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 →
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:
It’s not news that some of the best materials in the world come from nature. What if we told you there’s a natural material, which is used in multiple industries and is both light and resistant, waterproof, environmentally-friendly and cheap? What if we also told you this material comes largely from Portugal?
When traveling in Portugal, visitors are bound to notice the omnipresence of cork. This is no wonder since ...continue reading →
Portugal’s history has always been in one way or another associated with design. Portuguese designed maps to several regions of the world; they designed the special ships (“caravelas”) and some key nautical navigation equipment (e.g. nonius) used during the Portuguese Discoveries. Later, throughout its Discoveries period, Portuguese continued to adapt and evolve the design of many products brought from the new found regions (e.g filigree, China Porcelain).
When you plan your trip to Portugal, you may want to consider visiting cities and neighborhoods where you can ...continue reading →
Last week Portugal, like most of the western world, celebrated St. Valentine’s day. Many travelers chose this time of the year for a romantic getaway. Porto and Lisbon were two of the top destinations for this.
This is easy to understand. With centuries of rich history, charming old quarters peppered with modern art and architecture, friendly people, rich food, and unavoidable wines, Porto is one of the hottest destinations in Europe. So much so that last week it won the award for “Best European Destination for 2014” by the “European Consumers Choice”.
Lisbon doesn't fall short of romantic either. With its seven hills, facing the Tagus, and centuries old alleyways bathed by a natural light that makes you believe you’re in a movie set, Lisbon has an honorary seat in the list of most romantic cities in the World. Like the Daily Mail once described it “even smiling middle-aged couples stroll along its leafy avenues and sun-bleached plazas as if out on a first date.”