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Rua da Cintura Armazém 65 Cais do Gás-Santos, 1200-109 Lisboa, Portugal
An old warehouse was turned into a concert hall with a capacity of 1,000. It’s fully equipped for bands, DJs, stand-up comedy, and theater performances. The space is rented to agents and labels, resulting in a program of indie rock, pop rock, and...
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Estr. de Fátima, 2490-216 Ourém, Portugal
In 1938, Monsanto was voted the "Most Portuguese Village in Portugal", and only on approach will you marvel at how impressive it actually is. The village, nestled 2500 ft above the surrounding prairie has been built around and miraculously...
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Monsanto is a small village built on the top of a granite mountain. Houses are carved into the huge boulders and that is what makes it unique. It hasn't changed much in the last 70 years. My father was born in another small village close to...
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Porto, Portugal
One of the reasons I am so completely enthralled with foreign travel is to experience the cultural diversity it offers. I travel to experience what is unique and different about the countries I visit. In visiting my ancestral roots in Portugal I...
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R. das Carmelitas 144, 4050-161 Porto, Portugal
A blend of neo-Gothic and art nouveau, the enchanting Livraria Lello bookshop dates to 1906 and is rumored to have inspired J.K. Rowling’s Hogwarts in Harry Potter
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R. da Galeria de Paris 20, 4050-182 Porto, Portugal
Who said that traditional shopping is disappearing? More traditional than A Vida Portuguesa is hard to find and however it turns out to be cool selling old Portuguese items in a remarkably traditional downtown location. A Vida Portuguesa | Rua...
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Praça de Gomes Teixeira, 4050 Porto, Portugal
This might be one of the nicest squares in the Carmo district of Porto. The square with the fountain of lions. It got its name on 1936 in honor of Francisco Gomes Teixeira, a well known professor in the University of Porto. Around the square there...
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Rua de Santa Catarina 575, 4000-453 Porto, Portugal
If you are one of those that when travelling prefers to stay on a site that welcomes you as if you are at home, The White Box House may well be your next choice for a future stay at Porto. This guesthouse is chic and affordable, with a mix of...
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703, Rua da Boavista, 4050-110 Porto, Portugal
I thought Lisbon was the most beautiful city in Portugal, till I got to Porto. If you are looking for a weekend destination in Europe, Porto is a great option. It had all the right ingredients for a perfect long weekend or a short vacation in...
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The Ribeira stands for 'Riverside' in Portuguese. and it is a historical square along the Douro river. It is crowded with restaurants, cafe's, touristic stores and touristic attractions. The buildings, which these days are half occupied, half...
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R. de Sá da Bandeira 84, 4000-427 Porto, Portugal
Finally Oporto has its first Design Hotel, right in the city center, in a building of mid-nineteenth century where the former Teatro Baquet (a theater) was set, restored in an admirable way and very appropriately called Hotel Teatro. A modern and...
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Praça Almeida Garrett, 4000-069 Porto, Portugal
Might be one of the most beautiful train stations in the World, Sao Bento Railway Station was opened to the public in 1916 and is well known for its walls covered with 20,000 splendid azulejo ceramic tiles which describe the History of Portugal....
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Terreiro da Sé, 4050-573 Porto, Portugal
If you are looking for a great view over the city, consider visiting Porto Cathedral, or Sé do Porto. Its long history and stunning architecture, make it a must see location to visit. When I climbed to the top of the hill where the Cathedral is...
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Largo Miguel Bombarda 23, 4400-222 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
I love the use of terraces where we can enjoy the city from a different perspective, combining moments of pleasure with fantastic urban views. And if one of the best scenarios I know of is Porto, overlooking the Douro, and the best views are from...
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Praça da Ribeira, nº1, 4050-513 Porto, Portugal
Looking across the Douro in the evening, I watched the night descend and saw a magical sight. The entire area was lit up and looked like a fantasy light display. It could have been Disney World or a Christmas light display. The air was charged...
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4050-256 Porto, Portugal
Casa da Música, designed by Rem Koolhaas, is the first building built in Portugal which is dedicated entirely to music in various aspects; presentation of music (concerts), education of music and creation of music. The building was intended to be...
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PTE Luiz I, 4000 Porto, Portugal
Dom Luis bridge in Porto was designed by the man responsible for the Eiffel Tower, and is the subject of many a travel photo. You can walk across it on two levels but I'd recommend taking the top level from Porto to the port wine cellars of Vila...
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Rua Fonte Taurina 99 - 101, 4050-270 Porto, Portugal
The great D. Luis I Bridge is the symbol of Oporto. It was inaugurated in 1886. The engineer was a disciple of Eiffel. There are two iron decks. The upper deck is the Metro track while the bottom deck is a traffic and pedestrian way. To get to the...
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Porto, Portugal
Residents of Porto like to brag that they are more industrious then their Sister to the South...Lisbon. One thing is certain, there is a different feel in Porto. There does seem to be a certain air of sophistication. There is also magic in Porto....
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Praça da Ribeira, nº1, 4050-513 Porto, Portugal
There are many hotel options in Oporto, Portugal. I have stayed in several but on a recent trip to Oporto, I chose to stay at the Pestana Porto Hotel. The hotel consists of several adjoining buildings. The furnishings were new and up to date. The...
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Largo Dom Luís I, 4430-106 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
The beautiful bridge spanning the Douro River connects the city of Porto with the riverside town of Vila Nova de Gaia, a wonderland lined with places to take a load off and taste some port. Cross the bridge on foot from Porto to reach a delicious...
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Porto, Portugal
Porto, Portugal rich and verdant, ancient and atmospheric with exquisitely tiled churches, worn cobbled streets and the Douro River spilling out into the vast Atlantic Ocean. In the surrounding hills are some of the oldest vineyards in the world...
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Rua do Infante D. Henrique, 4050-297 Porto, Portugal
I was in the Ribeira district of Oporto. I wanted to see the Gothic and Baroque Church of Sao Francisco. So I wandered into the church that was listed as one of the most important and beautiful churches of Oporto. It was said to be very ornate. I...
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Oporto is the second largest city in Portugal and one of the oldest European cities dating back to the 4th c. "Oporto " means the port. Oporto is famous for among other things Port wine. Port wine is fortified wine. These wines are world renowned....
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Estrada do Bom Jesus, 4715-056 Tenões, Portugal
Only the a local would have known to take us to Bom Jesus. While staying with a host through Airbnb, two friends and I had the opportunity to spend the day with her and explore Braga. She told us, in her broken but sufficient English, of a church...
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Aveiro, Portugal
When I visit Aveiro, I love to wander around the city. I especially love the canals and their alleys.I get to see the different moliceiros (boats), the fish market, the fishermen, tourists, and the many restaurants. There are several very good...
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These colorful fishing boats are moored in the Ria da Aveiro at Costa Nova, Aveiro. The Costa Nova is a seashore town. There are many little souvenir shops, good restaurants offering very fresh seafood and fish. People go there for the eels and...
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R. João Mendonça 20, 3800-200 Aveiro, Portugal
Twinned with Newark, New Jersey, this town not too far south of Porto looks absolutely nothing like Newark, so don't be afraid to go for a visit dont' worry about fearing for your life if you stray down the wrong streets (but I do love Newark...
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Aveiro, Portugal
The end result is so enchanting... the unique mosaic sidewalks and walkways of Portugal. I am always fascinated with these works of art. These mosaic designs are truly works of art. But the upkeep is tough. It is a labor intensive job. As you see...
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Douro, 3260 Figueiró dos Vinhos, Portugal
I have visited Napa and Sonoma, and have been to Tuscany, and Bordeaux, but no wine region of the world has surprised me with its beauty as much as the Douro. If your find yourself in Porto, it is well worth renting a car (or better yet, hiring a...
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2655 Ericeira, Portugal
Ericeira is a small town about 1 hour from Lisbon. It is best known for its beaches and is most popular with surfers. It can get very windy in the summer time but it was perfect in March! There are excellent simple restaurants - if you like super...
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Estrada Nacional 247, Km 49,4, 2655-319 Ericeira, Portugal
Every year for one weekend in summer the Ericeira Camping hosts an awesome reggae music festival. The dates of the following one are 27th to the 30th of June and if you are in or near to Portugal and are into the reggae vibes then this music...
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2710 Sintra, Portugal
Sintra is every storybook fairy tale that you've ever seen or imagined, brought to life. After a 45-minute train ride from Lisbon, you are transported to a land of times past: an entire city in the hills filled with castles, moats, palaces,...
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2520 Peniche, Portugal
Hire a boat out of Peniche, Portugal, when available, and travel six miles offshore to the pristine Berlenga Islands. Then hike, kayak, snorkel, and swim the day away. Pack a picnic lunch and feast on the beach. The perfect day in paradise.
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2710 Sintra, Portugal
I spent an hour or so walking through the streets of historic Sintra, Portugal. Many of the buildings in this town date back to the 8th century. I have a few more photos on my blog here: http://stevecookphotography.com/sintra-portugal/.
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R. Me. Deus 4, 1900-312 Lisboa, Portugal
Azulejos (glazed tiles) are a ubiquitous decoration throughout Portugal. They cover the facades and interiors of many houses in Lisbon, and are even used as historical markers. The Museu Nacional do Azulejo, located in a 16th-century convent,...
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Bicesse, 2645-253 Alcabideche, Portugal
My first evening in Portugal, I visited Azulejos Artesanal, a tile factory in the village of Bicesse. Ruí has been painting tiles by hand for decades, and he gave me a personal tour of the facility. Whether he’s painting original new tiles made...
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Estrada da Pena, 2710-609 Sintra, Portugal
I decided to take a day trip to Sintra; which, I was told was kind of touristy, but worth the trip. So my expectations of the place were pretty low. After a short 40 min train ride from Lisbon and we arrive just in time to walk through the Pena...
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R. Anchieta 11, 1200-023 Lisboa, Portugal
Vintage is hot now in Lisbon, with a few shops opening in the last year selling only quality vintage Portuguese consumer products, which is quite an achievement from my reckoning. These new shops have in them another kind of memories than the ones...
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Povoa de Penafirme, 2560-046 A dos Cunhados, Portugal
Goncalo Alves and his wife, Marta Fonseca, spent eight years turning an abandoned chicken farm on Portugal’s wild Costa de Prata into their dream retreat. “We wanted a big house to share with people,” says Alves. Their hotel,...
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Pátio de Dom Fradique 14, 1100-624 Lisboa, Portugal
Palacio Belmonte is a masterpiece—the type of architectural stunner that is said to be ‘mumbling beauty’ in every one of its corners. Every piece of material used to restore it, as well as every piece of furniture inside of it (like these blue...
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Praça do Império 1400-206 Lisboa, 1400-206 Lisboa, Portugal
Jerónimos Monastery, also known as the Hieronymites Monastery, or Mosteiro dos Jerónimos in Portuguese, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Lisbon. This stunning building took 100 years to build and it's no wonder once you experience the level of...
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2710 Sintra, Portugal
We ventured to Sintra from Lisbon on a beautiful day. The Castelo do Mouros is worth a visit, perched high above the town, where you will find the ruins of a Moorish castle dating back to the 8th century. On a clear day you can see the coast and...
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R. Barbosa do Bocage 5, 2710-567 Sintra, Portugal
Just 45 minutes from Lisbon lies the mystical, castle-filled hilltop town of Sintra, also a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its rich history. One such castle is the Palace of Quinta da Regaleira. Gothic in style, from its outer structure to its...
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Av. da Liberdade 138-142, 1250-001 Lisboa, Portugal
On Liberdade Avenue, amid famous designer stores, sits this five-star hotel. Each room is decorated in white and black with Victorian-inspired details. Enjoy one of the many sunny days in Lisbon, sitting outside in the terrace.
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R. de Santa Cruz do Castelo, 1100-129 Lisboa, Portugal
The Castelo de São Jorge, is one of the Alfama neighborhood’s most historically significant monuments. Plan a visit late in the afternoon so that you can explore every nook and cranny and learn about the castle’s abundant...
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Obidos, 2510, Portugal
Obidos is an extremely small and very well preserved town about an hour north of Lisbon (approximately 55 miles). It was first given to Queen Isabel by King D. Dinis in the 13th century as a wedding present, starting the tradition until the...
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R. Nova do Carvalho 6, 1200-292 Lisboa, Portugal
Definitely the hottest spot in the city, Pensão Amor, or "Guesthouse of Love," is a chic, boudoir-style place in the Cais do Sodré area, down the hills of nightlife hub Bairro Alto. Decorated with frescos and endless images and art of nude women,...
