The Best Cafe in Lisbon – Cafe da Garagem

It really is the best cafe in Lisbon. We figured this out as soon as we stepped inside. The place is relaxed, well-decorated and offers comfy chairs perfectly positioned in front of huge windows overlooking the city below. There’s a great balcony with tables, too. I think the view from this cafe is one of the best views of the city by far. The food and drink here are excellent and cheap. We enjoyed coffee followed by a bottle of…

Lisbon totally exceeded our expectations! Here’s what we did.

What we did on our trip to Lisbon, Portugal We’ve returned from our trip to Portugal and have several memory cards filled with photos and video from our time exploring this under-rated European nation. We spent 2 days in Lisbon before making our way north to Porto, where we joined a river cruise up the Douro River. Initially, when we learned our river cruise itinerary began in Lisbon, not Porto, we were a little confused. On the surface, it made more sense to have guests arrive at …

Belém Tower or the Tower of St Vincent in Portugal – photograph

Belém Tower or the Tower of St Vincent in Portugal Photograph of Belem tower in Lisbon Belem tower is also known as the Tower of St. Vincent. It’s a fortified tower located in Lisbon and built in the early 16th Century. The tower played an important role during Portugal’s impressive maritime period during this time. The tower was a defensive building long the river Tagus. The tower was once in the middle of the river. But today it’s very near the riverbank.  The Tagus river was redirected after the 1755 earthquake so the …

The Bizarre Bone Chapels of Portugal

The first of Portugal’s many Capelas dos Ossos that I visited was in Faro, the capital of the Algarve region. This southernmost slice of the country is best known for its sunny beaches and lively nightlife. Finding out there was a chapel decorated with human bones just a short drive from the sun-loungers and karaoke bars definitely made me raise an eyebrow. It was certainly quirky enough to earn a place on my travel itinerary, and I jotted it down before absent-mindedly scrolling down to see what else Faro…

4 high-energy excursions you must try in Portugal

You know, in case you tire of lying on the beach and sipping Port wine. The post 4 high-energy excursions you must try in Portugal appeared first on Orbitz.

My hOtel: a review of Hotel Valverde in Lisbon, Portugal

Located in Lisbon’s Avenida da Liberdade, arguably Lisbon’s main street, Hotel Valverde is small in size (only 25 rooms), but as they say, great things come sometimes in small packages. The Hotel Valverde in Lisbon opened in 2014 and has collected a very significant amount of accolades and prizes – and I had to experience it myself. For 4 days, it was my home away from home in Lisbon…

Convent of Christ (Tomar) in Portugal

Convent of Christ in Tomar Portugal Knights of the Order of Christ’s Covent Named after Jesus Christ (Convento de Cristo/Mosteiro de Cristo) is renown as being built by the Knights of the Order of Christ in 1160 CE. Reachable from Portugal’s capital on a day trip it’s a mystical place full of legends. A good choice of photograph to wish all the readers here a Merry Christmas! I hope you’ve enjoyed the past 11 days of photographs from around the world to take the stress out of the holidays. There’s one…

My Portuguese Villa in Gale, Albufeira

I wasn’t planning on blogging about my recent holiday to Portugal. It was really my parent’s holiday and I tagged along with George to enjoy a relaxing week in the sun. It was one of those gorgeously chilled out weeks where I enjoyed long lie-ins, breakfast in the sunshine on the patio, mornings lazing by The post My Portuguese Villa in Gale, Albufeira appeared first on The Travel Hack.

12 Fabulous Things to Do in Porto

1. Visit the World’s Most Beautiful Bookshop J.K Rowling used to visit Livraria Lello when she was living in Porto and it’s said she drew inspiration from this bookshop when she wrote about the library in Harry Potter. Tip: Everyone wants to catch a glimpse of the stunning interior, adorned with walls of carved wood, a red staircase and a stained glass ceiling window, it’s no surprise why this place is so popular…

Surfing in Ericeira, Portugal with Rapturecamps

; This week’s weekender of the week is a little different as we take to the waves for a more active and adventurous trip. We usually talk about city breaks for a weekend away but what about heading to the beach and brushing up on your surfing skills? A weekend of sun, sea, sand, surf, The post Surfing in Ericeira, Portugal with Rapturecamps appeared first on The Travel Hack.

VIDEO: Bacalhau Portuguese Salted Cod

If you have trouble viewing this video click here:  http://youtu.be/3CxU6Vobfdw Come join as we sit down in a local park in Lisbon, Portugal to taste test various kinds of dried and salted Portuguese cod known locally as Bacalhau. Video Script: So for today’s lunch video we’re eating one item alone. We are trying Bacalhau which is dried salted cod and this is a fish that is very popular here in Portugal. Now the cod used to be salted because …

VIDEO: Salmão Grelhado – Portuguese Salmon

If you have trouble viewing this video click here:  http://youtu.be/GAkjaoVDiic After receiving a tip from our Air BNB host we decided to take her advice and take a ferry across the Tagus River from Lisbon over to Cacilhas to sample grilled fish. We ended up trying two different kinds of dishes – salmon and halibut. The salmon, known locally as Salmão Grelhado, is a salmon steak grilled to perfection using only simply ingredients such as salt and olive oil. Come find out what makes Portuguese fish some of the best we’ve had in all…

Livraria Lello in Porto – Not Your Average Bookstore

Ever since I saw a photo of Livraria Lello, known commonly as one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, I was seduced into seeing it for myself. Finally, I was standing outside the entrance looking up at its chalk-white façade with intricate neo-gothic carvings in the centre of downtown Porto. But there was a problem. A queue to go in was stretching half way down the street so after a quick rethink I turned away in pursuit of quieter corners. It was Saturday afternoon after all so I should…

Walking Portugal’s Coast: Beautiful Alentejo

WALKING IN PORTUGAL: THE ALENTEJO COAST Swaying pink petals against a bright blue sky. Shards of rock ruffling the incoming waves. And the sense of solitude and freedom as one boot followed the other along the sand-sprung beauty of the Alentejo coastal path. Nearly two years have passed since I had my first taste of a walking holiday – taking the Path of the Gods along Italy’…