Here you can find all the Travel Stories from Portugal by Besides the Obvious.

Portugal is a country whose mainland is located on the Iberian Peninsula, in Southwestern Europe. And whose territory also includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira. It features the westernmost point in mainland Europe.

As you might know our mission is to share something relevant, something authentic, something real, something cool, something interesting, something personal & something different, via our travel stories & images. We are focusing on ideas from local sources, giving tips that are usually unknown for travelers and foreigners, guides to secret places which only the guy from the given neighborhood could know about, to the hidden picturesque view, with recommending everything besides the obvious: the local real feel, the adventure of discovering the unknown, the authenticity, culinary guide to the meals that locals are really cooking and eating at home, and much more. Hope you will read our Travel Stories from Portugal, feel inspired and enjoy the journey, as much as we do!

Bordeaux Place de la Bourse

8 amazing non-capital cities to visit in Europe

Have you already visited all the big capital cities in Europe?! This is great! But let’s not forget that capitals are usually multinational melting points, and regardless of the amazing sightseeing spots, you can face many catchy tricks, standardized offers, a crowd of tourists, and less authenticity. As they say, to understand the real sense …

Porto Besides the Obvious

Oporto para principiantes

¿Qué hacer durante tu primera visita a esta hermosa ciudad portuguesa? Aquí tienes finamente una guía para tu primera visita a Oporto. 1. Azulejos de Oporto Una de las representaciones más emblemáticas de la historia y la cultura de Oporto son esos hermosos azulejos que vemos en toda la ciudad. Vienen en diferentes colores, pero …


La ruta de los imperios. Una historia de São Miguel, Azores

Este es un artículo acerca de nuestra ruta personal sobre la historia de São Miguel y cómo y dónde los viejos Imperios lucharon por tener la isla bajo su control. La isla fue descubierta probablemente entre 1426 y 1439 y se llamaba “Ilha Verde” según los antiguos mapas de mediados del siglo XIV. Tal apodo …

Porto Besides the Obvious

Portói útikalauz

Mit érdemes megnézni Portóban? 1. Azulejos – portugál csempék Porto történelmének és kultúrájának egyik legjellegzetesebb ábrázolási formája. A gyönyörű csempék, amelyeket szinte az egész városban láthatunk mindenfelé, és a helyiek körében “azulejos” néven ismertek. Különböző formákban és színkombinációkban találkozhatunk velük, de leggyakrabban fehér és kék színekben pompáznak. “Az azulejo egy jellegzetes, arab, spanyol és portugál …

Porto Besides the Obvious

Porto for beginners

What to do during your first visit in Porto, the beautiful Portugués city? 1. Porto patterns One of the most emblematic representations of Porto’s history and culture are those beautiful tiles we see all over the city which are known as azulejos. They come in different colors, but most commonly, they are in white and …


The Route of Empires. São Miguel, Azores

This an artcle about our personal route on the history of São Miguel and how and where the old Empires fought to have it under their control. For more information about São Miguel click here. The island was probably discovered between 1426 and 1439 and was called “Ilha Verde” according to ancient maps of the …

Maia Besides the Obvious

6 formas de bañarse al aire libre en São Miguel, Azores

Bañarse en São Miguel al aire libre viene a ser como marcarse un selfie con los elementos. Antes de informarnos pensábamos en las Azores como un archipiélago lejano, a medio camino entre Europa y América que caía demasiado lejos de la tierra firme de Portugal como para parecérsele. Y allí donde había islas pensamos que …

Sao Miguel Azores

One week on the ‘Green Island’ – São Miguel, Açores

Nature at its best, this is how I could briefly summarize our experience on São Miguel island in Açores. Even though January is considered there as off-season, and we haven’t seen the famous Hortensia flowers in full bloom… and the fact that the island is indeed tiny, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, and influenced by …

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