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

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

by Sandra Guedes

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

by Kate Siobhan Mulligan

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

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

20 epic wine regions to visit before you die

by Hal Amen

Portugal’s surf culture: the Algarve

by Marco Delgado

8 signs you were raised by a Portuguese mother

by Silvia Romão

Portraits of Portugal: Lisbon and Sesimbra at high speed

by Katka Lapelosová

10 extraordinarily useful Portuguese phrases for travelers

by Margarida Teixeira

12 people you meet traveling in Portugal

by Marco Delgado
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