Planning a vacation is one of the most pleasant sensations we can have. The excitement of designing your own itinerary is added to the butterflies in your stomach during the previous days. The process of planning the trip should also be enjoyable. In this article, we tell you which camper routes in Portugal are the best, so you can structure your dream trip in the best way.
The camper routes in Portugal that you cannot miss
Spain’s smaller neighbor is a marvel to be discovered. We show you which are the best camper routes in Portugal and how to make the most of them.
Route 1: Lisbon - Coimbra
The first route we propose starts in Lisbon and ends in Coimbra. To begin with, we recommend spending two days in Lisbon to see the whole historic center, where the highlights are the city's cathedral and the panoramas from Santa Lucia; the Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery, among other things.
Sintra is another of the cities that cannot be missed on this route, and it is within easy reach due to its proximity to Lisbon. In fact, the same day you see Sintra, you can take the opportunity to visit Estoril and Cascais, a very interesting triangle that will allow you to see beautiful buildings and wonderful beaches.
Moving up the A-8, another highly recommended stop is Óbidos, a small Portuguese village with a wall that is 1.5 kilometers long, where it is a good idea to take a break. A few kilometers further north lies Nazaré, which is famed to be "the most typical village in Portugal".
Leiria and its imposing castle is another of interesting tourist destination on this route, which ends in Coimbra, another of the cities where we recommend spending one or two nights to get to know it in depth. In both Lisbon and Coimbra you will have no problem to park your camper.
Route 2: Porto - Bragança
The north of Portugal offers spectacular landscapes that are worth touring in a camper. Starting in Porto, and after spending a couple of days wandering its winding streets and tasting the famous wines, we can set course for Braga. This small city is considered one of the most important religious centers in the country. In fact, it was here that the country's first cathedral was built in the 11th century.
From Braga, the route we find most attractive is the one that leads us to Chaves, another of the main centres of northern Portugal. It is well known for its rich thermal waters and for the life of the city, where the atmosphere in the afternoon and evening invites you to stay.
Leaving Chaves, it is time to head towards Bragança, traveling through part of the region of Trás-os-Montes, a natural enclave of large natural parks that are well worth a visit. Finally, it is interesting to spend two days in Bragança to visit some of its most important attractions, such as the castle, the many museums or to walk the river bank. Also in Bragança you can park your camper in the parking lot provided for this purpose.
Route 3: Faro - Setúbal, one of the most special camper van routes in Portugal
The third route takes us through the south of Portugal, covering the entire Portuguese Algarve region. To do so, we will start at Faro one of the most important southern cities, and where you cannot miss the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa, or the historic center of Faro.
From Faro we drive to Vila Moura, known for its large marina, casino and golf courses. It is without doubt one of the most important centers of leisure and relaxation in the Algarve. However, if you want to enjoy the beach, it's time to head to Albufeira, one of the main tourist attractions of this region.
The third stop on our route is Lagos, a town steeped in history and with a spectacular view of the city wall surrounding the city and its cliffs. In fact, Praia da Luz is one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole country, and it is located in this region. Finally, the Algarve route comes to an end at Sagres, where we leave behind the hustle and bustle to embrace the tranquility.
As you can see, the routes that you can do in a camper in Portugal are very varied. And, if you want to enjoy the greatest possible comfort, we encourage you to rent a camper in Faro, Lisbon or Porto with us and tour the part of Portugal you like the most without worrying about anything but enjoying yourself.