Lisbon

Lisbon, located on the sunny Atlantic coast of Portugal, is the capital as well as the biggest city in the country. First called “enchanted shore” by the Phoenicians, the city has enchanted the Greeks, the Carthaginians, the Romans, the North African Moors, and the British, all of whom have called Lisbon home and bestowed on the city their castles and traditions. Lisbon was also one of the world’s most prosperous ports during the era of Portuguese Discovery, absorbing bits of African, Asian and South American culture now interwoven in the city’s striking architecture and savory cuisine.

Lisbon still thrives today, offering visitors and residents bustling city life combined with colorful ocean-side relaxation. The city hosts a successful football team, along with rabid fans, and the largest indoor oceanarium to give visitors a glimpse of the abundance just beyond its shores. With so much to do wrapped around its seaside charm, Lisbon continues to enchant all who wash upon its shores.

Fashionable life in Portugal

Fashionable life in Portugal

Share On Avenida da Liberdade, palm trees, dividing lanes of traffic and buildings home to luxury brands such as Gucci, Givenchy and Christian Dior, line pedestrian pavements. And tucked away behind glass windows full of spring wear in shades of fluorescent pink, and yellow, one concept store combines more than 80 brands, selling ready-to-wear designs,…

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Explore Portugal on two wheels

Share Miguel Doria, a guide for Lisbon Bike Tour and Outdoors, led a group of cyclists down a trail in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. As they zigzagged through the lush forest of eucalyptus and acacia trees, Doria would stop and point out aspects of the forest specific to the area. Lisbon Bike Tour and Outdoors…

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Obidos: A Medieval Town with everlasting charm

Obidos: A Medieval Town with everlasting charm

Share Nestled behind walls that date back to the 12th century, medieval town of Obidos sits atop a hill overlooking the Portuguese countryside. tugal.” According to Pousadas of Portugal, a state owned company that runs historical hotels, Obidos was the traditional gift that the king of Portugal gave to his wife. The tradition started in…

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Places to go wild in Lisbon

Share Tourists traveling to Lisbon with young children may want to look beyond the cathedrals, museums and shops. Most in the 10 and younger set do not care that the world’s most expensive chapel, The Chapel of Saint John the Baptist, can be found inside the São Roque Church or that the Belem Tower stands…

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Where to stay, what to do in medieval Óbidos

Share Travelers can escape the hustle and bustle of Lisbon by staying only an hour away at the medieval city of Óbidos. Whether sleeping in a castle’s tower or relaxing in a homey hostel, Óbidos offers travelers a variety of ways to spend the night. The Pousada Castelo de Óbidos allows travelers to spend the…

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Street art shows ‘outward expression of feelings’ in Lisbon

Street art shows ‘outward expression of feelings’ in Lisbon

Share Graffiti meets the eyes everywhere in Lisbon where color and symbolism are splashed on the walls in a startling display. From the city’s iconic yellow trams to the facades of centuries old buildings, this art from a spray cans adds a unique vibe to Portugal’s capital city. Helma Geerlings, who is originally from the…

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Porto’s Bufete Fase offers rich sandwiches

Share The uneven cobblestone streets lined with houses in an array of coral, mint green and canary yellow hue lead downhill to the Douro River in Porto. Following the narrow pathways, one could easily get lost amongst the sea of coral rooftops. Among the masses of artistically crafted structures, lies a nondescript old building, covered…

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Port wine considered champagne of Porto

Port wine considered champagne of Porto

Share On top of the hill Vila de Nova Gaia, Graham’s Lodge overlooks the Douro River in Porto, Portugal. The renowned winery encompasses centuries of port wine tradition. Considered the champagne of Portugal, port wine is celebrated along the Douro River with almost a dozen shining signs advertising tastings, tours and souvenirs of lodges ranging…

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Sr. Fado’s: Captivating music in an intimate setting

Sr. Fado’s: Captivating music in an intimate setting

Share Before midnight, Ana Marina is a cook and hostess, wearing flat clogs and her hair tied back. At the magic hour, when the lights dim after all the customers have finished their cataplana (Portuguese seafood dish), she transforms into a fado singer in a black dress, black hose, black heels and a vibrant red…

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Save money abroad with these grocery store favorites

Share By Erin Armstrong, Tara Bullock, Courtney Davies and Anna Rae Gwarjanski When traveling abroad for weeks at a time, it can be economical to pick up snacks and even meals at a local grocery store. After visiting grocery stores in Spain and Portugal, these are a few of our favorite snacks. Portuguese Milanos –…

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