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

17 images that prove Lisbon has the world’s greatest street art

by Rodolfo Contreras

11 amazing things Portugal has given us (and 1 awful one)

by Sandra Guedes

12 reasons why you should never travel to Lisbon

by Rodolfo Contreras

6 things you need to know before dating a Portuguese girl

by Sandra Guedes

Ericeira: Portugal’s Surf Mecca

by Alex Hapgood

A surfer’s guide to the Algarve Coast, Portugal

by Rhys Stacker

21 more crazy party hostels around the world

by Tom Gates

The 22 craziest party hostels around the world

by Matt Kepnes

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

by Marco Delgado

24 hours in Lisbon

by Filipa Chatillon

You know you’re Portuguese in the US when…

by Sandra Guedes

14 reasons why you should NEVER travel to Portugal

by Ana Bulnes

From Lisbon to Lagos – why Portugal is the ultimate road trip

by Kate Siobhan Mulligan

The 20 funniest Portuguese expressions (and how to use them)

by Sandra Guedes

Photoessay: Epic canyoneering in Spain and Portugal

by Rui Romão

A tribute to cold-water surfing

by Benita Hussain

The world’s biggest cities from the air

by Sarah Park

18 scenic places to teach ESL

by Michelle Schusterman
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