I had been meaning to blog about Portugal for a while now, but travel got in the way and I didn’t want to rush writing about it. So after 3 months, I finally got my shit together, got most of the pictures sorted somehow and now feeling very excited to write about one of my most favourite countries in the whole wide world (I know, about bloody time I do).
Last June I got a chance to visit Portugal again. I never thought it’s possible to fall in love with the same place twice but it happened. I think it’s because I got to explore the other side of the country and I got to learn more about its culture, its people and its history and while I only managed to see Lisbon on my first visit, I was fortunate enough to see the south of Portugal this time around and it was beyond beautiful.
If I were to describe Portugal in three words I would say: unassuming, unpretentious and underrated.
Unassuming because it’s beautiful but not loud. Unpretentious because it doesn’t try or flaunt so hard. And underrated because it’s surprisingly still not in many peoples’ radar.
A part of me wants to keep it that way– it’s like when you stumble upon a treasure cove and you don’t want to tell anyone because you’re afraid they’re going to come and take all the treasure away from you or ruin everything in the process so you try your very best to keep it a secret. On the other hand, you’re so freaking enchanted and in love with the place, you want to tell the whole world about it. Lol.
But for the love of travel, I’m obviously doing the latter route, I love this country way too much to not possibly tell people how much I love it, even if it’s just through words and pictures. Mind you, I don’t use the best camera in the world nor am I a professional photographer (or my friends for the matter), but I am hoping that the pictures I have chosen to share will help you understand, why I feel this way.
For this trip, we stayed with my very good friend Helio and his beautiful wife Isabel who were generous enough to offer accommodation for both myself and Emma. They live in this quaint lil town called Cabrela and right across their house is this beautiful church, which I never got to see inside :-(
They prepared some tapas to welcome us but Helio insisted that we try their famous ‘Bifanas’ first. Bifanas is basically a pork sandwich. A very popular Portuguese snack that originated from Vendas Novas, where Cabrela is located. I’m not a big fan of sandwiches, but bifanas was the bomb. It’s so simple and sinful and definitely tasty. Must try.
Helio, Isabel and their friend Quina prepared a little feast to welcome us.
Homemade tapas, sangrias and some local wines made for one very tipsy Geri. I apparently made a scene at their town event, but no details will be posted about that incident, ever. Anyway, I love these two to bits.
The following morning, Helio and Isabel took us on an epic road trip in the southern areas of Portugal, starting with Porto Covo, located in Sines.
After Morocco, I have become totally obsessed with doors.
No filter required.Then we were off to another praia or beach. The next stop was Praia do Odeceixe located in the nature park of Southwest Alentejo. Note, if you are reading the words in Spanish accent, you are reading them wrong.
Then we checked out Helio’s favourite beach. Helio studied Botany in uni so aside from the historical facts about Portugal, we also got some crash course on the scientific names of the flourishing native flora and fauna’s of Portugal.
At the most south-western point of Europe, Cabo de Sao Vicente, Portugal
Igreja De Nossa Senhora da Graca
Extreme fishing for those who are afraid of heights. Lol.
More pics to follow (to be continued…)