February 6 – March 5, 2022 (Winter) The beaches in Espinho are among the best in northern Portugal. The beaches in the Algarve are among the best in the world. After two months in Porto’s orbit, we boarded a train south to Lagos to watch the sun set on our…

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January 9 – February 6, 2022 (Winter) Porto was an absolute treat, but even with Covid and the offseason pushing down prices, accommodations were a little much. So we decided to split our stay between downtown and a cute bedroom community down the coast. Espinho gives off major SoCal vibes.…

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December 12, 2021 – January 9, 2022 (Winter) “If you like Lisbon, you’ll love Porto.” We’ve lost count of how many times we’ve been recommended a touristic destination and preferred the less popular alternative. Warsaw over Kraków, Vilnius over Riga, Zagreb over Split. If there’s a city comparison to be…

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Sintra and Mafra

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal

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Lisbon is a beautiful city of landmarks, and we would have been happy spending the whole month there without leaving. That would have been a mistake. Two of Portugal’s must-see attractions are within easy reach of the capital, so see them we did. Sintra is a small spot jam-packed with…

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Yellow Tram, Lisbon, Portugal

February 3 – March 2, 2016 (End of winter) We’re still not sure whether Lisbon’s temperate winter beckoned us, or Penang’s sweltering one pushed us away. But this charming city on the edge of the European continent captivated us instantly. Old buildings and narrow streets felt cozy even on damp days,…

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