Things to see and do while backpacking in Portugal.
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For example, the cobbles of the Castle remember not only Royals but prisoners during every century. The Commercial Square, the gate to the city, has beautiful arcades and lemon colors for the facade. Even though Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, it remains very intimate and romantic. If you feel like spending an evening with the glass of wine and enjoying the sunset on one of those terraces in Alfama, you are in the right place; you are in Lisbon. If you want to watch the combination of natural beauty and human’s hardworking, you should get closer to the Ponte de 25 Abril. It looks super magic during the evening. There are a lot of nice cozy cafes next to this bridges, so it is possible to have fun every second.Marina Khachaturian
Without knowing about it, I got to Lisboa when they were celebrating San Antonio, their guardian saint, a national holiday. So everyone was in the street celebrating, parties everywhere, people spending qualitity time together. So we found a flea market with traditional food. Hungry and happy about that, we rushed in there to get something to eat; we were hoping for fish and seafood, like we dreamed about eating in Portugal. Surprise, surprise! Only sausages and smelly cheese. So that’s traditional for them, that’s what they like, not me. But you have to try Pasteis de Nata, actually Pasteis de Belem.yep.s
Fábrica dos Pastéis de Belém
Belém is probably best known to tourists for its delectable egg tart pastries served piping hot at the historic Fábrica dos Pastéis de Belém. Also known as pasteis de nata, these pastries were originally created by monks at the nearby Jerónimos Monastery. When the monastery closed, the owners of the Belem sugar refinery bought the recipe and opened the Pastéis de Belém in 1837. A local source told me that the recipe has since been made public (you can find the little pastries all over Lisbon) but that the owners kept secret one ingredient and one step. Urban legend or not, I have yet to find a pastel de nata quite like it anywhere else in Portugal. Where better to start the day?Erin Willahan
Meet the City with a Tour
A tour is a perfect way to orientate in a new place better and to see all the “must see” things on a tourist’s checklist. At the same time it is time efficient if you do not spend much time in the city. It is great to meet the local tourist guide who presents the city from his point of view and has the answer to all the additional questions. The tour usually takes around three hours and covers the most important parts of one of the oldest cities in Europe to catch the first sights of: São Bento railway station, one of the most beautiful railway stations in the World, Ponte Luis I, a bridge engineered by Téophile Seyrig, a partner of Gustave Eiffel, Rua de Santa Catarina, one of the main shopping parts of Porto, The Lello bookshop, one of the inspiration places for the J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, Cathedral, one of the important points of the pilgrims that walk a Santiago de Compostela road, Torre dos Clérigos, with a beautiful sight of the city, Ribeira district, the district next to the Douro river, full of the rabelo boats that were used to transfer the wine in the past, Praça da Liberdade with the monument of King Peter IV, Henry Square with the Statue of Prince Henry the Navigator, Café Majestic, where J. K. Rowling spent quite some hours working on her books while she still lived in Portugal, McDonalds Imperial on the Avenida dos Aliados recognized as one of the most beautiful McDonalds restaurants. While staying in Porto I took a free tour option, which is free of charge, however, if satisfied, tipping is a usual practice (but not a necessity). Porto Free Tour and Porto Walkers are the examples of such tours.Marusa Neuberg
The Magic city of Porto
Located in the European’s westernmost country, the city that gave the country its name, Porto, is the 2nd biggest town of Portugal.Thanks to its breathtaking views, incredibly rich gastronomy and ever-welcoming locals, Porto has become one of the favorite destinations in Europe being in fact considered the Best European Destination in 2014 for holiday or city trip. Since then the tourism has grown exponentially and the city has not disappointed!Ali - ALL&SOME
Bragança: hot land, cold land
Tradition and modernity. Those are the words that describe Bragança, a lovely small town in the countryside of Portugal. Distant from the most famous cities – Lisbon and Porto – Bragança is located in the northeast of Portugal, in the region of Trás-os-Montes, and borders with Spain. This position influences the town’s climate which makes it a hot and cold land with snow in the winter and a 40ºC degrees sun during the summer. Nature, nightlife, history, culture and pilgrimage. Here’s a small guide of how to enjoy the stay in Bragança in all seasons.Larissa Araujo
Carlos V palace
Charles V, King of Spain and former elected Emperor of Germany, after marrying Isabel of Portugal in Seville in 1526, decided to build the Royal Palace at the Alhambra after visiting Granada.Electra
LISBON AT A GLANCE
Lisbon is Portugal’s capital and one of the prettiest cities in Europe and world. Many publications share this idea and put Lisbon at the top of rankings displaying the most beautiful cities to visit. Its location by the Tagus River and several hills seduces anyone to pause for contemplation. This is what makes Lisbon such a romantic city. Moreover, it is a place to be explored and where beauty can be found in the most unpredictable streets so, it is recommended for visitors not to be afraid to lose themselves a little, and to roam around in ancient neighbourhoods such as Alfama, Madragoa, Bairro Alto or Mouraria, where Portuguese architecture can be observed, being easy to discover all kinds of tiles and street art.diogo-marques
