Destination: Portugal

One of the hardest decisions to take when you consider moving abroad is where are you going. I suppose some people fall in love with a place and their hearts are then set.

A country I have been considering as a potential new home is Portugal. I don’t have a specific or emotional reason for putting the country in my list of top three choices, but there are many rational reasons why the country should be considered an ideal lifestyle destination.

From my limited research I believe that Portugal is the oldest nation state on the Iberian Peninsula and one of the oldest in Europe. Officially known as the Portuguese Republic the country sits nestled in the south-western corner of Europe. The key draws for any traveller must include; the cuisine, the cultural heritage and breath-taking landscapes.

The diversity that Portugal offers can’t possibly be encompassed by three general terms, but from my perspective, they make a great foundation for getting on my list.

Cuisine

Despite not being a real foodie, I think that it is important to mention the Portuguese cuisine. Firstly, I don’t think that there is a cuisine per-se, in my limited experience, the Algarve’s cuisine is dominated by the provision of the Atlantic. The freshest fish and seafood is balanced with sun blessed fruits and vegetables that creates a dining experience that isn’t forgotten.

In Porto and the north the rich cuisine is accompanied by excellent wines. The regions natural resources and fertile green lands are attributed as the origin of caldo verde, a cabbage soup loved throughout the country.

There is so much more to tell that I run the risk of writing a Portuguese cookbook rather that a post. So, I shall stop for now and suggest that you follow my upcoming series on Portugal.

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