Alcacer do Sal Portugal

Short Stop In Alcacer do Sal

Our road trip continued from Porto to the Algarve, meaning we had over 500 km to travel in one day. We knew that one stop would be Coimbra, but we couldn’t decide where to go afterwards.Β  Γ‰vora was out of our way and all the other places didn’t seem interesting. So I took the map and started searching for pictures for each town on our way, until I found AlcΓ‘cer do Sal, a small but beautiful town that looked just like my cup of tea.

We were starving when we arrived to our destination so we stopped for a bite. Called O Nene, I’ve had the most delicious fish at this restaurant. While the owners didn’t speak any English and they didn’t have menus, we understood that you must choose which type of fish you want, how you want it cooked (fried in oil or butter), then you pay per kilogram. We got some “complimentary” cheese and olives while we waited for the fish that we ate with melted butter and a salad. It was absolutely delicious and just writing this makes me drool a little. And believe me, I almost never eat fried fish, I had a plate in Seville a few days later and it took me a day to get over it.

Alcacer do Sal Portugal

After a fulfilling lunch, we set off to explore the city for a bit, before moving on and making sure our hotel reservation isn’t canceled. We discovered some lovely old streets and we wandered around until we found a nice church.

Alcacer do Sal Portugal

Alcacer do Sal Portugal

Decorated with azulejos, the Church of Santiago dates from the 18th century and is considered an example of Renaissance architecture in Portugal.

Alcacer do Sal Portugal

I wanted to get to the Sado River because it seemed like the perfect place to photograph the city. Once I got there, I was impressed by how clean, quiet and beautiful the town was, but also sad that we didn’t have time to visit the castle at the top of the hill, overlooking the whole place.

Alcacer do Sal Portugal

Alcacer do Sal Portugal

“We have to go if you don’t want to spend the night on the road!” mom called, so we walked back to the car on the town’s narrow streets, as always, wishing there were more time to explore the town. Sometimes the days really need more than 24 hours!

Alcacer do Sal Portugal

Alcacer do Sal Portugal

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  • Looks like you had STUNNING weather πŸ™‚
    And the inside of that church is incredible!!! Man, you are totally making us wish we had time to go to Portugal.

    • Well there’s always next time, right? πŸ˜‰ There are a lot of churches like that one in Portugal (or even more impressive), you’ll definitely love it if you visited.

  • Oh man, I love the pretty tiled walls in the church. Looks exquisite! πŸ˜€

    • I was impressed by it too! And realized when I was writing this post that all the pictures I took are of the interior, I don’t even have one from the outside πŸ˜†

  • Such perfect weather and oh-so-pretty πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! It was a nice change from all the rain in Porto πŸ˜€

  • Have you already posted a map of your route? Look like to take a look/copy it πŸ˜€

    • I haven’t, but I should have done that already. Will update a post and let you know πŸ˜‰

  • <3 veeeery pretty indeed!! I agree… sometimes we need a 48 hours day πŸ˜€ beautiful pictures… it was such a nice sunny day!

    • It rained on the road, but once we got there, the weather was just perfect. πŸ˜€

  • Wow! What a pretty place! The architecture of Church of Santiago is just beautiful.

    • Thank you, it was one of the nicest churches I’ve seen on this trip. πŸ™‚

  • So much blue everywhere! I love it. I especially like the vintage postcard feel of the very first photo.

    • Thank you! I was surprised about how it turned out, I was playing with an effect on PicMonkey and I quite liked the result. πŸ™‚

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