A Self-Confessed Beach Bum in Portugal

How do you adapt from living on one of Europe’s top beach destinations to one of its top winter sport destinations? Well, really, you don’t.

I do enjoy the summer at the lake, preparing BBQs, drinking beers with friends and skating along its promenades. I even like the snow during winter – it even encouraged me to try out snowboarding! But there’s something about the sun, the warm breeze, feeling the salt and the sand on your skin, listening to the waves come and go… that can’t be replaced with a BBQ in a park.

On the day of my arrival to Lisbon, I took a cab to Costa Da Caparica – popular for its many beaches and highly frequented because of its proximity to Lisbon. To be frank, I expected a sort of portuguese Benidorm – I was so wrong (again). 40 minutes and 25 euros later, I arrived to a paradise – Praia Morena.

Nothing. I did nothing but lay on my sun bed watching the few people, listening to the sea and, from time to time, cooling down in the ocean. I didn’t turn on my ipod. I didn’t take out my book. I think I hadn’t felt that decompressed in almost two years.

The delicious tropical salad I had over lunch at Borda d’Agua surely contributed to my moment of complete happiness.

Sure I can accept living away from the beach, I can even adapt to this new situation finding different sorts of entertainment. But I will never get rid of the beach person inside me – sun, ocean and sand will always be part of my source of happiness.

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33 thoughts on “A Self-Confessed Beach Bum in Portugal

  1. Ah, I’m a beach person too. I also can adjust to living the city life, but my soul is happier near the beach! and that salad looks delicious!

  2. Fantastic shot! I grew up on the ocean. Now I live inland, and never stop wanting a glimpse. Top of my list when I hit Nova Scotia on June 20th is the beach.

    Thanks for posting to Travel Photo Thursday~

  3. I can count on 1 hand how many times I’ve been to the beach. Heartbreaking. But I love the beach; the sun, the fresh air, the sounds and oh boy, the smells. I love the smell of the beach.

    Seeing as many different beaches as possible is my ultimate travel dream. And that salad is so bright, pretty and looks delicious!

  4. I’m eating a salad right now and it’s no where near as delicious as the virtual one I’m looking at. Somehow this prairie girl became converted to beach maven. I adore a day at the beach and the tropical food around it. Great photos as per usual. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks! In fact, I had never expected such a great salad at the beach – I thought I was just getting some green and tomatoes and maybe some pineapple (to make it “tropical”). So… I must say, portuguese beaches so far offer better food than many spanish ones I’ve been to!

  5. I hear you! Being at the beach makes me happy. Just walking in the sand, hearing the waves, …. bliss! I would love to live somewhere close to a beach and sea (that is actually warm and clean enough to enjoy swimming in the water). Unfortunately, my boyfriend and I haven’t been able to come up with a place like that where we could both speak the language, have a chance at finding a job, and getting a work visa…. Anyways, I hear you! Enjoy!!

    1. I guess if the perfect place existed (that is, including beach, well paid job offers, easy language, etc…) then everyone would live there! I’ve been thinking lately that maybe Australia is a solution….

      1. I agree – everybody but the beach lovers would live there πŸ™‚ Australia sounds nice. What keeps me from seriously considering that is that it would be even more difficult to see family and friends in Germany on a regular basis…

      2. really??? Well, we’re thinking the same thing. My partner and I have recently applied for a permanent Australian visa, and now we just have to wait a bit until we get it. We’d love to make the move at the beginning of next year. I know it will be hard to be away from the people we love, but being happy is much more important, and we want to give it a try.

  6. ooooohhh how I understand what you mean. I am just going crazy here away from the sea. I used to take it for granted in Malta when I could go whenever I want, and I shunned beach holidays abroad because I already had one long beach holiday in summer at home, but now I just want beach beach beach. I guess thats why I just can’t live in Switzerland all my life…

  7. I totally agree with you.
    That’s exactly what I said last week when I was at the beach: everybody is just happy here, you can’t be at the beach and be sad/mad about something. It’s so soothing!

    Luckily, there are hundreds of cheap flights departing from London to hundreds of beaches πŸ˜‰

  8. The top picture is awesome!

    I hear you. I grew up 40 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean and I spent my time at the beach. Summer, winter, who cares. I love the smell of sea salt, the tides, the waves…

    And I ended up in Ottawa. Fortunately, there is a body of water nearby, the huge St Lawrence seaway. But it’s just not the same! I canm adapt like you said but I go crazy when I travel and head to the beach.

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