A 4 Day Itinerary for Lisbon Portugal, the Queen of the Sea

Planning a trip to Portugal and wondering where to go? If so, here’s my 4 day itinerary for visiting the sun-kissed capital of Lisbon. Lisbon is a feast for the eyes, and one of my favorite places in Europe. With its alluring old world charm, you could spend weeks in Lisbon and not see and … Read more

The Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, a Gorgeous Hidden Gem in Lisbon

The Monastery of São Vicente de Fora is one of Lisbon’s grand architectural sites and a secret hidden gem in Lisbon. In fact, it’s hidden in plain sight, sitting atop one of Graca’s highest points. But few tourists venture inside. That’s a mistake. The 16th century Monastery of São Vicente de Fora is jaw dropping. … Read more

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

Here’s my guide to what to see and do in the architecturally-rich suburb of Belem. Belem is a mini day trip from Lisbon. It’s just southwest of the city center. Belem is a pretty riverfront area that showcases Lisbon’s defining UNESCO-listed monuments. Some of these Belem beauties are among the most famous landmarks in Portugal. … Read more

Guide To Jerónimos Monastery: Manueline Splendor in Lisbon’s Belém Neighborhood

Here’s my guide to visiting the spectacular Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon Portugal. Jeronimos Monastery is one of the most important landmarks in Portugal. The limestone edifice is a must visit attraction in Lisbon’s UNESCO-rich Belem suburb. It’s Portugal’s most visited heritage site. In this guide, I give you an overview of the monastery’s history and … Read more

Guide To Óbidos Portugal, 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 10 top attractions and best things to do in Óbidos. Just an hour north of Lisbon, lies the charming and cobbled Old World cornucopia of medieval Óbidos Portugal. Óbidos is the perfect … Read more

Guide To the Alfama, Lisbon’s Oldest Neighborhood

Here’s my guide to the must see sites, attractions, and landmarks in the Alfama neighborhood of Lisbon. You’ll find all the best things to see and do in this atmospheric district. 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

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

Guide To the Madcap Romantic Pena Palace in Sintra Portugal

“Truth is always strange, stranger than fiction.” — Lord Byron Planning a vacation in Portugal? Here’s my guide to visiting the remarkable Pena Palace in Sintra. Sintra is an easy day trip from Lisbon and should be on your Portugal itinerary. This Pena Palace guide tells you everything to do and see at the popular … Read more

Guide To Sé Velha: Coimbra’s Doughty 12th Century Cathedral-Castle

Coimbra is an atmospheric town that should definitely be on your itinerary for Portugal. And Coimbra’s ancient Romanesque church, Sé Velha, is a must see site in Coimbra. Coimbra has a melancholy beauty all its own. Coimbra has its own pottery style, its own version of Fado, the oldest library in Portugal, and an attitude. … Read more