Portugal Travel Guides for Backpackers

Lisbon: Portuguese Pavements and Pastel de Natas

I have been blessed with friends that will send an out-of-the-blue message like ‘how do you fancy going to Lisbon?’ I, of course, accepted and soon found myself flying with them from Stansted to Lisbon Airport. Upon arrival, we got a bus to the city center and located our accommodation. […]
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Explore The City Of Dreams With The Mumbai Travel Guide

Mumbai, popularly known as ‘The City of Dreams’ or ‘The Home of Bollywood’ is a majestic spectacle. Also, known as the ‘Maximum City’ of India, the city is home to over 1.2 million people, who coexist in a chaotic and fast-paced metropolitan landscape. The city represents more than a man-made geographical border. […]
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Porto Local Travel Guide

The city of Porto is famous for its reputable production of wine the Vinho Verde. Situated in the north of Portugal near the coast, Porto attracts millions of visitors each year.  Its charm and its weather also make it a very attractive city.  You can enjoy many activities during the […]
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5 spectacular European beach destinations

With sweltering temperatures and unbearable heat waves, sometimes the beach is the only place that makes summer tolerable. Beach towns (or cities) are the ideal summer destination for any kind of traveler, offering both sight seeing and relaxation in the same place. Read below for the perfect sun-soaked beach spots. […]
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An Alternative Guide to Porto, Portugal

Porto is the second biggest city in Portugal. This economic and cultural hub of the North has attracted lots of attention over the last few years—and for good reason. The carefully preserved historic center of the city is a UNESCO world heritage site. Mild weather, welcoming people, and rich food […]
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3 of Spain’s most underrated cities

Everyone’s heard of Barcelona, and of course Madrid, but how about Cáceres? Or Cartagena? Here are some suggestions of the most underrated cities in Spain to make your next trip not only unforgettable, but also jealousy provoking for all of your friends. Cartagena Located on the Mediterranean, Cartagena is overshadowed […]
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Discover Kenya's Magical Paradise-The Diani Beach

Visiting Kenya and exploring its magnificent ecosystem should be on the travel list of any tourist.  Kenya offers a fantastic tourism package including nature reserves, numerous game parks, botanical gardens, white sandy beaches, tropical and savannah forests and a rich culture that accompanies the country’s rich historical past.  For many […]
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Historical Landmarks in Faro

Great food, great beaches, great weather.   This, without fail, is part of every single newcomer’s answer whenever I pose the question: “what attracted you to the Algarve in the first place?” It doesn’t surprise me since as a native, every year I see our streets flooded with thousands of […]
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Lourinhã, Portugal – What to do and what to see

I can bet you have no idea where Lourinhã is. I can also bet that you have no idea how to pronounce the name of this seaside quiet little village in West Portugal, 65 km from Lisbon’s airport. Fortunately for you, none of these things matter, if you decide to […]
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An Alternative Travel Guide to Évora

I want to share with you a treasure – Évora, the city where I spent three beautiful years of my life. Évora is like an unexpected treasure, a small city that rises surprisingly in the middle of the golden fields of High Alentejo, on the south of Portugal. The fields […]
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Espinho: the go-to guide to this hidden paradise

Located right in the North of Portugal is Espinho, an undiscovered city by the sea with so much to offer. At this point, you may know Porto, so it would be ideal to hop on a train and get to know this small city with endless beaches. We’re about to […]
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Best Top 10 Panoramic Views in Lisbon

Ever wonder why so many people have stated Lisbon as a must-go city but few get to know the secrets behind its success. The capital of Portugal had exponential growth in tourism in the last decade for a city that remained hidden from the top tourist destinations in Europe for […]
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Traveling with our lady dog through the sunny south of Spain

To those who don’t know Spain is divided into regions, one of them is called Andalusia, and it’s located in the South. This region is subdivided into 8 provinces ( Almería, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Málaga and Seville) and I can proudly say that I’ve been in all of […]
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Why Sagres, Portugal Is a Hotspot for Backpackers

Portugal is a favorite vacation and holiday spot for many, so what does the remote and quiet south-western town of Sagres offer backpackers? An unconventional and unique experience, which can be adapted for relaxation to intensive sports, depending on your preference. And you’ll get a local culture infusion, too.   […]
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5 Things to do in Porto that only locals do

