Are you looking for the perfect place to propose to your better half? Our suggestion is Obidos, a romantic trip.
Obidos has been known as “the Wedding Present Town” for centuries. Why? Because it was quite simply offered as a wedding present in 1282 by King Dinis to his Queen Isabel. Around the winding cobblestone streets, the Gothic entryways and medieval buildings overlooking the vast vineyards stretching out in the distance, Obidos is one of the most romantic towns in Europe.
Didn’t we say a day in Sintra is not enough? It seems like we really needed Part 2 to continue our visit to this beautiful Portuguese city.
Confused about the title? A day in Sintra is not enough to admire the general splendor, to visit all the museums, castles and gardens that adorn one of the most beautiful towns in Portugal and in the entire Europe. Let’s discover them in a few lines. We promise not to spoil the surprise, just to accentuate the anticipation:
Although an entire trip there sounds like a brilliant idea, for today we’re going to settle for at least a day in Cascais, one of the richest, oldest and most beautiful cities in Portugal.
Cascais, at the heart of the Estoril Coast, is one of the richest, most popular towns in central Portugal, found just 30 kilometers away from Lisbon. In the past, Cascais was hailed as a prominent cultural, political and economic hub due to its strategic positioning at the mouth of the river Tagus.
Everybody wants to travel and Europe is truly the ultimate destination for so many people. The only issue is money, which is why many of us are deprived of the chance to make their perfect journey. But what if we told you there is the option of a low-cost trip to Lisbon?
Say “hello” to spring with the best March 2016 events in Lisbon! Today we thought we’d talk about the most exciting events and activities to look forward to this coming month in the capital city of Portugal.
The local customs and cultural elements are what make a people different, unique, and the season colorful and merry. The Christmas traditions in Portugal represent a strong identity element, one that defines the country and attests to its uniqueness.
Rumor of jingle bells and the hooves of Santa’s reindeer in the open are already starting to spread throughout town. There’s a general sense of anticipation of Christmas, so let’s see how Lisbon prepares for the winter season this year!
Everybody has heard about the Cathedral, about Parque das Nacoes and about the Belem tower, but here are 5 Lisbon hidden places that will help you make the best of your trip to the capital city of Portugal!
There is a life of the city beyond the prying eyes of the public and the commercial facade that is sold to the tourists. The uncovered Lisbon will unfold before your eyes far from the city center.
For those who want to get the real feel of life in Portugal – and we can’t stress this enough – a visit to the old Alfama neighbourhood is a must. One of the oldest parts of Lisbon, Alfama is the place where you will find old winding medieval streets, colorful clothes left to dry hanging from the balconies of the bohemian and somewhat dilapidated houses, mini-markets and street markets galore.
Among others, here you will find the (locally) famous Feira da Ladra or Flea Market (also, sometimes referred to as “The Thieves’ Market”) open on Saturdays and Tuesdays, where you can find vintage clothes and genuine antiques for really cheap prices. This might actually be a better idea than to spend money of magnet souvenirs.
If you want “organic food”, you just might have a chance to procure it at the vegetable markets in the suburbs. The products and healthy, natural and accessible as well. Also, this will make you feel like home.
The last stop we suggest is to take a relaxing walk through the Monsanto Forest Park (in Portuguese, Parque Florestal de Monsanto). This green haven is the largest urban forest in the entire Europe – a sort of Central Park of Lisbon. It is a wonderful place to take pictures, take a breath and enjoy the panorama over the Tagus river and the happy city.
For those of you who still have no idea where to spend their winter holidays, we have a few suggestions we would like to discuss. After reading today’s article, we do believe Santa Claus will find you in Sintra this Christmas!
Before you say anything, let us just explain why late-October is a perfect time to book your vacation in Portugal. First of all, if you book in time, you might get plane tickets discounts – if you wait too long, actually, you might not find tickets left at all, which will be an issue… Secondly, the choice of lodgings can be time-sensitive and other services, such as Lisbon airport transfers or Portugal tours can be booked in advance for more advantageous prices.
What we are trying to say is that today is just as good a day as any to book your Portugal trip during Christmas and/ or the New Year’s Eve. Now that we have covered this, let’s visit Sintra for a quick preview of what you are in for, provided you plan your vacation there.
Sintra is the setting for a fairytale. Nested between the Sintra Mountains and the vast natural confines of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, the city is scattered with estates and retreats, medieval castles and tourist attractions.
The most emblematic symbol of Sintra is the UNESCO-recognized 19th-century Romantic royal castle Pena National Palace. Perched on a tall hill, the castle is visible even from Lisbon. Built on the medieval ruins of a chapel, the castle was commissioned by King consort Ferdinand II and the construction lasted from 1842 until 1854. It is one of the greatest worldwide samples of Romantic architecture.
Sintra also offers beautiful plazas, the Old Town and the medieval Castle of the Moors to admire and to spend a truly enchanted Christmas and to welcome the coming of the New Year.