With more than 1,240 miles of coastline on the Atlantic Ocean, this small yet long country at the tip of Europe offers landscapes of remarkable diversity. A country of harmonious colors, Portugal also has a rich historical and cultural heritage, the richness of which is intimately linked to its openness to the sea. Lisbon, its capital, has the most beautiful views of the Tagus, and its monuments boast a multitude of architectural influences. On the steep slopes that surround the city of Porto, the terraced vineyards, among the most famous in the world, have shaped a grandiose landscape that is worthy of the emotions you’ll experience from tasting an excellent Port wine. Between and beyond these two cities, you’ll find immense beaches pounded by waves, a culinary tradition reinterpreted by chefs looking to the future, charming villages clinging to chiseled cliffs, and a thousand intense experiences awaiting you.
— and replete with small restaurants serving bacalhau (cod, which the Portuguese can supposedly prepare in 365 different ways) as well as myriad other varieties of fish from the market on the port.
Another river, another city. In Lisbon flows the Tagus, wide and regal, slowly making its way to the Mar da Palha (“sea of straw”). During the day, the air is filled with the rumbling of the “electricos,” the swaying yellow trams that climb the city’s seven hills. And in the evening, the 12-string Portuguese guitar accompanies the sad but lovely voices of the fado singers in the Alfama district, with its white Moorish buildings, and the pastel-colored Bairro Alto, while the last rays of sunlight cast a golden glow on the ocean.