Travel: Portugal

July 18, 2023 by Colin Gordon

June 2023

My husband and I recently spent eight days in Portugal, a country known for its rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culture. Our first stop was the capital city, Lisbon. With its narrow alleys, colorful tiles, and historic architecture, Lisbon offered a myriad of photographic opportunities. The iconic yellow trams that wind through the city streets created a perfect blend of nostalgia and modernity. We explored the bustling energy of the Chiado and Bairro Alto districts, where locals and visitors alike revel in the lively atmosphere. Our favorite neighborhood was Aflama, where we had one of the best meals of our trip and the viewpoints were breathtaking!

It’s hard to tell, but in the above photo, we are entering the Alfama neighborhood via the narrowest alleyway we’ve ever seen. We didn’t know it was there until we were right in front of it!

***The remainder of the images on this blog post (besides the aerials) were taken with my iPhone 14 Pro Max.***

As much as I love taking pictures when I travel, it can be exhausting carrying around my camera for days at a time.

Next, we ventured to the picturesque Praia D’El Rey, situated along Portugal’s Silver Coast. Known for its stunning beaches, rugged cliffs, and rolling dunes, this hidden gem gave us the relaxing environment we needed after three busy days in Lisbon:

Our final destination was the northern city of Porto, renowned for its historic bridges, vibrant riverfront, and world-famous Port wine. Meandering through the narrow streets of Ribeira we encountered colorful facades, tiled buildings, and charming cafes. The iconic Dom Luís I Bridge, spanning the Douro River, presents an architectural masterpiece and stunning views: