Visiting Fatima from Porto

The Sanctuary of the Virgin Mary at Fátima is one of Portugal’s most revered pilgrimage shrines and celebrates the appearance of Our Lady to three children in 1917. Visiting Fatima from Porto should be on everybody’s bucket list.

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April 15, 2014 by
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Exploring Funchal

Madeira’s cute little main city is one of Portugal’s prettiest. Exploring Funchal reveals pavement cafés, fish restaurants and museums as well as botanical gardens and cable-car rides.

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April 8, 2014 by
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The Five Best Towns on the Algarve

The Algarve is one of Europe’s most popular vacation destinations, where year-round sun and long, hot summers are pretty much guaranteed. Most people never look past the sweep of beaches, the golf courses of the pumping nightlife, but there’s plenty more to experience in the best towns on the Algarve.

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March 18, 2014 by
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Livraria Lello, Porto’s Most Beautiful Bookshop

The Porto institution that is the elegant bookstore of Livraria Lello is found at Rua das Carmelitas 144, and opened its doors in 1906. Its façade is a lacy and white-washed confection of Art Nouveau-meets Gothic revival and was painted by José Bielman with two figures representing Science and Art.

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March 11, 2014 by
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The Seaside Town of Aveiro near Porto

Just a hop and jump from both Porto and Coimbra, the seaside town of Aveiro is a miniature Portuguese version of Venice in Italy, riddled with canals and lined with stately townhouses. Instead of gondolas vying for your business, in this genteel old fishing port you can expect cheerily painted traditional moliceiro fishing boats in blue, white and yellow bobbing on the waterways leading off the Ria River.

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February 25, 2014 by
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Day Trips from Faro

The Algarve is Portugal’s premier – and probably Europe’s – holiday destination for sun-starved northerners and Faro is the center of the vacation action. The region is so much more than golf courses and beaches – day trips from Faro can include Moorish cities, a jaunt to Lisbon or getting out on the ocean to spot dolphins.

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February 18, 2014 by
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