Back in early summer, we took a family vacation to Portugal. The Hubby’s parents were born in Portugal and we wanted to immerse ourselves and our girls in the culture. We spent one week on the island of Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal where my mother-in-law is from. Then we flew to Lisbon, Portugal the mainland and spent a week. It was the most amazing trip that I have been on. This was my first time in Europe and spending two weeks visiting so many villages and cities, by plane, car, taxi, train, ferry and foot it felt very luxurious and my own Portuguese oasis.
I have not done a Portugal vacation post yet, since I came home with thousand of pictures it was impossible to pick the top ten or so to share with you. I have decided that I will share several posts around specific experiences which will be easier to manage and share.
The first experience that I am bringing to you is our accidental Urban Exploration. Before going to Portugal, I had spent months researching tourist attractions, restaurants, beaches, and food that I wanted to visit and try. I cam across a few articles about an abandoned hotel on the Island of Sao Miguel, but did not add it to my list as I assumed we would never cross paths. We visited the Lagoa das sete cidades which is a twin lake in an ancient dormant volcano that due to reflecting the sunlight one side looks green and the other looks blue. After taking in the views, we continued to drive up the mountain and at top, all alone with no hustle and bustle stood the massive concrete abandoned hotel. There was no fence, no guards, no signs and a few other tourists walking about so as a family we got out and explored. This is what we saw:
Abandoned hotel at the top of the mountain, in the clouds. The style is reminiscent of a pagoda.