Is it possible to summarize each Portugal place we visited in a single phrase?

No, it’s not possible to capture the depth of a place in words. So why try? Instead, let most of the sand slip through our fingers until a few specks remain. New York City could be summarized as “people; lots of people.” But this would miss the incredible culture, diversity, and character of the city. At some point, we have to draw the line. We remember what we remember. The things that remain resonate with us. So, I’ve tried to describe the essence of the places we visited, so you’ll also be interested in going!

  1. Monsaraz: “castle overlooking cobbles and local art”
  2. Reguengos de Monsaraz: “families in the square”
  3. Castelo de Vide: “wise souls wander the narrow streets”
  4. Marvao: “castle in the sky”
  5. Sortelha: “true medieval ramparts”
  6. Monsanto: “rock village hospitality”
  7. Tomar: “Christian Convent on the hill”
  8. Fatima: “pilgrims in awe of God’s miracles”
  9. Obidos: “history plus modernity equals quaint streets and tasty tapas”
  10. Nazare: “big waves hit beach cliffs”
  11. Aveiro: “gondolas, bike paths, and industry”
  12. Guimaraes: “mountaintop over cafés in the square”
  13. Coimbra: “discover deep wisdom here”
  14. Lagos: “local vibe among touristy beaches”
  15. Portimao: “best boats and best caves”
  16. Sagres: “the edge of the world”
  17. Sintra: “touristy fairytale castle”
  18. Porto: “expressions of pure style on both sides of the river”
  19. Lisboa: “the genuine experience, with a taste of San Francisco and spice from Barcelona”
Portugal Trip: Week 1 and Week 2 (Feb-Mar, 2022)

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