Cafés That Have Become Part of the Landscape of Oporto

Cafés that are not just coffee houses: On your Oporto holiday, make time to have a break at some of the city's cafés, not just for the coffee and cakes, but because these grand looking cafés represent a period of life in Oporto in the past. The Café Majestic is one such café which we covered in a … [Read more...]

Mercado do Bolhão – Oporto's Central Market

A Noisy and Lively Market in the Centre of Town: Mercado do Bolhão, a noisy and lively market  in the heart of Oporto city, is a nice place to visit if you're looking for a change in scenery from your usual sightseeing attractions. The market is housed in a two-tier covered building and there … [Read more...]

Faro’s Sé or Cathedral – Sightseeing Attraction

Faro's Sé with its Eccentric Organ: Faro's Sé stands in the square that's called Largo da Sé. The Sé is a cathedral and the seat of the bishop. The Sé stands on a site that was formerly a mosque. The first Christian church in Faro was built on the site but when the English attacked in 1596 … [Read more...]

Arco da Vila – Faro Sightseeing Attraction

Arco da Vila - Gateway to Faro's Old City: Most tourists visiting the Old City of Faro will no doubt have walked through Arco da Vila at the south end of the Jardim Manuel Bivar.  This arched gateway is a national monument which leads into the Old City of Faro. Arco da Vila was built by the … [Read more...]

Almancil’s masterpiece of azulejo panels

Ingreja de São Lourenço is Almancil's treasure: East of Vilamoura and just outside the town of Almancil stands Ingreja de São Lourenço, a small, Baroque-style white chapel which is the main sightseeing reasons why most tourists come to Almancil. Inside the chapel is one of the Algarve's most … [Read more...]

Belem Tower – an iconic monument on Lisbon’s waterfront

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 … [Read more...]

Lisbon Sightseeing | Monument to the Discoveries

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, … [Read more...]

Sagra dell'uva – Marino's Grape Festival, Rome

Will another miracle happen at the Festa dell Uva: The little hill-top medieval castle town of Marino is just forty-minutes from the centre of Rome and is one of the towns which make up the Castelli Romani region, Frascati being probably the best known of them.  This wine-growing region was famous … [Read more...]

Single and Seeking the Prospect of Romance….?

150 years of Matchmaking in Lisdoonvarna: If you're single and are looking for love and romance, why not join thousands of Irishmen and women at the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival in County Clare this September and early October. Lisdoonvarna is one of Europe's biggest singles events and apart … [Read more...]

Enjoy life’s small victories, says Edradour

Scotland's smallest distillery: No visit to Scotland is complete without a visit to a whisky distillery and this morning we visit Edradour, Scotland's smallest distillery.  At Edradour, the local water, the finest malt and age-old skills combine to produce a ‘wee dram’. Edradour is nestled … [Read more...]