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Where to stay in Viseu: 5 Best Hotels in Viseu


A popular city in the heart of Portugal, Viseu is known for its historical buildings and unique cobblestone streets. If you’re planning a trip to Viseu, finding the right place to stay is essential. With so many options to choose from, it can be overwhelming to pick the perfect hotel. From luxurious spa retreats to cozy guesthouses, Viseu has something for every traveler. Let’s take a look at the 5 best hotels in Viseu!

1. Montebelo Viseu Congress Hotel 

A 5-star hotel, Montebelo Viseu Congress Hotel is just a 20-minute walk from the center of Viseu. This spa features a spa and wellness center where guests can enjoy a professional massage and a Turkish bath, as well as an indoor and outdoor pool. The rooms at Montebello Viseu Congress Hotel are decorated with warm colors and feature air conditioning, a minibar, a seating area, and a dining area. The restaurant serves Portuguese and international cuisine, as well as a daily breakfast.

2. Pousada de Viseu

Pousada de Viseu is a 4-star establishment located in a 19th-century building, a 5-minute walk from the green park Florestal de Fontelo. Overlooking the old part of the city of Viseu, the hotel features a relaxing spa and wellness center, outdoor swimming pools, and an outdoor terrace. The spacious guest rooms feature modern furniture, air-conditioning, a minibar, and a flat-screen TV, while some come with a balcony with panoramic views of the city.


3. Bemyguest – Loft Guest House Jardim das Mães Charming 

A 4-star guesthouse, Bemyguest is located in an early 19th-century building in Jardim das Mães (mothers’ garden) that was renovated in 2015. This place offers stunning views of Rossio Square and is located next to the Almeida Moreira Museum and City Hall. The rooms come equipped with a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom with a bath or shower. Some units include a kitchenette, seating area, and views of the garden or city.


4.  Montebelo Palácio dos Melos Viseu Historic Hotel

A 4-star hotel, Montebelo Palacio dos Melos Viseu Historic Hotel is located in the historical center of Viseu and features an elegant lounge area and a terrace bar with panoramic views of the city. The hotel has been renovated to keep its original facade, whilst adding modern facilities and touches to the property. The rooms feature a spa bath, shower, air-conditioning, satellite TV, and a minibar.


5. Avenida Boutique Hotel 

Located 2 kilometers from Viseu Cathedral, Avenida Boutique Hotel offers a sophisticated atmosphere in the heart of the city. The hotel features a 24-hour front desk, room service, as well as restaurants nearby. The guest rooms feature a desk, flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, and comfortable towels. Guests can also enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast every morning which can be served in their room.


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SEF inspectors cancel airport strikes in Lisbon, Porto, Faro and Madeira


Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) inspectors canceled the airport strikes in Lisbon, Porto, Faro, and Madeira last Friday.

The strikes were scheduled to take place at Lisbon’s Humberto Delgado Airport from 5:00 am to 10:00 am on May 27 to 29, June 3 to 5, June 10 to 12, June 17 to 19, and June 24 to 26.

At the remaining airports and border checkpoints, including maritime ports, the strike was planned for May 22 and 29, and June 5, 12, 19, and 26.

Last Wednesday, the President of the Republic promulgated the government decrees, which were approved by the Council of Ministers on April 6, regarding the replacement of SEF and the transitional regime for its employees.
According to the union, the suspension of the strikes follows the promulgation of these decrees regarding the transition of staff and the creation of the Portuguese Agency for Minorities, Migrations, and Asylum. 
SEF as we know it is expected to become extinct by October, as was previously planned.
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Third day of Maddie search in Algarve dam could be the last


The search for Maddie McCann at the Arade Dam in Algarve is expected to conclude this Thursday, although the results of the investigations have so far been inconclusive. There are no plans to extend the operations, despite the delay caused by adverse weather conditions on Tuesday.

Several inspectors and experts have been deployed to the dam for the searches this week. The operation also involves tracking dogs, sensors, drones, and a boat.

On Wednesday, a small machine was used to clear the terrain and facilitate the collection of soil samples.

