Palaces of Portugal: Sintra

By Antoine Barthelemy Sintra is situated in the mountains near Lisbon and has contributed hugely to the Portuguese heritage in buildings and monuments over the course of history. In 1995, UNESCO recognised the importance of the architectural heritage and classified the city as a World Heritage Site. Most famous for its many astonishing 19th century…

Azulejos of Porto

When visiting Porto in November 2016, we were amazed by the diversity, creativity and radiance of the Azulejos, that are pretty much covering everything in Portugal in general and Porto in particular. Azulejos have their origin in the Arabic az-zulayj meaning “polished stone” and were introduced into Portugal by king Manuel I after a visit to Seville…

Porto City Guide

Porto is – well deserved – being named as one of the hottest cities in Europe to visit. And with good reason! This trendy city has great architecture, cool cocktail bars, lots of charm, a long history and excellent shopping. Oh yeah: and Port Wine too! Budget airlines have made this overlooked gem very popular…

Portugal in Pictures

With a base in Porto for the whole month of November 2016, the Travel Team explored the city and surrounding sights such as UNESCO World Heritage recognised Douro Valley, Guimaraes – the birthplace of Portugal and Braga – city of archbishops. Here’s our best pics of Portugal, including the Supermoon of November 2016! If you want to…

Art Nouveau in Porto

I’m crazy about Art Nouveau. I love the organic yet industrial architecture, that’s a mashup of wild pen strokes and symmetrical patterns. I don’t think there has ever been an art movement, that quite has incorporated two so different expressions. So beautiful. Maybe it’s the symmetrical lines, that keep the wild nature and flowing graphics…

Top 5 Music Festivals in Europe

The festival season is almost over us; days of endless summer, laying on the grass and listening to new tunes or raving in front of the stage with like-minded spirits. Music festivals in Europe have gone from a series of concerts to a musical event. The different festivals often have a specific theme and people are…