Ever since my first time going to Lisbon, I feel like Portugal is everywhere I look. On social media, in stores, on TV – even the radio. It’s everywhere. But there’s a reason why: it’s a glorious, beautiful country and it’s got my favourite city sitting right on it. Everyone should experience Portugal at least once in their lifetime.
I’ve visited Lisbon four times over the past year and a half and I feel so at home every time I’m there, the weather is always great even when it’s raining, the smell and atmosphere is warm and inviting, I miss it dearly when I leave and spend most of my time counting down to the next time I’m there. So why should you go? I can give you five reasons.
It’s colourful and cheerful
Everywhere I look in Portugal, whether we’re driving around residential areas or we’re smack bang in the center of Lisbon, it’s so colourful and bright. Every building is coloured and the floor is pale so that the streets look lively and happy. This is something that England could use more of because our black tarmac floor and depressing brown houses are really bland in contrast – you just feel happy standing anywhere.
The castles are something special
Particularly the Pena Palace, we went there during the evening and I so want to go there during the day. Even in the evening it was mystical and magical, the history was seeping through every wall and it was such a pleasant experience. But there’s so many castles and palaces throughout Portugal that you can pay to see and all of them are completely different experiences whilst simultaneously having a consistent aesthetic. They’re worth seeing, especially for those of you that like a sight seeing experience.
Everyone in this country is so nice and approachable. There’s a sense of community and it’s really lovely, I feel like the UK massively lacks this friendliness and everyone sort of keeps themselves to themselves, every time I’m in Portugal I feel like people want to be in each others company. There has been instances where strangers, who know Pedro but not me, have kissed my cheeks and given me a beaming smile, whereas in the UK they’d probably totally ignore me and speak to him – it’s just really nice to be somewhere where the people are so friendly.
Fresh, warm Pastel De Natas
To be honest, before I had a warm pastel de nata I hated them. I found them too over powering and they leave a bad after taste, but then I discovered you could get them warm (much to my joy and confusion as to why Pedro hadn’t told me before), so the next time that I was in Lisbon, we decided to try warm ones in Pasteis De Belem. They were delicious. Actually, the best treat that I ate that week. These alone are worth the trip to Portugal.
If like me, you’re from a cold, wet country, then anywhere the sun actually shines and feels warm is a big win. Throughout the year Portugal is warm, even in December I wasn’t wrapping up, but it’s the Summer weather that really pleased me. Over thirty degrees, cooking in hot sunshine. I was happy (and still pale when I got home can you believe).
So, have you got any plans to visit Portugal in the future? Let me know.