Portugal has been on my must-see list for years and I finally made it to this seaside country, the oldest in Europe. And it still retains that old world magic. I’ve traveled throughout Europe and by far, Portugal has the friendliest locals. Time and again we encountered shopkeepers, restaurant owners, tuk tuk drivers and even strangers on the street who were talkative, helpful and kind. One of our favorite encounters, Liza, the hostess of Tapabento in Porto, even went so far as to help us make dinner reservations at another restaurant. We visited her and Tapabento every day in Porto because of it (and also for their killer tapas!).
- City Itineraries
- December 06, 2018
Eat and Shop Your Way Through Lisbon and Porto
Looking for a far away adventure with the friendly, comfort of home? Find your way to Portugal. “I’ve traveled throughout Europe and by far, Portugal has the friendliest locals,” says Rachel Apirian, the longtime fashion industry vet behind the travel blog ChasingAugust. “Time and again we encountered shopkeepers, restaurant owners, tuk tuk drivers, and even strangers on the street who were talkative, helpful and kind.”
Often overlooked for more popular destinations like France, Spain, or Italy, Portugal has much to offer. You can start with its two main cities: Lisbon and Porto. Both are distinct and enchanting, with plenty of spots to indulge your love for restaurants and interesting shopping. To fill us in, Rachel is sharing her list of Portugal’s go-to spots.