Portugal: Through Tânia’s Eyes


Where are you originally from?​


In one word or sentence, how do you describe your people?

On a scale of 1-10, how well does your country speak English?

Can you give a key phrase/word/expression that people in your country usually say?

How do I say “hello/thank you/please/sorry” in your language?
Olá / Obrigada / Por Favor / Desculpa

Are you more like laid back or party people?


Best food? Weirdest food? Local food to try?
Bacalhau (cod) / Snails / Pastries and bacalhau

Best drink? Local drink to try?
Ginjinha (sherry)

How is breakfast served in your country?
Bread with butter and coffee


The best festival to attend?
Paredes de Coura, Alive, Milhões em Festa, Músicas do Mundo

Which sport are you guys crazy about?

What excursions and/or activities do you extremely suggest that visitors MUST do?
Visit Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, hike volcanoes in the Azores Islands, explore the wild Berlengas Islands, rafting on the Paiva river, Port tasting in Oporto, do the 5 day trekking along the Vincentina Coast

Are there any local customs a visitor should be sensitive to?
Yes, we always give a kiss on each cheek to anyone we are greeting, regardless if we know each other or not 😀


What is/are the most surreal places/landmarks to visit?
The volcanoes in the Azores, the wild Berlengas Islands, the beach caves in Benagil, the “Pedras Parideiras” in Arouca, the “Xisto” villages in the centre region of Portugal, the Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, the gigantic waves of Nazaré (October / November only)

Can you name a place that most people have not heard of? A secret spot perhaps!
Passadiços do Paiva, a beautiful 8km trek along the Paiva river

Where can visitors find the best beach?
Costa Vincentina (all the coast!)

If I’m staying for less than a week, which city should I choose?


In one word or sentence, how do you describe your country?

How many days at least should a visitor spend in your country?
Minimum 5 days

When is the best time to visit?
Spring and Autumn

Can you give an interesting trivia about your country?
Portuguese is the only language that is spoken in all the continents, so come and learn the broadest language in the World! (Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Angola, São Tomé and Príncipe, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Macau, India (Goa, Daman and Diu), Sri Lanka, Indonesia (Flores), Malaysia (Malacca) and the ABC islands in the Caribbean.


Are you a traveler? Which place is your favorite so far?
I’m a frequent traveller yes, my favourite destinations are Vietnam, Mongolia and Nepal (can’t decide which one is best!)

What’s your best travel story?
Hiking the ancient parts of the Great Wall of China, but it’s too long to write now (get back to me and I’ll write it or share the link from my blog when it’s uploaded there)

Why do you love traveling? 
Travelling is in the Portuguese blood: we’ve discovered the routes across the world on the seas. Portuguese were the first recorded people to circum-navigate the globe by boat (Fernão de Magalhães, which has named the Magillian Straight). For me, travelling, discovering and sharing is part of my dna. It’s is trully a blessing and a privilege to share so many different experiences, traditions and finding things that aren’t as different as one might think.


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