There are no certainties as to the origin of the name Évora. The prevailing theory says that it probably came from the Celt word eburos, meaning yew tree. Judging by the name one could say it was a close cousin to the city of York in England, known in former times as Ebora Kon, or the place of the Yew trees. In the 1st century A.D., Évora was known as Ebora Cerealis, in a reference to the cereal crops that grew around it.
But even if we can’t be sure about its origins, we know ...continue reading
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.
About a 1.5 hours drive north of Lisbon, Nazaré has been part of Portugal’s ...continue reading
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.
The Azores is one of ...continue reading
Do you like castles? Better if they are secluded and were venue to historical battles? Extra points for a few myths and legends? So you definitely need to include Amourol’s castle on your Portugal vacations. About 100 km northeast from Lisbon, shrouded in legends and secrets, this castle, sheltered in an islet and away from tourist crowds, might just prove the perfect counterpoint to your intense holidays in Lisbon.
It is thought that Almourol comes from the arab word almorolan, which means ...continue reading
Many centuries ago in the small town of Barcelos, Portugal, valuable silver was stolen from a rich landowner. There were no suspects so the rich man accused a Galician pilgrim who was passing through town on his pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela (known as “Caminho de Santiago”). The pilgrim was brought in front of a judge who quickly sentenced him to death by hanging. Before the execution, the man asked to be brought one last time in front of the judge. When they got him to the judge’s house, he was having a banquet with some friends, and the pilgrim pledged his innocence one last time saying something like “it is as certain that I’m innocent as it is certain that the roast rooster you’re eating will crow three times before they hang me”. Still not moved, the judged did ...continue reading