You guys, Portugal. What a stupidly beautiful, historic, magical place. And, one of my new favorite places I’ve visited. Needless to say, I highly recommend it.

My trip to Portugal was somewhat planned, and somewhat impromptu. Come early to mid-February every year, you can typically find me traveling unplugged somewhere near or abroad. It’s a tradition I started several years ago for my birthday, which falls on the day before Valentine’s Day.

But while I often road trip (Valentine’s Day weekend isn’t cheap for travel), this year I couldn’t pass up a long-haul trip when flights to Europe (and the Euro) are so low. Being one of the last Western Europe countries I had left to visit, Portugal was the easy choice, thanks to pleasant weather (hello, 60-degree winter days) and how easy, accessible, and affordable it is to travel around Portugal.

And it didn’t disappoint. In fact, Portugal is now one of the best trips of this amount of time that I’ve ever taken. The word that keeps coming to mind is, “magical.” A number of times it felt a bit like a fairy tale, such as walking the cobblestone streets and alleys of Lisbon during the middle of the night or looking up at the walls of an 11th-century castle.

So today I’m coming to you with some of my favorite photos from my trip to Portugal, starting with a round-up of Lisbon, Portugal in photos.

Lisbon, Portugal in Photos

Panoramic of Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal in photos: 25 de Abril Bridge in Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon’s own Golden Gate Bridge, 25 de Abril Bridge.

Lisbon 25 de Abril Bridge

And from beneath it on a cloudy day.

Time Out Market in Lisbon, Portugal

One of the best food markets I’ve visited, Lisbon’s Time Out Market.

Sandwich at the Time Out Market Lisboa

This ain’t your momma’s ham and cheese.

pastéis de nata pastry in Lisbon

One of the single most delicious things I’ve put in my mouth, a pastéis de nata, which is basically the pastry of Portugal.

Duque craft brewery in Lisbon, Portugal

Yes, a craft brewery in Lisbon.

Alfama district in Lisbon

Walking the streets of Lisbon’s oldest district, Alfama.

Walking Lisbon near São Jorge Castle

Looking out across Lisbon to the city’s 11th-century castle, São Jorge Castle.

Ler Devagar Bookstore in Lisbon, Portugal

One of the single most beautiful bookstores I’ve seen, Ler Devagar Bookstore, located in LX Factory, one of the coolest adaptive reuse spaces I’ve seen.

The Telecabina do Parque das Nações, a gondola lift which was inaugurated for the 1998 Lisbon World Exposition.

Sunset over Lisbon, Portugal

One of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen.

Sunset from Lisbon apartment.

And one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve seen from an Airbnb.