Stories from Portugal

“Take changes, get lost on purpose, look behind closed doors and dare to wander. Because some day, you might just be someone’s favourite author”

We knew that Portugal is one of the most beautiful countries on the edge of Europe, but it was beyond our expectations. The country is indescribably beautiful and we were left speechless time after time.

Algarve: A Coastal Paradise

Located along the southern coast of Portugal, Algarve is full of stunning beaches, dramatic cliffs, and picturesque fishing villages. Algarve is know to be the place where ocean collides with steep cliffs. In Algarve, there is a world waiting to be discovered behind every corner!

Evora: A Journey Through Time

If you want to step back in time, you should head to the ancient streets of Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Evora is filled with Roman ruins, medieval castles, and stunning Renaissance architecture. The iconic Chapel of Bones, adorned with the skeletal remains of over 5,000 monks is a haunting yet fascinating reminder of Evora’s rich past.

Lisbon: The City of Seven Hills

From Evora we continued the journey to Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city. Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, predating other European capitals such as Rome, London, and Paris. The city’s name, Lisbon, is derived from the Phoenician words “Allis Ubbo,” meaning “safe harbor,” reflecting its strategic location along the Tagus River. Lisbon is famously known as the “City of Seven Hills,” with its scenic neighborhoods and landmarks spread across seven hills, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the cityscape.

Nazaré: Riding the Waves

The coastal town of Nazaré is home to some of the world’s biggest waves and fearless surfers who dare to ride them. The underwater Nazaré Canyon channels and amplifies incoming waves, creating monstrous walls of water that challenge even the most experienced surfers. We couldn’t help but to ask ourselves, who dares to surf these humongous waves when we were standing on the edge of the Praia do Norte. If you are looking for an adrenaline rush, you’ll definitely get it by witnessing surfers tackle towering walls of water at Praia do Norte, where record-breaking waves have reached heights of over 30 meters. 

Porto: A Tale of Two Cities

For us, Porto had it all! Porto, also known as Oporto, is Portugal’s second-largest city and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city’s name, Porto, derives from the Latin word “portus,” meaning port or harbor, highlighting its historic maritime significance. In Porto is also located the iconic Dom Luís I Bridge, designed by Gustave Eiffel’s protégé, spans the Douro River and connects Porto with Vila Nova de Gaia. For those enjoying historic locations, Porto’s historic center, Ribeira, is a maze of narrow streets, colorful buildings, and picturesque alleyways, perfect for leisurely strolls and exploration.

Lamego: Unexpected Discoveries

Sometimes the best adventures are the ones we stumble upon by accident. While exploring the Portuguese countryside, we found ourselves in the charming town of Lamego—a hidden gem located amidst rolling hills and vineyards. Fall in love with the ornate beauty of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, perched atop a hilltop with sweeping views of the surrounding landscape. Despite our unplanned detour, Lamego captured our hearts and left us longing for more.

Madeira: The Pearl of the Atlantic

Our adventure also led us to the idyllic island of Madeira, where lush landscapes, rugged coastline, and vibrant culture awaited for us. With its year-round sunshine and natural beauty, Madeira is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, food lovers, and culture seekers alike.
  

As we bid farewell to Portugal, we are filled with gratitude for the unforgettable experiences and warm hospitality we encountered along the way. A heartfelt thank you to our talented production team, including Josh Turner, Keoni Carrion, and Nicholas Shannon, whose passion and dedication brought this film to life. Join us as we continue to explore the world’s wonders and share their stories with the world.

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