The Judiciary Police is expected to communicate the results of this operation in a press conference upon the completion of the search.

The operation was requested by the German police, who suspect Christian Bruckner’s involvement in the disappearance of the British child in 2007. He was made a suspect back in April of 2022. 

However, the operation is also being followed by the Metropolitan Police of London.

Mark Cranwell, Chief Inspector from the United Kingdom, is on-site to inform the McCann family of any developments. 

The searches are going on in the Arade Dam, located 50 kilometers from Praia da Luz where Madeleine McCann disappeared at 3 years old in 2007.

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Portuguese Architecture: 7 Most Incredible Buildings in Portugal

Portugal is a country steeped in history and culture, with a rich architectural heritage that reflects its long past. From the intricate Gothic designs of the Middle Ages to the ornate Baroque styles of the 18th century, Portuguese architecture is a testament to the country’s creativity when it comes to incredible buildings. 

Throughout the centuries, Portugal has produced some of the world’s most breathtaking buildings, many of which have become treasured historical monuments. Let’s explore 7 of the most incredible buildings in Portugal so you can better understand Portuguese architecture and all that it entails.

1. Belem Tower 

A fortified tower in Belem, Belem Tower was built the early 16th century and stands tall along the Tagus river in Lisbon. While it has served many functions along the years, such as a customs checkpoints, today it is one of the most popular attractions in Lisbon, after being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.

This tower initially designed as a fortress to protect the city of Lisbon from invasion during the reign of King Manuel I. Designed by Francisco de Arruda, a Portuguese architect who was heavily influenced by the Gothic style of architecture, characterized by intricate stone carvings of maritime motifs such as ropes, anchors, and sea monsters.

The tower has a four-story structure, with the first three floors containing small chambers that were used for storage and as prison cells. The fourth floor houses the king’s chambers, which were decorated with beautiful tiles, and a terrace that offers stunning views of the Tagus River. 

Torre de Belem. Photo by Alex Paganelli (Unsplash)

2. Jerónimos Monastery

Also located in Belem, the Jerónimos Monastery is one of the best examples of late Gothic architecture. It was built in the early 16th century by King Manuel I to commemorate the return of Vasco da Gama from his voyage to India and to give thanks to God for the wealth it brought to Portugal.

The monastery was designed by architect Diogo de Boitaca and construction began in 1501. It took nearly a century to complete, with the final elements added in the 1570s. The monastery’s architectural style is characterized by intricate stone carvings and ornate cloisters.

The monastery features several impressive structures, including the church, the cloisters, and the Chapter House. The church is particularly notable for its size and ornate decorations. The Chapter House is a particularly impressive room, with a vaulted ceiling featuring intricate stonework and a series of large stained glass windows.

For a full experience of Belem which includes visits to Belem Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, book this tour.

Jeronimos Monastery. Photo by Amanda Yeung (Unsplash)

3. Casa da Música 

A concert hall and cultural center located in Porto, Casa da Música was designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas in 2005 and is one of the most incredible contemporary buildings in all of Portugal.

The building’s distinctive design features a unique angular form and a façade covered in white tiles that reflect the city’s sun. The interior of the building is equally impressive, with state-of-the-art acoustics and technology that provide an immersive concert experience.

The main concert hall, the Sala Suggia, is the centerpiece of the building and can seat up to 1,300 people. The hall features a unique design that combines wood, concrete, and glass to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. 

In addition to the main concert hall, Casa da Música also features several smaller performance spaces, rehearsal rooms, recording studios, and a restaurant. You can opt to take a tour of this building or even better, attend a show at Casa da Música.

Casa da Musica, Porto (Unsplash)

4. Pena Palace 

Perhaps one of the most magical buildings in Portugal, Pena Palace, also known as Palácio da Pena is a colorful palace located in the town of Sintra. Built in the 19th century by King Ferdinand II, it is considered one of the most remarkable examples of Romanticism architecture in Europe. Today, the Pena Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal.

The palace was designed by Baron Wilhelm Ludwig von Eschwege, a German architect who combined elements of Gothic, Manueline, Moorish, and Renaissance styles to create a unique building. 

