Where to Live while in Portugal

Portugal, as mentioned in previous blogs is a breathtaking place to visit for photography. The rich culture, beautiful buildings, luxurious food, and stunning landscapes make this a must visit place for any traveling photographer.

So if you’ve been convinced to take a trip to Portugal for your next photography venture, it’s important to understand why it is important where you choose your accommodation during this time. Do you live in the city center or do you live away from the city? Let’s talk about the factors that may sway your decision in the matter.

Why Live in the City

You should find a place inside the city center if you like taking photographs of people, buildings, food, culture, or the streets. You will have access to all these subjects throughout your stay if you choose to live in an urban setting. You’ll also benefit from easier transport, plenty of places to eat, people to talk to and learn about the culture, and easier access to different areas.

 

Why Live in the Countryside

If you are someone who wants to capture the landscapes and waterscapes of Portugal, take wildlife photos, capture birds in motion, or create stunning HDRs with a software like these ones, it might serve you better to find accommodation away from the city. Find a place where you will be able to benefit most from natural views and natural settings. Don’t go too far from the city though, as you might need to visit the markets frequently for food and other necessities.

 

So as you can see, where you live during a photography trip to Portugal will affect the kind of photos you take. Think carefully about what type of images you are going to take during your trip, and that will help you a great deal in making your decision when it comes to lodging.


How to Keep Your Photos Safe While Traveling

One of the worst things that can happen to traveling photographers, especially when they are visiting a place like Portugal, is waking up one morning to find out that your camera’s memory card has got corrupted and you’ve lost all your photos.

But as the elders have spoken, time and time again, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Use Dual Cards

If you have a fairly high-end DSLR camera, chances are it’ll be sporting dual memory card slots. This allows you to put in two cards at the same time. You can set one up as your main card, and the second one as a backup card so that a copy of everything is left on it.

Take a Portable Hard Drive Along

Hard drives these days have become so small that you can fit one in your pocket if you want. These can come in handy if you’re trying to keep a backup of your photos and videos safe. Just take the photos out of your camera every night and keep them safe in the drive.

Rely on the Obvious: Your Computer

These days, almost everyone travels with a portable computer. If you also plan to take a computer with you on your trip, all you have to do is copy all your images to it every day. You can go a step further and upload these copies images to the infamous cloud as well, for a double backup!

So when you visit Portugal as a photographer, whatever you do, do NOT rely on just one memory card in your camera to keep all your photos safe.


Why Portugal is a Great Destination for Vacation

Portugal was named the Hottest Destination of the Year last year by Travel & Leisure. People from around the globe love taking their vacations in Portugal for its unique and colorful culture, its excellent seafood, and the historic castles and architecture. Listed here are some of the reasons why taking a trip to Portugal might be a great idea.

You don’t have to worry about the Climate

Unlike many other countries where you have to do a fair bit of research about when the climate is best for vacation, Portugal has a mild climate all year. The months that are usually considered as colder and off-season are normally mild in Portugal as well, making it a safer option than many when it comes to taking a trip.

The Majestic Beauty of the Algarve

The Algarve is a 150 kilometer long part of the southernmost region of the country. The blue waters, crashing against rocky cliff at the shoreline are a sight to behold. From the small, beautiful towns facing the coast to the picturesque beaches where you can fully immerse in the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean, the Algarve is a must on your traveling wish-list when you finally get a chance to visit Portugal.

The Freshest Seafood You’ll Probably Have

What’s traveling without indulging in some of the local foods? Portugal has some of the best seafood that you can find in Europe, thanks to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. Many of the restaurants you’ll visit will have the catches of the day displayed in glass cases, showing just how much the Portuguese value freshness in their foods.

And it’s not only the seafood that’ll have you craving for more. Check out this list of reasons why Portuguese food is reason enough to plan a visit.

The Tiled Architecture of Lisbon

The historic district of Lisbon has a unique look to it, thanks to the buildings that are covered completely in tiles. These locally-made, hand painted tiles adorn the buildings’ facades in different colors, making these some of the more unique faces in European architecture. For anyone, whether they love architecture and design or not, this is something not to be missed.

If you want to take some stellar photographs of this architecture, try taking a swing at HDR photography. It’s a great way to capture all the differences in the lights and shadows in any given situation. Head over to www.aurorahdr.com to learn more about this.

And Last Up: Pastel De Nata

We have talked about Portuguese food already, but the custard tarts of Portugal deserve a special mention. The flaky outer pastry with a filling of golden custard, baked and glazed to perfection, is something that is unique to Portugal. You will find various shops that make Pastel De Nata exclusively, with long queues of people waiting to get their hands on the flaky goodness.

 

Portugal is a country that has some amazing and unique things that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Whether you are a fan of historic architecture or powerful displays of nature, enjoy eating fresh seafood or love indulging in sweet pastries, Portugal is sure to be one of the best holiday destinations you’ll ever get to visit in your lifetime, so get to it!