São Francisco And Its Tree of Jesse – Porto

Tree of Jesse, Sao Francisco

São Francisco – the Golden Church with the Tree of Jesse The exterior of Igreja de São Francisco does not excite people to want to dash into the church to have a look. From the outside, this 13th century Gothic construction looks rather plain and lacking in architectural grandeur. But, step into the church and […]

Lisbon Sightseeing on a Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour, Lisbon

Discovering the Sights of Lisbon is as easy as Hopping on and off: Discovering Lisbon on your own is easy with a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Hop-on hop-off tours give you the freedom to discover Lisbon at your own pace as you can stop at places of interest for as long as you like. You’ll […]

Biblioteca Joanina – a Priceless Library

Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbra University

Coimbra University’s Library is a National Monument: Once referred to as “The House of the Bookshop” Coimbra University’s library is one of the top five libraries in the world. Now called Biblioteca Joanina, this Baroque library was built between 1717 and 1728, during the reign of King João V of Portugal.  The library is named […]

Coimbra University – Coimbra

Coimbra University, Coimbra

Portugal’s Oldest and Largest University: There’s a buzz about Coimbra University today. We arrive on its orientation day and there’s a sense of excitement as new students come to check out their new campus, attend inductions and to get some tips from senior students. Universidade de Coimbra (Coimbra University) is Portugal’s oldest and largest university […]

Nazaré’s Fishing Tradition

Fish Drying, Nazare

Portugal’s Famous Fishing Town: With its natural beauty and stretches of long sandy beaches, Nazaré is a popular Portuguese beach resort and each year thousands of local and overseas tourists come to enjoy this lovely beach-side town. Walking along the seafront, it is quite obvious that tourism is the main contributor to Nazaré ‘s income. […]

Sítio Sightseeing Attractions | Nazaré

Nossa Senhora da Nazaré Church

Sitio – A different world altogether: A short funicular ride up from Nazaré and we’re in Sítio, the old part of town that sits on the cliff-top. I’m really pleased that we’ve sacrificed the sardines and cakes in Nazaré to come up here as it’s a different world altogether.  Being away from the sea, farming […]