In recent years a dispute has broken out between Spain and Portugal on the islands. Spain has filed a brief with the United Nations to expand its fishing waters between the Canary Islands and Madeira - opening the Selvagens to commercial fishing. Spain has argued that the archipelago is really just “rocks."
Located only 10 minutes away from Madeira’s capital Funchal, Câmara de Lobos is emerging as an alternative place to dine and stay. The town is set around an amphitheater-like harbor surrounded by colorful houses that make this a charming and picturesque place to visit. Fishing and agriculture remain the main activities, but tourism has expanded into the nearby areas and this sector observed significant growth in Câmara de Lobos.
October is the spookiest time of the year and in the spirit of Halloween, we’ll tell you all about Portugal’s not so secret ghost hubs. With more than 800 years of history, Portuguese culture has a wealth of chilling myths and eerie stories. Discover the haunted manors, old hotels, schools, palaces and hospitals than can be visited today across Portugal.
Life moves at a different pace in the Alentejo. Days are sunny - but never dull. From the north in the Ribatejo area to the very south of Lower Alentejo the diversity of landscapes and culture makes for a wide offering of adventures. Visitors won’t only unwrap the history of the region, but also enjoy nature and so many open-air activities in this unique place with mild winters.
A luxurious new hotel has opened in Portugal’s Alentejo region, set in the Royal Horse Farm at Alter do Chão: The Vila Galé Collection Alter Real - Equestrian Resort
Luxury, traction and history, the new Hotel República has opened in the center of Tomar. The five-star hotel just opened in the Praça da República. The new Tomar hotel is an investment of two and a half million euros. The Hotel República has nineteen rooms, two of which are suites, and a restaurant called "Praça" that opens to a historic square. The hotel is flanked by a monumental church and medieval city hall.
The Portuguese hotel scene saw the opening of several new properties this year, from luxurious 5-star resorts, to modern city hotels, quaint guesthouses or eco-lodges surrounded by nature. As the year is coming to an end, we did a roundup of the most remarkable new hotels that opened recently.
Portugal might be a small country, about the size of Maine, but it offers a big variety of food, artistic practices, music, and traditional crafts among many other things. We’ve put together a list of experiences that are bucket-list essentials of a trip to Portugal and that you won't be able to get anywhere else.
An old Portuguese saying tells us that past waters do not turn the watermill. So often guests to Portugal don’t realize that Portugal is a nation defined by its rivers. From names, to culture to region, the waters that flow through Portugal define the nation.
So many people plan their trip to Portugal as Lisbon to the Algarve. Now these are great places to be, but would you plan a trip from, say, Genoa to Rome without stopping in Tuscany? Well, there is this part of Portugal that is unique, romantic and a destination all its own in between. Meet the Alentejo where there are no big cities with tall skyscrapers, large avenues, and luxurious shops - instead, the Alentejo is composed of smaller towns with low, whitewashed houses and narrow streets, where the traditional handcraft and cuisine are the attraction.