Green Porto road sign over highway.

When planning a trip to Portugal, many people look at Lisbon and see that the second largest city, Porto, doesn’t seem very far away. In fact, the distance from Lisbon to Porto is 197 miles by car, 170 if you fly, although that’s not the best way to travel fromRead More →

Village and Beach Buarcos Figueira da Foz.

The attractions of this seaside Silver Coast town have been enticing Portuguese and other holidaymakers for many years. If you’re wanting to take some time to explore the many things to do here and are looking for the best Figueira da Foz hotel to lay your head, then check outRead More →

River at Moinhos do Maneio, Penamacor, Portugal

Between the Serra da Estrela Mountains and the border between Portugal and Spain you’ll find lots of small villages which were established centuries ago to defend the territory from invaders. Some of them, like Sortelha, Monsanto, Idanha-a-Velha and Belmonte, have achieved international fame by being selected as part of theRead More →

Best places to stay near Obidos, Portugal

If spending time in a quaint medieval town in Central Portugal appeals to you, it’s worth considering staying in or around Óbidos for a night or two. There’s an intriguing range of hotels in Obidos ranging from unusual to sublime. I’ll elaborate on the best Óbidos accommodations within this articleRead More →

Coimbra and Mondego River from Santa Clara bridge

Whether you spend one night in this charming riverside city or several, my insider tips should help you decide where to stay in Coimbra. I’ve selected my favourite hotels in Coimbra and apartments that I consider to be stylish, well-located and good value in three distinctly different parts of theRead More →

Couple sharing romantic sunset dinner on the beach. Romantic getaways in Portugal

Narrowing down the selection of idyllic locations for romantic getaways in Portugal has been a tough job. There’s just so much choice! To keep it simple, I’ve highlighted places for every region in Portugal where you and your sweetheart can feel the love and not just on Valentine’s Day. Table ofRead More →

Aveiro city with canals and boats.

More people are discovering the delights of Aveiro and to do this beautiful city justice, it’s a good idea to stay overnight. To that end, this article contains my suggestions for the best Aveiro hotels, guesthouses and apartments. Whether you’re looking for a gorgeous palace hotel, a romantic getaway orRead More →

Tomar and the River Nabão in Portugal. Things to do in Tomar

The small but charming town of Tomar in Central Portugal was one of the first day trips I made when I first moved here many moons ago and I’ve enjoyed every subsequent visit. Fast forward 13 years or so and there are more things to do in Tomar than everRead More →