Aerial view of Mafra Palace and the surrounding grounds.

Mafra Palace or Palácio Nacional de Mafra is certainly something to behold. Visitors to Portugal flock to Sintra to enjoy the delights of Pena Palace but they probably don’t realise that a mere 28 kilometres north of Lisbon there’s a far less touristy option. Mafra National Palace is home to oneRead More →

Praça do Bocage, Setubal

There are loads of things to see and do in Setúbal and the surrounding area, so much so it’s worthwhile staying a few nights to make the most of the opportunity. Setúbal is also a great base to explore Arrabida Natural Park; the Setúbal wine region, famous for moscatel wineRead More →

Train in the Gare do Oriente station, Lisbon Portugal.

Many visitors arriving in Portugal’s capital city find the urge to travel from Lisbon to Lagos in the Algarve. Whether you’re planning to visit the incredible Benagil caves, relax on some of the best beaches in Portugal, or discover some of the other many things to do in Lagos, theseRead More →

Baroque facade of Brejoeira Palace near Moncao. One of the best palaces in Portugal

Some of the best examples of Portuguese architecture can be found in its stunning palaces. They are known for their grandeur and beauty, with several having been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. Many of the palaces in Portugal are influenced by a range of styles; an eclectic mixture from Neo-ManuelineRead More →

Palácio da Pena, Sintra

The enchanting UNESCO World Heritage landscape of Sintra is an understandably popular destination. Although it’s less than an hour from Lisbon, it’s a world apart. We’re talking forested hills filled with fanciful palaces, romantic gardens, centuries-old castles and convents, all contained within a natural park fringed by beautiful beaches. InRead More →

Sao Jorge Castle and Baixa, Lisbon. Par of a 14 day Portugal itinerary

You can see quite a lot of the country without a car on this 2-week Portugal itinerary. The focus for this Portugal trip is on the areas around and in between Lisbon and Porto and there’s plenty of variety including some off the beaten track highlights as well as theRead More →

Pescadores beach Ericeira

When thinking about things to do in Ericeira, a small coastal town just 35km northwest of Lisbon, what immediately comes to mind are surfing and beaches. However, although Ericeira has the distinction of being Europe’s first world surfing reserve and surfers travel from far and wide to enjoy the wavesRead More →

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 →