Guide To The Monastery Sao Vicente de Fora, A Hidden Gem in Lisbon

Looking for some unusual things to do in Lisbon? Head to the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora. It’s one of Lisbon’s grand architectural sites and still a hidden gem in Lisbon. In fact, the monastery is hidden in plain sight, sitting atop one of Graça’s highest points, not far from the Alfama district. Yet … Read more

Top Attractions In Alfama, Lisbon’s Oldest Neighborhood

Here’s my guide to top attractions and best things to do in the Alfama neighborhood of Lisbon. The Alfama is an atmospheric district built by the Moors in the 11th century. Steeped in history, immortalized in Fado, and rising over Lisbon, Alfama is one of Lisbon’s most authentic districts. It’s really Lisbon’s premiere neighborhood — … Read more

Guide To Visiting Lisbon’s Basílica da Estrela

Looking for something unusual to do in Lisbon? Here’s my guide to visiting the elegant Basilica da Estrela, a hidden gem in Lisbon. The huge domed Neo-Classical basilica is one of Lisbon’s most impressive and remarkable landmarks. Set proudly on a hill, the basilica anchors the Estrela neighborhood of Lisbon. It’s a bit off the … Read more

Best Things To Do In Bélem, Lisbon’s UNESCO Neighborhood

Here’s my guide to the top attractions and best things to do and see in Belem. Belem is an architecturally-rich suburb of Lisbon. It’s an easy mini day trip from Lisbon. It’s just southwest of the city center. Belem is Lisbon’s prime cultural district. It’s a must see for its cluster of UNESCO-listed monuments. Some … Read more

Guide To Óbidos Portugal, Best Things To Do In The “Queen’s Present”

Here’s my guide to visiting beautiful Óbidos, a must see UNESCO site and one of Portugal’s most beautiful towns. This guide covers the top attractions and best things to do and see in Óbidos. I also give you must know tips for visiting. The charming and cobbled Old World cornucopia of medieval Óbidos Portugal is … Read more

How To Spend 10 Days In Portugal, the Perfect Ten Day Itinerary

Planning a trip to Portugal? Here’s the perfect 10 days In Portugal itinerary.  There’s nothing as romantic as an idyllic road trip through Portugal. The country is a land finely aged like wine. It stuns with its vintage-y cities, whitewashed medieval villages, a beautiful seacoast, and delicious food and wine. Top this all off with … Read more

The Best 10 Days In Portugal and Spain Itinerary

Planning a trip to Portugal and Spain? Here’s my guide to taking a fantastic 10 day road trip in southern Portugal and southern Spain. This 10 day Spain-Portugal itinerary takes you from Lisbon Portugal to Granada Spain. This popular road trip route is dense with exciting cities, must visit medieval villages, Moorish architecture, UNESCO-listed landmarks, … Read more

Guide To the Mysterious Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra Portugal

Want to step into a fairytale? Here’s my guide to visiting Quinta da Regaleira Palace. The Gothic palace is a must visit attraction and landmark in Sintra Portugal. I think Quinta is the best palace in UNESCO-rich town of Sintra, which is an easy 30 minute day trip from Lisbon. The palace is divine and … Read more

Lisbon From Home: the Best Virtual Tours of Lisbon Portugal

Here’s my armchair travel guide for Lisbon Portugal. In this wanderlusty guide, you’ll find the best virtual tours of Lisbon that can magically transport you to the Queen of the Sea without leaving your home. You heard me –- armchair travel, as in the art of vicarious travel from the comfort of your armchair, couch, … Read more

My Secret Tile Obsession: The Best Places To See Azulejos in Lisbon Portugal

Here’s my guide to the best places to find beautiful azulejo tiles in Lisbon Portugal. I have a confession to make. I’m obsessed with Portuguese tiles. While on a geographical cure in Lisbon, I poked in and out of so many ceramic shops that I lost count. I came home with so much pottery my … Read more