Portugal Road Trip: Where to stop between Lisbon and Lagos, Algarve

Alcacer do Sal streets

If you have at least five days or even a week in Portugal, you might like to skip south and explore two regions – the capital, Lisbon, and Lagos on the sunny Algarve coast. While you can zip between the city and this charming coastal town in under three hours, if you have the time […]

Where to Find the Best Views in Lisbon: 11 Top Miradouros

Miradouro Santa Luzia is one of the best miradouros or viewpoints in Lisbon

They say Lisbon is the city of seven hills, which is a lie. There’s more than seven, a fact you quickly learn while walking up what feels like non-stop staircases on your first day in the city. But many hills means many viewpoints and lookouts. At the top of any Lisbon hill you’ll almost always […]

Where to Find the Best Pastéis de Nata in Lisbon – 2024 Edition

Pastel de nata in Lisbon, Portugal

How many pastéis de nata could you eat on a holiday? Our friend Jayden smashed 30 on his trip to Portugal, but I will say that not all of them were prime pasteis. The man was on a mission to eat at least two Portuguese custard tarts a day, picking them up from any old […]

Local’s Guide to Feira da Ladra, Lisbon’s Famous Flea Market

Feira da Ladra Lisbon flea market

If I have a free Saturday morning in Lisbon I love to venture over to Alfama and kick around the Feira da Ladra market. You never know what you’ll find at Lisbon’s oldest flea market – it’s been in existence since the 12th century – and that’s the joy of the hunt. Vendors at Feira […]

6 Best Food Markets in Portugal

Summer produce at Mercado de Guiamrães

My favourite way to get to know a place is through its food, and there’s no better place to start than at the source – the local fresh produce markets. Every town and city in Portugal is home to permanent market halls filled with fruit and veg vendors, fish wives, butchers, cheesemongers and spice stalls.  […]

Where to find the best vintage and second-hand shops in Lisbon (2024)

Where to shop Vintage clothing in Lisbon - Madame Surto Estrela

Second-hand or vintage shopping is always fun in Lisbon. There’s the thrill of not knowing what you’ll find, the highs and lows of finding something does (or doesn’t) fit, the feel-good fact that you’re stopping an item from going to landfill, and that you’re filling your wardrobe with ethical options over fast fashion.  There are […]

Portugal Road Trip: Where to stop between Lisbon and Porto

Things to do in Aveiro with Ola Daniela

Most people visiting Portugal for the first time are keen to visit Lisbon and Porto, the biggest and second-biggest cities. But driving three hours directly from one to another skips out on coastal gems, medieval walled villages, wine regions, castles, and plenty of culture. Yes, Lisbon and Porto are two distinct cities with unique architecture, […]

The best pastel de nata cooking classes in Lisbon and Porto

Pastel de nata cooking class or workshop

If you’ve become obsessed with Portugal’s pasteis de natas (Portuguese custard tarts) then you have two options: If you’re interested in learning the secrets behind this irresistible Portuguese pastry (and potentially learn to bake other traditional desserts), read on to find the many hands-on pastéis de nata classes found across Lisbon and Porto.  What is […]

Where to find the best Portuguese street food and snacks in Lisbon

Best street food in Lisbon. Bifana at O Trevo

There’s nothing more comforting than knowing you can get a snack at any hour. From hot sandwiches like bifanas and pregos, to petiscos (tapas) of snails and prawns and an overwhelming range of eggy treats, Lisbon is not short of snacks. Hell, there’s even an entire 5pm meal, dedicated to hoeing down a sweet treat […]

Best places to eat octopus in Lisbon

Das Flores serves one of the best octopus dishes in Lisbon.

One question I get asked a lot is where is the best spot to eat octopus in Lisbon. It seems every traveller coming to visit wants to try great octopus dishes in Portugal, whether that’s a traditional Polvo à Lagareiro or a simple octopus salad.  It’s true – octopus is a favourite ingredient in Portugal. […]

29 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 […]

Where to buy authentic souvenirs in Lisbon

Azul concept store gift shop Lisbon

Souvenirs don’t have to be tacky fridge magnets or novelty mugs. Take home gifts with a little more heart when you visit Lisbon. From ceramics made in Portugal and works by local artists to traditional brands and objects, here are 13 stores you can browse for authentic Portuguese souvenirs in Lisbon. Of course, as with […]

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