You may have heard of Nazaré before, particularly if you happen to be a surf fan traveling to Portugal: it was in that area, more specifically at Praia do Norte, that Garrett McNamara broke the world record of the biggest wave ever surfed (30 meters), turning Nazaré into a mythical place for every aspiring big-waves surfer. However, even if you don’t partake in the enthusiasm surrounding this popular sport, the village of Nazaré is still one of the must-see places in Portugal. Read on and discover how this seaside and sheltered village has been a place of notoriety throughout the centuries and why you should include it in your travel package to Portugal.
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:
One of the trendiest cities in the world, Lisbon’s appeal also draws from its surrounding cities, river and nearby coast lines. During your holidays in Lisbon, you can take some time to visit the Portuguese equivalent to the French and Italian Rivieras – the Estoril Coast. This coast stretches from Carcavelos Beach – a long stretch of clear sand roughly 15 km from Lisbon - all the way to the unique beach of Guincho – known for its world class conditions for surf, windsurf and kitesurf. Whether you like spending time enjoying the sun in small cliff-bound beaches, feel the warm sand under your feet while walking along wide stretches of sand beaches, or pump up your adrenaline with adventure sports or casino gambling, you’re bound to find something that appeals to you in the Estoril Coast.
Next time you are wondering what to do in Lisbon, you should save some time to visit its surrounding cities. Start heading towards ...continue reading →
Aveiro was born from salt, fed with fish, and groomed with sweets. Located close to the Atlantic coast, Aveiro is the second largest city in the center region of Portugal. Historically connected to salt harvesting and fishing, Aveiro is also home to one of the most iconic Portuguese sweets: “ovos moles” (literal translation: soft eggs).
Its history goes back to the 10th century when it was known as “Alavarium et Salinas” meaning literally “a gathering place or preserve of birds and of great salt". Salt indeed defined the region not only economically but also in terms of landscape and ecosystems. Straight-lined ponds populate the river banks and are connected by small channels creating what some refer to as ...continue reading →
Located in Southern Portugal, Olhão (pronounced "oll-yow") is known by many as a “cubist village” for its white cubic houses largely influenced by Moorish and 19th century Northern African architecture.
Occupied by Romans until the 4th century, then Arabs later until the 12th century, and even French until the 19th century, Olhão is nevertheless defined mostly by its Moorish influence. With buildings and churches dating as further back in time as the 17th century, one thing is common through its history though: its connection to the sea and fishing.