The palace is situated on a hilltop surrounded by lush forests and gardens, and it offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The interior of the palace is equally impressive, with lavishly decorated rooms. Book your ticket to the Pena Palace here to skip the line.

Pena Palace. Photo by Alexander Wende (Unsplash)

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5. University of Coimbra 

The University of Coimbra is one of the oldest universities in Europe, founded in 1290 by King Dinis of Portugal. The university is located in the historic city of Coimbra, in central Portugal, and has played an important role in Portuguese education for centuries. However, its architecture is what surprises most when they visit. 

The university’s buildings are a mix of architectural styles, with Gothic, Baroque, and Neoclassical elements. The most notable building is the Joanina Library, which was built in the 18th century and is considered one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. The library features ornate decorations and frescoes, and houses thousands of rare and valuable books.

Another highlight of the university is the Royal Palace of Coimbra, which was originally built in the 12th century as a royal residence. The palace was later transformed into a university building, and today it houses the administrative offices of the university.

You can actually take a tour of the University of Coimbra or visit separate areas and buildings on your own.

University of Coimbra. Photo by Henrique Macedo (Unsplash)

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6. Mafra National Palace

A large Baroque palace in Mafra, the Mafra National Palace was built in the 18th century by King João V of Portugal for his wife, after she gave him children. The construction of the palace began in 1717 and took over 20 years to complete, with over 1,000 construction workers dying in the process.

The palace was designed by German architect Johann Friedrich Ludwig and features a symmetrical layout with a massive central courtyard. The exterior of the palace is adorned with intricate carvings and statues, while the interior is lavishly decorated with marble.

One of the highlights of the palace is the library, which contains over 36,000 volumes and is considered one of the most beautiful Baroque libraries in the world. The library features an impressive collection of rare books and manuscripts.

In addition to the palace itself, the complex also includes a convent, a basilica, and a hunting park (now a nature reserve). 

Mafra National Palace. Photo by Joao Bento (Flickr)

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7. Sanctuary of Fátima

The Sanctuary of Fátima is a major Catholic pilgrimage site located in the town of Fátima, in central Portugal. It is one of the most famous and visited religious sites in the world, and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the apparitions that allegedly took place in 1917.

The sanctuary is a complex that features incredible buildings including the Chapel of the Apparitions, the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, and the new Basilica of the Holy Trinity.

The Chapel of the Apparitions is the heart of the sanctuary and marks the spot where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to the children. The chapel is a simple structure, with a marble statue of the Virgin Mary and a glass panel behind it that allows visitors to view the original holm oak tree that stood on the site.

The Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary was built in the 1950s and is the larger of the two basilicas. It is an impressive neo-Baroque structure with a towering bell tower, and it contains the tombs of two of the shepherd children, Jacinta and Francisco. 

The newer Basilica of the Holy Trinity was built in 2007 to accommodate the large crowds that visit the site. It is a modern structure with a circular shape and a soaring concrete dome, and it can hold up to 9,000 people.

Sanctuary of Fatima. Photo by Tânia Mousinho (Unsplash)

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5 Best Hotels in Viana do Castelo


Viana do Castelo is a picturesque city located in the north of Portugal, known for its historic architecture, beautiful beaches, and stunning natural landscapes. If you’re planning a trip to Viana do Castelo and looking for the best place to stay, you’re in luck – the city has a range of excellent hotels to suit every taste and budget.

Whether you’re looking for a luxury hotel with a view or a family-friendly hotel, we can help you find the perfect accommodation in Viana do Castelo. Let’s take a look at the 5 best hotels in Viana do Castelo for your next visit. 

1. Hotel FeelViana

From family bungalows to suites and double rooms, Hotel FeelViana has a unit for any guest, some even boasting views of the sea. Only a 4-minute walk from the beach, this hotel offers an outdoor pool and water activities, as well as a large sun terrace and a spa center.


