I’ve learned that big cities are a hassle no matter where in the world you travel. If you have a rental car, driving in European urban centers is incredibly stressful. That’s why I chose to ride the bus into Lisbon and let someone else deal with traffic.
Évora & Óbidos, Portugal
After two enjoyable weeks in Spain, I drove northwest from Seville and crossed the border into Portugal. There are no border checks between the 26 European countries that comprise the Schengen Area, which is a different group of countries than the European Union (although many overlap).
I drove this Saturday through the hill country of Andalusia which is the southernmost autonomous community in peninsular Spain. The name “Andalusia” derives from the Arabic word Al-Andalus, another reminder the Moors ruled this part of Hispania until the 1500s.