Walks to remember in a place you’ll never forget – Portugal
The past decade has seen Portugal step out from Spain’s shadow and become one of Europe’s up-and-coming destinations. Porto’s coastal views and cobbled streets have played an important role in this renaissance, as have Lisbon’s cultural icons and Coimbra’s celebrated medieval atmosphere. Then there’s the wine – Porto is the spiritual home of port – and food, which must be eaten to be believed. Just one pasteis de nata (Portuguese tart) and you’ll never want to leave.
But there’s more to Portugal than its food and scenery. The Portuguese suffered through a turbulent 20th century and stability, both political and economic, is a relatively recent phenomenon. Despite this, the people are some of the friendliest you’ll encounter anywhere. Always willing to help, always ready for a chat, the locals won’t take your inability to speak Portuguese as an inability to hold a conversation, and if you choose to walk the Camino Portuguese there’ll be plenty of time for conversation.