Portugal wasn't on my list until I'd already been traveling a few years, but after my first visit I realized that it was one of my favorites in Western Europe. The buildings in all of the cities are covered in colorful ceramic tiles, the skies are almost always blue and the weather is perfect. The best way I can express my love for this country, which I've traveled to three times, is through photos.
Cabo da Roca lighthouse.
Somewhere in the hills, between sleepy little villages we found this abandoned windmill on the side of the road.
Our trip started in Lisbon where we stayed at an Airbnb for two nights. We then rented a car and continued on to visit Quinta de Regaliera in Sintra for a few hours. Then we drove through Sintra-Cascais National Park, stopping wherever our hearts desired, including Praia do Magoito, and stayed the night in Ericeira, a photogenic surf town with blue doors and narrow, cobblestone streets. From here we drove down the coast to a quiet village called Almoçageme and checked into our lovely guesthouse called Restaurante Pensão Sisudo, where we ate the most savory meal. From here we drove down the road to (the foggy) Praia da Adraga and later to Cabo de Roca. We had the joy of getting hit in the middle of a busy traffic circle in Cascais on our way back to the airport, so I can't recommend that city. Everything else in Portugal was a joy, and I would definitely return for a fourth time!