Sipping that most famous Portuguese wine, Porto, in the city of its origin After all, Portuguese wine is port. Portugal’s Second City: it’s a title Porto wears with a great deal of disdain. Famed for Portugal’s national drink and most famous export, Port wine, in Porto’s own humble opinion, it far outshines Lisbon. It’s a … Read more
Inspiring visit to Sintra, Portugal The air was warm, just a slight breeze rustling the treetops, and fat flies were buzzing around a stone cross. Trying to combat my phobia of anything invertebrate, I focused on the view. Out of the dense hilltop forests rose a ridiculously fantastical, multi-colored castle, and not for the first … Read more
O, Alentejo! The wonder of Portugal’s big nothing “O Alentejo?” It’s hard to pull off a disdainful expression when you’re smudged with plaster dust, but somehow Luis manages it. Then he shrugs dismissively and turns back to his grouting. “There’s nothing there. Fields. Sheep. Sun. I went through it once on a train. Wouldn’t bother.” … Read more
Lisbon is a city of crumbling grandeur, of heart-aching beauty, a fair city, it is said, who runs down the hills to meet her lover, the River Tejo. Amid the maze of streets in Alfama, somewhere between a wall of delicately painted azulejos – the characteristic tiles of Lisbon – and a viewpoint revealing layer … Read more
When visiting Portugal’s second city, Porto, I found it was possible to escape the rat race for a weekend and return relatively refreshed, with by a wallet that didn’t feel as though it had accompanied Paris Hilton on a shopping trip. Unlike much of Western Europe, Portugal still offers travellers excellent value for money, even in the main metropolises of Lisbon and Porto.