Berlinga Island

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Monday 2nd July

We all spent out last day on Berlinga Island, a tiny island off the coast of Portugal. At 2:00PM we caught a boat over the crazy seas. My dad and brother were desperate to try out the surfing while we were away but unfortunately the waves were never big enough, but typically we choice to get a boat over the ocean on a day where the waves are crazy. It was a very windy boat ride, ahahaha! But at least it was only a 20 – 30 minute ride.

When we got there none of us could believe it. It seemed as if people were on holiday there, with girls washing in the sea, a tiny beach, boat everywhere, it was a completely different culture and was very interesting!

First of all we walked to the castle on the other side of the island. It was right over the hills and down hundreds of steps. My mum, sister and I did not come prepared when we wore flip – flops and carried huge handbags. When we got there we had a look around, a quick drink before heading back to the little beach. I was desperate to go snorkelling.

Unfortunately, when my cousin, Jack and I went snorkelling we did not see many fish but we did climb into a cave. It had its own private beach inside but the waves were crashing in so heavily that I got scared.

If you are staying near Lisbon in Portugal I would recommend spending the day at Berlinga Island, it is a great experience and beautiful place.

 

Ă“bidos Castle: a different day, a different beach

Wednesday 27th June

On our way too a new beach my Dad wanted to go the rural way and stop at a castle. I am glad we did, the place was beautiful. Filled with colours, flowers and culture. It was like walking the Great Wall of China, ahah. You had to walk along a wall that was extremely high in the air, with no wall on one side, to get to the castle, as you can see in my second photograph.

After we walked around around the shops and got a coffee in a cute cafe. It was very hot so by the time we had finished, we were ready for the beach.

We went to the other side of Peniche beach, where there were a lot more people, bars and rocks to climb on. My family and I love to just sit on the beach, especially when it is sunny. My brother is like a fish so he gets very bored, but loves it when someone actually gets in the sea with him, haha!

Nearly everyday we have been travelling to a different beach that Dad discovers on google maps. It is always exciting to try new things.