Sintra in Portugal

31 August 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Part of the historic centre © Peter K Burian/cc-by-4.0

Part of the historic centre © Peter K Burian/cc-by-4.0

Sintra is a town and municipality in the Greater Lisbon region of Portugal, located on the Portuguese Riviera. The population of the municipality in 2011 was 377,835, in an area of 319.23 square kilometres (123.26 sq mi). Sintra is a major tourist destination in Portugal, famed for its picturesqueness and for its numerous historic palaces and castles. Sintra is also a major luxury dining and tourism destination within the Portuguese Riviera, as well as one of the wealthiest municipalities in the country, and is known for the numerous notable events hosted in Sintra, such as Bilderberg Meetings and the Open de Portugal.   read more…

Routes of El legado andalusi/Al-Andalus

4 October 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, European Union, General, Living, Working, Building, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, UNESCO World Heritage

© Morningstar1814/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Morningstar1814/cc-by-sa-3.0

In the 8th century, the Iberian Peninsula saw the arrival of Arabs and Berbers who mixed with the Roman-Visigoth inhabitants, engendering what was known as Al-Andalus. This successful medieval Muslim civilisation extended, at its peak, to most of what is today Spain and Portugal, until its downfall in the late 15th century.   read more…

Aveiro, the Venice of Portugal

19 July 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General

Typical azulejo facades © Andreas Trepte/cc-by-sa-2.5

Typical azulejo facades © Andreas Trepte/cc-by-sa-2.5

Aveiro is a city and a municipality in Portugal. In 2011, the population was 78,450, in an area of 197.58 square kilometres (76.29 sq mi). It is the second most populous city in the Centro Region of Portugal (after Coimbra). Along with the neighbouring city of Ílhavo, Aveiro is part of an urban agglomeration that includes 120,000 inhabitants, making it one of the most important populated regions by density in the Centro Region, and primary centre of the Intermunicipal Community of Aveiro and Baixo Vouga.   read more…

Mercado da Ribeira in Lisbon

4 March 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© - Paul Arps/cc-by-2.0

© – Paul Arps/cc-by-2.0

The Mercado da Ribeira is a market hall on Avenida 24 de Julho of the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, where fresh fish, vegetables and fruits have been sold since the 19th century. It can be reached by public transport from the Carris via the Cais do Sodré station.   read more…

Livraria Lello e Irmão in Porto

15 August 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Opera Houses, Theaters, Libraries

© - Michał Huniewicz/cc-by-2.0

© – Michał Huniewicz/cc-by-2.0

Livraria Lello & Irmão, also known as Livraria Chardron or simply Livraria Lello (Lello Bookstore) is a bookstore located in central Porto in Portugal. Along with Bertrand in Lisbon, it is one of the oldest bookstores in Portugal. It is frequently rated among the top bookstores in the world, placing third in lists by the Lonely Planet and The Guardian. Elements of the facade and much of the interior are decorated in Art Nouveau, with some features of the Gothic Revival.   read more…

Bairro Alto in Lisbon

6 June 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© - Manuel Menal/cc-by-sa-2.0

© – Manuel Menal/cc-by-sa-2.0

Bairro Alto (Upper District) is a central district of the city of Lisbon, the Portuguese capital. Unlike many of the civil parishes of Lisbon, this region can be commonly explained as a loose association of neighbourhoods, with no formal local political authority but social and historical significance to the urban community of Lisbon. The bairro or “neighbourhood” resulted from urban expansion in the 16th century, forming outside the walls of the historical city, and is characterized by an almost orthogonal tract (developing from two phases of distinct urbanization).   read more…

Chiado in Lisbon

28 March 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Camoens Square © Luca Galuzzi/cc-by-sa-2.5

Camoens Square © Luca Galuzzi/cc-by-sa-2.5

Chiado is the name of a square and its surrounding area in the city of Lisbon. The Chiado is located between the neighbourhoods of Bairro Alto and Baixa Pombalina. It is a traditional shopping area that mixes old and modern commercial establishments, mostly located at the Carmo and Garrett streets. The most well-known café of Chiado is “A Brasileira“, famous for having had poet Fernando Pessoa among its customers, and today it is very popular among tourists. The Chiado is also an important cultural area, with several museums and theatres.   read more…

The sail training ship Sagres III

1 November 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Tall ships, Yacht of the Month

N.R.P. Sagres on Tejo<br>© Lopo Pizarro -

N.R.P. Sagres on Tejo
© Lopo Pizarro –

The NRP Sagres is a tall ship and sail training ship of the Portuguese Navy since 1961. As the third ship with this name of the historical important city of Sagres in the Portuguese Navy, she is sometimes referred to as Sagres III. The ship is a steel-built three masted barque, with square sails on the fore and main masts and gaff rigging on the mizzen mast. Her main mast rises 42 m above the deck. She carries 22 sails totaling about 2,000 m² (21,000 ft²) and can reach a top speed of 17 knots (31 km/h) under sail. She has a sparred length of 89 m (295 ft), a width of 12 m (40 ft), a draught of 5.2 m (17 ft), and a displacement at full load of 1,755 tons.   read more…

Almancil on the Algarve

11 September 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

São-Lourenço church © Area78

São-Lourenço church © Area78

Almancil is a civil parish in the municipality of Loulé, in Faro District of the Algarve region‘s Golden Triangle in the south of Portugal. The population is at 11,000. There is a large selection of restaurants offering different forms of cuisine. There are also real estate offices, supermarkets, flowershops, garden centers, interior decorators and furnishing shops based in Almancil. Almancil is a small town on the southern shoreline of Portugal enjoying a warm climate around the year. It has become an important hub for service providers catering for the needs of two well-established holiday and residential developments nearby. These are the golf and holiday resorts Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo with first class golf courses.   read more…

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