Castelo Arraiolos – The Arraiolos Castle on the Hill

Castelo Arraiolos

All that Remains of Castelo Arraiolos is the Massive Medieval Fortress Wall: One of the reminders of Arraiolos’s foundation is the massive medieval fortress wall which sits on Monte de San Pedro, a hill north of the present town of Arraiolos. Castelo Arraiolos was built by order of King D. Dinis, but the site itself […]

Arraiolos – Famous for its Embroidery and Arraiolos Carpets

Arraiolos Town

Arraiolos is Famous for its Embroidery and Arraiolos Carpets: Arraiolos is a small town with a very long tradition of embroidery. For over five centuries, its embroiderers have created famous tapestries and carpets that have hung on the walls of palaces, castles and manors in Portugal. Most people come to Arraiolos to see its Tapetes […]

Wine and Cheese Tasting in Arraiolos

Alentejo wine and cheese

Alentejo Wine and Artisan Cheese in Arraiolos: We came to Arraiolos to admire the town’s famous Tapetes Arraiolos (Arraiolos carpet) and as part of the visit, we were treated to wine and cheese tasting in the Praça Lima e Brito, Arraiolos town square. Praça Lima e Brito is quite a peaceful place with the Arraiolos […]

Elevador de Santa Justa – An Eccentric Lisbon Elevator

Elevador de Santa Justa, Lisbon

Elevador de Santa Justa is a Lisbon Elevator that is a National Monument: Wedged between two buildings in Rua de Santa Justa and Largo do Carmo is a Lisbon elevator that has become a tourist attraction. The Elevador de Santa Justa, one of the eccentric sights of the Baixa district, has been classified as a […]

Caldo Verde – A Portuguese Kale Soup

Caldo Verde by Mateus Hidalgo

Caldo Verde is a Traditional and Light Kale Soup: Caldo Verde, or Kale soup, is a traditional Portuguese soup dish with Kale as one of its main ingredients and when travelling around the countryside, you’ll see plenty of this vegetable being grown. In Portugal, it’s common to see Portuguese diners having  Caldo Verde as a […]

Oceanário de Lisboa – Europe’s Largest Oceanarium

Oceanário Lisboa by Nol Aders

Oceanário de Lisboa – A State-of-the-Art Lisbon Oceanarium: The Lisbon Oceanarium or ‘Oceanário de Lisboa‘ was built as part of the development for Expo ’98.  Situated in the Parque das Nações, it was in fact the centrepiece of the Lisbon World Fair and is also the largest oceanarium in Europe. Anyone coming to the Parque […]

Parque das Nações – Lisbon’s Park of the Nations

Parque das Nações - Photo by Barao78

Parque das Nações – A Leisure, Commercial and Residential Area in Lisbon: On the eastern side of Lisbon sits Parque das Nações (Park of the Nations), a waterfront area whose modern structures contrast spectacularly to the city’s old quarters.  Seeing Parque das Nações today, one would not suspect that this area was once an eyesore.  […]

Sé de Lisboa – Lisbon Cathedral

Sé de Lisboa by Night..

Whilst Not as Grand as the Notre Dame, Sé de Lisboa is Nevertheless Rich in History: The roots of Lisbon go back centuries. It was a bishopric of the nascent Catholic Church as far back as the 4th century. But unlike many European cities, the history of Lisbon took an odd turn in the 8th […]

Museu Nacional dos Coches – A Lisbon Coach Museum

Museo dos Coches Photo by Cytech/Flickr

The Museu Nacional dos Coches,  A Lisbon Coach Museum, is Unique: One of Lisbon’s more unique national museums, and a premier attraction of this Portuguese city, is the Museu Nacional dos Coches or the National Coach Museum. It isn’t hard to see why. Filled with a collection of coaches that is rare, they can be […]

The Gulbenkian – Lisbon’s Museu Calouste Gulbenkian

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon..

The Gulbenkian has One of the Finest Art Collections in Europe: Popularly known as the Gulbenkian, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is Lisbon’s premier art museum. The museum is named after Calouste Gulbenkian, an Armenian oil entrepreneur active in the early 20th century. After making his fortune trading in oil in Turkey, Iran and elsewhere he […]