Bacalao, vino verde & the Algarve coast
Portugal was exciting for us because we were going to travel around the country with some of our closest friends. Something we had limited opportunity to do while in Asia. Before heading to Portugal we knew there were some things we definitely had to do - party in the streets in Lisbon & Porto, visit the vineyards of the Alentejo region and stuff our faces full of bacalao (cod). Our favorite part of Portugal though had to be the Algarve coast. We spent a week in the south with Lagos as our home base, jumping from one cliffy, rocky beach to another. The weather was the hottest we had since leaving Asia, minus the humidity and oceans that feel like bathwater. Instead we were met with cool sea breezes and clear icy water to cool off in. If for nothing else go for the beaches. They were some of the most beautiful beaches we've seen outside of Asia.