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 8 worst decisions you can make in Portugal

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

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

by Sandra Guedes

A tourist destroyed a 126-year-old statue in Portugal while trying to take a selfie with it

by Matt Hershberger

6 wildest electronic music festivals worldwide

by Sejal Saraiya

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

by Rodolfo Contreras

30 things you’ll never hear someone from Lisbon say

by Silvia Romão

6 lies the guidebooks tell you about Portugal

by Sandra Guedes

A love letter to Lisbon

by Filipa Chatillon

10 reasons you should never date a Portuguese man

by Sandra Guedes

15 signs you’ve become culturally Portuguese

by Sandra Guedes

To Portugal, I’m sorry

by Sandra Guedes

9 things all Portuguese are born knowing how to do

by Sandra Guedes
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