Once you have visited a few European cities, you will start noticing that most of them have the same structure. People usually end up doing the same things over and over again – visiting the main attractions, eating out wherever it says online and photographing the same landscapes where every […]
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Cascais, a paradise close to the heart of Lisbon, Portugal

This beautiful fisherman’s village 30km from Lisbon is distinguished by the intense smell of the sea, the tasty fresh grilled fish and by its outstanding landscapes that you’ll find along the coastline, it’s a town you’re sure to remember. How to get there? Arriving from Lisbon airport, jump into the […]
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Madeira Island: What to do in this Portuguese paradise

Madeira Island is considered for the 4h time the World’s Leading Island Destination, so you may pack already your stuff and visit this “Atlantic pearl”, as tourists like to call it. This Portugal’s archipelago is full of breathtaking landscapes, sunny days and loving, caring people. I lived in Madeira Island […]
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5 secrets spots in Lisbon unknown from tourists

As I had been living in Lisbon for more than a year I can tell that I had explored a lot of different places in the city of the seven hills, and I know a lot of her little secrets. I can tell that I had never got bored in […]
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12 Things to Do in Porto

Porto is an ancient magical city on the shores of the Atlantic. It is the second biggest city in Portugal and, according to the locals, the best one. Whether you’re coming to Porto for a day or for a few days there are some things that you just cannot miss. […]
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From Cape St.Vincent to the beach: tour around Algarve.

It was some time at the end of February. It was cold and dark here in the United Kingdom so we decided to escape to Portugal for a week. We managed to find cheap flights from Edinburgh to Algarve, leaving at the end of March. A few years ago, I […]
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Carvoeiro: Amazing Beaches, Caves and Fantastic Views in Algarve

In the south coast of Portugal, there is a land of stunning views, amazing beaches and poetic sunsets. This magical place is the city of Carvoeiro, located at Lagoa Council in the Algarve region. Blessed with sunny days this beach holiday destination has a full lot of attractions to please […]
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The golden beaches of Porto Santo

One of the things I love the most about Portugal is the diversity of landscapes. Some years ago, I had the chance to go on vacation to Porto Santo, the little island of Madeira archipelago. In spite of distancing only 68km from the Madeira, this island couldn’t be any more […]
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The Best Beaches Close to Lisbon

Living in Lisbon not only gives you the opportunity to live in one of Europe’s most charming cities, you will also have close proximity to some of the most beautiful beaches. I’m a huge beach person, so moving to Lisbon was like living in paradise. I felt like I was […]
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Portugal: A Visit to the Algarve for Great Beaches and Good Food

Portugal’s southern region, The Algarve, is very well known in Europe but many others have never heard of this beautiful Atlantic coastal area of amazing beaches, inexpensive food and wine and pleasant hotels. Three major cities along the coast. Albufeira is the largest city Located in the center of the region, […]
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5 reasons to visit Braga – Portugal

Braga proved to be a nice surprise for me. Although I knew that’s a third big city in Portugal and one of the oldest, with a great historical heritage, I never thought that will be so cozy, with such warm people and beautiful places. This city is located at the […]
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Lisbon: Freedom, Fado and Food

What do you think of when you think of freedom? Sand… blue sky every day …with sun of course…? Or wandering through small and cute streets somewhere without purpose? Lisbon can offer both and many more. I lived there for 5 months as an Erasmus student and I have felt […]
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Lx Factory: The Spot You Shouldn't Miss in Lisbon

From the first day until the day I left, I fell in love with the city. From amazing nightlife to walking tours near street arts, all kind of museums to infinite beaches, every part of the city gives you joy. Besides being the capital of Portugal, the cost of living is low and living standards are high […]
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A Travel Guide to Lisbon

After living in Lisbon for almost 10 months and going for 12, I am no expert in guidance, but will say that I have gained a somewhat whimsical perspective in the city. After this long journey with many bumps and unexpected events, I have already lived in 4 different locations […]
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Roskilde Music Festival: Scandinavia's Biggest Sustainable Party

It is no secret that Scandinavia is progressive and innovative when it comes to topics like sustainability but the Danes really promote this as a culture.  Roskilde Festival is no exception and more than 120,000 annual visitors are educated and encouraged to reuse, recycle, donate unwanted items, eat organic foods […]
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pico island – the black island of the azores

I had been longing to visit the Azores ever since I came across some beautiful pictures of the islands – craters, lakes, waterfalls, hot springs, mountains, whale watching. What else would I want? I found out that the Azores are in fact an archipelago of 9 islands in the middle […]
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What to see in the city of Granada?

