Feb 26- Mar 4 2017
50 plus miles mostly alongside beautiful coastline.
After spending pretty much entire winter in Seattle it was about time and given had not done any long trek also something was a miss. Doing some coastal trek was in mind since long, Ireland was kind of known but came across recently added new trip for this time frame In Portugal and it worked out. It was going to be pretty tight with Friday night flight going to New york waiting for 12 hours for connection and next morning reaching right in time for the trek. With all flight delays due thunderstorm finally managed to reach Lisbon 9.30 in the morning, just in time for beginning. Good that we got change of clothing at airport and rushed to the meeting place. Nice group of people 14 altogether. Over next some days we visited villages, town and places. Somethings are better left for an individual to explore and create your own memory.
Country is lush green with lots of trees, the most standing out are Cork tree forests. They are in plenty and had never seen one before. Overall the trail winds around nice beaches, rolling hills , sandy walks, lighthouses and many more things.
Apart from the place the food is a thing and tastes really good. So take you time to savor and just chill out. This might have been the most relaxing kind of trek so far. The people in the group were with similar interests and pretty active with lots of accomplishments of their own. It was nice to hear their stories, experiences and find out new things. Guides made the biggest difference by bringing out fun and knowledge at the same time with lending helping hand anytime and every time it was needed. Pursuing their further studies and doing this, their knowledge base was great.
Were on kind of short schedule hence didn't explore anything else much. Just last day spent in Lisbon hills before next flight back home. Sometime again ....
Its a beautiful unspoiled place with nice food, people to chill out. Have fun!! Did I just open up the secluded spot or next I know it will be like some trails I just hate going these days with huge lineup of hikers. Maybe!! or not really !!