In between Porto and Lisboa

Previous weekend we made a little trip by car, visiting coastal places, towns and cities on the road in between Porto and Lisboa. We went to places like Nazaré, Peniche, Leiria, Figueira da Foz and Coimbra.

Nazaré is a nice small town near the ocean which has the old town center high on top of the cliffs while the commercial part of this town is located down near the beach.

Nazaré (photo from

Nazaré is also know because of the recent world record of ‘highest surfed wave’, where Garrett McNamara took a 100 foot (30 meters) high wave on the 29th of January.

Peniche is also a place where a lot of surfers go to. There is the annual world championship and the town itself is surrounded by cliffs and Atlantic ocean water, there is also the nice GeekCo where we stayed.

Peniche (photo by

Leiria is more in land and has a nice old castle and cathedral to visit. From the castle you also have a good view on the nearby soccer stadium which is very colorful.

Leiria castle (photo by

Coimbra can in some ways by compared to Porto. The city center is also very step to walk through and you have a lot of schools and universaties there, a botanical garden, bars and disco’s, good restaurants, a shopping street and there is also a river going through the town. Founded in 1290 Coimbra actually has one of the oldest universities in Europe. There is also the old Roman city that you can visit, so if you have the time you should definitely go to Coimbra.

Coimbra (photo by )

Here we also got served a very good local dish called Chanfana. It’s meat that has been put in wine for 3 days and afterwards cooked for 4-6 hours. It actually looks very very familiar with the dish called ‘stoofvlees’ that we have in Belgium!

Chanfana (photo


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