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R. 1º de Dezembro, 1249-970 Lisboa, Portugal
The Rossio railway station was designed between 1886 and 1887 by Portuguese architect José Luís Monteiro. It makes connections with the village of Sintra, and the 2,600-meter tunnel was excavated under the city. It is considered one of...
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R. 1º de Dezembro, 1249-970 Lisboa, Portugal
The Rossio railway station in the Rossio Square area of Lisbon in another architectural marvel. The Manueline design of the facade looks more like an ornate palace or theatre than a public building. The station was commissioned in 1886-1887 and...
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Campo de Santa Clara, 1100-472 Lisboa, Portugal
Perched on a steep hill in the lovely neighborhood of Alfama, you will in no doubt leave with a great souvenir or gift. Sellers throw down blankets or rugs in rows and sell a variety of hand-made goods, antiques, books, clothes, military objects,...
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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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1100-470 Lisbon, Portugal
One of the first commercial buildings in Portugal that uses two kinds of material characteristic in Europe in the second half of XIX century: iron and glass. The project was developed by the architect Emiliano Augusto de Bettencourt and it was...
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Rua do Conde de Redondo 24, 1150-106 Lisboa, Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal is a city of colour and creativity. This artistic flair even extends to its abandoned buildings. The municipal government hired local street artists to cover three buildings (two pictured here), slated for demolition, in unique...
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Estrada da Pena, 2710-609 Sintra, Portugal
At first I was so disappointed that the day I went to Sintra's Pena Palace that it was foggy. Everyone I knew who had been there had gorgeous pictures of the bright colors of this Moorish palace, as well as the beautiful view. Yet, when looking at...
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R. Augusta, 1100 Lisboa, Portugal
The Rua Augusta is an area in lower Lisbon near the Praca do Comercio. The architecture is old and many of the structures are original. This is a very beautiful street. The area is a wide, mosaic tiled walkway and it is closed to traffic. At the...
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Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal's architecture is a rainbow of colours. Many of its buildings are still decorated by the decorative azulejos, or painted tiles. These tiles were introduced during Moorish rule. They were hand painted and had strong geometric...
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Largo São Domingos 8, 1100-201 Lisboa, Portugal
A Ginjinha was the first establishment in Lisbon to commercialize the drink called Ginjinha. Ginjinha is a liqueur made with ginja berries, aguardiente (Portuguese brandy), sugar, water, and cinnamon. Francisco Espinheira, a Galician friar of the...
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Largo da Sé, 1100-585 Lisboa, Portugal
Take the old trolley #28 up to the Alfama and exit the trolley at St. Anthony's Church. You will see the Se directly behind St. Anthony's. St. Anthony's is a Baroque church that was built in the 18th c. over the birthplace of the saint. There is a...
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R. do Vigário, 1100-502 Lisboa, Portugal
To get to know the neighborhood and its daily life, nothing beats a stroll through Alfama's streets. It is the oldest and one of the most typical neighborhoods in Lisbon. Here you might see two women chatting at the window (well, screaming) while...
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Praça do Comércio, 1100-148, Portugal
Located right on the river, Lisbon’s massive main square is home to a plethora of gorgeous 18th-century architecture, all built after the devastating 1755 earthquake. Its canary-yellow facades and mosaic-like cobblestones come together to...
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R. Duque de Palmela 34, 1250-098 Lisboa, Portugal
It's not top of most people's travel itinerary for Lisbon but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed São Vicente da Fora Monastery. I only went there for the views but got more than I bargained for in the form of stunning azulejos (handpainted...
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Av. da Liberdade, 1250-096 Lisboa, Portugal
Along the Avenue Liberdade in Lisbon there are kiosks where the locals and tourists mingle while stopping for lunch or a cool drink. After shopping in the elegant stores on the Avenue, I'll stop and sit and have something to drink or a snack. In...
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Largo do Carmo, 1200-092 Lisboa, Portugal
In 1755, Lisbon was all but devoured by an earthquake so strong that it still ranks as one of the most destructive in recorded history. One of the few structures to survive somewhat intact was the Carmo Convent—an impressive feat,...
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36, R. do Alecrim, 1200-018 Lisboa, Portugal
This is a quiet place to explore on Rua do Alecrim, Lisbon. It is located near one of Sant'Anna's showrooms (authentic tile) and a few other gorgeous places. This street was one of my favorites in the city.
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Lisbon, Portugal
Go to any look-out in the Alfama district for wonderful views of the messy but breathtaking city bellow.
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R. Tomás da Anunciação 62, 1350-162 Lisboa, Portugal
I love shops where you go back in time, where you can find the hot-water bottle that your grandmother used to warm the bed, or a typewriter that might have typed a novel, or love letters or cooking recipes... This couple decided to open their shop...
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Obidos, 2510, Portugal
As in so many places in Portugal, porcelain tiles line the entrance into Obidos. A lady sat there the whole day selling her embroideries to visitors.
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2450 Nazaré, Portugal
Old Portuguese women in local dress seduce beachcombers and tourists with their tantalizing display of "percebes." Percebes, a type of barnacle found on beachside rocks, are the perfect snack treat. These enterprising ladies will even show you how...
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R. do Crucifixo 116, 2º, 04015-070 Lisboa, Portugal
This boutique hostel in Lisbon feels more like a design hotel and is a result of a collaboration between local artists, DJ’s & designers. They even offer up a nightly 3-course dinner including wine!
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Estr. de São Julião 257, 2705 São João das Lampas, Portugal
Praia de São Julião is one of the more picturesque beaches on the Ericeira stretch of coastline, and if you catch it at low tide, it can be several kilometers long and an unbroken stretch of white sand beneath dramatic cliffs. Popular with surfers...
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Canada Nova 34 - 36 Rochela, Praia, 9880-241 São Mateus, Portugal
‘Queijadas da Graciosa’ are a typical sweet from Graciosa but they are also famous outside the Azores. Star-shaped, they were typical in every gathering on the island, becoming a tradition in Graciosa’s families. Nowadays they are baked by the...
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7330 Marvão, Portugal
The Serra de S. Mamede is considered a sanctuary of the chestnut tree. A tree that can live thousands of years, its fruit is widely appreciated and cooked in many ways. We challenge you to come and discover the secrets of a chestnut grove. The...
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7300-126 Reguengo, Portugal
Biology and the study of nature are essential for its knowledge and preservation. Follow the works of a Biologist in the field and learn how to look at nature through the eyes of science. The course starts at the entrance of the Parochial church...
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7100 Estremoz, Portugal
Cowbells or those small look alike bells that are placed on animals are used to indicate where the animals are. Did you know that such type of artisanal bells are still produced in Portugal? Well yes, Mr. António Augusto Sim Sim still continues on...
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R. da Vitória 41, 1100-618 Lisboa, Portugal
History, architecture, revolution, renewal…a stroll through the heart, soul and memory of Lisbon. Get to know one of the most emblematic zones of the capital in this photographic stroll. The doorway to Lisbon: the renewed Terreio do Paço… followed...
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7040 Vimieiro, Portugal
Come enjoy the natural shores of the beautiful Ribeira de Tera. Walking in the company of a biologist from the town of Paiva, you discover the local ecology, namely the habitats (natural, semi-natural and human made) and the dynamics of the human...
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Terceira Island, Portugal
While Pamplona gets the world’s attention for a running of the bulls, there are corners of the world where the afición for the contest between human and beast lives on all summer. On Terceira, in the Azores, Portugal, 230+ traditional bullfights...
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1250-096 Lisbon, Portugal
Jardim da Estrela is a perfect spot to take a peek at local life. The park is filled with exotic, jungle-like plants and unusual sculptures, along with locals relaxing beneath the many shady spots. Grab a coffee or cool drink at the pond-side café...
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Porto, Portugal
These guys are a new tourism company in town, offering Tours in and around Porto, to see the other side of tourism. The "Hidden Porto Tour" is amazing, in 3 hours we get to see so much about the city, taste the best custard tart ever and get on...
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R. Comendador Vilarinho 27, 8300-117 Silves, Portugal
It is pretty much like walking into a Portuguese family's seafood feast. Everyone knows each other, and even strangers join in the union ambience, along with the waiters and the owners. Upon entering you can hear the bashing of hammers in crab...
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Rua de Côrte Real 289, 4150 Porto, Portugal
Portarossa is a fantastic pizzeria situated in one of the most emblematic districts of Porto, Foz, combining modern Mediterranean inspirations, with the 30s and the cool atmosphere of Little Italy in NYC. The entrance is through a portentous red...
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Guimaraes, Portugal
The UNESCO Heritage city of Guimaraes and its city center, should be on your Portugal's to do list. This granite wonder of north of the country is joyfully alive with locals, who simply catch some much needed winter sun warmth at their doorstep...
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Largo Trindade Coelho, 1200-470 Lisboa, Portugal
Remember to keep your sunglasses on when you enter the Church of São Roque! Its inside is completely lined with gold leaf paint, from shrines, saints, walls and ceiling ceiling. One of the earliest jesuit churches in the world, this wonder of...
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R. Norberto de Araújo 18A, 1100-117 Lisboa, Portugal
As you make your way down into the heart of Lisbon's iconic Alfama district, you might want to take a specific narrow pass under the Portas do Sol belvedere. This one person at a time Moorish stairwell, gives way into a private top hill garden,...
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Rua da Esperança 112, 1200-658 Lisboa, Portugal
I happened to meet one of the owners of Taberna Ideal, a young energetic Lisbon girl who is running three restaurants at once with another partner. I really liked the vintage-yet-contemporary feel, the eclectic style, and choice of furniture. The...
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Largo Miguel Bombarda, 4430-999 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
There are many great restaurants in Porto, but not everyone has the best or at least the great view. De Castro Gaia Restaurant is located in The Porto Cruz Space just acros the river of Porto. The chef Miguel Castro Silva, unites the Porto Cruz...
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Porto is one of the most beautiful cities I've had the pleasure to visit. The city is packed with cultural attractions—many of them listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The port wine cellars, Oporto Cathedral, Clérigos Church Tower, and...
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Largo Infante Dom Henrique, 2440 Batalha, Portugal
One of the most popular side trips from Lisbon is Batalha. When most people say they went to Batalha they refer to the Battle Abbey of Santa Maria da Vitoria. This magnificent church with its convent, cloisters, and unfinished chapels is one of...
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2300 Tomar, Portugal
Tomar Portugal is an amazing place to visit. Within this small town is a beautiful castle built by the Knights Templar, a jewish quarter with the oldest synagogue in Portugal (museum as well) and one of the funkiest museums ever visited- the...
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2750 Cascais, Portugal
Jump off the train (40 mins ride) in Cascais from Lisbon and borrow a free bike from the stand right outside the station. Weave through the ancient cobblestone streets and ride the rolling bike path along the coast to loosen up your legs and free...
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ロカ岬 2705-001 Colares, Portugal
My friend Jorge Silva took me to Cabo da Roca in Portugal, the westernmost point of Europe. It was a beautiful day in the cape. The surf was powerful and could be clearly heard crashing into the rock from the cliffs high above.
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R. Cinco de Outubro 49, 7000-854 Évora, Portugal
Driving through the countryside of Portugal one can see the huge, modern wind turbines. When I saw them I longed to see the old picturesque windmills. After looking into the history of the windmills I discovered that many farmers on their quintas...
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Raposeira, Portugal
In the Algarve, just west of Salema you will find Zavial Beach which is an area of unspoiled natural beauty. There is no mass transportation. There are no highways or huge high --rises. In the Summer, parking is a little difficult but once you...
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Largo do Chafariz de Dentro, 1100-139 Lisboa, Portugal
This square is located in the oldest and one of the most typical neighborhoods in Lisbon. Yes, typical houses, old cafes, and grocery shops can still be found here. If you hear hollering out a window, don’t worry, probably it's just someone...
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Estrada da Pena, 2710-609 Sintra, Portugal
What an interesting ambience pena palace had in the fog...it felt so medieval.
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Driving around the Algarve and Alentejo, the search for old windmills is always fun. Each time I see one , I have to get out and investigate. This one is refurbished and in working order. It is finished in the traditional manner of whitewash with...
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Praça da República, 7350-002 Elvas, Portugal
This is one of the many ways of preparing a codfish dish. Bacalhau Dourado (Golden Codfish) is a typical dish in Elvas, Alentejo; very similar to Bacalhau à Braz. It seems that the recipe comes from a woman from Alentejo, after she started to work...
