Lisbon Chronicles Built in the seventeenth century as a hunting lodge for the first Marquis de Fronteira, D. João de Mascarenhas, a hero of the Portuguese War of Restoration, this beautiful palace is located on the edge of Parque Florestal de Monsanto, in Largo de São Domingos de Benfica. The Palace was enlarged in the […]
My first encounter with Pedro and Inês’ heart-rending romance was on a guided walk through the grounds of Quinta das Lágrimas in Coimbra. Back in the 14th century, this was a royal palace and Portugal’s real-life Romeo and Juliet conducted their passionate but illicit affair there. The palace is now a hotel but you don’t […]
My day trip to Furnas was foggier and wetter than expected but that didn’t stop my friend and I from enjoying its charms. Having abandoned our original idea of walking around the lake we found other things to appreciate despite the rain. Underground cooking As we entered the lakeside car park, we could see steam […]
The hardest part of planning a vacation in southern Europe is choosing exactly where to go – there are just way too many compelling destinations! Here’s a way to make it easier: Start in Portugal! Portugal is consistently rated as one of the safest, least expensive and most naturally diverse countries in Europe. And when […]
This summer I had the fantastic opportunity to visit some amazing places with some good friends of mine. Top of my list to visit was the Algarve (needed to work on my tan) and the seaside town of Portimão did not disappoint.
Around July, four close friends shared an unforgettable experience in Lagos, Portugal. Celebrating friendship (and a birthday), this group had the adventure of a lifetime immersed in the natural beauty of Portugal. Check out Becky Love’s Portugal Adventure and her blog Live for Love (and a little cake) for the full story: Oh My Lagos
During WWII, Portugal’s capital city became known as a capital of intrigue and espionage, filled with both Allied and Axis agents roaming freely through the city’s atmospheric cobblestone streets. Because Portugal stayed neutral during the war, the port city was filled with not only spies but exiled European royalty, wealthy Jews, escaped POWs, black marketers […]
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, […]
This UNESCO World Heritage City has a rich history and unique cultural roots that date from Roman times. During the 1400s it was the residence of the King of Portugal, and the city thus benefited from the royal court’s influence. Evora’s character was cemented during the 17th and 18th centuries, and the preservation of its […]
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 […]
Located southeast of Lisbon and north of Algarve, the Alentejo is dotted with medieval castles and the remnants of Roman and Arab architecture. The climate varies a good deal, but it is mostly warm and dry: In fact, the region is one of the warmest in Portugal, making it an ideal climate for Portugal’s breadbasket. […]
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 […]
Algarve is a region stretching across the southern coast of Portugal. As you travel in the Algarve you’ll notice two distinct areas. In the north, there are myriad orchards and verdant foliage, which create a lively and beautiful landscape. Along the southern coast, golden beaches are separated by red cliffs that form enclaves and grottoes, allowing […]
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