A country that’s set on enchanting its visitors, its scenery and picturesque sights can easily make any person fall in love with Portugal – one of the finest countries in the world.
Its location on the Iberian Peninsula means that Portugal’s climate, as well as general feel, is absolutely stunning. There’s an interesting duality to this coastal country because the entirety of its geography is split into two parts – the Tagus River is the split between the northern rugged region and the southern rolling plains. With its many deep valleys, perfect beaches, craggy cliffs, and captivating forests, the landscape of Portugal is as beautiful as it gets.
Portugal’s cuisine is quite varied, and that’s mostly thanks to the many colonies it’s founded throughout the ages. Traditional meals usually consisted of fish and vegetables, but after the boom of the colonies, Portuguese cuisine expanded into a varied palette of dishes from all across the world. That, in turn, led to a culture that simply enjoys food, and that’s evidenced when lunch is served – it’s a leisurely affair that lasts for over an hour. Fish still remains one of the most used ingredients, and the many Portuguese delicacies still delight visitors to this very day.
One of the most fascinating aspects of Portuguese culture is the inherent politeness which is present in every interaction. Since the Portuguese have been world-renowned explorers, even going so far to finance Christopher Columbus’ expedition that eventually discovered the Americas, it’s a maritime culture that cherishes diversity but is also quite traditional as well. Deeply religious to their roots, Portuguese people are quite artistically gifted, especially when it comes to architecture, and many of more modern architects have either been of Portuguese descent or have been largely influenced by the country.
The Portuguese peoples have always been pioneers, and that is most evident in their cities. Old, lively, and incredibly charming, the cities of Portugal are absolutely stacked with scenic views, architecture that simply puts a person into a trance, and a welcoming dynamic that can put many other cities to shame. No city in Portugal is gigantic, but they’re all intrinsically cosmopolitan, and cities like its capital Lisbon, Porto, Braga, and many more beautiful examples, are all evidence of a culture and dynamic that are, simply put, magical.
Portugal is one of those countries whose visit will remain with you forever. Magical and enchanting, there’s something special about it, and everyone should make it a priority to visit this gorgeous country at least once.