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Many typical Portuguese dishes use extra virgin olive oil, Portuguese wine, and garlic as their main ingredients. One of these delicious dishes is Pork and Clams Alentejana which is a combination of loin of pork and clams. The small pieces of pork...
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R. Dr. Pereira Caldas 189, 4815 Vizela, Portugal
Widely acclaimed by its array of mini dishes called Petiscos, Restaurant Rainha, has become a synonym of traditional northern portuguese cuisine in the little, but very pictorest town of Vizela. They say that there is no hospitality like the one...
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Av. Vieira Guimarães 39, 2450-110 Nazaré, Portugal
Boat on the beach
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R. da Praia, 8650 Budens, Portugal
While in the Lagos and western Algarve, I searched for lesser known beaches. With so many miles of coastline, I knew there had to be more beaches and less crowded ones at that. So my husband and I set out for several days to find these gems. We...
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Praia da Arrifana, 8670-055 Aljezur, Portugal
Arrifana beach is located on the western coast of Algarve, Portugal. Since it faces the Atlantic and has many huge bouilders that surround it, the surf can be quite wild at times. While it can be wild, Arrifana is also serene.The beauty stops many...
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3400-368 Avô, Portugal
Just because you're in the centre of Portugal it doesn't mean you can't go to the beach. There's a whole network of river beaches and Ilha do Picoto in Avô is one of my favourites. There's a small island in the middle of two rivers which means...
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Rua Gilberto Rola, 22-24, 1350-155 Lisboa, Portugal
Fado, which is Portuguese for fate, is an urban folk music genre that traces its roots in Portugal in the 1820s. Unrequited love, the longing for home, death and melancholia... these are its common themes said to have been sung by sailors and...
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Melgaço, 4960, Portugal
I arrived in Melgaço, the most northern town in Portugal, with just enough time to catch the dramatic light working its wonders on the mountains of Peneda Gerês National Park from the top of Fiães hill. If you can, aim to visit the north of...
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Faro, Portugal
FARO, Portugal -- The miles of unspoiled beaches along the Algarve coast is dreamy. And a late afternoon stroll along the coast to hunt for sea shells and sharks teeth seem to be the most promising type of fun for my crew especially when traveling...
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R. da Cadeia 22A, 7350-117 Elvas, Portugal
Contemporary art can be a bit strange, to say the least. I've seen tyres on sticks with lace curtains, cardboard boxes on walls and other oddities. Nothing, however, had prepared me for a chandelier made out of tampons. It's very effective; light...
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Lisbon, Portugal
I would like to tell you about the place where you can the authentic real stuff that ordinary persons are selling on the street. An open air market called Feira da Ladra (Flee Market). It takes place around the Church of São Vicente de Fora on...
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São Miguel Island, Portugal
Santa Bárbara beach, on the north coast of São Miguel Island, is known by the local surfers as one of the best spots to surf – mainly because of the waves and perfect surfing conditions. Also known as Areais, it is an excellent beach break with...
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Fontaínhas do Mar, 7570-689 Melides, Portugal
Praia da Galé campsite is situated on one of the longest stretches of beach in the country... kilometers of white sand and warm blue sea on a wild and undeveloped stretch of coastline. Pure bliss. The campsite itself is in a shady pine forest a...
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Rua do Choupelo, 4400-088 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
The nights in Portugal are even better than the days. Countless hours of beating feet winding through cobblestone alleyways deserves respite. A pitcher of sangria on a patio with a breeze is legendary here. This country is proud with colonial...
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Iberia
In the riverfront and beach town of Costa Nova near the city of Aveiro you will find the candy striped beach houses facing the river. The sight of these houses painted in vertical stripes of green, blue, yellow, or red with bright red geraniums in...
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6285 Piódão, Portugal
Add Piódão to your bucket list. You won't regret it. High in the Serra do Açor mountains, the last 10k of the journey to Piódão is not for the faint of heart. Travel along a windy, incredibly narrow dirt road, barely clinging to the side of a...
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R. de Ferreira Borges, 4050-253 Porto, Portugal
I could have stayed in this building for hours rather than scuttling through rapidly on a tour. Every corner, every room was an amazement. Portugal's history - and especially that of Porto, where it all started - is intertwined with trade,...
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Lisbon, Portugal
On a visit to the Belem district of Lisbon, I took a tour of the Palace which was built from 1796 to 1860. The palace is an example of the striking neoclassical architectural design of the time. The Ajuda Palace became the permanent residence of...
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R. dos Caneiros 26, 2495-301 Fátima, Portugal
Not far from the Cova Da Iria at Fatima, is the tiny hamlet of Aljustrel. The children's homes are located in Aljustrel. They are open to the public. Life was not easy and the residents lived simply. Families were usually large and everyone shared...
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Estrada do Cabo da Roca s/n, 2705-001 Colares, Portugal
Cabo da Roca is the western-most point of continental Europe and juts out dramatically into the Atlantic Ocean. The lighthouse complex sits atop the high cliffs and the view of the coastline both to the north and south is breathtaking. There are...
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4400 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
From the Vila Nova da Gaia side of the Douro river you have the most spectacular view over the city of Porto... best enjoyed with a glass of wine in hand at one of the river-side restaurants.
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Evora, Portugal
Something that you would never see in the US is someone's underwear drying outside but then again, this is why I travel. Love the architecture in Evora - a World Heritage town, approximately 85 miles away from Lisbon - and the fact that almost all...
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2495 Fátima, Portugal
Not as famous as St. Peter's at the Vatican City, but just as holy. They have masses held either in the old church, the new church and the outdoor courtyard.
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Av. Brasília, 1400-038 Lisboa, Portugal
Located west of central Lisbon, Torre de Belém is a trip best done by metro or taxi. Once there, climb the steps that date back to the 16th century and get a bird’s-eye view of the Portuguese capital. Some of its neighbors will make venturing into...
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Terreiro da Sé, 4050-573 Porto, Portugal
Just outside the Cathedral in Porto are the waymarks for the route to Fatima and the route to Santiago de Compostela. I chose Santiago!
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Iberia
The canal in Vila Verde da Raia brings water from the Acude to the surrounding fields. It is well maintained. This is a farm area where many crops are grown for the home and for sale at the market. One day while wandering around the fields, I came...
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R. Dom João de Castro 210, 4150-417 Porto, Portugal
Worthy of a visit. Outside of the city center, but accessible by bus, and walking distance from the ocean. More interesting that your common art museum because you're also stimulated by outside structures and exhibits, as well as posh gardens in...
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4940-132 Cossourado, Portugal
I was only ever intending to do a 1-day walk on the Portuguese pilgrim route. All I wanted was a pretty hike to explore the countryside around Ponte da Lima. The walk was perfect, despite the warnings that it was the hardest section of the route....
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R. de São Francisco 26, 2400-094 Leiria, Portugal
The vines from Quinta Serradinha are produced by the Marques-da-Cruz family, 5 generations of winemakers. The vineyard is situated in the demarcated region of the Encostas D’Aire. The quality of the wines from the region of Leiria had its first...
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Largo do Elevador, Sitìo do Promontorio, 2450-065 Nazaré, Portugal
From the charming fishing village of Nazare, in western Portugal, you can either take a tram or go on a short hike up the cliff, to the sitio. There you will have an amazing view of the ocean, beach and town below.
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Pedralva is a typical turn-of-the-century rural village that has been almost completely restored to its former glory and has been converted into holiday accommodation for those looking to escape to the countryside and enjoy the laid-back pace of...
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R. Conselheiro José Cardoso 11, 9760 Vila da Praia da Vitória, Portugal
On your next flight to the other side of the pond, stop by Azores for a few slow, delicious days. Occasionally overlooked by travelers headed to Europe, this charming archipelago is the destination for time travel. Visit its colorful palaces and...
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Largo Infante Dom Henrique, 2440 Batalha, Portugal
One of our side trips from Fatima was to the Monastery of Batalha. When we arrived at Batalha, we were once again awed by the beauty and architecture of this immense battle abby that we had seen years before. Outside in the huge courtyard you see...
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R. do Diário de Notícias 39, 1200-141 Lisboa, Portugal
This place is mandatory, especially if you want to hear some fado. Here you can listen to Fado Vadio (sung by nonprofessionals) on Mondays and Wednesdays, hear consecrated artists and potential stars, or hear a regular who just feels like singing...
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Praça Dom Pedro IV 24-25, 1200-091 Lisboa, Portugal
Another well-known café facing Rossio is Café Nicola. Full of history, tradition, and culture, it was once frequented by Lisbon's intellectual elite, like the poet Bocage, who was a habitué and now has a statue as a reminder. In existence since...
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Jardim Teófilo de Braga, (em frente ao nº 26 da rua do 4 de Infantaria), 1350-266 Lisboa, Portugal
A residential neighborhood with traditional commerce, and considered to be the most peaceful in Lisbon, this neighborhood brings together the best of life conditions to those who call this home. Taste a chocolate cake at the pastry shop which...
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Avenida da Liberdade, Quiosques Liberdade - Posto 4, 1250-145 Lisboa, Portugal
A kiosk at Avenida da Liberdade, this one has the best chocolate cake in the world. If you don’t fancy chocolate, you have other choices like custard tarts, croissants, or even a light meal. But of course, there are also drinks, like caipigelado...
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Av. da Liberdade 28, 1250-145 Lisboa, Portugal
The Avenida da Liberdade, which connects Marquês de Pombal to downtown, is full of kiosks that sell food and drinks. This one, Maritaca, sells thin-crust pizzas, which can be accompanied by a cocktail such as a Mojito or Caipirinha. I work nearby...
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Jardim Teófilo de Braga, (em frente ao nº 26 da rua do 4 de Infantaria), 1350-266 Lisboa, Portugal
These kiosks are appearing in gardens and squares, and they provide a fantastic end-of-day refreshment. This one is in a garden at Campo de Ourique, where you won’t likely see a single tourist. At this writing, there are nine burger varieties,...
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5400 Vila Verde da Raia, Portugal
When I was in Vila Verde de Raia in the Tras-os-Montes area of Portugal, I wandered through the fields and down the old roads. This road is still used by some of the farmers in the area but since there are better roads now, most use them to get to...
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R. Santo António, 5400 Chaves, Portugal
You can see examples of the ancient architecture of Tras-os-Montes in the well preserved medieval center of the city of Chaves. Most of the buildings were constructed of quartz and/or granite blocks and fashioned in the 16th -18th century style....
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Praça do Império, 1449-003 Lisboa, Portugal
Back in 1992, Portugal hosted the Presidency of the European Union, which was the reason for building this center that nowadays holds conferences and professional meetings. It is also a cultural center, with three rooms of different sizes equipped...
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Av. de Berna 45A, 1067-001 Lisboa, Portugal
This center of arts and culture features a music season with Gulbenkian Orchestra and Choir; permanent exhibitions of the collections of Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and Modern Art Centre; and conferences, symposia, and temporary exhibitions. The...
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Av. Brasília, 1300-598 Lisboa, Portugal
I really like this building, the Central, with its beautiful facade and huge glass panes. Glass, iron, and red brick are the main materials used in its construction. The Central is close to the river, since the coal responsible for the Central’s...
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R. do Comércio 32-38, 1100-150 Lisboa, Portugal
After downtown Lisbon was destroyed by an earthquake in 1755, it was rebuilt as a project of Marquês de Pombal. The earthquake had been the worst in Europe, leading to the first neoclassic urban planning and the first large-scale earthquake-proof...
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5400 Vila Verde da Raia, Portugal
I remember seeing the village fountain in Vila Verde. It was a graceful column with the year imprinted in its stone. Today, it is still in working order. It was constructed in 1894 and when the water first flowed, there was ( I am told) a big...
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R. 25 de Abril 77, 2450-065 Nazaré, Portugal
The Sitio of Nazare is the old city high up on a cliff overlooking stunning Nazare Beach. To get to the top from the beach, take the Eiffel era funicular (1889). The smooth ride up to the top offers remarkable views. Once there, these views will...
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Alto da Pedisqueira, 5400-435 Chaves, Portugal
In the 15th century, the little Church of Our Lady of the Rosary stood on the hill overlooking the medieval town of Chaves in Portugal. Later, there was also the ancient chapel of St. Francis in the fortress. (Both are there today in beautiful...
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Alto de São Francisco 21, 1250-228 Lisboa, Portugal
Decorated by Luís Pinto Coelho, who also decorated “A Paródia” and “Pavilhão Chinês,” this historic bar is 40 years old. With an art nouveau décor, the space is very cozy. A piano serves as a table, and shelves are full of sculptures and busts....
