5 Surprising Things About Portugal

Nutmeg has wanted to visit Portugal since the 1970s.

At that time, her parents spent their holiday venturing along the rugged Atlantic coastline and small roads in a Volkswagen (VW) van, sharing the driving and vinho verde (young wine) with some Canadian friends. It was their photos of sunny surf swept shorelines and red-checkered tablecloths that stuck Portugal firmly on Nutmeg’s travel bucket list.

Nazare_Panorama #Nazare #Portugal @GingerandNutmeg

Needless to say in 2014, the roadways are now highways and VW vans are now vintage. Nutmeg loved every moment of her trip to this extraordinary land.

Here are a five surprising things about Portugal:

#1 The colours: from tiles to houses and more… Lisbon Beauty #Lisbon #Portugal @GingerandNutmeg Lisbon street art Lisbon Colours2 Lisbon views Lisbon beauty 3

#2 Lisbon’s vintage trams: you might think you are in San Francisco

Lisbon Street Tram #Lisbon #Portugal @GingerandNutmeg

Lisbon Street Car Lisbon Street Tram #Lisbon #Portugal @GingerandNutmeg#3 Uniquely Portuguese Manueline architecture:

Monastre de Batalha Unfinished Chapel # Batalha #Portugal @GingerandNutmeg

Monastre de Batalha Church #Batalha #Portugal @GingerandNutmeg#4 The food: watch for Portuguese food to burst onto foodie must eat lists. From seafood to sweets it is all delicious.

Tomar market Cheese in the market #Markets #Portugal @GingerandNutmeg Tomar Market #Markets #Portugal @GingerandNutmeg Tomar Market #Markets #Portugal @GingerandNutmeg

#5 Warm authentic people:

Lady in the market #Markets #Portugal @GingerandNutmeg Lady in the market #Markets #Portugal @GingerandNutmeg

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