2. Dona Emilia Guest House

A 20-minute walk from the beach, Dona Emilia Guest House is located in the center of the city, close to historical attractions such as Praça da República’s 16th century Fountain. The living room and kitchen are shared between all guests, while the bathrooms are private. Guests also receive free products to cook their own breakfast.


3. Pousada de Viana de Castelo

Set on Monte de Santa Luzia, Pousada de Viana de Castelo has one of the best views of the city, with rooms offering panoramic views of the ocean. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, and multiple terraces. The rooms come equipped with a minibar, cable TV, and air conditioner.


4. Axis Viana Business & Spa Hotel

Located close to Viana do Castelo’s historical city center, the 4-star Axis Viana Business & Spa Hotel features a luxury spa and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The guest rooms offer views of the city’s parks and are equipped with TVs and private bathrooms. The hotel also features a stunning trendy bar with vintage wines and a restaurant that serves an à la carte menu.


5. Hotel do Parque

Located a 5-minute walk from the beach and 700 meters from the city center of Viana do Castelo, Hotel do Parque has been recently renovated and features a restaurant with panoramic views of the Lima River, as well as an outdoor swimming pool. The newly-renovated rooms feature air conditioning, satellite TV, and some private balconies. Guests can also enjoy the reading room and gym available on site.

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5 Top Sea Caves and Grottos in Portugal

Portugal is known for the beauty of its coastline, and some of the most captivating natural wonders are its sea caves and grottos. These geological formations, shaped by the power of the sea are a sight to be seen.

If you’re planning a trip to Portugal, make sure to include a visit to at least one of these 5 top sea caves and grottos. From the Algar de Benagil to the Gruta do Capitão, each sea cave and grotto has its own unique character and geology.

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or a beach lover, these geological wonders are worth a visit. Let’s take a look at the 5 top sea caves and grottos in Portugal!

1. Algar de Benagil, Portimão

By far, the most famous sea cave in Portugal is the Algar de Benagil in Portimão, Algarve. If you have seen a photo of a blue-watered sea cave in Portugal, this is likely to be the one. This cave is widely considered one of the most stunning natural wonders in the region.

The cave is famous for its large dome-shaped opening that allows sunlight to filter in, creating a beautiful natural light show inside the cave. The interior is filled with intricate rock formations, sparkling waters, and a small beach that can be reached by boat or swim.

Time for some geology? The Algar de Benagil was formed over thousands of years through the erosion of the surrounding cliffs by the sea. The collapse of the cave ceiling has resulted in the current dome-shaped opening, which is approximately 20 meters in diameter.

You can paddle or kayak to the sea caves from Benagil Beach if the ocean conditions allow, although the current can make it difficult. However, the safest and best way to get to Algar de Benagil is to book a boat tour.

We recommend booking this 2-hour tour from Portimão, which includes a visit to the Benagil Cave. You can also expect to see spectacular rock formations, crystal-clear waters, and hidden beaches that are only accessible by boat. The tour is led by an experienced guide who provides insights into the marine life and ecology of the area. 

Benagil Caves. Photo by 777 S (Unsplash)

2. Algar do Carvão, Terceira

Algar do Carvão is a famous volcanic chimney located on the island of Terceira in the Azores archipelago. It is one of the most impressive geological formations in the region and is a must-visit for anyone interested in earth sciences or natural history.

The chimney was formed approximately 3000 years ago during a volcanic eruption, and it is estimated to be around 90 meters deep. The walls of the chimney are adorned with intricate mineral deposits and formations, including stalactites and stalagmites. 

If you are lucky enough to visit Algar do Carvão, you can explore the inside of the chimney by descending a staircase that has been installed for that purpose. Along the way, you will find the various rock formations that make up the walls of the chimney. There is also a small lake at the bottom of the chimney, which is fed by a natural spring.

There are many tours that take you to this algar, as well as other nearby attractions. We recommend this popular excursion that takes visitors on a journey through the island’s volcanic caves and grottos, including the Algar do Carvão. It is a unique and educational experience that showcases the geological history of the Azores. You will be able to descend into the crater of the Algar do Carvão and observe the various rock formations and geologic layers that have accumulated over the years.

