View from Serra do Topo, São Jorge island, Azores

When I’m feeling stressed and long to retreat from the world for a while, the place my mind transports me to São Jorge island in the Azores. I’ll admit, I haven’t been to all of the Azores islands yet so there is a chance that São Jorge’s position as my favourite mayRead More →

Traditional woodcraft in Vila Nova de Poiares

One of Vila Nova de Poiares‘ major annual events is Poiartes. As the name suggests, the predominant theme of the fair is arts and crafts so artisans from the municipality and other parts of central Portugal come here to show and sell the results of their skilled work. If you’reRead More →

View of Lamego from sanctuary

I often get asked about places to visit in the Douro wine region. For architecture, history and culture, one of my favourite towns in the Douro area has to be Lamego. Although not on the River Douro itself, it’s only 20 minutes away by car, still in the wine regionRead More →

Rows of grape vines surround Favaios village, Douro wine region, Portugal

Wine estates, vineyards and river cruises are only part of the Douro Valley story. If you want to delve deeper into the local culture, traditions and history, you might want to consider adding a traditional village or two to your itinerary. Note: You’ll need a car to get to mostRead More →

Fortifications and River Minho, Valença fortress

Like most visitors, the the first time I went to Valença do Minho I made a beeline for the fortress. It is, after all, where you’ll find the best views and architecture. Plus a whole load of gaudy towels and linens on the main shopping street! Valença do Minho, beyond the shops UnlessRead More →

Moinho de Avis, Montejunto 2

Windmills line the hilltops in certain parts of Portugal, especially the Oeste (West) region near Lisbon. Sadly, most have been abandoned and are gradually decaying. Some, however, have been painstakingly restored and not only produce flour using traditional methods, they also host bread workshops and even wine tasting sessions. Moinho de Aviz (AvizRead More →