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Calçada do Forte nº 40 e 46, 1100-256 Lisboa, Portugal
TIME2GIVE is a designer shop of souvenirs in the Alfama neighborhood. You can easily find nice souvenirs with several themes like sardines, Galo de Barcelos, Tram N 28—all in different forms like magnets, tiles, bags, mugs, and postcards. To get...
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Rua da Prata 192, 1100-422 Lisboa, Portugal
This kind of shop has almost everything, and it’s where I go when I need something and don’t know where to look for it. Also, the service is quite personalized. They sell things like beauty items, cleaning products for the house, strong...
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Estrada Da Fronteira, 5400-805 Vila Verde Da Raia, 5400-805, Portugal
While traveling in northern Portugal, I visited several little villages. One was Vila Verde da Raia which a villager told me dates back to about 1000 A.D. The little church of Our Lady of Snows also dates to about 1000 A.D. The village is small,...
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Rua da Conceição 8, 1100-010 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 das Amoreiras 30, 1250-020 Lisboa, Portugal
This kiosk location is a peaceful place, near a road that goes from Amoreiras to Rato. You'll find this kiosk in a small but very nice garden, Jardim das Amoreiras, just behind some big arches. The menu has toast and snacks, and drinks. Sometimes...
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Jardim Botto Machado, Campo de Santa Clara, 1100-471 Lisboa, Portugal
This is a nice place to come with the family. The kiosk sits inside Botto Machado’s garden, so your kids can play on the grass or attend one of the shows for kids while you drink a coffee or a wine. Besides shows for kids, you also have events...
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R. João do Outeiro 24, 1100-246 Lisboa, Portugal
Located in the Mouraria neighborhood—the birthplace of fado—this restaurant is a prime pick for sampling traditional Portuguese food. The codfish, or bacalhau, is a must here. It is served with plenty of bread to clean your plate. In the style of...
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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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R. das Salgadeiras 5, 1200-036 Lisboa, Portugal
With two shops very well located in two of the most visited neighborhoods, one at Chiado and the other at Bairro Alto, Bairro Arte sells crafts and design pieces created by young artists. Many of the pieces are connected to Lisbon in some way, for...
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R. do Carmo 87-A, 1200-093 Lisboa, Portugal
This small little wonder of a shop is located at 87 Rua do Carmo, the most fashionable street in Lisbon after the superseding Rua Garret. It is the last shop in the whole of Portugal, which is exclusively dedicated to the bespoke hand manufacture...
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Centro Cultural de Belém 3, 1449-003 Lisboa, Portugal
This shop is located at Centro Cultural de Belém, and besides articles for students and design and architecture professionals, it also sells fine art things. I've bought gifts for myself in this shop, because they offer art merchandise such as...
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R. Garrett 77, 1200-273 Lisboa, Portugal
I often go to Chiado for dinner, a drink, or a visit to Bertrand bookshop, and every time I pass the door of Paris em Lisboa I breathe deeply—so that I feel the wonderful smell that comes from this store. Founded in 1888, it was chosen by Queen...
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R. do Bairro Serpa Pinto 15, 7040 Arraiolos, Portugal
While walking through the historic village of Arraiolos in Portugal's Alentejo region, I had to stop several times to admire the architectural details on so many of the buildings. The structures were all whitewashed and trimmed in that bright blue...
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Rua da Betesga 3, 1100-052 Lisboa, Portugal
Located in a corner of a building at Rossio, on the 2nd floor of a Boutique Hotel, the Internacional Design Hotel, you can find this very attractive place. Colorful and diversified furniture; a wooden chair, a leather chair, every piece of...
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R. Dom Pedro V 18 - 20, 1250-094 Lisboa, Portugal
What a view! When this restaurant opened its doors in 1998, it was the first in Lisbon to serve Argentine food. Nowadays it also serves grilled fish and pasta. It has a terrace and a bar, where you can listen to tango music and drink a mate tea....
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Another wine bar located at Bairro Alto, this one has a selection of Portuguese wines, also served by the glass; to get to know better the wines, enjoy a wine tasting. Of course don’t forget that you can accompany the drinks with the tasty...
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Quiosque Jardim Lisboa Antiga, Rua das Francesinhas - Santos-o-Velho, 1200-675 Lisboa, Portugal
This kiosk is in the garden next to the university where I studied. Sadly, this kiosk didn’t exist back then. It’s also near the Parliament, so if you plan to visit there, afterward you can come and have a French-style crepe (with salad at...
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1910 Port des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France
Underneath the gilded glow of the Alexandre III bridge, all is calm. That is, until you pass the threshold of Showcase, a vast concert and nightclub venue nestled into a converted boat hangar that has drawn the likes of Will.i.am and Calvin Harris...
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R. do Diário de Notícias 95, 1200-073 Lisboa, Portugal
Once a landmark in Bairro Alto, being one of the most favorite bars to listen jazz, was closed for a couple of years, reopening as a Portuguese wine bar, with a big range of wines (red, sparkling, liqueurs and so on); still with the presence of...
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R. das Gáveas 89, 1200-073 Lisboa, Portugal
This restaurant opened in the 1980s in a very small space, but due to its popularity the room was extended. The décor is quite simple, with tiles up to the middle of the wall, and the color red is present in curtains and lamps. The restaurant is...
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5400 Santo Estêvão, Portugal
I was in the little village of Santo Estevao, climbing the steps to the village church, when I spied a woman on her way to the fields. Most of the older village women work the family fields and raise crops for the family and for sale at the...
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R. do Ginjal 69, 2800-284 Almada, Portugal
The light in Lisbon is something else. It bathes the neighborhood streets, lighting the colorful buildings. It reflects in the river and off the rooftops. A special moment is at sunset, when you can choose one of many points in Lisbon from which...
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Tv. dos Fiéis de Deus 28, 1200-073 Lisboa, Portugal
El Gordo Tapas — If you have some steps and people waiting, why not take advantage of it? In a small alleyway, this little place has made the most out of some chunky steps; get some cushions, add some tables and presto, outdoor seating. More...
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R. dos Arneiros, 1300-299 Lisboa, Portugal
In a tucked away corner of Lisboa, in the no-man’s land between the core of Lisboa and Belem, is the bustling new design and arts district, the cornerstone of which is the LX Factory. Set on movie-set looking ground of an old manufacturing...
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R. Frei Nicolau de Oliveira 100, 2750 Cascais, Portugal
Another great hotel in Cascais, is the Villa Italia, just outside of the town, and right along the rock coast. Within walking distance, it is a perfect location to serve as your base of operations for exploration all along the Lisbon coast. The...
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2750 Cascais, Portugal
About a half-hour outside of Lisbon, Cascais is a great little beach town along the coast and the perfect base to explore the entire Lisbon coast. You can rent a car or the commuter train from Lisbon can drop you right smack in the middle of the...
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Av. Dom Carlos I, 2750-310 Cascais, Portugal
In a cool old fort ringing the Cascais harbor is the Pousada Cascais, a brand new hotel voted on Conde Nast Traveler’s Hot List. Lot’s have been written up about it and it is certainly a cool location, nice and new but I was a little overwhelmed....
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Av. Dom Carlos I, 2750-310 Cascais, Portugal
In a cool old fort ringing the Cascais harbor is the Pousada Cascais, a brand new hotel voted on Conde Nast Traveler’s Hot List. Lot’s have been written up about it and it is certainly a cool location, nice and new but I was a little overwhelmed....
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N247 13, 2750-642 Cascais, Portugal

Just a spring day with friends and their kids, after a Caipirinha at the beach near Cascais,Portugal.

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Travessa Nova de S. Domingos Nº9 3º ESQ, 1100-372 Lisboa, Portugal
I really love Portuguese food, and especially petiscos (snacks). Almost every weekend, there’s a fair with Portuguese products. You can try sausages, ham, cheese, olive oil, bread, and many flavors of jelly like pumpkin or tomato. And of course...
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Lisbon, Portugal
Many of the walls of Lisbon’s houses feature tiles that come from North Africa. Tile panels also show events from Lisbon’s past; these panels can be found at vista points, in metro stations, and at palaces. And let’s not forget the National Tile...
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Lisbon, Portugal
I always like to take a look at windows and really enjoy doing it in the old neighborhoods of Lisbon. Some windows are framed with beautiful tiles, with a little balcony where flowers or plants can grow, bringing more color. It is also very common...
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Parque das Nações, Lisbon, Portugal
The most recently polished neighborhood in Lisbon was an industrial area until the 1990s. The changes began when this site was chosen for Expo 98, the last world's fair of the 20th century. I still remember how the site looked, during the...
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R. dos Fanqueiros 70, 1100-231 Lisboa, Portugal
It’s almost impossible not to like Portuguese wines or liqueurs—they are so good and there are so many to choose from. Napoleão carries a wide selection and if you don’t want to carry the bottle, they ship worldwide. This family company (Francisco...
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Rua do Paraíso 15B, 1100-395 Lisboa, Portugal
This Lisbon restaurant, more than 30 years old, is known for its creative take on Portuguese gastronomic traditions. An extensive wine list represents the many regions of the country offering opportunities to explore by simply ordering a glass....
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Rua dos Bacalhoeiros 34, 1100-016 Lisboa, Portugal
Since 1930, the Ferreira family has been selling seafood preserved in vintage-style tins. Browse original wooden shelves stacked with colorful boxes of fish products, including Prata do Mar’s tuna fillets packed in olive oil and salt. Rua dos...
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Praça da Figueira 16, 1100-241 Lisboa, Portugal
Located in downtown facing the square Praça da Figueira, this 18th-century building, with a view of São Jorge’s castle, was recently restored and has become a hotel. The name is that of the square, Figueira, which in Portuguese means Fig Tree....
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R. do Alecrim 12, 1200-017 Lisboa, Portugal
If you are more interested in the night life of Lisbon, I highly recommend to stay in the area of Barrio Alto, known as the nigh-life and entertainment district of Lisbon. One of the most beautiful hotels in Barrio Alto is LX Boutique Hotel, which...
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Beco São Miguel 7, 1100-538 Lisboa, Portugal
Here is a restaurant in Alfama without fado music but with a perfect location. In the wintertime, sit inside: It is very cozy, you will be amid portraits of famous actors on each one of the three floors. In the summertime, sit outside next to the...
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Praça Dom Pedro IV 6, 1100-200 Lisboa, Portugal
There is a fado song proclaiming that all artists and fado singers come to A Tendinha, here in one of the oldest areas in Lisbon, founded in 1840. At Rossio, between the old cafes like Suiça and Nicola and on the other side of the D. Maria II...
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Largo Mercado, 5425 Vidago, Portugal
The highlight of my trip to Porto is to discover the market, Mercado do Bolhao which is situated in the heart of the city. Built in 1914, it is pretty rundown but well-maintained in a two level opened air building. It looks like a place counting...
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Pousada de Arraiolos - Nossa Sra. da Assunção, 7044-909 Arraiolos, Portugal
The 16th century convent that was dedicated to Our Lady is nestled among holm oak and olive trees just outside of the little town of Arraiolos. In 1995, the convent became a luxury 5-star hotel. The pousada is a combination of traditional and...
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Costa do Castelo 7, 1149-079 Lisboa, Portugal
Chapitô is a circus school but also a restaurant and a bar. It’s very close to the castle and has fabulous views over the river. It’s ideal for a romantic dinner. The cuisine is inspired by traditional Portuguese cuisine with a mix of...
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R. Augusta 89, 1100-048 Lisboa, Portugal
A few years ago, as hostels were starting to appear in Lisbon, I decided to try one out. My curiosity was big. Already Lisbon’s hostels were earning many awards. This was the chosen one. Located on a pedestrian street in downtown, the Travellers...
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7040 Arraiolos, Portugal
I took a stroll around the plaza and the little streets of the village of Arraiolos in the Alentejo region of Portugal. The streets and alleyways were pristine and so well kept. The plaza was alive with children playing. Naturally, I stopped in...
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Alto da Pedisqueira, 5400-435 Chaves, Portugal
The interior of this 15th century church is beautifully preserved. This is the convent church built to replace the tiny chapel in the Forte de Sao Francisco in Chaves, Portugal. In 1658, the convent was turned into a fort to protect the town from...
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R. São Nicolau 13, 1100-547 Lisboa, Portugal
Located downtown in an old building, this place has lasted two centuries. The kitchen, however, is modern and fully equipped, and it produces homemade dinners—the cook is the owner’s mother—and breakfast (which is included). The rooms are quite...
