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TDP2021: Day11 – Lisbon – Algarve – A full day driving along the sea

Whilst our kids sleep in, my wife and I start bright and early on our trip to southern Portugal. Today we will push the southernmost point TW560 has been in Europe from 38°19’52.4″N to 37°00’05.4″N. (Fun fact: The closest TW560 has been to the equator was: 11°23’41.9″N during WAVE2011’s transfer to India)

We’re planning on sticking to the coast as closely as possible and avoid any major roads for a full day of TWIKE Nirvana.

In the interest of time well spent, we decide to cross the river via Lisbon’s iconic instead of adding another 30+km driving around it.

It was a real treat driving across the 25th April bridge as the views are magnificent and we were (except for the very few cycling events where the bridge was car-free) we were definitely the first to pedal across it in full traffic!

Crossing Lisbon's iconic 25th April Bridge

Crossing Lisbon’s iconic 25th April Bridge

 

Just after the bridge, we leave the motorway again and head to the Caparica coast and start our trip for real.

The road stayed hilly as it was during my drive from Porto to Lisbon.

As always in Portugal: a next hill is waiting for us!

As always in Portugal: a next hill is waiting for us!

 

We are always amazed by how high the hills themselves are! We easily can climb a few hundred metres from seal level to just recuperate the same amount back down to the sea again just after the hill was crossed!

Some serious climbing coming up

Some serious climbing coming up

 

Lucky us, that our TWIKE can recuperate up to 410V and therefore we were able to get all kinetic energy back into the batteries from the beginning.

Thanks to the European Union, most of the larger roads we took were very good.

From somewhere to elsewhere

From somewhere to elsewhere

 

Finally, we were in TWIKE Nirvana – driving from beach to beach and village to village with cruise control engaged.

Cruise control on: relaxation, too!

Cruise control on: relaxation, too!

The quintessential Portugal travel pic

The quintessential Portugal travel pic

 

Every time we crossed another hill, we were treated to another stunning view of the sea. This never grows old! What a beautiful country!

Back down to the coast

Back down to the coast

In Portugal the next few hills are never far off

In Portugal the next few hills are never far off

 

We agree with our kids – catching-up quickly in our Volvo after sleeping-in and enjoying a nice breakfast in Lisbon – to meet up at Sagres for a drink.

Endless nothingness

Endless nothingness

On the way to Sagres

On the way to Sagres

Another brilliant TWIKE pic

Another brilliant TWIKE pic

 

The Vicentina Coast is incredibly beautiful and not completely over-run by tourists. Given the wind and long beaches, the main sport here is surfing and kite-surfing. We drive through a few laid-back villages catering to surfers and see the odd converted van housing young people living on a shoestring.

Beautiful back roads with pine treas

Beautiful back roads with pine treas

 

Eventually, after many hills, more beautiful views, we slowly approach Sagres, the southernmost town in Portugal.

Only a few km to go to Sagres

Only a few km to go to Sagres

 

And just like that, we arrive in Sagres and it feels perfect. A beach bar with lots of surfers and us parking as close as we can possibly get to the sea. A perfect picture with a sense of accomplishment.

TW560 has made it to Portugal's most southern point

TW560 has made it to Portugal’s most southern point

Sagres Fort and coast line

Sagres Fort and coast line

Creature comforts plus stunning view

Creature comforts plus stunning view

 

Just a quarter of an hour later our youngsters arrive and we are ready for some drinks before our last leg to our villa we’ve rented for the next few days which is between Albufeira and Faro.

The young ones arrive

The young ones arrive

Beach bar - touristy but really relaxing

Beach bar – touristy but really relaxing

 

After a late lunch and some drinks, we’re all ready to head onward.

Before we in the TWIKE can go back to the coastal road towards Faro, we have to drive to the real southernmost point in Portugal. Sagres Fort and the small loop of road there.

Literally the end of the road - southernmost point ahead

Literally the end of the road – southernmost point ahead

Just a few hundred metres further, we have definitely made it! The southernmost point of Portugal – Sagres Fort. (in theory we could have ventured into the Fort by TWIKE, but this has to wait for a next time, when I’m here without my wife 🙂 )

Sagres' Fort - officially the southern most point reachable by road

Sagres’ Fort – officially the southern most point reachable by road

The views of the coast are stunning and remain stunning all the way to our place we’re staying for the next few days.

Algarve coast suits TW560 well

Algarve coast suits TW560 well

Use Mascara? Sure! ;)

Use Mascara? Sure! 😉

 

90 minutes later, we arrive at our villa, plug in our TWIKE for a very long and slow charge.

Our kids who have already been shopping and know exactly what we need greet us with a Gin & Tonic – our R&R can start for real! It’s grand to have adult children!

We’ll be staying 5 days here before my wife and kids head back to Switzerland. I shall remain in Portugal for some more R&R before driving back to Lisbon for some remote working and meeting people from our Portugal-based team.

Finally there - parking for a while

Finally there – parking for a while

 

Here come the stats for today’s drive:

Day 11 stats

Day 11 stats

Day 11 GPS track

Day 11 GPS track