Portugal

Although Portugal is the closest ‘Old World’ country to the ‘New World’, it’s surprisingly remained off the heavily trafficked Eurotrip circuits of places like Spain, Italy, France, and the UK. This isn’t for a lack of substance, though–Portugal just has this way of rewarding anyone who steps off the beaten path. Some of its best beaches are often a short swim around an Algarve cliff, or down a dirt road that you’ve just got this feeling about, the same feeling that the Portuguese have always had when facing westward.

It seems only fitting that a country so well-versed in exploration should require a little effort on the part of travelers. You’ll find yourself catching your breath after climbing the stairs to Lisbon’s Bairro Alto, then smiling as you’re caught by the undertow of the steep streets flooded with people. After going the extra mile to Sintra, Porto, or even further to the Azores, a weird sort of historical inversion occurs, where Portugal’s not the one doing the exploring any more–it’s a world you thought you knew, but have only just now discovered.

Portugal Articles
134

The 22 craziest party hostels around the world

by Matt Kepnes
35

The world’s biggest cities from the air

by Sarah Park
34

20 epic wine regions to visit before you die

by Hal Amen
9

18 scenic places to teach ESL

by Michelle Schusterman
28

21 more crazy party hostels around the world

by Tom Gates
28

A tribute to cold-water surfing

by Benita Hussain
7

8 reasons Portugal is the best place to learn how to surf

by Marco Delgado
4

24 hours in Lisbon

by Filipa Chatillon
1

Portugal’s surf culture: the Algarve

by Marco Delgado
45

8 signs you were raised by a Portuguese mother

by Silvia Romão

Portraits of Portugal: Lisbon and Sesimbra at high speed

by Katka Lapelosa

10 extraordinarily useful Portuguese phrases for travelers

by Margarida Teixeira
6

12 people you meet traveling in Portugal

by Marco Delgado
123

How to piss off a Portuguese

by Luís Azevedo

Lisbon’s walls: An interview with photographer Camilla Watson

by Rosa Lia June
4

Most dangerous waves ever ridden: Nazare, Portugal [vid]

by Eric Warren
11

30 spectacular examples of terraced agriculture [PICs]

by Hal Amen
51

28 freaky ghost towns you can visit [pics]

by Josh Heller
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