Two and a half hours south of Costa Nova Beach is Lisbon.
I recommend our lunch stop Time Out Food Market. Everything you could ever imagine! We enjoyed prochutto pizza, steak + fried egg + prochuto and potato + croquettes a traditional Portuguese dish. For dessert we had something similar to a chocolate cake but with the texture of a mouse and cookie combined. Another desert was an egg tart which was really good. Here you can sample the local food with options for everyone. There are various chef/stores inside (similar style to Anaheim packing district ..but so much better).
Livraria Ler Devagar bookstore in Lisbon
Torre De Belem Lisbon
Pena Palace Sintra, Portugal
Our final destination in Portugal was Carvoeiro, a small town best known for its beaches and sunsets located in Faro. We enjoyed some wonderful food and a beautiful sunset on the cliffs. On day one, we hiked down to the beach to visit the Benagil Cave. It can only be accessed by boat or swimming. While the boat tours are conveniant they sadly dont let you disembark inside the cave so we opted for the long swim. Although the coldest water I’ve ever experienced, I was thankful I successfully made it. However, we were unable to bring the cameras, so no pictures. But do google the unique view inside. Below are photos of the sunset that first evening.