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A Visit to The Magical Pena Palace in Sintra

Hello fellow travelers! In Sintra, a small town in Portugal, there is a magical palace called Pena Palace. If ever there was a palace that belonged inside a fairytale then this is definitely the one! The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. The Park and Palace of Pena are the fruit of …

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Piódâo – Portugal’s Most Beautiful Village

Hello fellow travelers! Let me introduce you to the beautiful village of Piódão, located in my country, Portugal.  Piódão is right in the center of Portugal, only a few kilometers from Serra da Estrela Natural Park. Getting there is not easy.  The road is narrow and curvy, but once you arrive you will realize that the time and effort spent is well worth …

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São Lourenço do Barrocal Stay at Alentejo, Portugal

If you are planning a trip to Portugal be sure to include a visit to Alentejo. Alentejo was recently chosen by the prestigious publication Lonely Planet Traveller as one of the best destinations in the World to spend a weekend. In this region you’ll find many great hotel options, but São Lourenço do Barrocal is one of the best. Located in Barrocal, near …

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Climbing the Pico of the Azores

I have always had a mild fascination with mountains and extreme geographies such as remote islands or desolate icy landscapes or infectious rainforests.  There is something mystifying about them that captures’ my attention.  When planning my Azores trip I scheduled in Pico island for essentially one reason: to scale mount Pico. The mountain is actually a volcano and it is …

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The Caldeirão of Corvo Island (Azores)

The smallest of the islands in the Azores archipelago is Corvo.  Isolated in the western section of the chain and neglected by most travelers to the Azores, Corvo has surprised me.  Prior to coming to Corvo all I really had to go off was photographs.  Indeed, the most impressive was one with the volcanic crater lake which engulfs most of …

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Hostel Review: Pousada de Juventude do Pico

As we rounded the bend of the road in São Roque we both said “wow.”  We knew we were staring at the next Pousada which we would call our place for the night.  Looking at the Pousada from the coast you will see the church to your right and a large connected extension to the left.  This extension used to …

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Hostel Review: Pousada de Juventude de São Jorge

When you think about a million dollar view or the vista you wouldn’t mind waking up to every single day of your life you will definitely look back on your stay at Pousada de Juventude de São Jorge.  Personally, I love a waterfront view, as many people do, and large mountains.  Pousada de Juventude de São Jorge has a view …

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Hostel Review: Pousada de Juventude da Terceira

The Pousada in São Miguel was aged appropriately and had a unique Portuguese flair.  I was expecting the Pousada on the Açoriano island of Terceira to be fairly similarly, but it was not.  Albeit, the hostel was in many ways better in my opinion and similar in others which could of course be improved upon. You will either arrive on …

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Hotel Review: Graciosa Resort and Business Hotel

The Açores are made up of nine islands that sit roughly midway between North America and Europe.  Each island is inhabited, though some differ greatly in the number of people.  One of the smaller islands is Graciosa which has less than 5,000 people and only covers 65 sq kilometers (25 sq miles). Naturally, you might not expect an abundance of …

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Hostel Review: Pousada de Juventude de São Miguel

Pousada de Juventude de São Miguel: When first walking up to this hostel you’ll be thinking it looks more like an antique manor.  Large like an estate, white exterior with black accenting and a roundabout drive away which offers plenty of parking should you rent a car. The entrance to the hostel is grand with plenty of information for things …

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7 Must-See Cities in Portugal

So the Summer season is coming soon, which is a perfect reason to go on vacation, duh!  And if you’re planning to go to Europe – I highly recommend to choose Portugal as your next Summer destination!  Below you will find a list of 7 must-see cities and the reasons why you should absolutely visit Portugal. This post includes photos from my personal …

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Padrão dos Descobrimentos: The History Behind a Monument

I think I first saw this monument when I was about 14 years old or at least that is when I first distinctly remember the Padrao.  I have now seen it and Lisbon numerous times.  Growing up my parents told me about some of Portugal’s history and in school in the US I learned some brief details. However, it was …