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R. Garrett 104, 1200-205 Lisboa, Portugal
This historic pastry shop was founded in 1868 as an aristocratic teahouse, one of the few public places where women could go without the company of men. Inside is a room that serves as a restaurant, but this shop is more known for its delicious...
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Jardim do Palácio Galveias, Campo Pequeno, 1049-046 LISBOA, 1049-046 Lisboa, Portugal
Inside the garden of Galveias Palace (mid-17th century), you will find this kiosk, where you will have the company of peacocks. You can choose a delicious cake or, if you’re having lunch, a light meal or snack. If you need to kill time because...
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Praça Dom Pedro IV, 1100-201 Lisboa, Portugal
The national theater of Lisbon is located in the Rossio Square. It opened in the square in the 1840's. The theater is the backdrop to the wavy mosaic sidewalks of the square. The Rossio has been one of Lisbon's main squares since the middle...
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R. de São Pedro de Alcântara 45, 1200-006 Lisboa, Portugal
If you are not thinking of visiting Porto, but you want to try the wine, visit this place and get to know some different types. Besides the wine, you can taste Portuguese meats and cheeses with bread. Located at Bairro Alto, close to the São Pedro...
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Armazem B, loja 9, Av. Infante Dom Henrique, 1900-264 Lisboa, Portugal
Well, the menu is not just hamburgers, but you get the picture! Celebrity Chef Henrique Sa Pessoa's, brand new restaurant is primely located at the waterfront of one of Lisbon's most interesting areas: Alfama. Just across from the international...
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Tv. da Praça 8, 1300-469 Lisboa, Portugal
Jerónimos Monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Belem, Portugal. In the church lies the stone tomb of Vasco da Gama, and the interior of the chapel is simply a piece of artwork. Within the vast square cloister lies a garden with a large...
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nº 13, R. Bartolomeu de Gusmão 11, 1100-000 Lisboa, Portugal
Nutty bread layered with olive oil, jam, salt and cured pig's neck were the perfect accompaniment to rich Portuguese wine and 80 year old port. When visiting wine bars let the staff select your wines ask for the stories behind them. You'll feel...
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Praça do Comércio 82,83, 1100-148 Lisboa, Portugal
‘Canned Food goes Gourmet’ is the concept of this new restaurant, which was opened only three months ago in Terreiro do Paco, one of the central locations in downtown Lisbon. Some people might raise an eyebrow when they hear about canned food, but...
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Praça do Comércio 3, 1100-148 Lisboa, Portugal
Martinho da Arcada is a Lisbon legend. Thanks to a friend's recommendation, I passed through it just to experience the phenomenon and look inside. The cafe was founded in 1778 as Café do Gelo (the Ice Cafe) and mostly sold beverages and ice. After...
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Praça do Império 1400-206 Lisboa, 1400-206 Lisboa, Portugal
The churches in Portugal are uniquely beautiful in a way that is is ornate but not flashy or gilded. The Manueline style of architecture used to build the St. Jeronimos Monastery was a transitional style that combined Renaissance and Gothic...
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2750 Cascais, Portugal
Everyone always boasts about having spanish sangria in Spain. But I have to say that the best sangria I've ever had the delight of touching upon my tongue was in Portugal. The sangria was made with red wine, brandy, and the deal breaker-...
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Praça D. Filipa de Lencastre 62, 4050-259 Porto, Portugal
Book Restaurant (which is next door to Infante Sagres hotel) is designed as a library as well and reflects the connection between literature and gastronomy in a very contemporary way. The architect is Pedro Trindade and the chef is John Mendes...
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R. dos Sapateiros 230, 1100-062 Lisboa, Portugal
A Merendinha do Arco by the Rossio Arch is just that place and it has become one my favourite “Tascas” – Portuguese local eateries - that serves the best char grilled cutlass fish (peixe espada) and red bean rice that I have ever eaten. It’s a...
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R. da Galeria de Paris 67, 4050-284 Porto, Portugal
A cute restaurant in one of the nicest streets in Porto, Rua da Galeria de Paris, named after the street. The restaurant is quite low key, buffet style. You just need to grab a plate and choose your dish from a selection over the counter....
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Rua Santa Catarina 112, 4000-442 Porto, Portugal
The Rua Santa Caterina is the most important shopping street in Oporto. It is a pedestrian street which is closed to traffic. Along the Rua Caterina you will find the Mercado Bolhao which is a lively market with many shops to delight the market...
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Lisbon, Portugal
One cannot go to Portugal without indulging in the national dish... Bacalhau or Codfish. One of my personal favorites is the calorie busting traditional dish, Bacalhau com Natas.. literally codfish and cream. While it is often served at Christmas,...
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R. da Galeria de Paris 85, 4050-150 Porto, Portugal
Casa do Livro is a fantastic space where once was a famous downtown bookstore, that now is a pleasant wine and jazz bar, with live music and Dj’s, having a special atmosphere to share a casual evening with friends. Casa do Livro | Rua Galeria de ...
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Av. Almirante Reis nº1 - H, 1150-007 Lisboa, 1150-007 Lisboa, Portugal
Simply put, Ramiro is the best seafood restaurant Lisbon. It is a 100% local customer based and long established “Cervejaria” (literally translated to place where beer is dispensed), with an buzzing ambience and above all, very high quality cooked...
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R. Mal. Saldanha 1, 1249-069 Lisboa, Portugal
Ever wanted a different dining experience in Lisbon? Try out the new and trendy place, Pharmacia, which is designed with motifs from the pharmacy world. The restaurant is located in a 200-year-old building that once belonged to a rich family in...
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R. Dr. Silva Teles 18, 1050-080 Lisboa, Portugal
This restaurant worker takes a little break while listening to local singers sing several Fado songs. The entertainment is only part of what makes " A Tasquinha" a lovely respite in a sightseeing trek up an Alfama hill to Sao Jorge Castle. Under...
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Evora, Portugal
Evora is a World Heritage town south of Lisbon in the area of the country called Alentejo. It takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to get there and if you go in the summer you will be sure to experience high temperatures. The food in Alentejo is...
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Av. Brasília, 1400-038 Lisboa, Portugal
Portugal was once one of the world's greatest seafaring nations and its discoverers mapped much of the New World. This tradition is celebrated, in Lisbon, by the Monument to the Discoveries (or Padrão dos Descobrimentos). This giant sculpture...
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R. Formosa, 4000-214 Porto, Portugal
When in Oporto in Portugal, don't miss the most famous of the city's markets: The Bolhao Market. Established in 1839, this colorful, noisy market is located in the heart of the city of Oporto. The market consists of a huge two story building. This...
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Rua dos Caldeireiros 261, 4050-142 Porto, Portugal
This is a great spot for a Weekend brunch, especially if it is raining outside. (At least that what happened to me). I loved the contrast between the raw grey industrial walls and the warm chocolate-colored wood furniture and the green plants. The...
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4050-468, Largo do Colégio, 4000 Porto, Portugal
Walking down from the Cathedral toward the Ribeira in Porto, I came across this beautiful view and the stunning exterior of Iglesia São Lourenço Church. This church was built t by the Jesuits in late 16th century, but after they were expelled from...
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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. São Tomé, 1100-563 Lisboa, Portugal
Santa Luzia offers you a panoramic view over Alfama, where you can make out the Alfama labyrinth. From here, you can see Santa Engrácia Dome (also known as National Pantheon), Santo Estevão Church, and the two white towers from São Miguel Church....
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R. de Belém 84-92, 1300-085 Lisboa, Portugal
If you're visiting Lisbon, chances are you'll make your way to nearby Belem to see some age of Discoveries sites like the Tower of Belem or Monastery of Jerónimos. But here's something you must do while you're in the district. Eat pastry. This is...
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Terreiro da Sé, 4050-573 Porto, Portugal
Porto, the captivating capital of northern Portugal. It's got a beautiful river and boats. I'd highly recommend taking a boat bridge tour, the views from the river are tremendous. The bodegas are cool (literally) and nothing beats sipping port on...
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Tv. de Cedofeita 24, 4050-157 Porto, Portugal
It’s in a narrow building of a narrow street nearby the trendiest district to go out in Porto, that we find RUA (“street”), a restaurant/bar that serves mostly tapas and snacks from the middle of the afternoon on, having a mood changing from a...
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R. de Sampaio Bruno 11, 4000-064 Porto, Portugal
Feast your eyes upon the Francesinha. What is in this curious looking sandwich, you ask? Heaven. Sausage. Cheese. Port wine. Onions. And a bit more heaven. If you visit Porto - and why wouldn't you visit the home of Port wine - you'll come to know...
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8650 Sagres, Portugal
Sagres, the Southern most tip of Europe, also fondly known as the end of earth is a lovely rather quiet spot, away from the busier areas around the Algarve coast. I loved this time of day, when it became so peaceful and calm. The perfect spot to...
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Terreiro do Paço – Ala Nascente nº 62 a 65, 1100-148 Lisboa, Portugal
The beer museum recently opened in the newly renovated Praca do Comercio. The dining room serves delicious, typical Portuguese food - especially great steaks that go so well with the Portuguese beers and wines. The museum is on the first floor and...
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Praça da Figueira 18B, 1100-241 Lisboa, Portugal
You will feast with your eyes as soon you enter here. Founded in 1829, this confectionery store is considered one of the best in Lisbon, having won international prizes and serving, in the old days, as the official confectioner of the royal...
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Porto, Portugal
One of the busiest and fashioned streets in Porto is Rua Galerias de Paris, which, no wonder, is spotted by some cafes and restaurants that remind you of Paris. There is a cute cafe called Galeria de Paris which was quite busy during lunch time,...
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R. do Ten. Valadim 146, 4100-476 Porto, Portugal
Casinha Boutique Café is a mix of charming restaurant, coffeehouse, bar, lounge and boutique of traditional portuguese products, placed in a nice nineteen century building very well recovered keeping its original design. Casinha Boutique Café |...
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Porto, Portugal
The Foz district is increasingly attractive with the opening of places that urge us to go out and want to stay. That's the case of Bar Tolo, a restaurant in the form of a modern Petisqueira where we can enjoy the most typical and authentic...
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Rua da Fábrica 27, 4000-196 Porto, Portugal
Looks like we're in Berlin, or in any other cosmopolitan city where here and there pops up innovative alternative spots that reflect the less mainstream local culture, with connection to the arts and much closer to the people, locals and visitors....
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In the Rossio in Lisbon, there is a tiny, very popular tavern called "Ginjinha Sem Rival" (Ginjinha Without Rivals or The Best Ginjinha), 7 Rua Portas de Santo Antao. This shop was the first to sell this now famous liqueur. The family has produced...
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Porto, Portugal
It keeps on poping up interesting projects in town. Baixaria is one of those, a bar that leaves no one indifferent with the phrases like insults on a large blackboard on the wall. But this is just the first impression of this space you will find....
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B & B hotel is a great alternative for the budget traveler. The hotel, which was opened in the end of 2011, is located right in the city center in an Art Déco building that used to be cinema “Águia d’Ouro”. The hotel has stylishly furnished rooms...
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R. de São Pedro de Alcântara 81, 1250-238 Lisboa, Portugal
I love that restaurant. It is known for its great young vibe, a modern Portugese kitchen and a retro-vintage chic feel. The restaurant, which is part of the hotel, is an attractive meeting place for lunch or dinner. Adjacent to the restauran there...
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Campo de Santa Clara, 1100-471 Lisboa, Portugal
In the 20th century, the Church of Santa Engrácia was converted into the national pantheon, in which important Portuguese personalities are buried. The first stone of the present building was placed in 1682; it was the first baroque-style building...
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R. Anchieta 3, 1200-023 Lisboa, Portugal
I love coffee. Wherever I go and travel, I'm always searching for a great coffee shop to enjoy a good cup of coffee. Lisbon has a great blend of Portuguese coffee. In one of my strolls in the city, I found Kaffee-Haus, a hip and trendy Vienna...
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Largo Miguel Bombarda 3, 4430-175 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
One would hardly come to Porto (or Oporto depending upon which map you use) without visiting their world renowned port houses. All stretched along the hillside on the south bank of the Duoro River in Porto there are many to choose from. We picked...
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Lisbon, Portugal
A must buy in Lisbon...chestnuts roasted over an open fire in central Lisbon...can be found all over the downtown area. One caution, eat sooner rather than later, the nut becomes harder the longer you wait and it may be a tooth that cracks instead...
