Portugal: The beauty of simplicity

Times aren’t easy in Portugal right now, what with the economic crisis (and random tornadoes ripping up streets), but regardless of the country’s sovereign debt load or international standing, it still has one thing in spades: beauty.

In an effort to plump up tourism, this national ad showcases some of that beauty. It’s a tour of my adopted nation in three and a half minutes, and if I didn’t already live here, this video would make me want to visit. As it is, I’m reminded that I still haven’t seen Madeira or the Açores. Must remedy that…

Watch it full screen if you can.

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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10 Responses to Portugal: The beauty of simplicity

  1. Ana_ñ says:

    Simply beautiful!!!

    I recognize some places that you have covered in your blog, including your “stolen” photos of Porto’s bookstore staircase 🙂

    Was that man training a horse in the bullring of Monsaraz? 🙂

    Beautiful, indeed!

  2. Power Wench says:

    Ooooooh! Where will we go first? Was that long sand beach near you?

  3. xenatuba says:

    Wow. It was delightful being able to recognize some of those places! Time well spent!

  4. Caden says:

    Just gorgeous! If I ever get to take a trip, Portugal has moved onto list, and shares top with Italy. It’s gorgeous! And that’s THE staircase? Excellent! Thanks so $uch for sharing.

  5. HCarvalho says:

    No Guimarães, no Braga, no Évora, no Viana do Castelo, etc
    Too much focused in Lisbon when the best and most beautiful places in the country are outside the capital.

  6. I must confess I like this video a lot. Yes, it is unbalanced, not so much because of Lisboa, but for all the focus on the beaches, golf and Douro valley. But, heck, those three things are of high quality in Portugal. 🙂

    There are many other little treasures in Portugal, for all different tastes and not only cities (indeed, one should not focus on these… either Lisboa, Porto, Coimbra, Braga or Évora). What about food and wine? Yum. (Just take a tour along this blog.) If I was to gather the best impressions that my foreign friends have of Portugal, the weather and the food would probably rank really high.

    I know Portugal from North to South and must say that it takes more than a trip to know it: the people, the countryside, the main cities, the towns, the food, the wine. Maybe 4 or 5 to have a grasp, probably 10 to know Portugal to some depth.

    Now, imagine to put everything in a 4 minutes video! Still… it made your curiosity spark, right?

    So, people, gather some time to relax and come for a visit. 🙂

  7. M. says:

    Everything looks so absolutely alluring, but… Tea plantations! this is like The Holy Land for a tea addict like me 😉

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