Portuguese explorers were responsible for some of the most incredible voyages in European history. Portuguese sailors discovered and colonized large parts of the world, years before the rest of Europe embarked on its Age of Exploration. Learn more about the Portuguese Empire, or check out our timeline of Portuguese history. When visiting Lisbon, you’ll likely […]
When visiting any country, it’s helpful to understand a few key words in the native language. For your next trip to Portugal, we’ve put together some basics about how to learn Portuguese, and a few key phrases to get you started. About Portuguese Portuguese is not Spanish! Though the two languages may look similar, this […]
Lisbon is a big city, with lots of ways to get around. Whether you’re visiting for a day or a week, you’ll need to figure out the best way to see this spectacular city. Find out what kind of Lisbon sightseeing tour is right for you! Want our advice on what to do in Lisbon? […]
If you’ve been to Portugal, you’ve probably heard the soulful Fado music playing from cafes or restaurants. This traditional folk music is a staple of Portuguese culture. The lyrics often focus on longing (saudade), or on the working-class life. If you’re new to Fado, or if you just want to hear more, check out some […]
Portugal is a stunning country that will wow you during any month of the year. However, if you have a specific reason for visiting, you may want to research the best times to visit Portugal. Luckily, we’ve done all the hard work for you. So whether you want to miss the crowds, get the best […]
Belem Tower, also called Torre de Belem, is one of the most recognizable historical sites in Lisbon. Portuguese explorers sailed past the this fortress on their way in and out of the city. Today, the site attracts over 500,000 visitors each year. If you’re planning on becoming one of those visitors, there are a few […]
While Evora might not be the first city on your mind when you start planning your trip to Portugal, it should definitely make the list. The incredible history in this city will captivate and amaze you. Learn more about the city, and check out some of our favorite things to do in Evora. Why Evora? […]
One of Portugal’s best known exports is port wine. The wine is made from grapes produced exclusively in Portugal’s Douro Valley region, in the North. It is a rich dessert wine that comes in several varieties. On a port wine tasting, you might expect to try both tawny and ruby ports. In the past, a […]
If you’re not thinking of taking a Benagil Cave tour, you should be. Benagil Cave is often listed as one of the most stunning caves in the world. The stone that forms the cave is yellowing, with streaks of rusty orange. The ocean waves lap gently through the cave entrance and onto the shores of […]
Imagine waking up and looking out your window to see beautiful buildings along cobblestone streets. The coffee is hot, and the Pasteis de Belem are sweet. You spend your day taking in stunning views from the historic castles and monasteries, sipping wine, and enjoying your ideal Lisbon vacation. Lisbon is one of the hottest cities […]
From food to festivals, Portuguese culture is full of many intertwined elements that create an exciting and vibrant atmosphere. Art, religion, literature, and even soccer are all important aspects of life for the people of Portugal. Food: Portugal has a rich food culture. Across the country, you can find a wide variety of local cuisines. […]
The gorgeous, sunny Algarve beaches (praias) are what draw many tourists to Portugal. But with the coastline stretching almost 100 miles, it can be impossible to choose just where to go on your next vacation. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the Algarve! Whether you prefer to […]
When planning any vacation, an important question is ‘how much will it cost?’ Luckily, Portugal is one of the least expensive countries in Western Europe to visit. Check out our cost breakdown to find out just how much you can expect to spend on your trip to Portugal. Book one of our great tours to […]
Lisbon is full of beauty and history. But it’s also full of tourists. If you want to check out some of the more offbeat Lisbon highlights and see where the locals hang out, you’ll want to check out our guide on 10 of the most exciting and unusual things to do in Lisbon. Fado Music […]
Read Part 1 and Part 2 of our Brief History of Portugal series! Kingdom of Portugal and the Age of Discovery 1139: Afonso Henriques founded the Kingdom of Portugal, with himself as its king. 1143: Afonso Henriques declared Portugal a vassal state of Pope Innocent II. As a result, Portugal received the church’s support in […]
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