An introduction to Portugal

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An introduction to Portugal

In Spring 2017, I spent a few weeks in Portugal. It was my first time in the country, aside from having taken a brief day trip to Faro when I was visiting Sevilla a few years prior.

I used Porto & Lisbon as my bases, taking day trips from each. I enjoyed my time in Portugal immensely, especially the country’s rich history of food & drink. I ate plenty of seafood, sandwiches, and other Portuguese delicacies. I love port, so my trip to Porto’s port houses was like a homecoming for me. I also checked out the local craft beer scene all over the country.

On my way to Portugal, I took a bit of a roundabout journey since I was on a United Airlines award ticket, and similarly my way back involved a layover in Frankfurt. My outbound flight across the Atlantic was in the “bubble” of a Lufthansa 747, something I had always wanted to do since I was a kid.

Portugal has often been overshadowed by Spain when it comes to tourism, but it is every bit as worthy of your attention as its Iberian neighbor. Read up on my adventure below!

Here are my posts about my first trip to Portugal:

An introduction to Portugal
United Polaris Business Class Boeing 787-9 San Francisco SFO to Denver DEN review
Lufthansa Business Class Boeing 747-400 Denver DEN to Frankfurt FRA review
Lufthansa Welcome Lounge Frankfurt Airport FRA review
LuxxLounge Frankfurt Airport FRA review
Swiss Business Class Lounge Geneva Airport GVA review
Dnata SkyView Lounge Geneva Airport GVA review
Swissport Horizon Lounge Geneva Airport GVA review
How to have a Harry Potter & JK Rowling experience in Porto, Portugal
A guide to the Francesinha: Porto’s favorite sandwich
The guide to port tasting in Porto, Portugal
The best craft beer in Porto, Portugal
A day trip from Porto to Guimaraes, Portugal
A visit to Sao Jorge Castle & Alfama in Lisbon, Portugal
A day trip from Lisbon to Sintra, Portugal – Castle of the Moors & Pena National Palace
A day trip from Lisbon to Sintra, Portugal – Sintra-Cascais Natural Park & Cabo da Roca
The best craft beer in Cascais, Portugal
A day trip from Lisbon to Evora, Portugal
A tour of Belem and the Age of Discovery in Lisbon, Portugal
A visit to LX Factory in Lisbon, Portugal
The guide to Lisbon’s trams including Tram 28
The guide to Lisbon’s funiculars & elevators
Portugal’s national sandwiches: The Bifana & the Prego
The best seafood restaurants in Lisbon, Portugal
The best craft beer in Lisbon, Portugal
ANA Lounge Lisbon Airport LIS review
Blue Lounge Lisbon Airport LIS review
The guide to a 24 hour layover in Frankfurt, Germany
The best craft beer in Frankfurt, Germany
Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Frankfurt Airport FRA review
Air Canada Business Class Boeing 777-200LR Frankfurt FRA to Calgary YYC review
Aspire Lounge Transborder Departures Calgary Airport YYC review

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Last updated on December 28, 2019

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