Where to eat in Évora: best restaurants, cafés & sweets

Eat traditional Alentejo food at O Templo in Évora

If I had to pick a favourite regional Portuguese cuisine I’d choose the Alentejo. This expansive land of cork trees, olive groves, and vineyards has produced some of my all-time favourite Portuguese dishes.  At the heart of it all lies Évora, the Alentejo capital, a small whitewashed city finished with yellow trim where you’ll find […]

Where to shop in Évora: artisans & boutiques

Terracotta pottery is very traditional and handmade by artisans in the Alentejo region. Here's where to shop for it in Evora

Whenever I visit a destination I always want to explore what is made there. In the Alentejo that means a rich heritage of terracotta pottery, wool capotes (coats), cork products, folk-art painted furniture, rugs, wine and more. Évora, the Alentejo capital, is a small and charming city with a historic core that is a joy […]

31 best things to do in Sintra

Pena Palace is absolutely beautiful. It's one of the best things to do in Sintra near Lisbon

Sintra is Lisbon’s best day trip, for sure. Each year millions of visitors flock to the UNESCO World Heritage Sintra village to explore enchanting 19th-century palaces and eat a travesseiro. But there’s much more to do here than tick off the top sights and twirl around a palace (though there are plenty of opportunities to […]

Lisbon’s best day trip: Sintra 1 or 2-day itinerary

1 Day itinerary for Sintra includes the Moorish Castle

I always say Sintra is Lisbon’s best day trip and encourage anyone visiting me here in the Portuguese capital to take at least a day to explore. Fairytale palaces, dense mystical forest, charming villages, oversized mossy boulders and a wild, rugged coastline define the historic Sintra village and wider region, and while there’s so much […]

15 best things to do in Olhão, an Algarve gem

Things to do in Olhão

Fisherman, locals and tourists move at the same slow pace through the narrow, whitewashed streets of Olhão. Charming and full of character, this town perched on the edge of the Ria Formosa feels as though time has paused.  Ornate chimneys and flat, Moorish-style roof terraces make the old centre of the small city feel closer […]

The best cooking classes in Lisbon, Porto, the Algarve, Azores & Madeira

Cooking class Portugal

Portuguese food is so delicious, yet so simple. How do home cooks and local chefs turn a handful of ingredients into these fantastic Portuguese dishes? Well, the best way to find out is to join a cooking class. Why should you join a Portuguese cooking class? As someone who is deeply obsessed with food, I […]

2024 Food Festival Guide: Best Gastronomic Events in Portugal

Chefs on Fire is one of the best food festivals in Portugal

From celebrating sausages and sweet potatoes to Michelin-starred chefs cooking with fire, Portugal honours its rich gastronomic heritage with dozens of food festivals, wine fairs and events. Food is closely intertwined with culture in Portugal so it’s no surprise the small country puts on more than its fair share of food events. Each village has […]

23 Best Medieval & Historic Events in Portugal in 2024

The view from Palmela Castle during the Palmela Medieval festival and fair

Colourful banners flutter above cheering crowds as knights on horseback clash in a tournament for the ages. The air is thick with the scents of roasting meat and red wine, and music from another era fills your ears. Vendors hawk their wares from stalls while theatrical performers bring every corner to life, dressed as noble […]

The Best Food Tours & Experiences in Lisbon

Sardine salad on the best Lisbon food tour with Eating Europe

A food tour is my favourite way to get to know a new destination, and Lisbon is a prime place to explore via your stomach. As you traverse its hilly cobbled streets you’ll soak up history as you sip ginjinha, snack on pastéis de bacalhau, and hear tales and legends about the city.    Portugal’s capital […]

Made in Portugal: 24 Best Portuguese Sneaker Brands

Shoevenir sneakers made in Portugal

From classic kicks with a modern twist to eco-friendly leathers that don’t compromise on sustainability to custom-made kicks complete with an NFT – these Portuguese shoe brands have something for every type of sneaker enthusiast.  Portuguese shoes are well known for their quality, style, and detail, and it’s no different when it comes to sneakers […]

Best tiles in Porto: Where to find Porto’s most beautiful azulejos

Vintage car going past cool tiles in Porto

It doesn’t matter how many times I visit Porto, I’m always blown away by the city’s cultural legacy: tiles.  Hand-painted tiles adorn the facades of buildings, palaces, and churches, some dating back centuries with many narrating stories of Portugal’s past with vibrant colors and intricate designs. Azulejos are really one of Portugal’s most important artistic […]

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