Good food, good wine, good design: there’s a reason all your hippest friends are going to Lisbon right now
Boasting the world’s oldest wine region alongside cutting-edge design, Portugal has never been more timely.
PORTUGAL IS THE MODEL OF
resilience. Throughout its history, the country has been down and out, but kicked back up again — after the invasions of the Celts, and the Romans, and the Berbers, and the Arabs, and the Moors. Eventually it became one of the most powerful seafaring nations in the world, conquering half the globe on the backs of its relentless explorers. But the New World — and the new world order — wasn’t always kind. The financial crisis and the Euro crippled its economy; people left for greener pastures in North America and beyond; the country stagnated. You’ll hear locals talk about all this matterof-factly, almost like the weather. But since then, the Portuguese have harnessed their collective penchant for warm welcomes and turned the country into one of the world’s great destinations. It produces (already produced, but that’s a technicality) fantastic wines in its two major growing areas, the Douro to the north and the Alentejo to the south; its chefs are becoming celebrated for their signature simple style of cooking; and its community of young, creative entrepreneurs have opened a slew of highdesign hotels and restaurants that are worthy of your next holiday.