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Time to Discover: Alfama, Lisbon

Spread out over a relatively small area, Alfama is the quintessential Lisbon – the traditional aspects of the city, shrunk down in miniature.  A warren of narrow alleyways that open up into small squares without any notice, interspersed with churches, viewpoints and small shops and bars. There’s a lot to love about this part of …

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The Best Beaches in the Algarve, Portugal + How to Find Them

Portugal’s Algarve is blessed with more than its fair share of spectacular beaches. From dramatic spots underneath looming cliffs to miles and miles of sandy shores, these are the best beaches in the Algarve you shouldn’t miss on your trip.  The Algarve: just the words conjure up sun-drenched days, azure skies and gorgeous beaches.  During …

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Cervejaria Ramiro Review – The Best Seafood in Lisbon

Cervejaria Ramiro is the Portuguese grande dame that has been serving up the best seafood in Lisbon since 1956. Check out my full review of Cervajaria Ramiro – what to order, menu and more.  Cervejaria Ramiro: Lisbon’s Best Restaurant?  I wasn’t sure what to expect on my recent trip to Cervejaria Ramiro. Sure, my sources …

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Five Secret Travel Spots in the Alentejo, Portugal

The Alentejo is Portugal’s hidden treasure. Boasting spectacular beaches, traditional fishing villages, historical towns and perfect hikes – here are five spots in the Alentejo you shouldn’t miss. While I’ve been to Portugal many times, I’d never visited the Alentejo until last year. Perched above the Algarve, below Lisbon, and extending into the heart of …

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Azulejo – Learning About Portuguese Tiles in the Alentejo

There are few things more Portuguese than Azulejos. Those brightly-coloured tiles that are found in almost every spot in Portugal. We travel to the Alentejo to learn more about this traditional art. The Alentejo is one of Portugal’s most alluring places. Wild and untamed, with a spectacular coastline and sparsely populated interior, it’s the country’s …

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The Anantara Vilamoura: The Algarve’s Incredible New Escape

The Algarve’s new property looks fantastic, but what is it like to stay at the Anantara Vilamoura? The Anantara Vilamoura isn’t your typical large-scale five-star luxury hotel. For one, they grow their own vegetables and herbs, perched in a jaunty garden overlooking the multi-million pound Victoria golf course. Why? Because the chef insists on the …

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Four Seasons Fairways in the Algarve, The Ultimate Luxury Villa Break in Portugal?

More than just golf courses and beaches, the Algarve is riding the waves of Portugal’s ever-growing popularity to attract a different crowd. Julianna Barnaby stays in the Four Seasons Fairways at the heart of the high-end Quinta do Lago resort. It’s no news that Portugal is having something of a moment in the spotlight. From …

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Monument to the Discoveries, Lisbon: A Practical Guide To Visiting

The Monument to the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos) is Lisbon’s striking monument to Henry the Navigator and the age of discoveries in Belem. Plan your trip to Lisbon’s iconic monument now. What is the Monument to the Discoveries? The Monument to the Discoveries (or Padrão dos Descrobrimentos in Portuguese) is set on the banks of …

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Visiting the Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon: A Practical Guide

The Jeronimos Monastery (Mostero de Jeronimos) in Lisbon is one of the city’s must-see spots. Discover the beautiful architecture and history of this iconic landmark in Belem with my practical guide to visiting the Jeronimos Monastery. There’s not much I remember about my trip to Lisbon fifteen years ago. My friend Stacie and I had …

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LX Factory Lisbon – Shops, Restaurants and Street Art in the City’s Coolest Spot

LX Factory, Lisbon is one of the city’s coolest spots. Filled with restaurants, bars, shops and some snap-worthy street art, it’s a real find in the otherwise quiet neighbourhood of Alcântara. LX Factory might win the prize for one of the coolest settings in Lisbon. Housed in an old manufacturing complex under the Ponte de …

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