Terrace lined with azulejos and sculpted columns, Palace hotel, Buçaco

This bookable 10-day self-drive Portugal itinerary saves you having to do the time-consuming research required to plan and book your own trip to explore the best of Central Portugal. You’ll see gardens, palaces, castles, monasteries, nature reserves, wineries, historical villages, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, mountains, pretty towns, river beaches, countryRead More →

Ponte D. Zamiro near Vilarinho in northern Portugal

Many pilgrims start their Portuguese Way of St. James with this 2-day section walking north from just outside Porto towards Barcelos and beyond. For me it was the very last stage I did as part of my “mop up Camino”, an extra 5 days walking the remaining stages of the coastalRead More →

Coimbra and Mondego River from Santa Clara bridge

I’ve mentioned before why Coimbra makes a great base for exploring central Portugal. Whether you spend one night in this charming riverside city or several, this post should help you decide where to stay in Coimbra. I’ve chosen Coimbra hotels and apartments that I consider to be stylish, well-located and good valueRead More →

wooden-boardwalk-leadign-to-a-disused-windmill-near-agucadoura-coastal-portuguese-way-of-st-james

A part of my “mop up Camino”, I spent 3 days in May walking the Coastal Portuguese Way of St. James from Vila do Conde to Caminha, on my own. I’d already completed a 4-day stint in Galicia between A Guarda and Redondela (where the coastal and central routes merge)Read More →

Tasting room at Quinta do Piloto winery

If you haven’t had the pleasure of tasting Portuguese wines yet, you’re in for a treat and some surprises. There are several wineries near Lisbon so you don’t have to travel far to do a wine tour and tasting session in a special setting. Showing true dedication to you, dear reader, I’veRead More →

Detail of tomb of Inês wearing crown, Alcobaça. Photo © Carolyn Miller

The heartbreaking tale of Pedro and Inês, Portugal’s ill-fated lovers inspired me to visit Alcobaça. Pedro’s unwavering love for his forbidden sweetheart, Inês, who was murdered by his father’s henchmen, led to the exhumation of her body and posthumous coronation when he became king. He also ordered matching tombs toRead More →

Paper Barcelos cockerels and Viana hearts from Portugal's Minho region, Ruas Floridas, Redondo 2013

When Mary-Jo Manzanares offered me the chance to do a podcast with her about Portugal, it didn’t take me long to decide which part of the country to focus on. I’ve spent a lot of time exploring the Minho region of northern Portugal and have become a huge fan. Mary-Jo’s Where ElseRead More →