FOUR: Abandon all logic and common sense for a life of a freeloader living on a beach in the Algarve. https://www.visitportugal.com/en/destinos/algarve" Algarve region has a groovy laid back, old school, surfers feel to it. It's still sort of stuck in the past with authentic houses and architecture. Nothing happens fast - tomorrow is another day. Spending the days at cafe's drinking beer, surfing and grilling seafood is well worth walking away from corporate life. The beaches in Portugal are a bit more conservative than France, so not too many topless girls around, but immensely beautiful, with vast empty unspoilt stretches. The beaches of Portugal are among the most incredible in the world and are among the countrys greatest highlights. Albufeira - Algarve. The church got your back. Just repent and do it all tomorrow again. Algarve at night. Lagos is a busy hive at night with many bars and restaurants open till late- Algarve - Portugal Lagos nightlife. You want to look at the beach and commit it to memory. Some are tame and exquisite, offering pure white sands and calm clear blue waters; others have a greater intensity where surfers dare some of the biggest waves in the world. Whatever your preference, you will surely fall in love with the beaches of Portugal. Our friends we met in Angola were waiting for us in Sesimbra, so we had a quick stop at a rainy, arty town -Sintra.* I will be returning to spend some time here for sure. The main road along the ocean towards Lisboa (Lisbon) was a first world pleasure. Most of the time 3 lanes, well organised and allowing quick access to areas.* We took the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge (at 17kms the longest in Europe) across the Tagus river to Sesimbra. Ponte Sobre o Tejo, or its official name as Ponte 25 de Abril Rio's Christ the Redeemer and the Ponte Sobre o Tejo bridge, or its official name as Ponte 25 de Abril. Ponte 25 de Abril bridge.Over 2km-long, this striking Golden Gate-style suspension bridge links Lisbon with Almada with a view to the Catholic statue dedicated to Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, inspired by Rio's Christ the Redeemer. Ponte Sobre o Tejo, or its official name as Ponte 25 de Abril (the 1974 revolution day or with the name of whom made it, Ponte Oliveira Salazar. Vasco da Gama is the other one up ahead Tejo river, its made of concrete and is around 12km long. Catholic statue dedicated to Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, inspired by Rio's Christ the Redeemer. National Sanctuary of Christ the King - Lisboa Portugal. Monastery Cape Espichel - Sesimbra Portugal. Apparently there are 3 of these statues in the world. One here, one in Angola and the famous one in Rio. We have visited two of the three now. Not because we are religious but they were just just part of the route, maybe some magic? Lisbon - Old, new and super modern all combined - a lively city. Santa Justa Elevator. Sesimbra gave us an insight into the daily coastal living for both the working class and the fishermen. *A mere 40 km from Lisbon, it makes for a peaceful lifestyle for those willing to commute. The harbour is quite busy with both professional and sport fishing, but there is unfortunately a big tourism foot here too.* The town is famous for its beaches, fish restaurants and nightlife, well in - season, we were a bit too early /late. Lisbon streets. The original name of Celtic origin was Cemp Briga, meaning the Burg (Briga) of the Celtic tribe the Sesim.* Close by, on a mountaintop, 240 m above sea level, lays the Moorish castle, and it affords a beautiful panorama over Sesimbra, its harbour and the surrounding countryside. Padrão dos Descobrimentos - Lisboa Portugal. Statue built in 1940 and made permanent in 1960 to mark 500 years since Henry the Navigator's death. The Wild Dolphin statues of Setubal. View over Setubal with the old war cannons. Our friends took us on a day trip to the Arrabida National Park, east of Sesimbra, located on the northern shore of the Sado River estuary.The park covers the beautiful Arrábida Hills. Mediterranean-like vegetation and two of the popular beaches are 'guarded' by the Convento da Arrabida, which was established in the 16th century. https://www.visitportugal.com/en/NR/exeres/891DBFC4-995B-4F61-99AB-33B8D93D95A5 The Portinho da Arrábid beach is famous for being a regular feature on Portuguese TV commercials and the perfect stop over.* We also had a great view over Setubal and the now famous Praia de Comporta where some well-known stars own houses. Camping - Pedro de Moel. We left Sesimbra after a blissful week and went exploring inland again. Sesimbra, Setubal, Evora, Mourao, back via Monsaraz,* Alentejo and meeting our friend again at the coast, Vila Nova de Milfontes. Vila Nova de Milfontes. We will be back! Portugal turned out to be one of our all-time favourite countries to travel.