I STARTED my rail trip through Portugal in a small Algarve town called Faro, because I found a hostel there offering a room for a single Euro per night. It was a simple bed in an old house, but it served as the perfect starting point from South to North through Portugal.
Portugal is a beautiful country perfect for exploration by train. Its long slender form makes it convenient to explore it in a linear fashion, and with a quick connecting bus ride it’s easy to also visit neighboring Spain. In two weeks, I was only able to scrape the very surface, and I left vowing to return. Here are 12 of my favorite moments during the trip.