Portugal is like a secret club, only admitting those who have traveled across Europe, still enjoy the continent, but want to get away from the hordes of new travelers flocking to its more famous sights. It seems to realize this role, embraces it, and is better for it. From its natural beauty to its cuisine, and rich history to its people spilling over with genuine kindness, it is firmly established in our minds as a destination we will return to, and recommend, for years to come.
Located in the hills just 25 km to the northwest of Lisbon, Sintra has been a forested retreat for generations, complete with beautiful villas, hilltop castles, and over-the-top palaces to gawk at. Even if you only have a short time in Lisbon, visiting Sintra is the perfect destination for a quick day trip. Highlights include the historic National Palace, the hilltop Moorish Castle, with expansive views over all of Sintra, and Pena Palace, occupying the hilltop across from the Moorish Castle, with eye-catching architecture and colors.
Where should I stay? When is the best time to go? Do I need a visa? Is it safe? How do I get around? We cover the essentials so you can travel like a pro, and relax while you do!
The western Algarve is one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be picky about which beach you choose to stretch out your beach towel upon. We’ll provide the pictures, first hand experience, and the logistical details for the best of the best beaches, so you can focus on what matters: relaxing.
With its dramatic coastline and rich history during the Age of Discovery, Portugal is a great place to fly a drone. The Portuguese have a great application system in place, which makes the process, including finding and reading regulations and understanding areas permitted to fly, much easier.
Driving in Portugal is one of the best ways to explore its beautiful scenery, particularly its majestic beaches. Cruising through the Algarve, marveling at tiny white-washed villages and cliff-side beaches, is the only true way to experience this part of the world, but it’s important to be prepared. Here are some important differences that you should prepare for when driving in Portugal.
You wouldn’t guess from the front door, and especially from the drive leading to its marina-side location, but restaurant Tasca do Kiko holds a secret, and it’s well worth learning it before your next trip to the Algarve.
The English language doesn’t have enough beautiful adjectives to describe the beaches along Lagos’ coastline. But if you get the need to venture further afield from your secluded beach and glass of port, spectacular day trips await: The end of the known world at Sagres is a 30 minute drive west, the caves of Benagil are a 30 minute drive east, and the always beautiful Seville is just across the border in Spain.
Choosing a place to stay in Lisbon can be difficult as each of its neighborhoods have their own unique advantages, which means the disadvantage of each is that you have to choose only one. Let us help you decide by outlining the unique aspects of each, so you can make sure you pick the right neighborhood for your style.