New local operator offers a fresh take on trips to the Portuguese paradise islands
So where can we find the traces of Moorish Portugal? Well, the first place is the language – many Arabic words remain in Portuguese. Words as simple as Bairro (neighborhood), cabide (hanger), sofá (sofa), marfim (ivory) and almofada (pillow). Oxalá - comes from insha’Allah, and means “God willing.”
Castles, yellow trolley cars, pasteis de nata, colorful streets and river views – no doubt these things are part of a true Lisbon experience, but they are also a bit overdone. Guidebooks can be helpful when you’re exploring a new city, but they all seem to focus on the same old attractions, suggesting the same – maybe overpriced – restaurants, and lead you to places packed with tourists chasing that Instrgram-worthy shot.
Madeira, Portugal -- The new Savoy Palace, the only Leading Hotels of the World affiliate on the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira is now open. The new Savoy Signature property opened July 1st in the city of Funchal.
The newly opened Vila Galé Collection Elvas - Historic Hotel, Conference & Spa, in Elvas Portugal is the rehabilitation of the former São Paulo Convent, and is the first hotel to open in Portugal under the Revive program.
It’s often said that travel broadens the mind and perspective. It’s also an excellent way to round out your education, especially for young people looking to expand their horizons. Being in unfamiliar surroundings forces you to adapt to new situations and people whose values and lifestyles are different than yours. It can be intimidating, but travel can also instill confidence and self-reliance in young people just learning how to take care of themselves.