Collected by Rita Alves, AFAR Local Expert
Portugal is such a small country, however it has plenty to offer. With a coast of almost one thousand kms (more than 600 miles) full of beaches, some are still wild and hidden; and a beautiful countryside, contrasting the green mountains in the North with the Alentejo plains. The Portuguese gastronomy is very rich, with plenty of different appetizers, main courses and desserts to taste, always with a good Portuguese wine to accompany.
Carrasqueira, 7580 Comporta, Portugal
An hour and half away from Lisbon, before you go to the beach of Comporta, Carvalhal or Pego, or to enjoy a different sunset, stop by at Carrasqueira, sited at Natural Reserve of Sado Estuary. Cross the village till you arrive to a gravel road and...
Costa da Caparica, Portugal
Another great thing about Lisbon is that the beach is so close to the capital. In about 30 minutes by bus, you can bury your feet in the sand and swim in the Atlantic Ocean. The beaches on the left side of the village are more spacious, so take a...
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...
Praça da República, 7350-422 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...
8900 Monte Gordo, Portugal
This is where I spend my week of Summer vacation for almost 30 years; it is a fishermen’s village, however fishery is losing followers. Early in the morning, when the boats return to land, you can buy fresh fish directly from the fishermen. It is...
Cabo da Costa - Castanheira Cimeira, 6100-385 Sertã, Portugal
In a shale valley and surrounded by a forested area with pine, eucalyptus and olive, you will find A Casa do Tio Tenente. The house had to be rebuilt almost completely; in the process, shale was used on the exterior and pine wood on the interior...
Escaroupim, 2120 Salvaterra de Magos, Portugal
You are visiting Lisbon but you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city? Rent a car and drive for about an hour to Escaroupim for a boat trip. Enjoy the quiet of Tagus river, visit the Island of Herons, Island of Horses (with the much...
R. do Paço 48, 4560 Penafiel, Portugal
A very interesting museum can be found in Penafiel, 30 minutes from Porto. It’s a Municipal Museum, located in the heart of the historical centre of this city, in an eighteenth century palace. In 2010 was nominated for the European Museum of the...
Lugar Da Curvaceira, S/N, Curvaceira, Viseu, 5100, Portugal
A magnificent way to get to know the Douro Valley is aboard a sailboat. António, the skipper of Libertu’s, takes you through the dazzling landscapes of terraced grape vines. I went in Autumn, so I could appreciate the leaves in beautiful shades of...
Q.ta da Aveleda, 4560 Penafiel, Portugal
Aveleda is one of the white and green wines that I usually drink, so since I was nearby I decided to visit the Quinta da Aveleda estate. I was astonished by the beautiful garden. Among diversified, ancient and some rare species of trees, there is...
R. Monges Beneditino, 4560-380 Penafiel, Portugal
Just 30 minutes from Porto and on the way to Douro Valley, there is a Charming House which name was given as a tribute to Egas Moniz, the tutor of Afonso Henriques (founder of Portugal Kingdom and its first king). The Vinha family that runs the...
R. António Manuel Saraiva 4, 5085-034 Pinhão, Portugal
Located right in front of Douro River and close to the train station of Pinhão, I entered this Vintage House to rest after a trekking in the area. I started in Provesende and I went down towards Pinhão, absorbing the amazing views and the autumn...
Quinta do Vallado, Vilarinho dos Freires, 5050-364 Peso da Régua, Portugal
The estate was established in 1716 and is located on the banks of the Corgo River, a tributary of the Douro River. The Alto Douro Wine Region was declared, by UNESCO, as a World Heritage site in 2001. You’re welcome to stay for the night, as from...
Rua Padres da Agostinha, n.º 233, 4560-195 Penafiel, Portugal
In a preserved Rural Village called Quintandona, you will find a cosy Country House called Casa Valxisto. Hélder and Ana will welcome you to their house, to their life project. The house where Helder’s great grandparents and grandparents lived was...
Quintandona, 4560 Penafiel, Portugal
Just 30 minutes from Porto, it’s possible to reach Quintandona, a preserved Rural Village. Typical houses using shale, granite and blackboard in their construction were recovered, bringing life to the village; a village with only around 60 people...
Largo do Toural N 116, 4810-427 Guimarães, Portugal
This beautiful and ancient hotel, dating from the 19th century, is perfectly located in Guimarães centre, at Largo do Toural. It’s close to the Castle, to the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança and next to the historic centre, which is considered a...
R. Conde Dom Henrique 3, 4800 Guimarães, Portugal
The Palace of the Dukes of Bragança is a National Monument of the 15th century (classified in 1910), built by King Afonso; with architectural features of a fortified house and several cylindrical chimneys. Unfortunately it was abandoned for...
R. Alfredo Guimarães 39, 4810-250 Guimarães, Portugal
José Saramago, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, has considered this museum as one of the most beautiful museums he knows. The museum is close to the Largo da Oliveira and offers exhibitions of jewellery (12th to 19th century), sculpture...
R. Conde Dom Henrique, 4800 Guimarães, Portugal
The construction of the castle was ordered by the widow Countess Mumadona, in the 10th century. The castle was built in order to serve as a refuge for the population, who was suffering from constant attacks from the Moors and Normans. Several...
Av. Conde de Margaride 175, 4810-535 Guimarães, Portugal
A modern building in the old market area, built for the European Capital of Culture in 2012. There are several rooms displaying temporary and permanent exhibitions. The permanent exhibition is a collection belonging to José de Guimarães, a...
Largo Domingos Leite de Castro, Lugar da Costa, 4810-011 Guimarães, Portugal
Located in the hills, Pousada Santa Marinha overlooks the city. Even if you are not a guest, it’s possible to visit the common rooms and the gardens. Inside, you should appreciate the panels of tiles and the cloisters of this building that used to...
Av. Dom Afonso Henriques 701, 4810-431 Guimarães, Portugal
A Palace built in the middle of the 18th century and a Cultural Centre built in 2005. The palace houses temporary exhibitions while the Cultural Centre has two auditoriums for events, a Café Concerto and a restaurant. The palace is adorned by...
Montanha da Penha, Guimarães, Norte, 4810 Guimarães, Portugal
At the top of the mountain (around 600 meters high), which can be reached by car, cable car, bus, bike or why not walking; you will find the Shrine of Our Lady of Penha which was inaugurated in 1947. What is also to be appreciated here is the...
R. Principal 78, 2495-650 Fátima, Portugal
Luz Houses is in the middle of the forest. It’s about an hour by car from Lisbon and very close to Fátima, the catholic city in Portugal. However it’s not mandatory to be catholic nor will you see anything related to Catholicism at Luz Houses....
Rua Conde de Avelar nº 8, r/c, fração A, 642, 2460-642 São Martinho do Porto, Portugal
São Martinho do Porto is a bay located at the Silver Coast in Portugal. In a bit more than one hour (by car) from Lisbon and few minutes away from Nazaré or from Alcobaça, where you can visit the monastery. In Summer time, blue and white tents...
RIC 1265, Outeiro André, 7570-345 Grândola, Portugal
I entered the room and I just said Uau!! The eyes go straight ahead to the beautiful view unveiled by the huge windows. The second thing that called my attention was the beautiful tile panel, the colors contrasting with the grey of the walls. If...
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