Madeira is a semi-tropical island rising from sea level to over 6,000 feet. Its steep pitch gives the island six distinct climate zones. The ancient Laurissilva cloud forest at the highest elevations is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In fact, 2/3rds of Madeira is conservation land. It has mountain plains, valleys, high peaks, streams, rocky coastlines, and tidal pools. The island has a unique landscape accessed by a modern roadway system of new tunnels, and the older mountain roads they replaced that wind along the hillsides.
Sometimes, vacations aren’t enough to regroup, unwind, or spend time with loved ones. Whether you need an extended break to avoid burnout or because you’d like to travel the world, go back to school, or start a side business, sabbaticals benefit people in many different ways. Read on to explore the ins and outs of how to do a sabbatical -- from how to afford it to inspiration on what to do.
So, Portuguese is not an easy language to pick up. Yes, it comes from Latin – much like French and Spanish, but the route is not a non-stop.
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.
Évora is a true city-museum, selected as World Heritage by Unesco in 1986. Its walls hide streets and buildings practically unchanged in centuries. A wealth of history and culture as well as food and wine make Évora a world class destination.
-- TAP Passengers Can Now Use TSA Pre✓™ At All TAP’s US Gateways–
Only Italy has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Europe than Portugal – for a small nation, that is a big deal.
Porto Santo, the little sister of Portugal’s Madeira, may be one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. While Madeira is a lush, green island, Porto Santo is a dry crescent with a six-mile long beach on its central bay. The light yellow sand is rich in magnetic rock and that same sand has a healing power. And, with the doubling of TAP flights from the US to Portugal this summer, connecting to Porto Santo is easy. Golden sand beach, deep blue Atlantic waters, palm trees and rugged volcanic sandstone landscapes welcome visitors looking for a beach escape away from the crowds. Oh, and the weather is warm year-round with summer lasting May to October. With a mean temperature of 70 degrees the sea around Porto Santo is inviting year-round. The dry and stable climate and the warm sea make this island an ideal beach location 12 months a year.
When we think about quality time, we think of spending time with friends and family in the perfect place. Well… That’s Portugal. From North to South to the islands, here are 4 ways for spending quality time together.
So, where to go now in Portugal?