Classic Car Road Trip From Portugal to Morocco: Sun, Sand and Wine

There are so many choices to enjoy if you’re looking for a classic car road trip from Portugal to Morocco, we’ve designed this one around the beaches and the wine.

Start off your classic car road trip from Portugal to Morocco make your way to the starting city of Porto; famous for wine, football and an incredible riverside cityscape. Declared the European City of Culture in 2001, the historic buildings have all been renovated, and the streets and squares all reconstructed. This place is truly energetic and the waterfront cafes and restaurants are a must. This city was built on the hills overlooking the Douro River and today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From Porto make your way East through Penafiel to the vineyards and valleys of Amarante. This will take you about an hour (42 miles). Here you’ll find your tastebuds are enticed with excellent cheeses, smoked meats and rich eggy pastries. There is free parking in and around Amarante but watch out for overnight stays as market days means it gets crowded come Wednesdays and Saturdays.

With a full belly the next step is to drive to Figueira da Foz which will take out about two hours (118 miles). Here you’ll see Europe’s wildest beach and the most bustling seaside resort on the coast. This destination is popular with the locals and with its champion waves, surfers are always to be seen. The casino brings on some well known individuals so it’s worth a visit to see who is on too.

Once you’ve enjoyed the beach move on to Peniche. You’ll need just over an hour for the journey (90 miles). Set on a headland with the sea on all sides, Peniche is a working port so it’s busy and attracts a lot of tourists. The fresh seafood should certainly be on your list to try, and if you’re interested in Portugese history make your way to the walled historic centre. For the beach lovers there is plenty to do – you can rent out accessories for pretty much any sport.

For just another hour’s drive (60 miles) you can rest on the beach of Ericeira. A natural harbour between Cascais and Peniche, these sandy beaches are incredible and more relaxing than the other beaches you’ll have visited by now. With 30m high sandstone cliffs above the blue Atlantic you’ll have some of the best views of the ocean, and if you’re into surfing it’s time to head out into the waters.

For the sightseers head to Lisbon next. It’s only a 45 minute drive from Ericeira (30 miles). It’s worth stopping the night here to enjoy the lamplit old quarters, the white-domed cathedrals and the youthful bohemian bars and clubs. If you want to venture out a little, you’ll become captivated with the woodlands, beaches and the quaint seaside villages ripe for discovery.

Drive south to Algarve. You will need about two hours and thirty minutes to travel the 170 miles there. The Algarve offers coastal pleasure with its breathtaking cliffs and mesmerising beaches, but also comes with beach bars and castles and so much entertainment. It’s a well established tourist destination which has held its village essence in so many ways. For the wine drinkers you can head to Cliff Richard’s wine estate (Quinta do Miradouro – Álamos,8200-443 Guia, Albufeira,Portugal) for the perfect introduction to Portugese wines.

Ready for the final destination? Make your way from Algarve to Algeciras in Spain which will take you about 4 hours (235 miles). You’ll need to catch the ferry to cross the country border to Tangier, Morocco. The perfect opportunity to either catch the scenic view or nap for a few hours. At Tangier you can expect a warm introduction to a hugely different culture from that you’ve experienced on this trip so far. The gateway to Africa, Tangier is full of activities, shops and architecture to keep you thoroughly entranced. It’s worth at least one overnight stay to enjoy the bars and the food before you even consider heading back home.

Reason to try this classic car road trip: for those of you who love a good wine tasting session whilst getting a tan, this is the perfect classic car road trip for you.

How long will you need to fully embrace the trip: between 10-14 days

Anything important you should know: You’ll certainly need a high strength sunscreen. If you’re travelling on a budget then Portugal offers the most value for money.

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