This week long trip to Portugal was centred around a local friend’s wedding in his home town of Guimaraes. My father-in-law regularly travels there for business, so he booked our hotel in the old city centre, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After the wedding, we drove to Braga before staying the night at Viana do Castelo, another historic town with an extremely pretty beach. The following day, we travelled down to Porto and after a few days of exploring the city, took the train down to Lisbon to visit another local friend.
The highlight of the trip, needless to say, was taking the bus to nearby Belem and making the pilgrimage to Pasteis de Belem. Since 1837, following a secret recipe from the nearby monastery, Pasteis de Belem has been producing arguably the most exquisite pasteis de nata. The place is always packed with locals and tourists, so grab a table as soon as one becomes free as there is no queuing system, and remember to buy some tubes of pasteis de nata to take home with you (they come in tens, and can be frozen!). Portugal is another country that I have to explore again very soon.
Below are a few of my favourite photos from Portugal.