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It is quite possible that every country has its own national version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Portugal is no exception to that rule. In this Portuguese adaptation, Romeo was Pedro, the heir apparent to the Portuguese throne, and Juliet was Inês, one of the ladies-in-waiting to Pedro’s wife, Princess Constança. Their tragic love story is a key episode in Portuguese history. Tourists spending vacations in Portugal can see with their own eyes where this took place as their love nest still stands today in the outskirts of Coimbra.

This tragic tale took place in the 14th century, unfolding ...continue reading

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For the experienced traveler, not every single holiday will be out of this world. Sometimes only a truly special place has the ability to make you feel unique. So to make the most of your trip, don’t just visit Portugal. Choose an itinerary that will turn your Portuguese vacation into an unforgettable experience.

How about a trip to a mythical place of blue and green lagoons? How about an enticing discovery holiday through nine Atlantic wonders? Then brace yourself, for there is nothing common about this area of the world.

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It may not rank number 1 in Portugal’s tourist attractions, but this architectural landmark is bound to be an excellent complement to your vacations in Portugal. Coloring the national and international musical landscape since 2005, the Casa da Música (House of Music) in the northern city of Porto did not have an easy start.

Initially conceived as part and parcel of the European Capital of Culture Event in 2001, the project suffered multiple delays and did not manage to start its activity until four years later. Nor was this project completely devoid of controversy: the outstanding concert hall was designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, who envisioned a temple to music featuring a unique geometrical shape (which is possibly best described as an unpolished, black diamond in the rough), a choice that posed quite a few new challenges ...continue reading

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One of the least obvious places to visit in Portugal, but which most certainly warrants a visit during a trip to Portugal, is the city of Chaves, in the northeast part of the country. Its glorious past, natural beauty and water resources, along with its rich gastronomy, make Chaves not just one of the places to see in Portugal, but also a great alternative to other more crowded mainstream destinations.

Although there is archeological evidence to support the claim that Chaves has been inhabited since Paleolithic times, its Golden Age seems to have been during ...continue reading

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Well… the folks in Portugal may not fully agree with that saying. In the last couple years the country started getting significant travel media coverage and awards. In the last few months alone the likes of AOL, USA Today, Condé Nast and others have placed Portugal and some of its hidden gems at the top of the ranks:

Best country to ...continue reading