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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...

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...

9 Cultural Differences Expats Should Be Aware of When Moving to Portugal

If you're planning to move to Portugal, it's important to be aware of the cultural differences that may impact your daily life. As with...

Portuguese Football Teams

Want to make conversation with a Portuguese person? Think less talking about the weather and more talking about football. Football, or futebol, is the...

Portugal’s Dictatorship: Salazar’s Estado Novo

If you have Portuguese ancestors or have traveled to the country many times, it's almost impossible never to have heard of Salazar. Antonio de...

5 Books To Better Understand Portuguese Culture

Recently, Portugal has gone from being a country known by few to one with a place in the limelight, both in tourism and as...

6 Best Portuguese Shows and Movies

Portugal might not be as known for the popular scene of France or Italy, but it also has a well-established film industry that is...

New Year’s Traditions in Portugal

New Year's Eve looks different all over the globe. In Brazil, people dress up in white and party the night away. In the United...

Christmas Traditions in Portugal

Christmas is the most celebrated holiday in Portugal, one that has become more cultural than religious. Christmas traditions in Portugal have been for many...

6 Facts About Portuguese Goalkeeper Diogo Costa

Diogo Costa's journey toward his main goal of becoming a successful goalkeeper started young and proved successful. At only 23 years old, he's arguably...

The Role of Women in Portuguese Fascism and in Today’s Portugal

The photograph you see in the illustration of this article is the image of two influential women in my life. My maternal grandmother and...

Celorico Da Beira, History and Cheese in Just One Place

There is no better plan for a good weekend than traveling and staying overnight in the land where Beira Alta ends and Beira Baixa...

Anglo-Portuguese Alliance: The World’s Oldest Alliance

The Anglo-Portuguese Alliance is the world's oldest alliance in known history, established by the Treaty of Windsor in 1386. The Portuguese and English alliance...

Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the tragedy of the Portuguese man who saved more Jews than Oskar Schindler

From time to time, certain lands witness the birth of men whose names will remain engraved in the pages of history. Some for their...

Viriato, now a cake, but once the greatest Portuguese warrior

In Viseu, one of the oldest Portuguese cities, right next to one of its thousand and one roundabouts, visitors can admire the statue of...

9 Facts About the Portuguese Revolution of 5 October 1910

The Portuguese revolution of 5 October 1910 was the first revolution in Portugal in the 20th century. It abolished the Portuguese monarchy and replaced...
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