When the editors of Condé Nast Traveler voted on the best 'destinations for the world today' they came up with a unique list of just nine places. Only three were in Europe, and one of them was a relative newcomer to the world stage: Portugal’s Alentejo. The Alentejo is the perfect off the beaten path destination that is more than worth the journey. It is like nowhere else.
Portugal’s Travel Market Sets New Record in 2019 Portugal Welcomes More than 27 Million Guests in a Single Year, Including more than 1 Million Americans
For Portugal, 1958 was a year that would finally see the last remnants of democracy crumble. The “Estado Novo” had held regular elections since coming to power in the 1920s, but the 58 Presidential elections where the first were the opposition was able to really challenge the power of Prime Minister António de Oliveira Salazar.
Portugal has no entrance exam. But it is sneaking up on 900 years of existence. Like a good glass of wine there are many flavors, and hues Last year we offered our tongue-in-cheek Portuguese citizenship exam. It gained a few comments, and stumped a few people. As a result, here is the 2nd round of “So you think you know Portugal.” And the questions just got a tad harder.
This happened with other European nations as well. But, in Portugal – once the dark night of fascism ended, the dictatorship was gone – but its propaganda remains. In fact, I often have to pause and explain to colleagues that calling Portugal’s golden age an “Age of Discovery” can come off as colonialism and racist.
The summit will assemble web leaders in Lisbon between November 4th - 7th 2019
Generally more affordable than other European capitals, Lisbon is a budget-traveler's gem. You can enjoy an authentic luxurious vacation without breaking the bank.
The National Palace of Mafra, near Lisbon, and the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary in Braga have been added to World Heritage List, according to UNESCO. UNESCO recognized the two Portuguese monuments as cultural sites for their outstanding universal value.
So, you are thinking of moving to Portugal? Big decision! Portugal is a wonderful place, but for most Americans it is also an enigma. We have a good idea of Italy, Spain, France and Holland - but not Portugal. Most don’t know much about its culture, food, people, or culture. Quick - name a Portuguese sculpture, or how about a famous Portuguese meat dish? How about a river or beach?
When you imagine a trip to Portugal, and explore on-line guides and articles - many wonderful places come to mind: Lisbon and Porto, the Alentejo and Algarve; The Centro and the Douro; and Madeira and the Azores. But there is something to consider as well: Ribatejo.
New local operator offers a fresh take on trips to the Portuguese paradise islands