Last year, when I went to Portugal, my intention was to spend a few days at the Web Summit tech expo in Lisbon. However, I ended up falling in love with the country and spent nearly two months there, with the bulk of my time being spent in Porto. Ever since I left in December, I’ve been aching to return. I’ve been to a lot of places, but never have I ever felt so at home and at peace in a place.
Portugal is a small country that’s big on charm. From the colorful streets of Lisbon to the vineyards of the Douro Valley, the country has something to offer every traveler. But what makes Portugal truly special is its people. They are warm, welcoming, and always happy to share their culture with visitors.
While I loved Lisbon, it was Porto that truly captured my heart. Situated on the banks of the Douro River, the city is known for its historic center, where colorful buildings line the streets and traditional Portuguese architecture is on full display. But it’s not just the beauty of the city that drew me in; it’s the sense of community. From the local shopkeepers who greet you by name to the friendly faces you see every day, Porto truly feels like home.
As I consider my future plans, I’ve been thinking more and more about returning to Portugal. I’ve even considered retiring there. In order to make that happen, I need to improve my Portuguese, create a short list of housing, and secure a job. I’m excited for the challenge and the opportunity to immerse myself in a new culture.
If you’re thinking of visiting Portugal, I highly recommend it. Whether you’re looking for stunning beaches, world-class wine, or historic landmarks, Portugal has it all. And if you’re looking for a place to call home, I can’t recommend Porto enough.
Portugal is a hidden gem that’s just waiting to be discovered. If you’re thinking of making a move, take a chance and follow your dreams. You never know what you might find.