Richard Bernabe is an internationally acclaimed photographer, book author, educator, and keynote speaker from the United States. He’s traveled to more than 50 countries while photographing for clients such as National Geographic, CNN, Time, The New York Times, Audubon, The BBC, and many other top publications and media organizations as well as leading photography tours and workshops.
The countries of Spain and Portugal are home to some of the most spectacularly rugged and beautiful beaches in all of the world! The Spain and Portugal Coastal Photography Tour with Richard Bernabe takes you on a counter-clockwise trip through the Iberia Peninsula from Bilbao, Spain and the Basque Coast all the way south to Faro, Portugal and the famed beaches of the Algarve. Standing above the roaring ocean waves along the edge on one of these rocky terraces as the sun is cresting the horizon is a magical moment no photographer could ever forget. For the ardent landscape photographer, particularly one who prefers coastal landscapes, this trip will cross off a primary bucket list destination.
In addition to the many stunning beaches, sea stacks, and natural beach formations we will photograph along our coastal circuit, there are also quaint seaside villages and fishing towns, as well as larger cities such as Porto in northern Portugal which we will visit.
Day 1 – Participants arrive in Bilbao, in northeastern Spain. We will have a short introductory meeting then head out for dinner as a group. Spend the night at Hotel Silken Indautxu in Bilbao.
Day 2 – We will photograph Zumaya (or Zumaia) in the morning and Barrika for sunset. Return to Bilbao for the night and Hotel Silken Indautxu.
Day 3 – Sunrise at Playa Arnia, visit Santillana del Mar and Comillas (coastal towns in northern Spain) and sunset at Playa de Gueirua. Spend the night in Cudillero, Spain at the Hotel el Valle de las Luiñas.
Day 4 – Sunrise from Playa de Campiecho before departing to the port of Ribadeo where we will spend the night. The afternoon, evening, and sunset hours will be spent at the amazing Playa de las Catedrales. Lodging for the night at Hotel La Casona de Lazúrtegui.
Day 5 – Back to Playa de las Catedrales for sunrise, then cross the border into Portugal and the charming seaside city of Porto. The afternoon and evening/sunset shoot in Porto where we will spend the night at the Hotel BessaHotel Boavista.
Day 6 – Depart Porto after breakfast and drive south toward Sintra. Afternoon, evening, and sunset photography from the craggy beach of Praia da Adraga. Spend the night in Sintra at the Hotel Tivoli Sintra.
Day 7 – Sunrise at Praia da Ursa, After breakfast, we depart for Lagos in the Algarve region of southern Portugal. Evening/night walk through Lagos or nearby beach sunset (depending on weather). Spend the night in Lagos at Hotel Tivoli Lagos.
Day 8 – Sunrise at Ponta da Piedade. We will spend the day in this area, which includes two private boat rides through the sea stacks and along the coastline. Spend the night in Lagos at Hotel Tivoli Lagos.
Day 9 – Photography at Praia da Marinha, the “Most Beautiful Beach in the World.” Spend the night in Lagos at Hotel Tivoli Lagos.
Day 10 – Bus transfer to Faro Airport for departure.
*This itinerary is subject to change based on local conditions. In addition, we will try to be as flexible as possible in order to have the best photo opportunities during the trip.
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