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 Ancient Neighborhood

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 — a quaint and distinctive city outside a city. With steep stairways tumbling down to Baixa below and Castelo São Jorge standing guard above, Alfama is incredibly beautiful and photogenic. It was … 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”

The charming and cobbled Old World cornucopia of medieval Óbidos Portugal is just an hour north of Lisbon. The dreamy UNESCO village is perched fetchingly on a hill and encircled with stout medieval walls. It’s decorated with splashes of ultramarine and saffron yellow paint and filled with bougainvilla-covered whitewashed homes a cherry pots of geraniums. … Read more

Perfect 10 Days In Portugal Itinerary

There’s nothing as romantic or idyllic as a 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 a dollop of historic UNESCO sites and some soulful Fado music, and … 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 in Sintra. Quinta da Regaleira is a must see attraction and a landmark in Sintra, Portugal. The Gothic palace is simply breathtaking and full of mystique. It’s an easy 30 minute day trip from Lisbon, and definitely worth a visit … Read more

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

Exploring Lisbon? 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 … Read more

A Wild Ride on Lisbon’s Ascensor da Glória

“A simple spark can destroy the foundations of civilization.” — Lisbon street artist Alexandre Farto, aka Vhils One of the first things I encountered in Lisbon on my recent geographical cure was the Elevador da Glória funicular. I saw it and was gobsmacked, in spite of what I’d read forewarning me of its wonderfulness. Despite … Read more