85 per night time for two-three individuals) << verify costs
The good nature boutique lodge and retreat venue in Aljezur! This have to be one among my favourite lodging all through the entire journey. We ended up staying right here for four nights and loved EVERY second of it! There are at present four totally different lodges situated in probably the most serene valley proper between Aljezur city and the seashore! If waking up with sunshine and the singing of birds for a relaxing yoga session is your factor, and even in the event you’re simply in search of a relaxed place to remain throughout your surf/household holidays – that is your home! 🙂
Surrounded by hectares of pristine and untouched personal land and dreamlike ocean views this actually is the perfect place to unwind and chill out! In complete there are two charming and superbly appointed self-contained flats and a studio all coming with personal terraces and views on the mountains and ocean in the space. Each flats and studio are very spacious and superbly designed with tons of consideration to element (particularly love the minimalist and eco-pleasant design points)! Massive plus, there are 2 pretty cuddly canine that say hello through the morning and evenings! 🙂
We have been hosted by Stephanie, who not solely made us really feel so extremely welcome but in addition helped with something we would have liked, together with displaying us the native farmers market and vegan gems of the world! 🙂 She is a passionate surfer and well being foodie herself so she will help you with organizing browsing classes or anything you may want.
The Surf Shanti Lodges are such a perfect place to return with a gaggle of associates or a household, to actually reap the benefits of all of the area and amenities (together with an in depth ocean view picnic with recent good from the farmers market)! They’re open all yr lengthy so even good for a fast winter getaway! 🙂
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Atlantic Lodge Aljezur (≈45€ per night time for two individuals) << verify costs
In case you’re in search of a extra hostel sort lodging for particular person vacationers or backpackers you’ll certainly really feel welcomed on the Atlantic Lodge! It’s a pleasant place in the brand new city with an amazing roof terrace to take a seat on and wind down! Additionally they lease out bikes which is very really helpful to discover the world a bit!
As an alternative of competing with the hundreds of vacationers overcrowding Lagos and Faro this time of the yr we determined to ebook our lodging in these cute villages surrounding the cities and discover the world from there. Because it seems, this was one in every of our smarter concepts! It’s not solely cheaper however a lot extra pretty! We ended up discovering the right eco-pleasant getaway in Salema, an enthralling costal village situated 20 minutes from Lagos.
The place to remain?
Salema Eco Camp (≈35€ per night time for two individuals) << examine costs
There are a selection of eco-pleasant stays in the world however this as soon as is certainly one of many extra price range-pleasant ones! We ended up staying right here for three nights in a tipi – a lot enjoyable! There are double beds, a small clothes rack, a mini fridge, hammock, outside seating and a few extra primary equipments supplied with the tent! The camp presents numerous actions together with browsing classes, bike leases and so on. Lots of people come right here with their vans/caravans/motorbikes and camp for a number of days, however for individuals with out vans/tents the tipi choice was PERFECT!
There’s one major seashore in Salema which is already cute, however for the actual deal go to Praia da Figuera – a completely hidden gem full of nudists and topless bathers. There are two methods to succeed in this seashore: take a canoe from Salema foremost seashore or just take the automotive and take the small mountaineering path to the seashore. Actually, there are three seashores separated via rocks, the place the individuals progressively develop into much less bare. The first bay is for anybody who simply arrives off the path while on the seashores additional in you’ll discover hardcore nudist often a great quantity of canine! 🙂 The water is so clear (rather less chilly than Aljezur) and the seashore so clear that it’s one in every of my favourite seashores in all of Portugal.
The place to Eat?
Greatest vegan pizza I’ve had in Portugal! This gem is situated in Sagres (about 15 minutes drives from Salema) and a fantastic lunch/dinner spot! It’s a pretty Italian place with tons of vegan choices like pizza, chickpea farinata, aubergine croquettes, fermented cashew cheese and a lot extra!
I remorse not taking a photograph of the pizza however we got here right here straight from the seashore so I didn’t convey my digital camera.
Estrada Nacional 268, 8650-355 Sagres, Portugal
Additionally situated in Sagres, this snack bar has some easy vegan gluten-free choices together with dips, bruschetta, falafel, garlic bread, burgers and fries.
R. Cmte. Matoso, 8650-357 Sagres, Portugal
Gelateria Alice, Artwork & Coronary heart
Ice cream store with vegan cones a some nice selfmade vegan ice cream flavors. The almond and chocolate ones are superb!
R. de São Vicente, 8650-370 Sagres, Portugal
A brief 20 minutes drive into the opposite course, and also you’ll discover some metropolis life and crowded seashores in Lagos. Personally I didn’t like Lagos an excessive amount of. We got here right here early in the morning and walked among the many rock formations, simply to have busloads of vacationers crowd the place round 10am. We tried three of probably the most well-known seashores and all of them have been far more crowded, soiled and easily much less fairly than those we had discovered earlier than. So we determined to do a number of fast stops at a few of the native vegan eateries and depart Lagos and Faro behind us! I’ve heard that it’s a lot nicer in off season, and there are numerous extra smaller surrounding villages to discover on the south Algarve which look pretty (in case you have any ideas – let me know in the feedback).
We stopped right here for lunch and had some nice meals and drinks. Goldig is a vegetarian bistro serving breakfast, lunch and early dinner with tons of vegan choices together with desserts, ice cream, natural espresso, chai lattes, recent fruit juices, toast with vegan pesto/vegan cheese, hummus, and banana bread! The area itself is sort of small so that you gotta be fortunate or wait a bit to get a desk however undoubtedly a pleasant spot for a recharge!
R. Infante de Sagres 64, 8600-315 Lagos, Portugal
This place got here extremely beneficial from a few of my followers. It’s situated in the Lagos previous city serving quite a lot of dishes together with curries, falafel, lasagna, smoothies, salads, desserts, and so on. The vegan chocolate mousse is superb and the overall vibe of the restaurant is admittedly pretty!
R. da Oliveira 30, 8600-315 Lagos, Portugal
One other gem that got here extremely really helpful! Lalitana includes a restaurant, yoga studio and guesthouse in one serving up scrumptious meals made with native natural components! They’ve quite a lot of dishes together with vegan burgers, coco gratin, muffins, soups, dips and avocado toast and a really heat and welcoming environment in the place itself!
R. Gil Vicente 28, 8600-596 Lagos, Portugal
The final cease on our Portugal journey was the stunning coastal city of Tavira. Tavira is simply a 30 minute drive from the Spanish border however shouldn’t be missed! It is a pleasant Portuguese city that has retained its conventional appeal and cultural heritage!
The place to eat?
Bistrot O Porto
A vegetarian and vegan restaurant that makes use of native natural elements. They’ve an awesome vegan cheesecake and most important dishes starting from pasta to veggie platters, dips, and tajine. The meals is a bit overpriced in comparability to different locations.
Largo Dr. José Pires Padinha 180, 8800-354 Tavira, Portugal
Pretty little vegan grocer, zero-waste, bulk meals and occasional store, serving mild meals, snacks and drinks. We had some superior spirulina smoothies right here to refresh ourselves (we selected the smoothie elements ourselves with the meals from the majority part).
R. Dr. José Pires Padinha 100, 8800-354 Tavira, Portugal
There are additionally tons, and I imply TONS, of Indian eating places in Tavira that each one have nice vegan choices!