The tour also includes a visit to the Furnas do Enxofre, a sulfur cave that emits a distinct smell due to its mineral content. You will learn about the unique ecosystem, including small creatures and plants that have adapted to the unique conditions.

Algar do Carvão, Terceira. Photo by Vitor Oliveira (Flickr)

3. Zorreira Cave, Portimão

Zorreira Cave is a unique geological formation located in Portimão, formed over thousands of years. It is known in the area for its intricate stalactites, stalagmites, and other mineral formations. The cave is approximately 40 meters deep and can only be accessed by boat.

The geology of Zorreira Cave is fascinating, with the mineral formations taking on a range of shapes and sizes. The stalactites and stalagmites have been formed over millions of years by the slow drip of mineral-rich water. The colors and shapes of the formations vary greatly, adding to the cave’s unique beauty.

Visitors to Zorreira Cave are advised to wear appropriate footwear, as the cave can be slippery in places. It is also recommended that visitors bring a jacket, as the temperature inside the cave can be cooler than the outside temperature. Guided tours typically last around two hours and include a visit to other nearby caves and grottos, making it a comprehensive exploration of the region’s natural wonders.

In summary, Zorreira Cave is a famous geological formation that is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Portimao, Portugal. The cave’s intricate mineral formations and unique beauty make it a stunning natural wonder that should not be missed. Visitors can access the cave by joining guided tours that depart from Portimao and can expect to spend around two hours exploring the cave and other nearby geological formations.

4. Gruta do Capitão, Armação de Pêra

Also known as the Captain’s Cave, Gruta do Capitão is a popular natural attraction located near Armação de Pera in the Algarve. The cave is named after the captain who discovered it in the 20th century. To visit Gruta do Capitão, it is recommended to book a guided tour in advance. 

The geology of the cave is fascinating, as it was formed from limestone rock that was eroded by water over time. As the water slowly drips through the rock, it deposits minerals that build up over time and create the formations we see today.

This has resulted in the cave’s interior being decorated with stalagmites and stalactites, columns, and curtains of calcite, formed over thousands of years by this dripping water.

The colors and textures of the rocks create a unique sight, one you will want to photograph. This cave has also been known to humans for centuries as artifacts from the Paleolithic era have been found within the cave, indicating that it was used by early humans for shelter and possibly even for ritual purposes. 

5. Cabo Espichel, Arrabida

Cabo Espichel is a rugged cliff formation located at the western end of the Serra da Arrabida mountain range in Portugal. It is a popular destination for tourists who come to see its stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and its unique geological features.

The cliffs are made up of layers of limestone and sandstone, which have been eroded over time by wind and water to create a dramatic landscape. Within these cliffs, hidden sea caves have been formed throughout the years.

This tour of the Secret Beaches of Arrabida takes you on a journey to discover some of the most secluded beaches and sea caves in the region. You will explore the Arrabida Natural Park, and visit some hidden beaches that are not easily accessible by car. The tour stops at Cabo Espichel, where you will be able to see beautiful cliffs and, finally – stunning hidden sea caves!

Cabo Espichel, Arrabida. Photo by Paulo Valdivieso (Flickr)
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Man shot in Lisbon metro after trying to stab police


On Thursday afternoon, a man was shot by PSP police officers after attempting to stab a law enforcement officer and threatening several passengers of the Lisbon Metro with a large knife.

The incident took place at Bela Vista station, and the suspect’s escape into the tunnel led to the suspension of Red Line services between 6:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

According to a statement released by PSP, officers were alerted to the incident at 6:07 p.m. Upon the police’s arrival, the 54-year-old man fled into the Bela Vista metro station.

“As he was intercepted, the individual maintained his aggressive and uncooperative behavior, even inflicting a stab wound on one of the officers, cutting his uniform in the abdominal area,” explained the authorities.

The police chased him down the subway line and then fired shots at the suspect, “hitting him in both legs.”

Both the apprehended individual, who was later transferred to a hospital, and one of the involved police officers received medical treatment and are doing well. 

