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In a nod to the Society’s yearlong focus on food, we asked our National Geographic Travel Facebook fans to share the best lip-smacking street eats they’ve sampled around the globe. Their answers left us hungry for more (and wanting to book a ticket to Southeast Asia). So grab a snack and join us on a tour of…
Early seafarers inspire an epic adventure along Portugal’s endless coastal playground.
Portugal is made for wanderers. From the top of the Moorish remnants of Castelo de São Jorge, Lisbon cascades downhill in all directions, new paths beckoning at every turn. Surf camps dot the 215-mile stretch south of the storied capital city. Part of the region known as the Alentejo, this shore is far quieter than the Algarve beaches at the country’s southern edge.
Marta Macedo was born and raised in Porto and came to realize just how much she loved her city while she was studying abroad. “People may live their lives trying to figure out where their home is,” she says. “Being away made me realize that Porto truly is home for me.” After traveling the world, Marta returned to her beloved port city and started sharing her hometown pride on Spotted by Locals. Here are a few of her favorite things about Portugal’s second largest city.
Soon after arriving in the Azores in the 1430s and digging into the rich volcanic soil, Portuguese settlers planted Verdelho wine grapes. Six centuries on, travelers are increasingly exploring the vineyards of the Azores — especially those found on Pico Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Anyone who’s visited Lisbon can easily reel off the prerequisite activities: listening to melancholic Fado music, hopping aboard an old tram straining up a steep incline, climbing the ramparts of the old Moorish Castelo de São Jorge, visiting the Belem district with its monuments to the great explorers, strolling along a woodland trail.
Huh? What was that last one?
Nuno Lopes de Paula was born and raised in Lisbon. After studying tourism and working in the local tourism office, he went off to see the world, but his heart belongs to Portugal. Here are a few of his favorite things about his hometown.
If you build it, they will come. At least that’s what Casas Brancas, the sustainability-focused non-profit that just unveiled a long-distance hiking and biking route through the southwest coast of Portugal, hopes will happen.
For those of you who are paying attention, we’re switching it up. A more robust Radar — the best of the travel blogosphere (don’t you hate that word?) — will now be a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every Wednesday.
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