Linking Santa Comba, in Beira Alta region, to Viseu, in the Central region, this is a 49.300km of extension railway track that got converted into a public bike road in 2007. The Ecopista do Dão project involved building a bicycle path recreating the train lane but also rebuilding the old stations and along the way.
The Chapel of Bones is a small chapel, part of the Sao Francisco church in Évora. Decorated with human bones and scalps, it represents the fragility of live and reminds the believers of their mortality. Built in the 17th century, it is now open to visitors.
The Azores led the World’s Top 10 Sustainable Destinations as the Best of the Atlantic. The award was given recently at ITB Berlin. The Azores and the Oeste Region (as best of Europe) were selected to the top ten from 100 sustainable destinations. An international jury picked 32 finalists before naming two regions in Portugal to the World’s Top 10 Sustainable Destinations 2018 list.
Reader's Digest nominated Tomar as one of the best off-radar destinations for those looking for unusual escaped. In the Portuguese central region, Tomar actually preserves part of the nations History. The Convent of Christ served as the Knights Templar headquarters for centuries and the historical sights downtown recover architecture from the Renaissance and the Manoelin period.
Ah, the World Cup is here again! As for players, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best in the world today, and names like Pauleta, Eusebio, Figo and others are legends in the game.
June 10 is Portugal’s National Day. And while most national days mark a great accomplishment or success – Think the French Revolution and the signing of the Declaration of Independence– June 10 Celebrates the darkest day in Portuguese history. This is the story of why Portugal celebrates its worst day, ever….
I had heard that Vinho Verde means green wine, but after a little online research I learned the word “verde” means young. And that makes sense, since these wines are released just three to six months after harvest.
Dotting the hillsides, particularly in coastal regions, are windmills that have been used in the country since the 11th century. Most have a cylindrical shape with a conical roof, are painted white, and have canvas sails. New investment program have allowed many water, oil, and wind mills to be transformed into unique escapes in the interior and coastal areas of Portugal.
The Azores are an easy flight from New England this summer with 12 weekly flights from Boston’s Logan Airport and Providence’s Green Airport. Azores Airlines is offering multiple non-stops to the Azores, and beyond to other great destinations with one-stop service to Lisbon, Madeira, Porto, the Canaries and Cape Verde.
In the summertime the Portuguese beach sellers spread the word on the send while carrying their bags full of treats: bolas de berlim, línguas da sogra and bolacha americana. It's a Portuguese habit to have the creamy berliners by the sun and to call the vanilla rolls "língua da sogra" as for Mother in law tongues