UNESCO’s World Heritage places in Portugal

Portugal is a country of history and beauty. There’s several places throughout our borders that are recognized as being important for our history, among them there’s castles and several monuments. Our beauty is diversified, going from the natural landscapes to the most populated cities. Of course that small villages and towns also play an important…

Places to visit – the Pena National Palace

The Pena Palace, as most people know, is located in the town of Sintra, stands  on a huge rocky mountain, and was elected in 2007 as one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal. This distinction is validated by the majority of tourists who visit it, but most famously by Richard Strauss, the famous German composer…

Alentejo wines, what’s so special about about them?

We wouldn’t blame you if you thought Alentejo was nothing more than a beautiful region, with its long plains, fantastic beaches and unique landscapes. The truth is, it’s so much more than that: it’s one of the most important wine regions of Portugal! However, as in most success stories, it wasn’t always like that. For…

Marvão Castle – A National Monument

Santa Maria de Marvão’s landscape, in Portalegre, Alentejo, is dominated by the castle that stands between the walls and towers of the medieval village. And the history of the protection of this village is entwined with a legend. The Marvão castle, considered a national monument, stands 850 meters above sea level, built on a quartz…

Pastéis de Belém, the history and the secret

Pastéis de Belém are probably the most well-known and loved pastries by tourists visiting Portugal. More than 20.000 are made daily by the Confeitaria (pastry factory), located very close to the Belém Tower and the Jerónimos’ Monastery. The monastery played a central role in the history of these delicacies. The recipe for the Pastéis de…