Lisbon is a charming city of hills, tiled sidewalks and diverse districts such as the medieval Bairro Alto and Moorish Alfama. The city wears its long history with pride and welcomes change, but Lisbon is also a city of secret corners, hidden viewpoints and clever surprises. Here is my run down of secret Lisbon.
There are 12 very diverse wine-growing regions on mainland Portugal, all with different characteristics and products, from the vinho verdes and ports of the north to the hearty reds of the south-east. The wine regions of Portugal also encompass Madeira, famed for its own fortified sweet wines, and the Azores archipelago with its own specialty, [...]
Lisbon wears its long history with pride, as witnessed at the Belém Tower and in the Gothic cloisters of Jerónimos Monastery, but contemporary Lisbon is also a city of cool design, avant-garde architecture and progressive thinking.
Floating out in the middle of the mighty Atlantic Ocean, the Azores is an archipelago of nine islands north-west of Madeira. As hot beds of tectonic activity, the islands are blessed with a generous supply of crater lakes, hot springs, lush waterfalls, volcanoes and virgin forest. When visiting the Azores, flights land at Ponta Delgada on São Miguel and onward travel is by ferry or small plane.
Coimbra, the ancient capital of Portugal, borders the Mondego River and is historically a city of two halves; the upper town was home to Portuguese aristocracy, the lower town where the markets, shops and tradespeople were found.
Eating and drinking is done with a passion in Lisbon, where the diet is largely Mediterranean, with plenty of meat – all cuts including tripe, mountains of seafood, garlic, onion and spices thrown into the gastronomic mix. But what is traditional Lisbon cuisine?