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Av. da Boavista 1277, 4100-130 Porto, Portugal
Try it and you’ll immediatly get the impression that Góshò (‘imperial palace’) is one of the top spots among the Japanese restaurants in Portugal. It is turning itself as an excellent reference for those who love fusion cuisine and Japanese ‘tapas...
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Rua do Padrão 100, 4150-557 Porto, Portugal
In the Foz district, a privileged district that attracts several innovative spots and a more urban clientele, there is a restaurant that shows the coolest side of Porto: Cafeína. Inside a restored house of the early twentieth century, you will...
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R. do Vale Formoso de Cima, 1950 Lisboa, Portugal
Some people think it’s disgusting to eat snails, but I love it! Snail season starts in May and goes till August, so during this period, visit a restaurant or snack bar that serves snails, order a beer (or "imperial" as we call it), and be sure to...
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Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon used to be a city of all-white buildings, but after the earthquake of 1755 areas began to incorporate color through tiles and even graffiti. You can now find graffiti and tags throughout the city as a form of self-expression and is part of...
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Praça da Liberdade 139, 4000-069 Porto, Portugal
There are so many beautiful churches in Porto. In fact, there are many churches and it is hard to choose the most beautiful one. The church is dedicated to Saint Anthony, who was born in the 12th century and became a Franciscan priest. As a...
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Corvo Island, 9980, Portugal
Small and remote, Corvo Island is the tip of an enormous marine volcano known as Monte Gordo. Its main attraction is Lagoa do Caldeirão, on the bottom of the crater where you can observe nine islets, one for each of the Azores Islands. It was here...
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Porto, Portugal
One of my greatest joys in life is to visit the market in the city I'm visiting. The Bolhão Market in Porto is deliciously gorgeous, selling anything from livestocks to fresh fruits and vegetables.
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Largo São Domingos 18, 4050-018 Porto, Portugal
DOP is a restaurant that wants to be a reference to the most discerning diners, with a signature cuisine based on the traditional Portuguese flavors that chef Rui Paula recreates with some international character. DOP | Largo de São Domingos 18,...
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Rua de Miguel Bombarda 598, 4050-343 Porto, Portugal
Bugo Art Burgers is a casual but fashionable restaurant located in the art district of Porto, specialized in sophisticated hamburgers made with healthy fresh ingedients, in a space with contemporary decor and a pleasant relaxed athmosphere. Not...
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Rua do Padrão 100, 4150-557 Porto, Portugal
Besides an excelent gourmet shop well knowned in town, Cafeína Wine & Tapas is a pleasent wine bar, ideal for an after-work with several tapas and a carefully made wine selection. Cafeína Wine & Tapas | Rua do Padrão 152, Porto | +351 226 180 602
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2750 Cascais, Portugal
However beautiful, after trekking a few miles along the plateaued, meandering streets of Lisbon to a hostel, my group was more than ready for a relaxing trip to the beach. After just a 30 minute trip on the local trains, we stumbled up this view...
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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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Av. Brasília 352, 1350-279 Lisboa, Portugal
The Museo do Oriente is one of the best museums I have had the fortune to visit. When you go, don’t go expecting to see the Mona Lisa or a great work by Picasso. While many of the works of art are notable, they aren’t quite that notable. But what...
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1100-026 Lisbon, Portugal
The Rossio is one of Lisbon's most beautiful squares and it is sometimes referred to as Europe's most beautiful square. The pavement is composed of the unique Portuguese tiles and the design is very unusual. The impression is of an uneven, wavy...
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Largo Oliveirinha 1, 1249-970 Lisboa, Portugal
Take the Gloria Elevator up to this charming belvedere with a magnificent view over São Jorge Castle, Graça, downtown and the Tagus River. When you’re at the top, survey the red-roofed cityscape to identify landmarks using the map made of azulejo...
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Rua dos Bacalhoeiros 10, 1100-135 Lisboa, Portugal
We were so tired after a day at Belem, and walking around in Lisbon with sightseeing and just discovering the little corners when the time came for lunch. We found the best hidden spots lost in the little streets of Alfama but none of them were...
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Av. da Liberdade, 1250-096 Lisboa, Portugal
The Avenida da Liberdade in Lisbon is the wide avenue in the center of town. After the earthquake of 1755, the Minister Pombal designed the new Lisbon and for the main avenue, he used the Champs Elysees in Paris as his model. This is a beautiful...
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R. do Ouro, 1150-060 Lisboa, Portugal
The Santa Justa lift and its adjacent platform offer direct sight lines into downtown Lisbon. You can look down at Rua Áurea as it bustles with locals and tourists alike, observe residents of nearby apartments reading or enjoying a chat out on...
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R. Júlio de Andrade, 1150-122 Lisboa, Portugal
A peaceful, romantic, 19th-century garden is somewhat hidden here. But it has a kiosk, esplanade, and view over Lisbon. The view includes Liberdade Avenue and its western slope, where stands the São Pedro de Alcântara vista point and also a view...
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R. do Jardim do Regedor 27-35, 1150-193 Lisboa, Portugal
When I travel, I look for cute little places to stay in. I'm not looking for grand hotels with red carpets or velvet ropes. It's not my style—especially not when I am traveling for work. But I do need a comfortable bed, a warm shower, free Wi-Fi,...
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Largo das Portas do Sol, Beco de Santa Helena, 1100-411 Lisboa, Portugal
Those little tents belong to the terrace of the café / bar Portas do Sol. It's a great place for a drink with a view, especially if you can bag one of the sofas. It's not the cheapest place to eat or drink but you're paying for the location....
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Tv. do Sequeiro 38, 1200-012 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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Av. Tomas Cabreira Praia da Rocha, 8500-802 Portimão, Portugal
This is the first time in my life that I was on vacation and I didn’t want to leave the hotel. Everything was so beautiful, calm and inviting that whatever was outside its doors simply didn’t matter. Placed in one of the most popular tourist...
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Miradouro de Santa Catarina (Adamastor), 1200-401 Lisboa, Portugal
One of my favorite places to end the day and watch the sunset over the river is here at Noobai, located at Santa Catarina vista point, also known as Adamastor. Look for the stairs on the right side and sit on the first terrace (if it’s open) or go...
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Costa do Castelo 7, 1100-129 Lisboa, Portugal
Lisbon is filled with great restaurants varies from all kinds of Portuguese, Seafood, Mediterranean, Italian and more. You can find great Michelin stars restaurants, Chef-oriented kitchens and even street food to go. But there are also restaurants...
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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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Largo São Domingos 69, 4050-018 Porto, Portugal
Joana, Teresa and Sofia, three friends who walked across the country in search of the best suppliers of top national delicacies, including wine, cheese and sausages (among others), bring them together now at our disposal in a space that is a mix...
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Pena, 1150 Lisbon, Portugal
There are so many places to visit in this neighborhood, but I don’t see a lot of tourists strolling here, maybe because it’s located in one of the seven hills, Santana. But this is a neighborhood with more than 400 years of history, so if you’re...
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R. de Cândido dos Reis 18, 4050-151 Porto, Portugal
It’s a Club, it’s a Café, it’s located in the Clérigos neighbourhood, and thats why its called Clube 3C. But it’s also a cool relaxed restaurant that after midnight, like a Cinderella, becomes a lively bar, ideal to get into the night among great...
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Areia, 4480-069 Árvore, Portugal
My first day in Portugal, my friend, interpreter and guide Jorge Silva took me to the small village of Areia. We visited a restaurant called Tasca Tosca, which is Portugese for rough wine bar, named after its rough-hewn wooden tables and fantastic...
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Rua da Prata 78, 1100-026 Lisboa, Portugal
Lisbon Lovers, here is your souvenir stop. Here you can find calendars, T-shirts, magnets, city guides, and so on. The themes are sardines or the famous tram Nº28. The business is thriving, so they now have three shops: Shop 1: Praça do Príncipe...
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1200-026 Lisbon, Portugal
On August 25, 1988, tragedy fell upon Lisbon: A huge fire turned Chiado to ruins, destroying 18 secular buildings. However, Chiado has come back to become the most elegant and trendy neighborhood in Lisbon. Fortunately, some buildings from the...
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1100-148 Lisbon, Portugal
At the base of Rua Augusta stands Lisbon's tribute to the post 1755 earthquake reconstruction ... the Rua Augusta Arch. The mammoth arch leads to Praca do Commercio one of Lisbon's most recognizable attractions . On the square side of the arch,are...
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Rua do Loreto 21, 1200-036 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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Loulé, Portugal
In Portugal and Spain, storks build their nest wherever they darn well please. The nests are incredible and the birds beautiful. These were seen on a drive from the Algarve in Portugal.
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Rua Serpa Pinto, 32, 7630-174 Odemira, Portugal
While in the Algarve last Summer, we decided to look for unusual beaches. We got a good map in Lagos where we were staying. The map listed beaches on the wild western coast of Portugal. We decided to go to Praia do Amado ( Amado Beach). There were...
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Lisbon, Portugal
This legendary tram 28 is a tourist attraction. It goes all around town. The way from the first to last station takes about 35 minutes.The tram is a hop-on, hop-off service and there are more than 30 stops you can choose from.
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2630 Arruda dos Vinhos, Portugal
The maddened bull was let loose in the town square turned makeshift bull fighting arena... it was after midnight. Locals, emboldened with Capirinhas and beer, took their turn facing the bull. An ambulance was parked nearby...
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2560 Silveira, Portugal
I visited a windmill and bakery in the small town of Silveira, which is about 75 km northwest of Lisbon. Sérgio is the windmill operator (moleiro in Portuguese). This windmill grinds wheat, corn, or oats into the flour that is used for baking...
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R. do Crucifixo 112, 04015-070 Lisboa, Portugal
A travel for me is not completed unless I find the best place to get chocolate, dark chocolate. I have this habit of looking for a good cup of coffee and the best chocolate in town. I found Xocoa while strolling one of the main streets in Baixa (I...
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R. do Ouro 797, 4150 Porto, Portugal
Restaurant Casa d’Oro is the ideal spot for, especially in summer, make the most of its terrace joining a great late lunch with a overwhelming view, feeling like navigating over the river. In a nice building almost whole glazed, literally placed...
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Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon... You ask "What is there to do in Lisbon"? When I am in Lisbon, the first thing I do is to stroll down the Avenida Liberdade gazing at the tiles and designs of the sidewalks. I wander down to the Rossio after buying a Lisboa Card at the...
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When I arrive in Lisbon, I can hardly wait to amble down the Avenida Liberdade gazing at the unusual tiled sidewalks.These sidewalks are maintained all over Lisbon and Portugal. The labor is time consuming and is a daily job, but the beauty of...
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Teatro Nacional D. Maria II The theatre opens doors in the year 1846, during the celebrations of the 27th anniversary of D. Maria II. The architect was the Italian Fortunato Lodi. A fire of big proportions in 1964, destroys the interior of the...
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4000-098 Sé, Portugal
The Cathedral of Oporto is located in the district of Batalha near the old city walls. Construction began in 1110 and was completed in the 13th c. The Se is one of the most important monuments in Portugal. It is of Romanesque design with some...
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Rua de Miguel Bombarda 222, 4050-377 Porto, Portugal
Somehow this Northern Portuguese city has become home to dozens of fantastic hostels, better than most I’ve stayed at elsewhere throughout Europe. You are pretty safe with nearly every one, but Gallery Hostel is my pick because it’s much more than...
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Bairro Alto, 1200-079 Lisbon, Portugal
If you want to get a good impression of the historical city of Lisbon, and also see how small the city is, a must do attraction in Lisbon is to take the #28 tram, ‘elétrico 28′. This legendary tram 28 is a tourist attraction in itself. It goes all...
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rua de agramonte ,nº222, 4150-031 Porto, Portugal
Mercado do Bom Sucesso is an authentic gourmet spot , with a trendy and urban atmosphere that invites for relaxation and tasting at any time of day. Here’s some suggestions and references that justify a visit: take a coffee with a crispy ‘pastel...
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Praia de Porto Mós, Portugal
While staying at the Romantik Hotel Vivenda Miranda overlooking the beach of Praia do Mos in Lagos, I gazed at this stunning beach many times. I don't know how many photos I took of it. This is a long beach with golden sand, sparkling waters, and...
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R. Cel. Raúl Peres 25, 4150-059 Porto, Portugal
Shis is a place of excellence designed by Paulo Lobo that totally achieved to extend from the outside the beauty of the sea, combined with the cosmopolitanism of the ambience created by the neutral colors and natural materials. Shis | Praia do...
