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1250-096 Lisbon, Portugal
This is a romantic urban garden built in 1853 and organized around a large octagonal pond with a fountain. Below it, you can visit the Patriarchal Reservoir, designed in 1856. You'll see families with kids playing in the playground, old men...
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Estrada de Monserrate, 2710-405 Sintra, Portugal
While the tourist hordes in beautiful Sintra, Portugal, are flocking to Pena Palace, head instead to Monserrate. The gardens here are massive and have been recently restored. We wandered here for hours without hardly seeing another person. The...
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1200-161 Lisbon, Portugal
Across the street from the Cais do Sodre train station, the “river market” is Lisbon’s preeminent food bazaar. Beneath the building’s 1930s dome, vendors sell fresh seafood, meat, fruit, piri-piri peppers, and flowers. The second floor houses a...
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Tv. do Sequeiro 38, 1200-259 Lisboa, Portugal
Enter this restaurant and you will still be walking on Calçada Portuguesa (traditional Portuguese paving). You will feel like home in this typical and familiar Portuguese restaurant, offering good food and a good place to dine with friends, before...
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Rua do Loreto 21, 1200-169 Lisboa, Portugal
Steak sandwich for dessert? Yes, it's true, that's how the Portuguese like to finish off a lovely seafood meal. This one, from Sea Me in Lisbon just melted in my mouth. Their seafood, sushi and desserts were delicious, too. My other current...
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R. das Salgadeiras 10, 1200-396 Lisboa, Portugal
Portugal produces at least half of the world’s cork, harvested from its many cork oak forests. A design shop in the Bairro Alto neighborhood sells umbrellas, handbags, and kitchenware made from the recyclable material. Rua das Salgadeiras 10,...
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this famous Lisbon landmark has a wonderful bar and also serves a really decent lunch in the downstairs restaurant. Take the stunning little fin de siecle elevator to the upper town (it is like a mini Eiffel Tower style elevator!) and wander the...
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R. Anchieta 11, 1200-445 Lisboa, Portugal
A Vida Portuguesa is an eclectic store that holds only Portuguese brands and products for the home; from handmade olive oil soaps to home decor, shoes, vintage posters, you name it. There is also an online store, but there is nothing like visiting...
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R. do Ouro, 1150-060 Lisboa, Portugal
The Santa Justa Lift is a popular tourist attraction in Lisbon. Which, is why I decided to pass on my first trip to Lisbon. Recently, however, I was in Lisbon again and got an insider tip: you can actually go the back way (by an old church, ask a...
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Praça da Figueira 18B, 1100-241 Lisboa, Portugal
The Confeitaria Nacional, Rua do Duc 22, has served delicious biscuits and pastries in this beautiful shop since 1829. When you walk into this pastry shop on the Praca de Figueira, you will be tempted with every imaginable delicacy. The choice is...
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Rua da Conceição 8, 1100-226 Lisboa, Portugal
Whoever doesn't like the smell of cheese should think twice before entering this shop. Not only do they sell a wide variety of Portuguese cheeses, they also dedicate the shop to national traditions from all over the country. Besides cheese, you...
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Praça do Comércio, 1100-148, Portugal
At the end of Praça do Comercio, on its border with the Tagus you can see the location where the old Discovery Caravels landed with the goods that the Portuguese brought back from the new found territories over seas. When The Portuguese...
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Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is really a walking city. You stroll down broad avenues and past upscale stores, markets, and restaurants. But like any European capital city you may want to cover more ground a little more quickly at times. There are lots of choices: the...
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Passeig del Born, 26, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
On a crisp December afternoon, there's a great little square in the cool El Born neighborhood, devoid of most tourists, just the Neighborhood. You see lots of pics of sunny Barcelona in the summer, but the winter is a great time to go…with the...
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Santa Justa, Lisbon, Portugal
I really like to eat in Portuguese tascas, where the food is good, cheap, and classic. And here you have a wonderful view to Rossio train station from the seats outside. After lunch you can catch a train straight to Sintra, or you can go up...
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R. das Portas de Santo Antão 58, 1150-043 Lisboa, Portugal
Situated in a former 17th century Moorish palace, Restaurant Casa do Alentjo is popular simply because of the atmosphere and surroundings. Once a palace, it’s since been used as a school, casino and now a restaurant. Locals come to relax here,...