Granada is the capital of the province that has its same name, within the Autonomous Community of Andalusia. Yes, you guessed it, in the country of Spain. Granada is a great city, perfect for those weekends where you do not know what to do, perfect for those weekends where you […]
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Discover the hidden magic of the AZORES (Portugal)

Last summer, I spent a week in the Azores. A few months before departing, I had never even heard of the islands of Portugal, and initially discovered them while searching for a place in Europe where I could swim with wild dolphins. A week later, my flight was booked. The […]
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Portugal: the perfect blend of culture and beauty in Porto

If you will be visiting Portugal soon, be prepared to dive into the cultural and architectural environment, with a spice of a local cuisine! Life in Portugal, in general, is peaceful and full of people who smile for no reason. But is it true that the happiness comes there without […]
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In search for the best Macau famous snacks – Rua do Cunha, Taipa

Looking for some of the best Macau street food or snacks? Rua do Cunha in Taipa Village is the place to start! What’s more? I would be showing you how I got there by public bus (and a bit of walking) from Macau International Airport! Taipa Village is one of […]
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Best 3 Hiking Trails on São Miguel / Azores

Just a short geography lesson to start with. The Azores are an autonomous region of Portugal, about 1,643 km west of Lisbon and main Europe. the archipelago consists of nine islands, the biggest and main island is São Miguel. Most people do some island jumping while they are there – you […]
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Andalusia Travel Guide – Treasures of Southern Spain

Welcome to Andalusia! Sun rays are kissing my skin, a warm breeze is playing with my hair in the rhythm of waves splashing on the rocks. The vibrant music I was dancing to last night still resonates in my ears and makes me want to refresh some flamenco steps I’ve […]
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Warsaw: sightseeing, public transport and tips

I’ve never had an aim to visit Poland. I wanted to visit the Czech Republic, Prague in particular. But one day in 2012 I had a reason to visit this country: my boyfriend bought a ticket to the concert of Coldplay which took place in Warsaw. And we decided to […]
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Bilbao from industry to art

I went to Bilbao expecting nothing. I was going to visit a friend of mine that moved there with her family and did not care about the tourism I could do there. But when I got there and after some previous recommendations, I discovered one of the most beautiful and […]
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Ericeira – a Hidden Gem of the Portugal Western Coast

There are countries in the world that sink into your heart so deeply that you travel there again and again. For me such country became Portugal. I remember perfectly the moment when I got hit by the beauty of this land – on some hectic office day I glanced at […]
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Portugal: The Untouched Coast of Alentejo

The Untouched World Of The Alentejo Coastline 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, […]
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Eurotrip- A Graduation Trip Guide

For a Stress-Free trip Even though some are beginning to do trips around Asia or America, Eurotrips are the most traditional to do as a graduation trip They consist of going around Europe for about a month, for 3 or 4 days in each location, and getting to know what […]
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My time in Split, Croatia

Experience the Croatian culture I’ve been living in Split, Croatia for the five months now. The first time I visited was last year and I quickly fell in love with the city, the culture and the people. Therefore, I’d like to first give you a quick introduction and tell you […]
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Where to Eat in Portugal's Vibrant Capital Lisbon

She’s perfect in so many ways; loving, kind, and warm yet energetic with a mysterious touch. She’s composed and relaxed during the daytime, but at night her free-spirited wildness comes out. You just have to love her. It’s 6am in the morning and I’ve just had some hot lemon water […]
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Fez: the most genuine and historic Moroccan experience

Wait, what is Fez again? The city of Fez is still not the most obvious choice when considering a trip to Morocco; that can be explained by the still growing travel industry (not as many riads as, let’s say, Marrakech), an airport with a more limited set of connections, the […]
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Lisbon: The city of sightseeing

It may seem a little suspicious that I always say such good things about Lisbon, as it is my hometown. The truth is, I absolutely love everything about it. It is also true that this is one of the most charming and interesting cities I've explored so far. Having said […]
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Conquer the city of Porto in a Weekend

Porto is the city of history, colours, Port wine, the small restaurants, breath taking view points, the bridges … The list is never ending. Porto is impressive on every corner. As many travelers know, it is hard to go through all the important sightseeing points AND sense the true rhythm […]
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Top 5 parks and gardens in Lisbon

Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal and it has a lot to offer. You can lose yourself walking through the little streets of the historic neighborhoods, enjoy the more modern parts of the city and its shopping malls or enjoy many of its museums, monuments, cultural activities, restaurants and […]
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Sao Miguel – Green Island

About Sao Miguel Sao Miguel (Portugal) – the biggest of the nine archipelago`s islands located in the middle of the Atlantic. The place, where a man can switch “slow motion” being inspired by surrounding nature. The Portuguese Azores are justifiably regarded as the greenest area in the world. Merely 5% […]
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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 […]
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Touristic vs. real Morocco

This trip has a special place in my memories, since it was my first solo travel ever and without any exaggeration – a life changing experience. This article (same as my trip) consists of 2 parts: my volunteering project (here I will share my impressions on culture, cuisine, locals..) travelling tips (I will […]
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Three days in Lisbon

Arrival to Lisbon It was 3rd of February and I got the best birthday gift ever: a flight ticket to Lisbon. Why Lisbon? I got a scholarship to study and live in the next six months in Porto.  I can honestly say that choosing Portugal was one of the best […]
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Florence: trip for two

As an Arts student, I've heard about Florence several times. I studied the city's great artistic life and influence, learned about renowned artists who lived there and remarkable works of art commissioned for this city. Visiting Florence was kind of a dream for me. So, when I finally got the […]
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Lisbon – the king for all of the cities

Someone said that we travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us. And at some point, they are right. I love exploring, and I firmly believe that this passion of exploring something new will let us stay alive and active. I can not say that the […]
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Sintra: A Real Life Fairy Tale

  Although Lisbon itself has a lot to offer and see, going on a day trip to the closeby town of Sintra is an absolute must. This magical place lies only a 30-minute train ride away from the Portuguese capital and won't disappoint anyone with even just a mildly romantic soul. Getting […]
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Why Algarve (Portugal) Is A Good Choice For A Honeymoon?

Algarve is a south Portugal region. Never mind the season, you can always find some tourists there. Algarve is rich of astonishing beaches, beautiful nature and delicious food. While travelling around this region cities you will find out that people here are more than friendly and most of them speak […]
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Helsinki Hietalahti Market Hall: Sundry of Flavours

There's something special about this age-old Market/ Food Hall Over a century old, Hietalahti Market Hall has gone through a lot of changes. Starting as a central trading hall for merchants in the early 1900's until the 1970's, to becoming an all organic market hall for a while and to […]
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Time Out in Lisbon

As a Flight Attendant, I always visit vibrant cities with at least 1 million people around me. Although I do like to be surrounded by tourists and locals with each their own story to live, I also like to take time off now and then. Checking out of people, traffic, […]
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Things you need on your Instagram while visiting Lodz

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Poland? Vodka? Pierogi? Warsaw? Cracow? Unless you have already visited Lodz, I would dare to say that you have probably never heard of it. And there is nothing weird about it – despite it being fairly […]
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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 […]
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Trinidad and Tobago: How to eat like a local

  It’s easy to get carried away by the beauty of the Caribbean especially the little island of Trinidad and Tobago. Although located at the tailbone of the Caribbean arch, Trinidad and Tobago is still every bit of the tropical paradise that the Caribbean is noted for: the beaches, sand […]
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Anchoring at Cascais

[single_map_place] Cascais [/single_map_place] Arrival It was 02:30 in the morning when I dropped the anchor amongst other boats at the anchorage at Cascais. The night was dark; it was close to new moon, only the street lights from ashore, the navigation marks, some of the boats’ anchor lights and the […]
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How to Explore a City: the Lisbon Diaries

I moved to Lisbon, on a leap of faith. It is the fourth time I’m moving to a new country in the last six years. Difficult? To some extent. Exciting? Hell, yes! Lisbon is a top-notch choice where if you're here for holidays or considering to move here for a […]
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The Magic city of Porto

If you haven’t got your letter to Hogwarts yet, this is the place to go! 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 […]
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Istanbul smells so divine

Olfactory journey through Istanbul Introduction Istanbul smells divine, and why wouldn't it? Lodged between two continents it is the breeding ground for some wonderful sights but also some fantastic and unique scents. From the smell of warm greasy Donner meat dripping down the vendors knife to the smell of Turkish […]
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Portugal; perspectives of the Algarvean coast

A week into our summer vacation in Portugal and I wake up to another blue sky in south Algarve. Our apartment in Lagos is surely finer than our home in Finland, I muse and happily open the terrace doors. The terrace overlooks the communal pool and all is still wonderfully […]
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Finisterre, Galicia: The End Of The World.

