Things to do in Cascais Portugal. Casa de Santa Maria and lighthouse.

The pretty coastal resort town of Cascais is one of the easiest day trips from Lisbon and worth the 40-minute train ride from Cais do Sodré station. Once you step off the train, you’re pretty much in the centre of Cascais old town, filled with patterned pavements, boutiques, cafés andRead 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 →

I’ve been hinting at a Lisbon walking tour for a while and it’s finally ready! My first (but not last) GPS-activated audio walking tour of Lisbon is now available via the VoiceMap app. Thanks to VoiceMap’s innovative GPS-triggered technology, I can guide you virtually around some of Lisbon’s most beautiful squares and viewing spots and share talesRead More →

“The Arrival”, metro art azulejos at Restauradores metro station in Lisbon

If you’re wondering what to do in Lisbon when the weather’s not so great, get yourself a metro ticket and check out the city’s extensive network of metro art. Lisbon metro art Artist Maria Keil began decorating the city’s underground train stations in 1957 and over the following 25 years, sheRead More →

Looking down the well, Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra

It may be less than an hour away from Lisbon but when you visit Sintra, you’ll see that it’s a world apart. Nestled in woodland with fanciful palaces and centuries-old castles and convents, it’s no wonder that both Portuguese and British elites flocked here in the 18th and 19th centuries. Magnificent villasRead More →