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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...
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...
4050-278 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...
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...
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,...
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....
R. Azevedo Magalhães 314, 4430-999 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
No trip to Porto is complete without a visit to one of the wine caves of Vila Nova de Gaia, across the river from the city's historic Ribeira neighborhood. Many of the port wine lodges have been in business for centuries, and most offer tastings...
Largo Camões, 5100-147 Lamego, Portugal
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. Museu de Lamego is located in a 17th-century Episcopal palace in the heart of the city, its decoration still reflecting the original tastes of the period. Works from the permanent collection, many of them...
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...
Q.ta da Romaneira, 5070 Alijó, Portugal
Set amid terraced vineyards along the banks of the Douro River, the guest rooms at the Romaneira have no phones, TVs, or cell reception. Visitors spend their days hiking the 1,000-acre property, drinking the region’s famous port wines, and...
Praça 1º de Maio 4, 7000-650 Évora, Portugal
Just around the corner from the front of St. Francis church is the unassuming entrance to Capela dos Ossos, aka the Chapel of Bones. The temperature dips slightly as you walk down the stone hallway and a smell similar to rain on dry earth welcomes...
Av. Eng. Duarte Pacheco 40, 8800 Santa Luzia, Portugal
Marisqueira Capelo in Santa Luzia is one of my favorite spots when it comes down to the flavours of the Algarve. It's unpretentious, reasonably priced, freshly cooked fish ! Absolutely amazing
R. dos Sapateiros 230, 1100-581 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...
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...
Q.ta da Aveleda, 4560 Penafiel, Portugal
In the distance, a decadent warehouse is engulfed by the lush green plethora of fauna that makes up the Quinta da Aveleda’s wine estate. Victor, our guide and green wine expert, meticulously inserts the rusted brass key into the wagon size dark...
R. do Ginjal 72, 2800 Almada, Portugal
The name makes justice to the location of this restaurant, as it is literally at the end of the river walk on the other side of the Tagus. To get to the restaurant you will have to cross the river on the commuter ferry from Cais do Sodre (Lisbon...
R. do Teixeira 35, 1200-459 Lisboa, Portugal
Chef Ljubomir Stanisic’s restaurant is highly regarded and his tasting menu which is eight courses accompanied by Portuguese wines is a great way to sample things you might not try otherwise. Here again you’ll find excellent version of the “prego”...
Largo de São Carlos 10, 1200-410 Lisboa, Portugal
Without question the best restaurant in Lisbon, and probably in the whole of Portugal, Belcanto serves elaborated contemporary Portuguese cuisine. You should save it for your last night in town as you’ll want to remember this experience for a very...
R. Áurea 272, 1100-581 Lisboa, Portugal
Discotheque Amália, on number 272 of Rua Áurea, is a Fado Music temple. The location of this record shop can be clearly identified by the loud Fado Music that is played at its doorstep and which can be heard throughout the whole street. Named...
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...
R. Anchieta 11, 1200-445 Lisboa, Portugal
A Vida Portuguesa is an eclectic store that holds only Portuguese brands and products for the home; from handmade olive oil soaps to home decor, shoes, vintage posters, you name it. There is also an online store, but there is nothing like visiting...
R. do Carmo 87-A, 1200-093 Lisboa, Portugal
It’s so tiny, but it’s so worth a visit. Founded in 1925 by Joaquim Rodrigues Simões, with an art deco interior and a neoclassic façade, this shop sells classic gloves for ladies and gentlemen. And how do you try on a glove? Place your elbow on a...
Pátio do Tijolo, Nr. 16, 1250-096 Lisboa, Portugal
It is almost impossible to speak about cork and not mention Portugal, as this tiny little country on the corner of Europe is responsible for almost 70% of the world global cork production. Pelcor have taken a material that seemed to have a single...
Praça do Comércio, 1100-148, Portugal
At the end of Praça do Comercio, on its border with the Tagus you can see the location where the old Discovery Caravels landed with the goods that the Portuguese brought back from the new found territories over seas. When The Portuguese...
Pátio de Dom Fradique 14, 1100-624 Lisboa, Portugal
Some might see Palacio Belmonte as one of the most veiled secrets in Lisbon and the history of the place is the story of Portugal itself. It is the oldest building of its kind in the city, the Palace was the residence of the Marques d'Atalia,...
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...
Largo do Carmo, 1200-092 Lisboa, Portugal
In 1755 on November 1st, the King and his family were at the 9:00 mass at the Carmo Cathedral with hundreds of residents of Lisbon. It was a holy day. Within minutes the ground began to shake and a devastating earthquake totally destroyed this...
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...
R. de Santa Cruz do Castelo, 1100-129 Lisboa, Portugal
Castelo de Sao Jorge, which dominates the pinnacle of Lisbon's panoramic skyline by day, becomes magical by night. The ruins of this 12th century fortress take on a Disney-esque quality and a golden patina from the uplighting that bathes it's...
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...
Praça da Figueira 18B, 1100-241 Lisboa, Portugal
The Confeitaria Nacional, Rua do Duc 22, has served delicious biscuits and pastries in this beautiful shop since 1829. When you walk into this pastry shop on the Praca de Figueira, you will be tempted with every imaginable delicacy. The choice is...
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...
Grab a map and draw your own path, starting in the town of Bordeaux. See that area to the right, between the parallel Dordogne and Lot rivers? Stay within the borders of this area where authentic food reigns. Tips from the pros: The driving can be...
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