Once upon a time… there was a girl who always liked to start telling stories beginning from the end. I visited Finisterre at the end of my walking journey throughout Portugal and north-west Spain, starting from Lisbona the 21th of July and arriving in Santiago 25 days later, following the […]
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“Lisboa: Love at first sight”

“Lisboa: Love at first sight” When I think about Lisbon, there are so many pictures passing in front of my eyes, so many feelings and so many memories. Instantly I can feel my face changing from serious to smiley, relaxed and happy. And that's how I was feeling everytime when […]
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Aveiro: the portuguese Venice

Aveiro it’s a beautiful city in the center of Portugal and it’s well known for it’s famous “Ovos Moles” and for the beautiful channel across the city, reason why a lot of people call it the “Portuguese Venice”. It’s only 70 km away from Porto. It’s a place that you […]
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Salamanca: My Timeless Home

Starting Point I think I must admit I was a little a lot nervious. Of course , this was not my first time living in a foreign country, far away from the comfort of living with my mother and sister, but there was an extra excitement that kept me waiting, […]
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Lisbon: The Pearl of the Atlantic

For my first work, the choice could be no different. I present you Lisbon: the city where I live since ever and keep falling in love with every time. LISBON AT A GLANCE Lisbon is Portugal’s capital and one of the prettiest cities in Europe and world. Many publications share […]
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A love letter to Rio.

My first and (so far) only true Love. I label myself a classical carioca, genuinely satisfied being born in this amazing city, and proud of my personality shaped by her incredible atmosphere. Oh, you don’t know what carioca means? Is time to visit Rio, my dear friend! Carioca is the […]
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Bragança: hot land, cold land

Bragança skyline   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, […]
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A Prowl Around Pristina

Libraries of Lego I arrived in Pristina from Belgrade in the early evening and set out for a quick amble around some of the easiest to reach sites. I walked a long way down Bill Clinton Boulevard to find the statue of the man himself. It turned out to be […]
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A walk through Little Italy in San Diego

Little Italy Landmark sign Little Italy banners: Italian history and culture What to expect from Little Italy San Diego's is one of the biggest Little Italy in the USA, spreading over fifty blocks in the northwest end of Downtown. Originally born as […]
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Portugal beyond Lisboa

Porto Cabo da Roca Sintra Cascais Estoril It all begins with low fare tickets Starting with May 22, 2016 Wizzair started flying really low cost to Lisboa twice a week. That's a really good reason to start organize a vacation, I said. Any reason works for me. Considering my X-mark for this trip […]
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Portugal – Famalicão A City in the North

Famalicão Here is where i grow up. Where i studied, worked and lived (this last year i´m in Romania for a EVS project). I was thinking in write about some adventures that i had here but they were so many that i couldn´t decide. If it was in other countries […]
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Spain: Lost in the Northern Spain

When I say Spain, what things floats in to your mind? Let me guess, sun, sangria, señoritas and long beaches. Well, you are completely wrong! Now you are probably thinking I am a complete loonie. Everything listed above is correct when talking about the touristic, southern parts of Spain, but […]
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Palace of Pena

Palacio da Pena Sintra – Portugal Visiting the Palace of Pena is a nice option for a sunny day as they are in Portugal. Alone, with family or friends, you'll be amazed by the beauty of this particular place.    It is one of the seven wonders of Portugal since […]
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The perfect day in Belém

Where to go and what to eat Belém is a parish just outside Lisbon that makes a great and accessible day trip. From Lisbon, it’s a quick and scenic 25-minute ride along the Tagus river to Belém station on the Linha de Cascais train. Belem is certainly not a well […]
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A Paradise Called Itacaré

Of a indigenous origin and surrounded by natural beauty variety, the brazilian city enchants its people and foreigners who leave everything to live in paradise. By Laís Queiroz Imagine this scenario: a coastline formed by the succession of white sand beaches, surrounded by coconut trees, surrounded by the Atlantic Forest […]
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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 […]
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