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Portugal in Just One Word

Portugal's most popular cities and towns described in just one word or image.


Portugal is a country full of wonders — charming castles, pristine beaches, and a metropolitan capital spattered in remnants of the past.


Its buildings are covered in thousands of intricately decorated tiles in countless colors and patterns. Its food is humble, elevating local ingredients and simple flavors to their greatest potential — and its pastries are divine recipes concocted by nuns. At times, its people are serenaded by intense ballads driven by feelings of saudade and at other times, called on to tap their feet in sync to cheeky folk music.


The words to describe Portugal are endless. But what if we stripped down all of those words to just one? Then we'd arrive at the true essence of a place. With that in mind, we asked our liveLUSO community to describe their favorites places in Portugal in just one word or emoji.


By compiling everyone's responses, we've created this quintessential snapshot of Portugal. If you've been to Portugal countless times, these words and images will transport you back to your favorite places. And if you're someone considering traveling to Portugal for the first time, our snapshot will inspire new places to explore and add to your itinerary.


LISBON & SURROUNDING AREAS: lively 🎶


Skyline of Lisbon, Portugal
A lively outdoor cafe in Lisbon, Portugal

Alfama Neighborhood

🎶


Ericeira

welcoming

Lisbon

lively, magical


Sesimbra

seafood


Sintra

magical


Palacio de Pena in Sintra, Portugal

Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, Portugal

NORTHERN PORTUGAL: 🍷


Moliceiro boats in the canal in Aveiro, Portugal

Buildings along the riverfront in Porto, Portugal

Aveiro

moliceiros


Espinho

🐟

Porto

🍷


SOUTHERN PORTUGAL: paradise


Beach in the Algarve, Portugal

Algarve

praia (beach)

paradise


Alentejo

languid


Cabo da Roca

breathtaking


AZORES: 🍃


View of tea plantation and island in São Miguel, Azores, Portugal

Cows roaming free in São Miguel, Azores, Portugal

View of the Pico Volcano on Pico island in Azores, Portugal


São Miguel

🐄 🌄

enchanting, fabled

MADEIRA: 🌴


A traditional building in Madeira, Portugal by @imagefactory

Funchal

🌴



 

A special thank you to our awesome liveLUSO community members for your submissions:


Facebook contributors: Elodie Joubert, Michelle Marques Oliveira, Tanya Olney, Cristina Pinto, Paulo Salgueiro Jr.

Instagram contributors: @celia_cabral, @isamichrisal, @manina83, @mpalmadotto, @raraditz, @s.n.b.p.j

Twitter contributors: @1amaralj, @ABananaRambling, @ShadowOfOsiris, @TourAzores, @VidaFadista


 

Planning a trip to Portugal? Here are some guides we've checked out & recommend for you:




1. Fodor's Essential Portugal offers the best presentation of information organized in a visually pleasing way.


2. With someone as well-traveled and globally curious as Rick Steves, you can never go wrong with one of his guides including Rick Steves: Portugal.


3. If you're looking more for a list of things to do and less detail on the history of Portugal, Portugal Hidden Gems may be the travel guide for you.


P.S. If you purchase one of the travel guides above, liveLUSO may receive a small commission. Thank you for supporting us!


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