A taste of the Algarve

Dining in the Algarve You’ll find a number of excellent options for enjoying a taste of the Algarve’s cuisine, which is essentially centered around fresh grilled seafood; Atun (Tuna), Dourade (Sea Bream), Sea Bass (Robalo), Sardinhas (Sardines), Espadarte (Swordfish), Tamboril (Monkfish), Raia (Rays) Pregado (Turbot), Linguado (Flounder), Imperador (Alfonsino) as well as shellfish; lagosta e…

The Algarve, West To East

From Sagres to the Spanish border The Algarve, with its year around mild climate, attracts visitors from around the world, especially those from northern Europe who come year after year seeking the sun, surf and seafood the region has become famous for.  The former fishing village of Albufeira, lying 30 km west of Faro as…

Monuments in the Belém District

Plan on spending a half-day, from 10:00 am 3:00 pm if you want to see them all, but not on a Monday when monuments shut tight.  And don’t leave Lisbon without the Belém tour with its spectacular sights from Portugal’s Golden Age of Discovery.   To reach Belém you can take the modern tram 15…

Portugal’s Coastal Capital

Lisbon’s Top Attractions Discovering Portugal’s coastal capital can be an invorgating experience, from the imposing 11th-century Moorish castle of São Jorge overlooking the city and its bay, to the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara, high atop the Bairro Alto, one of the city’s seven  hills, to the Miradouro de Santa Luzia with its views over the Alfama….

Exploring Alfama

Wearing a comfortable pair of shoes, take a self-guided tour through the historic and picturesque heart of Lisbon, as you wander the steep, and at times, narrow, maze-like cobblestone streets of the Alfama.  The walk, about 2 km or 1.24 miles, can be done in less than two hours with stops along the way to…