Feira da Ladra – Lisbon’s Thieves Market

Feira da Ladra - Fleamarket..

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 […]

Arraiolos Hand-Embroidered Wool Carpets

Carpet making - Arraiolos

Arraiolos is noted for its wool carpets which have been woven here since the 13th century. Arraiolos carpets (tapetes arraiolos) have decorated palaces and manor houses in Portugal for centuries.

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 […]

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 […]