Oh Vanity! Guide To Portugal’s Alcobaça Monastery

Here’s my guide to visiting the breathtaking Alçobaca Monastery in Portugal. Alçobaca is a former Cisterian monastery founded in the 12th century by Portugal’s first king, Afonso Henriques who hailed from Guimaraes. It’s a UNESCO-listed site and a must see landmark in Portugal. This guide tells you everything you need to see inside and gives … Read more

Guide To the Stunning Coimbra University in Portugal

Here’s my complete guide to visiting the UNESCO-listed Coimbra University in Coimbra Portugal, with must know tips for visiting. Coimbra is the perfect midway stop between Lisbon and Porto and well worth a visit. The fortress-like university on the hilltop is one of Portugal’s most impressive UNESCO sites. You’ll be awed by the splendid architecture … Read more

4 Days In Lisbon Itinerary, The Queen Of The Sea

Lisbon is a sun-kissed capital known as the “Queen of the Sea.” With a unique blend of sophistication and faded old world charm, it’s one of my favorite cities in Europe. You could spend weeks in Lisbon and not see and experience all its treasures. But most of us don’t have scads of time on … Read more

20 Hidden Gems And Secret Spots In Lisbon Portugal

Looking to get off the beaten path in Lisbon Portugal? I don’t blame you. The top attractions in Lisbon can be mobbed, especially in high season. It’s good to have a place to escape without omnipresent crowds. Besides, not every stroll or reverie needs to be shared with other tourists. And Lisbon’s charms are so … 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 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

One Day In Guimaraes Itinerary, The Perfect Day Trip From Porto

Wondering how to spend one day in Guimaraes Portugal? I’ve got you covered. This 1 day in Guimaraes itinerary covers all the top attractions and best things to do in Guimaraes. Dating from the 9th century, the UNESCO-listed Guimaraes is a surefire charmer with no end to the embarrassment of riches. It’s one of the easiest … Read more