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Rua Padre José Jacinto Botelho, 5, 9675-061 Furnas, S. Miguel - Açores, Portugal
The Thermal Water Pool of Terra Nostra Park is without doubt a highlight of the Azores. Built in 1780, by Thomas Hickling, the American consul who had the original idea for Terra Nostra Park, the Thermal Water Pool began to form part of the...
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Calçada Santana 49, 1150-301 Lisboa, Portugal
You will be served good Portuguese food by the owner, Mr. Cerqueira, and you will feel like home. He knows the locals who come here often, and he knows already what each one of them likes, making a bit of conversation with them. You can reach the...
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Praça Martim Moniz 572, 1100-074 Lisboa, Portugal
This old neighborhood has gentrified considerably. Nowadays everybody wants to come here and see what’s happening. One of Lisbon's more traditional neighborhoods, with old taverns and fado houses, Mouraria also houses establishments that sell...
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Praça do Príncipe Real, 1250-301 Lisboa, Portugal
Restored kiosks, like this pink one located at Príncipe Real’s Garden, are where you can go on a Saturday morning before buying your organic vegetables and fruits at the market. Or maybe you're here at the end of the day to relax and enjoy a bit...
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Lisbon, Portugal
When I first came to Lisbon with my husband, friends recommended this restaurant to us. The food was absolutely amazing and the service was pleasantly informal but polite. The restaurant itself looks very nice and is owned by a young couple. The...
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Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is a hilly city, to say the least. There are a number of public transportation options to help you navigate all the hills, but a short funicular ride takes you from the city's central plaza up to a very artsy area. There are lots of...
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Pousadas, 4720 Caires, Portugal
Portugal, particularly the northern area, has an enchanting feel about it with its strong Middle Age legacy that is very much alive through its forts, aqueducts and monasteries. It’s an incredible interesting country to visit and it’s a necessity...
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R. do Milagre de Santo António 6, 1100-351 Lisboa, Portugal
Incredible views from this teeney hotel, Solar Dos Mouros, in Lisbon. The personnel here are nothing short of fabulous, attentive, personable, and can provide insights into Lisbon that you haven't considered. Incredibly convenient to all...
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Praia Castelejo, Portugal
Each time I visit this beach, I am enchanted anew. These beautiful sands, sea, and cliffs are exotic. I sit on the sand watching swimmers, surfers, boaters, and fishermen. I watch the birds happily flying around. I stare at the brilliant blue sky...
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nº14, Calçada Nova de São Francisco, 1200-300 Lisboa, Portugal
Fábulas is a bar, a restaurant, an art gallery—and a good place to get together. It makes you feel at home. You can choose a chair or a sofa (from different styles and periods), or you can sit at a sewing machine table (don’t worry, you don’t have...
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R. dos Arneiros 19, 1500-050 Lisboa, Portugal
Brought to life with with the sounds and works of local artists, the LX market is exclusively held on sundays from noon to eight in the eventing. Not only a place where local buyers and sellers share second hand products it is also a prime...
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Av. da Boavista 971, 4100-112 Porto, Portugal
Por Vocação is a Porto menswear store with a selection of pieces from well-known international designers such as Paul Smith, Acne or Raf Simons, as well as great quality accessories, sunglasses and always great scents. Por Vocação | Avenida da...
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Santa Marta 119, 4925 Santa Marta de Portuzelo, Portugal
Restaurante Camelo, located in Viana do Castelo in Portugal’s north, is one of the country’s most famous restaurants for its full hog roasts and critters kept on the property. You can quite literally see your food before it becomes dinner. But on...
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Rua do Poço Novo 15, 2750-310 Cascais, Portugal
B&B Restaurante, Cascais, Portugal. B&B, or “bom & baratoa,” stands for “good & cheap” in Portuguese. See this fish? Best thing I ate all week. Or maybe ever.
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Largo Monte, 1170-107 Lisboa, Portugal
One of the less-visited viewing spots in Lisbon, maybe because it’s the highest point in the city and nobody wants to climb so high, has great conditions for observing and picture-taking, due to its half-moon shape and wonderful light. You will be...
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Av. da República 15-A 1050-185 Lisboa Portugal, 1050-185 Lisboa, Portugal
In a city like Lisbon, where it's easy to find a classic pastry shop, this one is named for the famous French palace outside Paris and dates from 1922. It has a monumental interior—with glass, mirrors, and art nouveau details. The waiters wear...
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1100-139 Alfama, Portugal
Walking throughout Lisbon one is struck by the well known 'blue hues' decorating the city with the exquisite tilework. They are indeed lovely in tone and vary in color temperature. Important to note is the welcoming yellow hue that has gained...
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9680 Vila Franca do Campo, Portugal
Snorkeling at Ilhéu de Vila Franca is a unique experience: you are diving on your own private island. The water is quite warm for snorkeling, with variety of fish to see such as jelly fish, sea cucumber, etc. A crater that is just off the...
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8600 Lagos, Portugal
The Praia do Mos is a beach in Lagos, Portugal on the Algarve's rugged west coast. The beach is long and clean with golden sand.It is beautiful in February and March and wonderful in August. Sunbathing, fishing and boat tours make for a great...
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Open since 1905, A Brasileira was once the choice of Fernando Pessoa, the great Portuguese poet. You can sit beside him just outside, next to his bronze statue. Back in the day, this place was a hangout for writers, artists, and journalists. The...
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R. de Serralves 124, 4150-262 Porto, Portugal
Here's a cool idea I like and would like to see all over the city: to use the terraces on the top of high buildings to create modern spaces great to relax outside enjoying the warmer weather. On the 15th floor of Ipanama Park, the hotel pool turns...
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Av. 25 de Abril, 2750-642 Cascais, Portugal
This small indoor/outdoor shopping center is located on a bluff with gorgeous ocean views. There are shops in a historic building, kiosks, and outdoor restaurants underneath a lovely canopy of trees. Such a nice place to relax!
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Av. Guerra Junqueiro 30 C, 1000-167 Lisboa, Portugal
This historic pastry shop is full of art, like the ceramic panel with polychrome tiles by Querubim Lapa, a mural painting by João Câmara Leme, and other works by Mário Costa. When it was founded in 1946, Mexicana was a confectionary and dairy,...
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R. Gen. Taborda 91, 1070-138 Lisboa, Portugal
A wine cellar with a selection of wines discovered in small producers, mainly national ones, but also Spanish, Italian, French and others. Sometimes, there are sessions of comparative tastings of wines, so that you learn the basic and the...
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Cais da Madalena, 9950-305 Madalena, Portugal
The adrenaline sure beats the fear and makes this experience unforgettable! The experts agree that the Azores is the best place in the world to dive with sharks, which supports its’ label of “adventure destination” and they don’t lie. If you’re...
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Travessa Vista da Praia, Caniço de Baixo, 9125-039 Caniço, Portugal
This ruggedly beautiful Portuguese archipelago is an absolute gem, and definitely one of the most beautiful places I've yet traveled to. If you yearn for sandy beaches, then perhaps the nearby island of Porto Santo might be more to your liking,...
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Torres Vedras, Portugal
I visited a wine shop in the town of Torres Vedras, Portugal called Garrefeira (Portugese for “bottle shop”) São Pedro (Portugese for “St. Peter”). José took over management of the establishment in 1997, and he’s assisted by his wife Sofia and son...
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Praça dos Restauradores, 1250-001 Lisboa, Portugal
Here is a boutique Hotel with a perfect location. From here you can walk to many Lisbon attractions. Go straight through Augusta Street (main pedestrian street) and you will be at Praça do Comércio and next to the river. Go for a walk at Bairro...
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Aveiro, Portugal
The Troncalhada salt pans are located on one of the canals on Aveiro and Troncalhada is now an eco-museum. At one time, the area had many salt pans, but today there are just a few. Salt pans are very important environmental sites . Many types of...
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Largo do Chafariz, 9000-051 Funchal, Portugal
While traveling to Portugal, I decided to plan about five days on Madeira Island. Madeira has been called "The Pearl of the Atlantic" because of its lush beauty. When we arrived, I could see just why this little bit of heaven was given that title....
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9680 Vila Franca do Campo, Portugal
Nuns of the old Convent of Santo André, in São Miguel Island, created a recipe that became one of the most wanted typical sweets from the Azores. Since the 16th century, when the Convent was built, this recipe has been enjoyed by many generations...
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Surprisingly, this is the literal translation for the name of one of the newest restaurants in Ponta Delgada. It opened in the summer of 2012, and the recipe for its success is quite simple: mix São Miguel and Terceira cuisine and season it with a...
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R. Barata Salgueiro 39, 1250-042 Lisboa, Portugal
Founded in the early 1950s by European film archive pioneer Manoel Ribeiro, this museum's mission is to safeguard film heritage. In the Cupid Room is an exhibit of Magic Lanterns, an apparatus for projecting images onto glass painted in...
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Iberia
In the Alentejo of Portugal there are fields of ancient cork trees. Every seven years a tree has the bark stripped off leaving a red trunk. The Portuguese say the trees are blushing because they feel naked. The cork used to be used for corks in...
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After a day of sightseeing in Lisbon we were on our way back to the west coast when we spotted this outdoor restaurant and doubled back to have a seat overlooking the ocean. The meal was excellent and the view memorable.
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Av. Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro 3, 1070-060 Lisboa, Portugal
I work at Hotel Açores Lisboa, in Lisbon. When I was challenged to come up with 10 of my favorite things to do in Lisbon, my first thought was: impossible. Lisbon is a vibrant city and one of the most interesting to visit in Europe right now. A...
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Paço Real, 2510-999 Óbidos, Portugal
Up and down the streets in the shadow of Obidos Castle are shops and cafes. The city may be famous for its castle and the fact that it still retains its ancient city walls, but many also know it for its signature drink, a cherry-flavored liqueur...
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Mercado do Bom Sucesso, Largo Ferreira Lapa, 21 a 183, 4150-323 Porto, Portugal
Located inside the Bom Sucesso market building, the Hotel da Música has a modern bold design, having careful aesthetic details combined with convenience and comfort. And because it’s no accident the name it was given after, the music is...
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Av. Infante Dom Henrique Loja 7, 1900-264 Lisboa, Portugal
If you’re looking for a pizzeria, this is the place; you will find the best pizzas in town—in a perfect location. Pizzeria Casanova was opened by Maria Paola Porru, an Italian woman living in Portugal for 30 years. With long tables, the chances of...
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R. do Diário de Notícias 125, 1200-143 Lisboa, Portugal
A cellaret in the middle of Bairro Alto, here you can sit outside. If there isn’t an empty bench, just ask for one and for something that can be used as a table—or sit inside in a room with bright colors on the walls, remembering the tradition of...
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R. da Bica de Duarte Belo 42, 1200-054 Lisboa, Portugal
Next to the famous Bica Lift is this old tasca that has been turned into a trendy coffee shop and bar. It still has the original marble counter and stools. There is regular live music, including DJs spinning eclectic tunes, jazz nights, and film...
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Praça Luís de Camões 2, 1200-243 Lisboa, Portugal
The hotel is closed for renovation and will reopen in August 2018.

What a wonderful location to stay in Lisbon—in the middle of an elegant neighborhood like Chiado and so close to the trendy Bairro Alto. A five-star boutique hotel, this place...
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Tv. Ferragial n.1, 1200-184 ferragial@gmail, Portugal
Yes, it’s a canteen, so of course it’s self-service, but it’s cheap. You might pay around 8 for a main dish, dessert, and drink. The secret about this place, and keep it to yourself, is not the décor, which doesn’t exist, it’s the wonderful view....
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Praça Dom Pedro IV 96 a 104, 1100-202 Lisboa, Portugal
This pastry shop brings me back to my childhood. When my father and brother would go to see Benfica (one of the most important football teams in Portugal), my mother and I would come here to have an ice cream or a cake. Who can resist sitting in...
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Cais de Oficinas, Armazém 115, Rocha Conde de Óbidos, 1350-352 Lisboa, Portugal
A "speakeasy" of course is a 1920s-era joint—a bar, saloon, or restaurant where drinks were sold illegally. But don’t worry, the bar here has a license to sell drinks, and you should come if you like live music. It’s considered one of the best...
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R. Fernão Lopes 11, 1000-132 Lisboa, Portugal
You might see signs of a Portuguese group called Lanidor, a well-known Portuguese brand. Companhia do Campo makes up part of this group. This store specializes in décor inspired by the countryside but suitable for an urban home. You can find the...