The authorities are investigating to determine the circumstances surrounding the suspect’s actions.

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Airport strikes starting this weekend in Lisbon, Faro and Madeira


If you’re traveling to or from Portugal between May 20 and June 26, you might want to read on. Several strike periods start from May 20th at Lisbon, Porto, Faro, and Madeira airports.

At Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport, strikes will take place between 5 am and 10 am from May 20 to 22, May 27 to 29, June 3 to 5, June 10 to 12, June 17 to 19, and June 24 to 26.

At other airports and border posts, including maritime ports, the strike will occur on May 22 and 29, as well as June 5, 12, 19, and 26.

The uncertainty surrounding the future of inspectors from the Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) is the main reason behind the strike. This comes after the government approved a decree-law on April 6, establishing the transitional regime for SEF workers as part of a restructuring process.

If you have a flight on one of these days, make sure to contact the airline and check the status of your flight. More information is expected in the next few days.

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5 Best Things to Do in Setubal

Setubal is a beautiful coastal city located just a short drive south of Lisbon. With its stunning beaches and unique marine life, Setubal has become a popular destination for tourists. Whether you’re interested in unforgettable experiences or simply soaking up the sun on the beach, Setubal has something for everyone. Let’s take a look at the 5 best things to do in Setubal, portugal.

1. Arrabida Natural Park

Arrabida Natural Park is a stunning protected area located on the coast of Portugal. The park covers an area of approximately 10,800 hectares and is home to an incredibly diverse range of flora and fauna. The rugged mountain range of Arrabida is the park’s most notable feature, with its peaks reaching heights of up to 500 meters.

The Arrabida Natural Park is a popular destination for hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing. The park boasts a network of trails that provide visitors with access to some of its most stunning vistas, such as the panoramic view of the Sado estuary and the Troia Peninsula from the top of the Arrabida ridge.

The park is also an important site for birdwatching, with over 200 species of birds recorded in the area. The Arrabida Natural Park is an ideal location for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike, and it is easy to see why it is considered one of the most beautiful natural parks in Portugal.

Photo by Eduardo Goody (Unsplash)

2. Setubal Historic Center

The historic center of Setubal is a charming location that is known for its long history, dating back to the Roman era. The center of Setubal is a vibrant mix of narrow streets and squares, colorful buildings, and historic landmarks.

The city’s main square, Praça do Bocage, is named after the famous Portuguese poet Manuel Maria Barbosa du Bocage, and it is the heart of the city’s social life.

The city’s old town is also home to various historic landmarks, such as the Monastery of Jesus, which is a 15th-century Gothic-style church with a stunning interior. The city’s castle, Castelo de Sao Filipe, is another must-see, offering panoramic views of the city.

3. Explore the Setubal beaches

Setubal has some amazing beaches that are often forgotten. Each beach has its own unique charm and features, making it an ideal destination for beach lovers.

Praia de Galapinhos is one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, with crystal-clear waters and white sand. Praia da Figueirinha is another popular beach, perfect for swimming and water sports, with restaurants and cafes nearby.

For a quieter and more secluded experience, Praia dos Coelhos is a great option, nestled in a cove with clear waters, ideal for snorkeling and swimming. 

4. Dolphin watching tour

This dolphin watching tour near Setubal is one of our favorite experiences. You will get to go on a thrilling boat ride, where you will see these amazing creatures up close, swimming and playing in the wild.

You’ll also have the opportunity to admire the stunning landscapes of Sesimbra, which is located in the Serra da Arrabida Natural Park. The boat is equipped with everything you need to ensure a comfortable and safe experience, with expert guides who will provide you with information about the dolphins and the surrounding area.

The Dolphin Watch Tour in Sesimbra is a unique and unforgettable experience that will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. So, come and join us on this exciting adventure and discover the magic of the ocean and its incredible creatures!

5. Arrabida caves

This tour takes you off the beaten path to explore some of the most secluded and stunning beaches in the region, as well as hidden caves in Arrabida. You’ll be amazed by the crystal-clear waters and breathtaking landscapes that you’ll encounter along the way.

