How to Plan the Perfect Sintra Day Trip From Lisbon

You have to see Pena Palace on a Sintra day trip.

If you’re visiting Lisbon, don’t miss the magical town hidden right in its backyard. It’s full of majestic gardens, panoramic views and castles straight out of a fairytale. Lisbon is Portugal’s capital and hub of tourist activity, and there’s no doubt that the city itself has plenty to offer. But if you’re here for more […]

The Ultimate Guide to Enjoying Lisbon on a Budget

If you're visiting Lisbon on a budget, plan your trip for low season. There are much less tourists around!

We’ll let you in on a secret: you can enjoy Lisbon’s world-class cuisine, history and culture without breaking the bank. These days, it’s a well-known fact that Lisbon is the place to be. With iconic architecture, panoramic views, world-famous food and never-ending nightlife, this city really does have it all. But if you’re traveling with […]

5 Things You Need to Do When Visiting Lisbon in September 2019

Enjoy a fabulous seafood meal out on a sunny terrace in Lisbon in September.

Lisbon in September is that time of year when school’s in but summer is not quite out yet. Summer in Lisbon lingers well into September, with days that are still long enough for al fresco drinks and weekend trips to the beach.  It won’t start feeling like fall for another month or so, and throughout […]

Day Trip to Cabo da Roca: 6 Things You Shouldn’t Miss

A day trip to Cabo da Roca allows you to take in stunning natural surroundings at the westernmost point in continental Europe.

Planning a day trip to Cabo da Roca? Set on the edge of Sintra’s National Park, this prominent cape offers spectacular sea views that you don’t want to miss. Portugal has a long coast lined with beaches, and in between them, you can find lots of cliffs jutting out into the Atlantic. Cabo da Roca […]

Portuguese Cheese Guide: 10 Artisanal Cheeses You Need to Try

We'll never say no to a Portuguese cheese board.

Creamy, dry, strong or mild—whatever you’re into, there’s a cheese in Portugal made for you. Just like Portuguese wine, every region in Portugal has its own cheese. Some even have a protected designation of origin which ensures the cheese is produced in that region alone using traditional methods and ingredients. You don’t need to travel […]

Inside a Canning Factory

A canning factory in Portugal also is responsible for designing and marketing the final product—not just putting the fish in the tins.

Tinned fish isn’t only a delicacy in Portugal. It’s also a traditional way of life that’s adapting to the times. Whenever friends visit us in Portugal, we suggest canned fish as the perfect souvenir to take back to their family and friends. Not only is it completely delicious (way better than canned tuna at home) […]

Enchanted by Saudade: My Love Letter to Lisbon

Ellis is an expert on Lisbon and the art of saudade. Here she is celebrating Portuguese Carnival.

This post is part of our Love Letter series: first-person accounts of what we love about Lisbon. Hilly streets, buildings with history and a soft sea breeze. These are my first memories of Lisbon, a city I visited for the first time in 2007. Over a decade later a lot has changed, much due to a harsh […]

Top 7 Best Views in Lisbon

Miradouro da Graça has one of the best views of Lisbon's sunset.

To find the best views in Lisbon, you’ll need to climb up a hill or two, but it’s always worth it. From Alfama to Alcântara, there are miradouros in pretty much every neighborhood, and each of them offers a different angle of the city. The miradouros are the official viewpoints, but there are others hiding […]

The Top 6 Free Things to Do in Lisbon

View of Jardim Botânico da Ajuda, one of Lisbon parks

The Portuguese capital has plenty to offer—and much of it won’t cost you a thing. From panoramic views to authentic fado shows, these are our favorite free things to do in Lisbon! Portugal is quickly becoming one of Europe’s most popular travel destinations. As tourists flock to its cities and beaches, demand is on the […]

The Best Museums in Lisbon to Visit

Part of the exhibition at Museu do Aljube that honours the democratic revolution of 25 April 1974

Museums don’t have to be boring and visiting them doesn’t have to feel like a chore, if you know where to look. Museums are typically any city’s top tourist attractions, most of the times because travelers are told they are must-visit but without truly revealing why. The best museums in Lisbon, according to us here […]

3 Brazilian Restaurants in Lisbon You Can’t Miss

typical Brazilian dish in Bahia called acarajé

Portugal and Brazil don’t just share a language and a history. The mix of flavors and influences created one of the most diverse cuisines in the world. To say that Brazilian cuisine is complex is an understatement. That mix of flavors and cultural influences is what makes it so hard to define it, but we […]

What Time Do People Eat in Portugal?

Wondering what time do people eat in Portugal? If it's late afternoon, it's time for lanche, the Portuguese meal between lunch and dinner.

Wondering what time do people eat in Portugal? While there’s no one watching the clock, it’s always good to know the best time to walk into your local restaurant or café. So what time do people eat in Portugal? There might be strict meal schedules during the week, but when the weekend comes, it’s a […]

6 Boutique Hotels in Lisbon Where You’ll Feel Right at Home

Memmo Alfama is one of the best boutique hotels in Lisbon, with a stunning rooftop terrace (pictured).

Looking for a place to stay in the Portuguese capital? Book one of the best boutique hotels in Lisbon, with unique accommodation and experiences to make your trip truly unforgettable. Picking a place to stay is one of the first steps to planning any trip—and perhaps the most important. Quality accommodation can make or break […]

5 Places to Eat Churros in Lisbon All Year Long

You definitely need to enjoy churros in Lisbon at Guilty by Olivier!

You’re never too old to eat churros in Lisbon. This delicious pastry is usually a summertime treat, but if you’re craving them now, we’ve got you covered! Spanish or Portuguese—the jury is still out on who invented churros. One thing is certain: we both love eating them! In Spain, it’s perfectly acceptable to eat churros […]

A Love Letter to “The Triangle”

Inside Companhia Portugueza do Chá, one of the shops where to buy Lisbon souvenirs

This post is part of our Love Letter series: first-person accounts of what we love about Lisbon. My relationship with Lisbon over the last 20+ years hasn’t always been undisturbed. I suppose that’s what happens with most long-term relationships. But if there is one thing Lisbon does well, and has done so since the Great […]

8 Places Where You Can Listen to Free Fado in Lisbon

Tasca do Chico is one of the best places to listen to free fado in Lisbon.

So you want to listen to fado, but all you see are overpriced shows in touristy restaurants? Don’t worry, free fado in Lisbon exists, and you don’t have to look hard to find it! You’ve seen the sights, tried the best pastéis de nata, and even dipped your toe into Portuguese wine, but you’re still […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Portuguese Wine

If you want to experience the best Portuguese wine, you must visit the Douro Valley, one of the oldest wine regions in the world!

When you think of wine Portugal doesn’t always spring to mind but trust us, this country is a wine lover’s paradise. For a long time, Portugal flew under the radar of tourists, and so did its wine. By now, you’ve probably heard of Port wine, but what about Madeira wine or Moscatel? Are you confused? […]

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