Chimneys of the Algarve

Chimney of the Algarve - Portugal

Algarve Chimneys – Sightseeing Attractions: Throughout the Algarve you’ll notice that the walls of houses are mostly whitewashed.  As we know, the Algarve has very long, hot summers and the whitewash deflects the hot sun from the buildings. Why So Many Chimneys? Why then you may ask do these same houses have so many chimneys, […]

Chez Lapin | Porto Restaurant | Eating Out in Porto

Chez Lapin - Oporto Restaurant

French by Name but Portuguese in Cuisine: Tonight we find ourselves in Chez Lapin, a rustic restaurant on Oporto’s waterfront, close to where we disembarked from our river cruise.  Although this restaurant has a French name, Chez Lapin serves traditional Portuguese and Oporto cuisine. I ask Sergio, the owner’s son, what was behind the French […]

A Sunset Cruise on the Douro River

Douro River Cruise

A Pleasurable Douro River Cruise from Porto: With the sun setting in the horizon, we board our Porto Cruz river boat at the Cais da Ribera, one of the quays where river boats are moored. The ramp from the quay to the boat looks steep, but I make it okay, even on high heels and […]

Barcelos Cockerel – a Portuguese Legend

Barcelos Cockerel, Portugal

The Cockerel that Saved a Pilgrim’s Life: On any Portugal holiday, you’ll no doubt see an abundance of colourful ceramic cockerels in souvenir shops. This cockerel has its origin in the pretty town of Barcelos where, according to a local legend, it is said to have saved the life of a traveller who was wrongfully […]

Shopping in Oporto – Travel Shopping

Heart-shaped Gold Filigree, Oporto Shopping

Oporto is a good place for Traditional Handicraft: Most visitors to Oporto do not come with the intention of shopping for big ticket items, although if you are dying to buy international designer wares, these are available in some of the larger shopping centres. Like many other Portuguese cities, Oporto is a good place to […]

Lello Bookshop – Porto Shopping

Lello Bookshop Staircase - Porto

The Most Beautiful Bookshop in the World! You’ll hear many people describe the Lello Bookshop as the “most beautiful bookshop in the world” and when you step through its front door you’ll be bowled over by the stunning architecture and rich interior decoration. It’s no wonder that this bookshop has become such a popular sightseeing […]

Porto Sightseeing Tour on a Vintage Tram

Porto Tram City Tour

Porto Tram City Tour: On your Oporto holiday, you can visit Oporto’s historical monuments, theatres, cafes, restaurants, city hall and more on a vintage tram. This charming Porto City Tram Tour is a Hop-on Hop-off tour that gives you the freedom to stop for as long as you like at places of interest. Starting at […]

Cafés That Have Become Part of the Landscape of Oporto

McDonald's - Imperial, Oporto

Cafés that are not just coffee houses: On your Oporto holiday, make time to have a break at some of the city’s cafés, not just for the coffee and cakes, but because these grand looking cafés represent a period of life in Oporto in the past. The Café Majestic is one such café which we […]

Café Majestic – The Grand Café of Oporto

Cafe Majestic - Oporto

More than a Café …..: Majestic by name and majestic by architecture, this café has become a prerequisite stop by visiting dignitaries, media personalities, artists and everyone who’s anyone visiting Oporto, as well as the humble tourists like us. The Majestic’s guest book lists all the personalities who have stopped to have coffee in this […]

Mercado do Bolhão – Oporto's Central Market

Mercado do Bolhao's - Oporto

A Noisy and Lively Market in the Centre of Town: Mercado do Bolhão, a noisy and lively market  in the heart of Oporto city, is a nice place to visit if you’re looking for a change in scenery from your usual sightseeing attractions. The market is housed in a two-tier covered building and there are […]