You think guides and internet research can help you discover Portugal’s attractions? Think again. It may not be featured in Portugal’s touristic attractions, but chances are, you will be been stepping on a piece of art from the moment your feet hit Portuguese ground.
Traditional Portuguese pavement is regarded by many as an art form. It is unique in its style and a reflection of the country where it was invented. Through the Portuguese colonial empire it would leave its mark on several parts of the world.
It may not be its official name, but Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Monastery of the Hieronymites) is one of the greatest monuments ever built during the former Portuguese Empire. Powered by the spice trade and the ambition of a King looking for an architectural legacy to leave behind, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is a tribute to the influx of wealth that Portugal experienced during the 15th and 16th centuries. Don’t forget to pay it a visit during your next Lisbon vacations.
This large building (its facade is over 300 meters long) started to come to life in 1502. Still standing today, it survived the ...continue reading →
While traveling in Lisbon, you can’t fail to notice a wide, tree-lined avenue stretching from downtown’s Rossio Station all the way uphill where it meets a large roundabout with a large statue of a man and a lion. This avenue is called Avenida da Liberdade (Liberty Avenue), and the statue in the roundabout represents Marquês de Pombal a noble who ran the Portuguese Kingdom in the 18th century. He remains to-date one of the most charismatic and controversial figures in Portuguese history (and is worth a blog post of its own).
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:
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.