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Traveling in Porto (Oporto)

Porto (Oporto as it is know to the British) is the second largest city in Portugal and is the capital of its Northern region. It is an industrial and commercial center that is constantly buzzing. It was built along the hills that are set overlooking the Douro River estuary, across from Vila Nova de Gaia, […]

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Lisbon – The Spy City

Lisbon’s “Spy City” nick-name originated during World World II. Due to Portugal’s neutral statute, Allies and Germans used Lisbon as a center of planning and information, roaming freely about the city and using it to spy on each others war affairs. Lisbon, Portugal is still a classic old-fashioned city that had decided to keep their old world charm […]

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Air freedom is upon Azores

On march 29, 2015 thousands of people drove, walked and crawled towards John Paul II airport in Ponta Delgada, capital city of Sao Miguel, biggest and most populous island of the Azores. If you did not know that this pilgrimage was done to witness the start of an incredible economic feat for such small region, you would think this […]

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Portugal’s Barcelos Rooster

The Barcelos Rooster is considered to be the unofficial symbol of Portugal. You can find this emblem in many forms in every local shop and especially gift shops. This national symbol is mostly found in its typical ceramic from as well as embroidered on towels and aprons. Other souvenirs include key-chains, paperweights and other popular tourism gifts. The Barcelos Rooster […]

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The Beiras – Central Portugal

The Beiras regions (Beira Alta and Beria Baicha) of Portugal lie between the Douro river in the North, and the Tagus river in the South, and stretches as far as Spain to the East and to the Atlantic Ocean in the West. On its western coast, sandy beaches meet the Atlantic pine forests. Moving further […]

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Fado – The Seoul of Portuguese Music

Fado music is a form of Portuguese singing that is often associated with pubs , cafés and restaurants. This music genre has much earlier origins but is generally placed as being originated in the 1820’s in Portugal. Fado is generally known for how expressive in nature it is, as well as being profoundly melancholic. Generally in fado […]

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The Alentejo – The Most Recent Wine Region of Portugal

The Alentejo is a region of great cultural diversity. Located southeast of Lisbon and North of Algarve, this region is dotted with medieval castles and the remnants of Roman and Arab architecture. The climate of the region varies a good deal, but is mostly warm and dry: it can get as cold as 5°C (41°F) […]

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Piodao – Portuguese Historic Village

Piodao (Piodão) is located smack in the middle of Portugal a few kilometers from the Serra da Estrela natural park. It is as easy to miss it as it is difficult to access it. While the roads to Piodao are in shape, they are not part of the most used roadways to access the famous Serra […]

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Algarve – Sunny Side Up

Algarve is a region in Portugal stretching across the southern coast of Portugal. As you travel in Algarve you’ll notice two distinct scenarios. In the northern area of the region there are myriad orchards and verdant foliage which create a lively and beautiful landscape. Along the southern coast of Algarve golden beaches are separated by […]

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Port Wine

Only after the British discovered Port Wine at the end of the 17th century, did the fame of its fine quality start spreading all over the world. In the middle 1750’s, the Portuguese authorities started controlling all the aspects of Port Wine production, including the demarcation of the boundaries of the Douro region. This Douro valley […]

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