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Lagos, 8600, Portugal
The ancient town of Lagos is filled with restaurants, bars, and shops. The walls of the old fort are at one entrance to the town. This was the town from which the first Portuguese maritime expeditions embarked. Prince Henry the Navigator's school...
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Aveiro, Portugal
The beautiful building across from the old Aveiro train station has a really delightful Ovos Moles shop on the ground floor. Ovos moles are a specialty of the city of Aveiro. The sweet is made of egg yolks and sugar and served in little wooden...
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When Paulo Vale looked at the ground, he didn’t see just a path as others might. He saw what today is known as “Azorean Gold” – that, unlike conventional gold, is black, stony and sometimes porous, but also valuable. Inspired by the rocks on the...
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R. do Ginjal 69, 2800-284 Almada, Portugal
On the Almada side of the Tagus river there are a few small and inconspicuous restaurants with some of the most incredible views over the city. Atira-te ao Rio is one of them, and on a hot summers night there are few places in the city that serve...
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R. Gomes Freire 19, 2450-199 Nazaré, Portugal
Nazare, a colorful fishing village, is about 1 hour north of Fatima in Portugal. It is famous for its fishing boats and traditional clothing of its men and women. The boats are gaily painted with upturned prows as they have been since the days of...
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Tv. Henrique Cardoso 41, 1700-203 Lisboa, Portugal
True to its name, this is an old bar, with Victorian-style décor, stained glass, art nouveau lamps, and red velvet sofas. You can find a long list of cocktails, as the manager has history in the Miami cruise ship industry. From the food menu, try...
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Estr. Marginal Norte, 2520 Peniche, Portugal
After a wonderful meal at Nau dos Corvos Restaurant, we ventured out to capture a picture of the farthest western point in Europe. These amazing outcroppings were whittled by wind and water. Different from any coastal rocks we have ever seen.
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2495 Fátima, Portugal
On our vacation to Portugal, my husband and I rented a car and drove the 86 miles from Lisbon to Fatima. (There are also bus trips that you can schedule at your hotel in Lisbon). We had planned a pilgrimage to this famous town during our trip....
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Portugal, N247, 2655-130 Carvoeira, Portugal
The cliffs above the beach at Foz do Lizandro, just south of the surf town of Ericeira, are a popular launching spot for paragliders... depending on wind conditions you can sometimes see as many as 10 or 15 in the air at any time.
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Fortaleza de Sagres, 8650-360 Sagres, Portugal
Dubbed by old tales as "The place where land ends and the sea begins", Sagres is europe's most western village (with Lisbon being the most western city). A strategic intersection between the trading routes between the Mediterranean and the...
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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,...
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Lisbon, Portugal
I was traveling with my Dad in Lisbon, his first European trip, and we came across a sax player. We stopped for a minute to listen. Just as I was ready to move on, my Dad got comfortable in his stance. Once the song ended, the musician asked my...
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Rua Serpa Pinto, 32, 7630-174 Odemira, Portugal
I encountered this gentleman herder when I was on the road to the out of the way lovely Ingrina Beach in the western Algarve west of Lagos. In the background you can see the modern wind turbines and in the foreground the herder and his flock. His...
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Aveiro, Portugal
In the ancient city of Aveiro there are so many tourist sites and activities to experience. You can try the city's famous desert, ovos moles, a sweet egg confection. How about trying one of their great restaurants serving many seafood choices?...
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Iberia
As we arrived in Arraiolos, in the Alentejo area of Portugal, we saw the 14th century castle and the 16th century church resting majestically up on the hill overlooking the town. Arraiolos is known worldwide for its gorgeous woolen carpets which...
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Av. de Dom José Alves Correia da Silva, 2496-908 Fátima, Portugal
About 100 years ago three little shepherd children were visited by an angel and then the Virgin Mary and the rest, as they say, is history. From the miracle at Fatima came the Virgin of Fatima and up went the basilica and then many other buildings...
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R. da Misericórdia 9, 1200-108 Lisboa, Portugal
If you are like me, who love coffee and chocolate, than this little store is for you. When you walk through Chiado, you can easily smell the fresh aroma of ground coffee beans coming out the store. The store was opened in 1930 and hasn't changed...
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R. José Azevedo 9, 9900-027 Horta, Portugal
“If you sail to Horta and you don't visit Peter, you have not actually been to Horta” Entering Peter Café Sport is like traveling without leave the same place: the walls are full of yacht flags and ensigns that make you want to depart on the next...
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Praia do Amado (Amado Beach) is one of the few beaches in the Algarve region of Portugal that has decent surf and is also less crowded with tourists in comparison with the south-coast Algarve. There are various accommodation options in nearly...
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7570-789 Carvalhal, Portugal
Ilha do Arroz is essentially a wooden beach shack nestled in the dunes on the Comporta coastline... but not just any beach shack, this place has a 5 star menu, delicious cocktails and a wonderfully laid back vibe. A caipirinha on the deck is the...
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R. Dom Pedro V 89, 1250-093 Lisboa, Portugal
You need to make time for this bar, because there is an 82-page book—a fantastic work of art—from which to choose a cocktail. Or you can have tea. Also, you will need time to check out all five rooms. Thousands of pieces are here: medals, frames,...
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Fortaleza de Sagres, 8650-360 Sagres, Portugal
This point in Sagres at sunset is breathtaking. Amazing to think that at this location Henry The Navigator got inspired to go beyond where the eye could see, and lead a nation to be the world's best navigators and first global explorers. Don't...
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Praça Dom Pedro IV 73, 1100-202 Lisboa, Portugal
Thanks to the grandson of the founder (Manuel Aquino de Azevedo Rua), who now manages the shop, this lovely place is still open. Notable people like Fernando Pessoa and Spain’s King Carlos have been among its customers. Even with fashion changes...
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Marialva, 6430-081, Portugal
The most fantastic place to make a picnic: in Beirã Interior very close to the Douro river in Portugal, in the beautiful historic village of Marialva. In a rural hotel called Casas do Côro, the ideal place for those wanting to escape the hustle...
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Lisbon, Portugal
I found this beautiful portrait downtown Lisbon. The image jumped out at me on my walk and I love the textures of the wall behind it.
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Vila Nova de Milfontes, 7645 Vila Nova de Milfontes, Portugal
Vila Nova de Milfontes is a beautiful seaside village on the southwest coast of Portugal, with sunny outlooks, brightly colored buildings, a charming seafront and delicious ice cream. Our friendly B&B owner suggested we visit the town beach, and...
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5400 Chaves, Portugal
On a recent visit to Portugal I visited Chaves in the northern area of Tras os Montes (behind the mountains). Chaves is an ancient city in the valley of the Tamega River. While there I crossed the Roman bridge that was built by the Roman Emperor...
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9100-105 Santa Cruz, Madeira, Portugal
The Madeira airport is known for its specifically located runaway. Originally 1600 m, finally extended to 2781 m (9,124 ft). But for me landing is still tricky. When you approaching, rocks on the left, ocean to the right and runaway with the end...
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Rua da Mãe d'Água à Praça da Alegria, 1250-000 Lisboa, Portugal
This stone building, called the Mother-of-Water Fountain, is an old cistern where Lisbon locals used to fetch the water that flowed to the city along the monumental Águas Livres Aqueduct. Now, inside the cool walls, a wine bar has been...
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9700 Angra do Heroísmo, Portugal
Angra do Heroismo (Angra for short) is the capital of the Azorean island of Terceira and also the historical capital of the Azores as it is the archipelago's oldest city, dating back to 1450. It was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1983...
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Vela Latina, 35307, Las Palmas, Spain
Beautiful restaurant walking distance from the Belém Tower. My mom and I shared a great bottle of white wine, we had oysters and the lobster cream soup for starters, and we each got the Fillet of hake "au vapeur" with spinach, pumpkin and ginger...
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R. dos Remédios 134, 1100-081 Lisboa, Portugal
A typical restaurant at a typical neighborhood: cheap, good, homemade food and a local environment. The students gather here when they want to join for a class dinner. The name Tollan comes from an English container ship that sank in the river....
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Largo Ajuda 1349-021, 1300 Lisboa, Portugal
This royal palace was probably much-visited this year, due to an exhibition of Joana Vasconcelos, a very important Portuguese artist. The palace was built on a hill, after being destroyed at its the previous location (in front of the river) in the...
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R. Assunção 22, 1100-044 Lisboa, Portugal
Located downtown, in the middle of the old commerce district, this vintage clothing shop also has a cafe serving tea and light meals that you can enjoy on the esplanade outside. Sometimes, they have stock sales.
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Rua das Violetas - Porto de Mós, 8600-282 Lagos, Portugal
I have stayed in the Romantik Hotel Vivenda Miranda more than once because the manager, Anja Norek, is so professional and helpful. The staff is so welcoming and friendly. The rooms and suites are deluxe and spacious. The food is delicious. There...
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Largo do Conde de Vila Flor, 7000-804 Évora, Portugal
This picture was taken at dusk outside the hotel Pousada Dos Loios. Évora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to the preservation and eclectic combination of old to new European architecture. To the left is the Roman Temple of Diana. And in front...
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8600 Lagos, Portugal
Some of the most unusual and fascinating sights in the western Algarve are the steep cliffs towering over the beaches. Each cliff is different in size and shape. Some are huge and imposing. I had wanted to see as many as possible, so on two...
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Iberia
Table wine is not the first thing that comes to people's mind when they think of Douro valley, the biggest port wine producing region in Portugal, also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Yet when we went to Douro Valley, we were pleasantly surprised by...
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R. Rodrigues Sampaio 33-35, 1150-057 Lisboa, Portugal
Having just returned from a 5 day stay in Lisbon I feel the need to share my experience of this wonderful Tapas bar just off the Avenida da Liberdade. Along with the kerb appeal the food is also wonderful. The dining area is separated into smoking...
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Rua Francisco de Assis, 2640-366 Igreja Nova, Portugal
The Aldeia da Mata Pequena is a perfectly restored example of what rural village life in Portugal was like up until the last century. Only half an hour away from Lisbon, this village feels like its in the middle of nowhere and all of the houses...
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8800-531 Tavira, Portugal
The beaches of the Eastern Algarve including Fuseta, Barril, and Verde are all stunning. Barril is accessed by a little train and Fuseta by a boat and both are worth the effort. The beach hut on Fuseta is amazing... grab a mojito and chill. Golden...
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Quinta dos Perfumes, Caixa Postal 545 S Conceição e Cabanas de Tavira, 8800-058 Tavira, Portugal
As it is a Farm Hotel, I love that you have a chance to take part in the farm’s daily activities and live the simple down to nature life in sunny southern Europe. The best part after all, is that you will have the opportunity to cook and eat what...
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Praia do Guincho, Portugal
Guincho is one of the most picturesque beaches on the Lisbon coastline... but can also be one of the windiest, which makes it a wind-surfer and kite surfers paradise. Also good for regular surfing and when the wind dies down, a great beach just...
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Loja, 43, Dos Mercados Municipais, Av. 5 De Outubro, Olhão, Faro, 8700-148 Olhão, Portugal
One quote called Olhão "the town of many faces." It is a fishing village with bayfront produce/fish markets in the heart of town. The pedestrian cobblestone streets in the heart of Old Town are a highlight, as is the palm-lined promenade along the...
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R. Domingos Carrancho 4, 3800-106 Aveiro, Portugal
Aveiro, Portugal offers a regional sweet treat called Ovos Moles. Local history tells us that in the 19th century, the nuns in the convents used the egg whites to iron their habits and were left with the yolks. So the sisters created a sweet using...
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Chaves, Portugal
Walking around the ancient and historical city of Chaves (once a Roman town) I was happy to see so many buildings preserved in the 16th to 18th century architectural styles. Most of the buildings were whitewashed and had granite trims and...
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9600 Ribeira Grande, Portugal
One of our guests was kind enough to share this picture with us. He stayed at our Terra Nostra Garden Hotel, and was intrigued about this beach he found during one of his wanderings across the Island.
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Largo Manuel José Casimiro 14, 7490-424 Pavia, Portugal
Would you like know and observe how bees live in their habitat? To see the inside of a hive and try to find the queen bee? To appreciate the beauty of the honeycombs and the millimetric precision? To understand the different sorts of honey, to...
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Largo do Terreiro, s/n, 4720-633 Santa Maria do Bouro, Portugal
Pousada De Santa Maria Do Bouro, once a 12th century monastery, has been restored and is now a luxury hotel and restaurant in northern Portugal's city of Braga, in the Minho region. I was surrounded by ancient stones, vaulted ceilings, vibrant...