This is the perfect for anyone looking for an adventure and a chance to escape the crowds. You’ll explore hidden coves and beaches that are only accessible by boat, making it an exclusive and unforgettable experience.

The tour is led by expert guides who will share with you their knowledge of the area’s history and ecology, giving you a deeper understanding of this stunning region.

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7 Best Food Experiences in Portugal

The best way to understand a culture is to discover its cuisine. Portuguese cuisine has a long history originating from the 15th century, when Portugal was a significant maritime power, and has been shaped by various cultures such as Moors, Romans, Celts, and Phoenicians.

From bacalhau and pastel do nata to caldo verde, Portuguese food is known for its unique flavors that will make a mark on anyone that tries them. To make the most out of Portugal’s food, take a look at the 7 best food experiences in Portugal. 

1. Porto: 3-Hour Food and Wine Tasting Tour – Guided Experience

If you’re looking for a Porto tour to please your taste buds, this food and wine tour is a must-try experience. This tour takes you on a gastronomic journey through Porto’s famous food and wine culture, with an expert guide leading the way. This tour is perfect for foodies who want to experience the authentic flavors of Porto.

You’ll visit various hidden gems and traditional taverns to taste some of the city’s most delicious cuisine, from seafood and cured meats to cheeses and pastries. One of the highlights of the tour is a stop at a local port wine cellar, where you’ll learn about the history of port wine and sample some of the finest vintages. 

2. Treasures of Lisboa Food Tours

This Lisbon tour is one of our favorite ways to discover the vibrant culinary scene of Lisbon. This tour takes you on a culinary adventure through Lisbon’s historic neighborhoods, where you’ll discover hidden gems and taste some of the city’s most delicious food and drink.

Your expert guide will take you to local markets, bakeries, and taverns, where you’ll savor authentic Portuguese cuisine, including seafood, cheeses, cured meats, and pastries. You’ll also stop at a port tavern, where you’ll sample some of Lisbon’s finest port wines and learn about their history and production. 

3. The 10 Tastings of Lisbon With Locals: Private Food Tour

For a personalized culinary experience, we recommend this private Lisbon food tour. This private tour allows you to discover the city’s culinary secrets at your own pace. The best part is that the guide will tailor the experience to your preferences, and you get to help put the tour together.

You’ll get to visit Lisbon’s top foodie neighborhoods and sample a variety of traditional Portuguese dishes, from fresh seafood and artisanal cheeses to famous pastries like pastel de nata. You will also get to meet and interact with local food artisans, who will share their knowledge and passion for their craft.

4. Portuguese Cooking Class in Lisbon

If you’re interested in learning how to cook authentic Portuguese cuisine, this Portuguese cooking class is a fantastic way to dive into the world of traditional cooking. This hands-on cooking class takes place in a charming kitchen, where you’ll learn from a professional chef who will guide you through the process of preparing a three-course meal.

Using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, you’ll learn the techniques and secrets of traditional Portuguese cooking, including the famous Bacalhau dish, and other regional specialties. After the cooking class, you’ll get to sit down and enjoy the meal you prepared, along with delicious wines.

5. Pastel de Nata Pastry Class

If you’re a Portuguese custard tart lover, thisPastel de Nata baking class is for you! You’ll learn from a professional pastry chef how to make the perfect pastel de nata from scratch, using traditional techniques and ingredients. 

As you work, your chef instructor will share fascinating insights into the history of this beloved pastry and its cultural significance in Portugal. And at the end, you’ll get to taste your creations fresh out of the oven, along with a refreshing glass of Portuguese wine.

6. Authentic Algarve Flavours by Quinta da Tôr

The Algarve is a region that must not be overlooked when it comes to food and wine. Led by a knowledgeable guide, this Algarve food and wine tour will take you on a journey through the region’s vineyards and wineries.

With breathtaking views of the countryside, you’ll have the chance to taste a variety of wines, from crisp whites to full-bodied reds, all produced locally and bursting with flavor. You’ll also have the opportunity to sample other local delicacies, such as cheeses, cured meats, and olives. 

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