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. An Artsy Arrival Good Morning Hostel Good Morning Hostel is accessed through a small unassuming giftshop and features quite the staircase to get to the reception. The hostel was great and managed to put our group in a room together even though we booked separately. The accommodating staff were also […]
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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 day and appreciate the vibrant nightlife of the city. Here are some highlights of how to visit Porto, Portugal in an unforgettable way! Tour from Matosinhos beach to the Douro River by foot In the beginning, it may seem far on Google Maps, but it’s not. The tour takes about […]
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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 and drink leave visitors eager to spread the word about charming Porto. But the recent influx of international attention has left the city somewhat overwhelmed. Stagnant salaries for locals have driven many out of their homes and businesses to make way for tourists with deeper pockets. Read on to find […]
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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 tourists from all corners of the world, drawn by our year-round sunny weather, breathtaking coastal views and heavenly Mediterranean food. I always thought that it was this idyllic lifestyle that made many foreigners chose to upgrade the Algarve from vacation destination to their home; but when I began asking some […]
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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 give this one a chance. Lourinhã’s people are used to mispronunciation and also to receiving the many tourists that invade their little village every other weekend and in the summer months. The population sometimes doubles in size during those months, but don’t worry, you will not feel crowded. Lourinhã has […]
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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 are gold of wheat, and Évora rises like one more wheat spike, strongly living under the sun since more than two thousand years ago. Today, this UNESCO World Heritage city is visited by an increasing number of tourists. Touristic tour guides will tell you about the roman Diana’s Temple, the […]
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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 tell everything you can’t miss in Espinho. Where is Espinho and why it is so unique Espinho is about 20 minutes away from Porto (by car), one of the hottest cities in Portugal right now. As well as the “North’s capital”, Espinho is also bathed by the sea, with some […]
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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 so long. In this article, we will climb the hilled city and reclaim our reward in its beautiful panoramic views.   1. Miradouro do Arco da Rua Augusta The city’s most famous square (Praça do Comércio) and Europe’s largest seems not so impressive for the other guides however if you […]
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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.   Why Portugal Is Great for Backpackers Yachts in Sagres Harbor: Photo by Mel Candea   It’s fairly easy to reach, either by bus or a rental car. It also avoids the thick, messy crowds that have become the norm lately in Algarve. Its location means it’s mild year round, with […]
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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 tourist goes on a guided tour. Although there is nothing wrong with that and this might be a very good way of getting to know a city, after wandering around for one or two days, you might be the type of person who would like to get a grip of […]
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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 subway directly from the “Aeroporto” line and change trains at “Alameda” station towards Cais do Sodré. Hop off at Cais do Sodré and then take the service too Cascais which departs every 15 minutes and enjoy the ride along the coast, soaking in the beautiful views of the river Tejo […]
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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 for 18 years and it still surprises me, as I’m always finding new places to explore. There are plenty of things you can do on this island paradise and you are probably wondering what to do in Madeira Island. It´s funny because it is not a big island but you […]
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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 this city, there are really tons of things to do and for all the tastes. For my part, I liked getting lost in the streets and explore the small alleys of the Alfama and It has led me to many unexpected and unknown places for tourists. And I am gonna […]
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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. Porto is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities I’ve visited and had the pleasure to live in. Here are a few places I’d recommend you to visit and a few things to do during your time in Porto.   1. Ponte Dom Luis Bridge The iconic landmark of Porto […]
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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 went to a surf camp in Algarve and absolutely loved it. There were places I wanted to visit again and take my boyfriend to. There were beaches I have not been to before. We also wanted to do a little bit of surfing. Some of the beaches are very secluded […]
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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 the travellers who come for a visit. Beaches, cliffs, caves, historic towns, boat tours, shopping, wineries and good food is part of the options available to experiment. In 2018 Carvoeiro was named European Best Beach 2018 by a known online portal dedicated to tourism. Come along to explore this world […]
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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 different from the big island. At first, I must say I wasn’t very excited about it but my mood changed as soon as we landed on the golden island. The weather, the landscapes, the people – it all gave me such a feeling of serenity and peace. It’s definitely a […]
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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 on vacation everyday.  When I first came here, everyone told me to go to Cascais because it’s both very easily accessible and the beaches were amazing. I went there 2 weeks after I arrived to Lisbon and I have to be honest… I was quite disappointed. Maybe it’s because I’ve been […]
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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, about 267 km south from Lisbon down the E1 toll highway you merge with the east-west A22. Then another couple of miles south you find the town and beach. The city is a former fishing village that is now a major tourist destination, especially in the summer months. It has […]
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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 North of the country, near of the well known Oporto city, connected to that by the urban railway. Braga is called the “Portuguese Rome” because of their many religious monuments. Let´s start with that! 1. Religious Heritage Braga has more than 30 churches. The most magnificent and oldest is 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 free in so many ways. All this is perfectly collaborating with the melancholic famous style of music – fado and a range of good food. Freedom In my opinion, this is the best thing about Lisbon and Portugal, as I have been in all parts of it. Maybe now you […]
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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 for those who love living active, doing outdoor sports, especially surfing, hiking or playing beach volleyball. Lisbon, The City Of Arts One of the musts; listening to Fado music. Fado is the musical expression of Lisbon and Portugal. The word “Fado” comes from “fatum” in Latin, which means destiny. This music […]
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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 all around this Portuguese river-town. Maybe you are going on holidays in Portugal, maybe you have made plans to study/work here, maybe you are just interested for the hell of it? For whatever it is worth, I hope you will have gained some kind of insight after reading this article. […]
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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 Azores are a well-hidden haven from our modern world. A piece of ancient, natural history that has somehow survived mankind. If you’re in search of nature free from tourists and the buzz of humanity, this may be exactly what you’re looking for. I can’t count the number of times I […]
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