10 Things I Love Most About Portugal

Without further ado – I love Portugal.

Here are the ten things
I adore the most about this amazing country

Portugal has the most gorgeous sunsets I have ever seen… I never got sick of taking pictures. Especially in combination with palm trees.

Pastéis de nata – so heavenly, no words could describe… if I could eat these for the rest of my life, I would be the happiest girl in the world.

Absolutely no need to explain any further.

Grilled fish dishes – to die for!

Manuline Architecture.
Late Gothic, one-of-a-kind-Portuguese, simply beautiful, my art historian dream come true!

Park-like viewpoints all over the capital – every one of them makes Lisbon appear even more amazing from a new angle.

Parks & Gardens.
From tiny to large, from wildly botanical to artificially designed like Versailles: Portugal has it all. They are used year round by families, couples, retirees, joggers – and in Lisbon, for free public concerts all summer.

It takes months to learn all the different kinds of coffee. But it’s worth it – all of them are delicious and marvelously strong.

Or rather “Winter”. I just loved missing out on freezing, snow slush, and wearing gloves. Pretty much, my whole January in Portugal looked like this:

The nicest people ever. Really.


  • Nuno Jesus

    You didn’t want to say “Pastéis de Belém”? 🙂

    • JulikaSarah

      I love the original Pastéis de Belém, but the ones in the picture are the ones from my favorite pastelaria – Pato Real on Avenida Berna, Lisboa 🙂

  • Ashley of Ashley Abroad

    I may definitely have to plan a trip there this summer!!

    • JulikaSarah

      Yes! I’m sure you won’t regret it! 🙂

    • Miimi

      I was born in portugal , Never travel wile live there , one day I will be going with the love of my life and would like to show him the best places .
      Any advice with be greatly appreciated.

  • I want that “winter” right about now!

  • Julika, I very much appreciated reading your post (and the artistic pictures, which BTW, coming from an Art student, we couldn’t expect anything less). Portugal is the country that I chose to live 21 years ago, coming from another great country (Brazil) and there still are beautiful things that I’m amazed to discover every day. You can find some of them (including a well-deserved reference to your post) in my Facebook page in
    Cheers, Alberto.

    • JulikaSarah

      Obrigada Alberto! I dream about moving back to beautiful Portugal every day! 🙂

  • Wait untill June arrives!!
    Lisbon festivities all around, great mood with food and drink 🙂
    And, of course, longer sunny days.

    June, please be awesome

    • JulikaSarah

      I would love to experience the Santo António festivities in June someday! Unfortunately I’m not in Portugal right now, but I will come back for sure!

  • So nice article, we love it 🙂

    • JulikaSarah

      Obrigada 🙂

  • great article well done!!

    • JulikaSarah

      Obrigada Pedro! 🙂

  • Tiago Santos

    Like it 🙂

  • Mariana Viney

    Very nice. I am travelling in January, too. I have the crazy hope that I might go into the sea, even if it is cold. Is that too crazy a dream?

    • JulikaSarah

      The ocean actually has the same temperature in the summer, so that’s not an issue, Mariana — it’s just coming out of the water that might give you shivers 🙂 But it’s definitely possible and I know a lot of people who took surfing classes in January!

    • Mariana Viney

      Thank you for your response. 😀