A Day In Sintra – Part 2

In the last post, I talked about getting to Sintra and making your way through the historic downtown to Pena Palace. In this post, we’ll explore the colorful castle, as well as other nearby sites. Palácio da Pena Pena Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site, began its history as a monastery before the great 1755Continue reading “A Day In Sintra – Part 2”

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A Day In Sintra – Part 1

If you’re staying in Lisbon for more than a couple days, I highly suggest spending at least half a day exploring the nearby town of Sintra. In this post, I’ll share how to get there, what to do, and how much it may cost you. Getting There Let’s get two of the options out ofContinue reading “A Day In Sintra – Part 1”

What To Do In Lisbon – 7 Things To Do In The City Of Seven Hills (and 2 fun day trips!)

Lisbon is a fascinating city with tons of history and something for people of all interests to enjoy. From foodie stops to museums to Instagram-worthy sites, you’ll find it all in the City of Seven Hills. With the increasing popularity of budget airlines, many are offering free stopovers in their home city and TAP AirContinue reading “What To Do In Lisbon – 7 Things To Do In The City Of Seven Hills (and 2 fun day trips!)”

Quick Read: A Day Trip to Olhão

As mentioned in my last post about what to do in Faro for 2-3 days, I suggested taking a quick and easy train ride over to the water-side town of Olhão. Arriving beside the courthouse, you take a walk through the town until you pop out by a Continente grocery store and now you canContinue reading “Quick Read: A Day Trip to Olhão”

How To Spend 2-3 Days in Faro, Portugal

As part of our contingency plan to deviate from Seville, Spain and avoid crossing borders more than necessary during COVID, we ended up taking a train from Porto down to Faro. When To Go We left the northern city on a Saturday morning and departed Faro on Tuesday, essentially giving us a weekend in theContinue reading “How To Spend 2-3 Days in Faro, Portugal”

The Algarve – Hiking The Seven Hanging Valleys Trail

Finding the silver lining in an otherwise uncertain situation is among the best tools for enjoying life and travel. While COVID-19 has created innumerable hardships, it is how we ended up with one of the most beautiful beaches in the world to ourselves. During our recent trip to Portugal, we had originally planned to slideContinue reading “The Algarve – Hiking The Seven Hanging Valleys Trail”

Top 10 Things To Do In Porto, Portugal

Coming to Portugal, there are three main areas you’re likely going to explore. You’ll probably fly into Lisbon and maybe explore one of the beach towns in the Algarves, but our favorite city in Portugal was definitely Porto in the northern third of the country. It’s laid back lifestyle, picturesque views, and never-ending supply ofContinue reading “Top 10 Things To Do In Porto, Portugal”

A River Cruise In The Douro Valley – The Perfect Day Trip From Porto

If you’re spending more than a couple days in Porto, one of the absolute must-dos is to take a day trip 1.5hrs east to the Douro Valley. The region is teeming with beauty as you pass by terraced hills looking over the winding Douro River. If you have a car, you can stop as youContinue reading “A River Cruise In The Douro Valley – The Perfect Day Trip From Porto”

What To Pack For Portugal

During our recent trip to Portugal, I decided to document what I packed before hand and what I would change for a future trip. You’ll find that I like to travel in what I consider “shoulder season” where it’s not as busy as high-season meaning costs come down and it’s not as slow as low-seasonContinue reading “What To Pack For Portugal”

Are The Gondolas Of Venice Worth It?

Venice was nothing like I expected. One of the most famous cities in the world, I had imagined a thriving metropolis with all of the usual characters – traffic, brand names, and bumbling crowds. Instead, I was met with what become one of my favorite cities in the world. With a population of about 60,000Continue reading “Are The Gondolas Of Venice Worth It?”