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 […]

Nazare – Funicular Railway to Sitio

Nazare Funicular

Ascenor da Nazare 1889 – 2014: 2014 marks the 125th anniversary of the Nazare’s Funicular. This century-old public transport mode was inaugurated on July 28, 1889.  The funicular railway is  considered to be one of the better initiatives of the town’s history, allowing the growth and development of the district of Sitio, on top of […]

Nazaré – Portugal’s Famous Fishing Village

Nazare, viewed from Sitio

Portugal’s Famous Fishing Village: We arrive in Nazaré at lunchtime, after a 45 minutes drive from Batalho. This little fishing village with its huge stretch of beautiful sandy beach is a pleasant change of scenery from the castles, fortresses and churches that we’ve been visiting. We’ve already been primed on what to eat here, which […]

Port Wine from The House of Sandeman – Porto

Sandeman Porto

The House of Sandeman and the History of Port Wine : Port wine it seems was discovered in the 17th century when British merchants added brandy to the wine of the northern Douro region to prevent it souring and to improve its shelf-life during shipment to England. The wine was called Port, after the port […]

Port Wine Tasting at The House of Sandeman – Oporto

Port wine tasting - Oporto

Meet the Mysterious Don at The House of Sandeman: We’re on a port wine-tasting tour of The House of Sandeman. Our “Don” guide (in fact, a blonde woman dressed like Antonio Banderas in “Zorro”) meets us at the entrance. Even after claiming for years  ‘reformed status’ as regards his time as an ad agency creative […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]