So I’m finally getting round to showing you all my snaps from my trip to Portugal back in June. Me and Lee headed out there at the beginning of June to visit my grandparents who live out there.
When I tell people my grandparents live in Portugal, most presume they’re in the Algarve (along with most expats in Portugal), but where my grandparents live is actually pretty different from places like Albufeira, which (I’m told) are much more touristy. They live in the rural Tábua, which is near to the north of Portugal – about 2 1/2 hours from Lisbon. They’ve been out there for around 9 years – and this was actually my first visit there (very bad of me, but other things have just got in they way etc.), so I was excited to see where they live and spend some quality time with them.
I don’t have any decent photos of their house unfortunately, but it’s a gorgeous little stone cottage, built in the 1800’s and made of granite – it’s hard to describe but it has some amazing features, including a huge stone boulder that their house is actually built around. I fell in love straight away.
Most of the other buildings in the area are period buildings too, though there are quite a lot that have been left empty and have started to deteriorate quite a bit. I actually really loved seeing all of these though – so interesting to photograph and gave the whole area a really authentic, historic feel.
Bit of a random one, but we saw this cow statue next to a small, animal zoo (which unfortunately was closed!) and I thought it was pretty cool. Yipp.
This little town, Santa Comba Dão, is about 10minutes from Tábua and has the cutest little streets, walkways and tiled buildings. Walking round, there was hardly anyone about, and it felt almost surreal.
Another thing worth mentioning is the cost of eating/drinking out in this part of Portugal – we stopped in a cafe here and had (between us) three coffees, three pieces of cake, and three iced teas for the total cost of 7 euros (about £4?). I genuinely couldn’t believe it when the bill came – but it’s pretty common in this area… most places charge really modest amounts, which makes the £4 I pay for a Starbucks in the UK seem absolutely ridiculous!
These last two photos are from my grandparent’s garden – living in Portugal means they’re able to grow all kinds of fruits and amazing flowers. We even got to have fresh-pressed orange juice, from oranges in the garden – can’t get much more organic than that! The cat is one of my grandparent’s two cats, but they actually feed 12 (0r so) other cats too – it was a cat-lovers dream… we loved one of the cats so much, I was tempted to bring her home with us!
All in all, our holiday was amazing – we didn’t want to come home! But as my grandparents live there, it’s nice knowing we can go back as often as we can – and I’m sure we will be!
Have any of you been to this area in Portugal? What did you think?