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Prehistoric Animals that Lived in Portugal – Dinosaurs, Pterosaurs, and More!

Have you ever wondered what creatures roamed the territory we now call Portugal millions of years ago? ‘Cause we certainly have! And today, we’ll...

Portugal from A to Z

How well do you know Portugal? Have you ever thought about it from A-Z in Portuguese? If we said "A," what Portuguese word comes...

The Battles that Shaped Portugal

In the annals of Portugal's storied past, different battles have etched their indelible mark upon the tapestry of its history. These clashes, waged amidst...

Apply for 2024/2025 Season Tickets in Lisbon for the Gulbenkian Orchestra and Choir Series – Applications Only Accepted during the Last Week of May!

Last year, a friend of mine invited me to the Grand Auditorium of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon for the first time. I...

Two Days To Freedom – April 25th and the Carnation Revolution

Step back in time to the storied streets of Lisbon, where the air was electric with anticipation on that fateful day of April 25th,...

The Greatest Portuguese Explorers

Throughout centuries of history, countless Portuguese navigators and explorers explored new territories and continents, leaving an indelible legacy for future generations. Their intrepid journeys...

Romanesque Architecture in Portugal – Characteristics and Landmarks

Portugal is an incredibly rich country in terms of history and culture. Its territory is filled to the brim with awe-striking buildings that stand...

Manueline Architecture in Portugal – 9 Iconic Manueline Landmarks

If you’ve ever visited Portugal, you’ve probably already heard about the Manueline style! It is the famous Portuguese architectural style! The Manueline encompasses elements...

12 Amazing Facts About Cristiano Ronaldo’s Workout

Cristiano Ronaldo, born on the island of Madeira, and now considered Portugal’s most famous son, is a global football superstar known for his extraordinary...

Let’s learn about Portuguese folk dance!

Portuguese folk dance is a vibrant expression of the country's rich cultural heritage. Each region has its own unique style that reflects local traditions...

The Women Who Made Portugal

To celebrate International Women's Day, it's the perfect time to shine a spotlight on the incredible Portuguese women who've made their mark on history....

Lisbon’s Historical Movie Theaters

Fade In Ah, the movies... Filled with glamour and thrillers, celebrities with auras brighter than the sun. They inspire us, touch us, and scare us....

Porto’s Most Famous Love Story: Camilo Castelo Branco and Ana Plácido

Porto’s most famous love story took place in the 19th century. Camilo Castelo Branco and Ana Plácido challenged the city's norms and sense of...

Eça de Queirós – Portugal’s Most Prominent Realist Writer

When the topic of Portuguese literature pops up in a conversation, most people immediately think of Fernando Pessoa and Jose Saramago - which is...

Guide to Portugal’s 2024 Elections

On January 30, 2022, in elections brought forward by the rejection of the state budget, which led to the dissolution of Parliament and the...

Lisbon’s Beloved Piano Bar “Downstairs at Betty’s” Says Goodbye

🎵Don't let it be forgot That once there was a spot For one brief shining moment that was known As Camelot🎵  These were the last words from Downstairs...

12 Books About Portugal for Your TBR List

Do you want to learn more about Portugal before visiting it? Or maybe you just want to feel the Portuguese vibe while doing something...

In the mood for love in Portugal: the timeless story of Inês de Castro and King Pedro I

In the heart of Portugal's rich history lies a tale of love, tragedy, and undying devotion that has captivated hearts for centuries. This is...

Portuguese Islands’ Folk Tales

We need to know how to interpret and distinguish legends from reality, as well as why these legends exist in the culture of each...

Southern’s Portugal Folk Tales

We need to know how to interpret and distinguish legends from reality, as well as why these legends exist in the culture of each...

Lisbon Region’s Folk Tales

We need to know how to interpret and distinguish legends from reality, as well as why these legends exist in the culture of each...

Central Portugal’s Folk Tales

We need to know how to interpret and distinguish legends from reality, as well as why these legends exist in the culture of each...

Northern Portugal’s Folk Tales

We need to know how to interpret and distinguish legends from reality, as well as why these legends exist in the culture of each...

Meet Marta Pereira da Costa, Lisbon’s queen of the Portuguese guitar

Meet Marta Pereira da Costa Marta Pereira da Costa was born in Lisbon in 1982 and started her musical training with the piano at the...

Portugal’s Most Unique Christmas Traditions

Ho-Ho-Oh-I-can’t-believe-it’s-almost-Christmas-again! A time of joy, cozy fireplaces, and presents. But, if you’re thinking of heading to Portugal, it’s also a time when each city,...

Lisbon’s Lost Café: The Legendary Chave D’Ouro

I first heard about the Café Chave d'Ouro (which translates in Portuguese as "Golden Key") in Neill Lochery's riveting book Lisbon: War in the...

7 Iconic Portuguese Writers and Poets

Portugal is a country steeped in literary tradition, with a rich history of poets and writers who have helped shape the country's culture and...

Fernando Pessoa

Known as one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century, Fernando Pessoa is perhaps the most famous poet to come out...

Portuguese Artesanato: Guide to Portugal’s Traditional Handicraft

If you've walked the streets of Portugal, it's hard to have missed the traditional handicrafts and local artisans that make up the culture of...

What is Portugal Day on June 10?

Portugal Day is a national holiday in Portugal that is celebrated annually on June 10th, the day of the death of poet Luis de...
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