Belem Tower – an iconic monument on Lisbon’s waterfront

Belem Tower, Lisbon

A symbol of Portugal’s great era of expansion: Torre de Belem or Belem Tower sits at the mouth of the Tagus and guards the entrance to the city. It’s another of Lisbon’s iconic attractions on the Lisbon waterfront. Belem Tower was built as a fortress in the middle of the Tagus in 1515-21 and it […]

Lisbon Sightseeing | Monument to the Discoveries

Monument to the Discoveries - Belem Waterfront

Portugal’s early discoverers stand prominently at the waterfront: We were taught about Vasco da Gama and his early discoveries at school, but during those days I found the history lessons pretty dry and hard going.  Between the heat of the afternoon tropical sun, our non-airconditioned classrooms, and history lessons that were so distant to our […]

The Algarve – Europe’s Premier Golfing Destination

Golf course layout

Portugal is a well established golfing destination and many golf enthusiasts and professionals come to Portugal on specialist golfing holidays. The Algarve in particular is one of Europe’s top golfing regions.  Its mild winter season and the large number of quality championship golf courses make the Algarve a desirable golfing destination.  Most of the golf […]

Sanctuary of Fatima and the Secret

Basilica of Fatima

Sanctuary of Fatima – a Pilgrimage Destination The Sanctuary of Fátima is an intensely religious place and matches Lourdes in France as a pilgrim’s destination. This small town north of Lisbon has become one of the most visited holy sites in the Christian faith. Hundred of thousands of pilgrims and tourists visit annually and many […]

Portugal Tour – A Regional Tour of Portugal

Tour Route of Portugal

Portugal Tour – Our Portugal Tour Route, Itinerary and Comments: This is the itinerary of our 10-day Portugal tour which is called ‘A Regional Tour of Portugal’. Our tour route goes in an anti-clockwise direction, starting in Lisbon and heading down south to the Algarve and then head ups up north along the eastern border.  […]

Lisbon | Events and Festivals

Lisbon Old Town

Lisbon’s month of celebrations: June is Festas de Lisboa and during this month of festivities there will be street entertainment, cinema, music and theatre, parades and folk festivities happening throughout the historic districts and all around town. If you like Fado music, there’s a Fado festival with the best names in town performing.  If you […]

Lisbon travel | Lisboa cards

Lisboa Shopping Card

Travel cards to save you time and money: The Lisbon Tourist Office have a few travel cards that can help you save some money and time during your stay in Lisbon. Lisboa Card The Lisboa Card allows free and unlimited travel on Carris buses, trams and funiculars, the underground, as well as on the CP […]

Portugal: Madeira’s Flower Festival

Sunflowers in Madeira

Madeira’s Flower Festival Spring is in the air in Europe and along with spring comes the glorious flower festivals. Whereas Chelsea’s annual May Flower Show is world renowned, Madeira has a Flower Festival that dazzles. Every April, the main streets of Funchal are filled with celebrations to mark this spring festival. Unlike the Chelsea Flower […]

Portuguese Tarts – Desserts

Portuguese Custard Tarts

Oh What a Tart! Like the early explorers before it, the Portuguese tart has circumnavigated the world and today, this delectable dessert can be found in coffee shops and pastry joints around the world. Yes, I’ve devoured many of them in different countries, but strangely so, not in Portugal. So, I’m on a mission this […]

Shopping in Portugal – Portugal Holidays

Azulejos - Painted Ceramic Tiles

Shopping in Portugal needn’t break your bank! Portugal is a country where handicraft is very much alive and here you’ll be able to buy souvenirs that are practical, rather than ones that collect dust on your mantelpiece.  Traditional craftwork such as lace, rugs, ceramics, copperware, wicker, pottery, hand-knitted clothing, ceramics and copper dishes and intricate […]