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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jardim Zoológico de Lisboa – Lisbon Zoo

Jardim Zoológico de Lisboa..

If Visiting Lisbon with Kids, Plan on a Visit to the Jardim Zoológico: Small by international standards, Lisbon’s zoo, the Jardim Zoológico de Lisboa (Zoological Garden) nevertheless houses over 2,000 animals ranging over 400 species. Before visiting the animal enclosures, take a cable car ride and enjoy an aerial view of the zoo and its […]

Feira da Ladra – Lisbon's Thieves Market

Our Lady of Piety Oratory

In Lisbon’s Feira da Ladra, Thieves are not Welcome: Located in Campo de Santa Clara, not far from the Alfama district, Lisbon’s Feira da Ladra (Thieves Market) has been in existence since the 13th century.  People gather at this open-air market to buy and sell items in the shade of centuries-old buildings. Photographs from the […]

Fado – The Soulful Music of Lisbon

Fado by Jose Malhoa

Fado – An Expression of Longing and Sorrow: Fado is to Portugal what flamenco is to Spain: a cultural symbol. But there, for the most part, is where the similarities end. While flamenco is fiery and energetic and a combination of music and dance, fado is soulful and heart-wrenching. This native form of music arose […]

Castelo de Sao Jorge – A Castle Dedicated to St. George

King Alfonso Henriques © Travelsignposts

Castelo Sao Jorge was the Royal Palace of a Line of Portugal’s Monarchs: Like many famous cities in Europe, Lisbon’s roots are centuries old. But few proofs of that are so evident here as that of Castelo de Sao Jorge, Lisbon’s Saint George’s Castle. First begun in the 6th century by late Romans, it bears […]