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 →

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 →

Rossio square in Lisbon with Santa Justa elevator and Carmo church in the background

I get a kick out of compiling (and reviewing) my annual wish list of places I’d like to visit in Portugal over the coming year. It’s becoming something of a ritual and helps me to get organised; my agenda is fast filling up. Some of these destinations and activities are definites, others areRead More →

Carolyn Miller on Dom Luís bridge, Porto © Terry Borst

It’s been a while since I interviewed anyone about their experience of travelling in Portugal but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Carolyn’s detailed descriptions, observations and helpful insights. Hi Carolyn, can you tell us a little about yourself, please? I am Carolyn Handler Miller, from Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. I’m a writerRead More →

Sunset from Loggia Restaurant, Coimbra

Not only does Loggia restaurant in Coimbra lay claim to magnificent views, it also professes to serve the best sponge cake in the universe! Located within the Museu Nacional Machado de Castro in the city’s hilltop university zone, the glass-fronted restaurant overlooks the dome of Sé Velha, the old cathedral,Read More →

Urban art project by akaCorleone & Iamfromlx, street art, Lisbon

Marianne from East of Malaga has picked a theme that’s close to my heart for her monthly blog hop challenge; street art. Portugal has some very talented street artists who express their creativity on walls around their own country and abroad. One of my favourite Portuguese street artists is AlexandreRead More →

Casa das Caldeiras bar, Coimbra

Mike and I stumbled across Casa das Caldeiras, a unique, stylish café bar in Coimbra last weekend and have already revisited it. As soon as we opened the door, we were impressed. Cleaned up and cleverly lit, the original Babcock and Wilcox boilers which supplied Coimbra’s university hospital with heatRead More →