Évora, a medieval beauty in Portugal
Évora, the capital of Alto Alentejo in Portugal, is one of the most historically important cities in the country. Due to the traces of its rich past, Évora’s historic center was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year of 1986. Évora is located in the south of Portugal (Alentejo region), with unique characteristics, numerous attractions and tourist routes. This Portuguese city has about 50 thousand inhabitants and an important historic center which is bounded by medieval walls. The oldest core is surrounded by Roman walls and contains some of the most important monuments of the city and its ex-libris – the Roman Temple. Évora is mainly a city of services, having a great offer in terms of public services, banking and insurance which improves the everyday lives of its citizens and visitors.Alexandra Si
Past and current time
Cascais was a small fishing village outside of Lisbon, its history as a place used for settlement by people goes back to the Stone Age. It is an important stopping place for seafarers for centuries, because of its location, and the long and eventful maritime history of Portugal. Today it is built together with Lisbon the capital of Portugal, due to the fast urbanization process we can see everywhere around major cities. It didn’t take away the charm of this little seaside town though, if anything it made the place for a more desirable destination for tourist from abroad, around the world and also for people visiting or living in Lisbon. Its proximity to the city centre, connection with it by train, a major road (A5 motorway) and the coastal, scenic route provide easy way for a day break.attila-vedo
Time Out in Lisbon
Unfortunately we are October, which means it starts to get quite chilly in Europe. To enjoy that last bit of sunshine and warmth, I decided to head as south as possible but still easily accessible by plane. After some research I ended up loving everything I read about Costa Da Caparica, Portugal.nade.llie
4 DAYS IN LISBON
We would like to share with you gorgeous four days in Lisbon (Portugal). There are so many places to go, so the four-day trip can become of course day or two longer. We love to sightsee every hidden place and we encourage you to do so too. Our trips are budget trip so you can read some tips at the end of the article and save your money.Emanuel
Islands of Madeira (Ilha Madeira)
It’s an autonomous region of Portugal in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The story had begun in 1419 when two captains of Prince Henry were driven by a storm to the island called Porto Santo when they caught the side of a small island. One year later they organize an expedition to take a possession, Madeira.Violetta Nagy
Try to feel Lisbon
Have you ever been in Portugal? This summer i have luck and visit this fantastic country! Country, which situated in western part of Europe, was my little dream for a long time, but finally i found the way how to get there. Firstly, let me told you a bit about myself. I’m a 24 years old young man, who living in Saint-Petersburg (Russia). Portugal really far away but if you like so much as me Jazz and especially Bossanova, if you are listening “Garota de Ipanema” repeatly than you can understood me. Portwein, Trams, Algavres oranges, Atlantic ocean, Cabo da Roca, Fado and sea food just a small part of typicall things which you will find in every tourists guide.alex-krasnov
Famalicao its a city located in the north of Portugal with 33 048 habitantes and the city foundations started in 1205 with D. Sancho I kingdom. Famalicão has a very importante road conection, since we are in the middle you can go to Porto, Braga, Guimarães, Barcelos…. very easely and you have obrigatoriamente to pass by Famalicão. Is twenty minutes far way from the international airport “Francisco Sá Carneiro” so has you can see its a very good city to stay because of the conections. If you are coming from Spain you can pass the border in Galiza, it is the most near border to arrive to Famalicão.Cátia Martins
"Lisboa: Love at first sight"
Lisboa(Lisbon) is capital city of Portugal. Also it is the largest city of portugal with population of more than 500,000. Lisbon lies in west Iberian Peninsula on river Tejo (Tagus) and Atlantic Ocean. It is the oldest city in Western Europeand one of the oldest cities in the whole world. Now when you know some basic information about the city it’s time for me to tell you what makes Lisbon so special.maja_n
Palace of Pena
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Journey Around Lisbon
Hey, how did it go? If you enjoyed your quick stay at that invented place, search for Lisbon, Portugal in any airline company’s website and book a flight, just to find that the place you have dreamed of is real.sarademedeirospinto
Off the beaten track in Portugal..
Off the beaten track in Portugal.. Don’t you want to escape the “tourist traps” the places everyone goes? Surely enough you know these places don’t show you the realism of the county they just look fancy and rip you off ! There is a little fishing village just outside of Lisbon (Portugal) called Cascais. Cascais is a one way train ride from Lisbon it’s literally the last stop so you cannot miss it ! The train takes about 30-40 minutes along the most beautiful coastal line and once your there it will be hard to leave.AK
Portugal: The Untouched Coast of Alentejo
It’s incredible, and I recommend a car. But if that’s all I wrote, no-one would believe me. Come to think of it, that could be a good thing too. The Alentejo coast is like a secret treasure I want the world to see, yet keep it all to myself so it can remain blissfully untouched. None-the-less, travelling Portugal was even more amazing than I had ever anticipated, and I was anticipating great things.Nomadic Yogi
Portugal Travel Guides
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