The Chapel of Bones is a small chapel, part of the Sao Francisco church in Évora. Decorated with human bones and scalps, it represents the fragility of live and reminds the believers of their mortality. Built in the 17th century, it is now open to visitors.
The Azores led the World’s Top 10 Sustainable Destinations as the Best of the Atlantic. The award was given recently at ITB Berlin. The Azores and the Oeste Region (as best of Europe) were selected to the top ten from 100 sustainable destinations. An international jury picked 32 finalists before naming two regions in Portugal to the World’s Top 10 Sustainable Destinations 2018 list.
Reader's Digest nominated Tomar as one of the best off-radar destinations for those looking for unusual escaped. In the Portuguese central region, Tomar actually preserves part of the nations History. The Convent of Christ served as the Knights Templar headquarters for centuries and the historical sights downtown recover architecture from the Renaissance and the Manoelin period.
June 10 is Portugal’s National Day. And while most national days mark a great accomplishment or success – Think the French Revolution and the signing of the Declaration of Independence– June 10 Celebrates the darkest day in Portuguese history. This is the story of why Portugal celebrates its worst day, ever….
Dotting the hillsides, particularly in coastal regions, are windmills that have been used in the country since the 11th century. Most have a cylindrical shape with a conical roof, are painted white, and have canvas sails. New investment program have allowed many water, oil, and wind mills to be transformed into unique escapes in the interior and coastal areas of Portugal.
The Azores are an easy flight from New England this summer with 12 weekly flights from Boston’s Logan Airport and Providence’s Green Airport. Azores Airlines is offering multiple non-stops to the Azores, and beyond to other great destinations with one-stop service to Lisbon, Madeira, Porto, the Canaries and Cape Verde.
Sao Bento Station, that opened in 1896 and remains one of the busiest stations in Northern Portugal, and the former REFER offices (Railway Authority) are a new hostel. 'The Passenger' can host up to 120 visitors and keeps the old moth of the building, constructed in 1916 next to the station. With an upcoming restaurant and a vintage style, the hostel offers a privileged view to the railways from above.
Known for its beautiful green area, decorated with sculptures and split into numerous paths with variety of plants, its possible to take a tour in the Villa or to participate in workshops, conferences and short courses the Foundation has to offer. Hard to imagine Porto without Serralves today!
Chapitô is a house for artists and its one with quite a view. Performers come to practice, perform and learn. Functioning as a school with a 33 years old tradition, circus is the main core of Chapitô and you can tell by the tent covering the restaurants balcony.
Azores Airlines resumes its popular nonstop service this summer from T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island to Ponta Delgada, Azores, on Fridays from June 8 through September 28, 2018. Tickets are on sale now