Beauty in the Details: Portugal's Aesthetic & Travel Guide

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Sometimes it's hard to know what you'll be drawn to when you explore a new-to-you destination. On my first trip to Portugal it was all about the aesthetic details. 

Arabic influences (more specifically, the medieval Muslim Moors who ruled Portugal, Spain, and other parts of the mediterranean for over 800 years) are apparent as you explore the shimmering tiles, intricate patterns, and rich hues in Lisbon and the surrounding towns. 

There's nothing minimal about Portugal's aesthetic and you'll love it for that. You'll be transfixed by the array of colors that sparkle like gemstones on almost every facade and fixture. 

With one of the most unique aesthetics in Europe, it's hard not to take snapshots of what would normally be mundane details: doorknobs, lighting, ceilings, floors, walls, and gates.

Here's a photo journal of these details as well as a travel guide outlining select cities and villages that are sure to be a visual treat. If you love architecture and decor as much as you love beaches then consider Portugal for your next trip. 


Not intended to be an exhaustive guide, this edited snapshot of places to stay, dine, drink, and explore stood out as favorites on my recent trip. 


Stay — Bairro Alto Boutique Hotel
Dine — Heim Cafe (brunch/lunch), A Traversa (dinner)
Drink — Red Frog Speakeasy
Explore — Tile MuseumMaritime MuseumFado Music


Stay — Palacio de SeteaisPenha Longa Resort
Dine — Lawrence's Hotel (5 o'clock tea/dinner), Conceito Food Store (lunch)
Drink — B Lounge (at Penha) 
Explore — Quinta da Regaleira, Pena Palace, Tuk Tuk rides


Stay — Pestana Cidadela Cascais
Dine — Mar do Inferno
Drink — Fortaleza do Guincho Bar and Terrace
Explore — Praia of Abano seaside hike and Fort of Guincho


I wasn't able to squeeze this is on my recent trip but when I return I'm definitely adding this stop to the itinerary and eager to stay at Sublime Comporta

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