Portugal’s climate is largely influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, meaning that the north of the country is cooler and rainier, and moving south along the coast the temperatures get higher. The south is sunny and drier, and the heat can be more intense. The islands, Madeira and the Azores, have year-round Atlantic climates. So, the real thing determining the ideal time to travel to Portugal is the amount of tourists you will encounter, rather than the temperatures you might face
The magnificent Christmas light decorations all over Funchal, together with the fantastic New Year’s Eve fireworks and activities make Madeira Island one of the most attractive ‘réveillon’ destinations, to which already so many people return every year to experience this special ambience over and over again.
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.
If you're planning a trip to Madeira, it is important to know what the local cuisine has to offer and what dishes you should try to have the most authentic experience. You might already be familiar with the famous wines from this Portuguese island, but there are plenty of other...
A popular Portuguese legend from the 13th century tells that Queen Elizabeth of Aragon performed what would later become known as the Miracle of the Roses, by turning bread into roses.
Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá is an iconic Portuguese dish is named for Gomes de Sá, a 19th-century cod merchant who developed this cod casserole for the Restaurante Lisbonense in Porto. Bacalhau a Gomes de Sa, that is how you say Cod in Portuguese!
Can I get by with Spanish. Well, this might seem like wearing a Yankee’s hat to Fenway Park – but it is not a bad idea. While younger Portuguese speak English quite well, most Portuguese understand Spanish. But the issue is, they may not speak it back to you – and Portuguese might read a little like Spanish, but it sure does not sound like Spanish.
A small but yet diverse country, the so called “Garden planted by the sea” by the famous poet Fernando Pessoa, Portugal has all kinds of ‘flowers’ in its garden: the mountain, the big city, the beach, the rural village. It has the fish, the meat, the cheese and the yummiest bread you can find.
The Museum of Olive Oil just opened to the public in the Portuguese village of Bobadela, near Oliveira do Hospital. It tells the story of the production of olive oil from Roman times to the present.
Besides the pastel de nata(custard tarts) and many codfish dishes, in which Portugal has proven worldwide to be the master of these delicacies, there are much more tastes to discover when you visit Portugal. Let yourself indulge in its Atlantic-inspired cuisine (and maybe start your diet later).