Remember how I said there’d been a mistake in our hotel booking in Odemira? Well, this eventually got sorted out and we swapped to the rooms booked in our original booking. The 2 bed apartment we had at the Enigma – Nature and Water Hotel was pretty sweet as it was but these new rooms … Continue Reading

Breakfast the next morning in Odemira consisted of many-a-sweet treat eaten lazily while watching the weather decide what it wanted to do. The forecast that week has been for rain (which is not a bad thing judging from how beautiful this sets off the coast line here) but by the time we were done with … Continue Reading

The next morning, not so bright and early, we hopped into our car (after another decadent breakfast at the Four Seasons), said farewell to Lisbon and headed off in search of more of more of what Portugal had to offer. Our base for the next few days was one I’d honestly never really thought about … Continue Reading

A return to Lisbon was something that was always on the cards. It’s just one of those cities that is so easy to fall in love with, fall in step with and quite frankly, feel at home in. (I long since added it to the list of cities I’d happily move to). And so, with … Continue Reading

When you think of things to do in Portugal, you don’t always think of castles. Portugal instead tends to conjure up images of utterly beautiful beaches, dramatic jagged coastlines, delicious little pastries, intricately designed tiles and even architecture unlike anywhere else in Europe but never really this whole idea of beautiful castles in Portugal. (Places … Continue Reading

Nestled a few hundred miles off the West African coast, the relatively petite Portuguese archipelago of Madeira is one incredible place to visit – and I don’t say that lightly! It was a true eye-opener on our last visit and a dramatic set of islands that really should be on your travel radar. I’d heard about … Continue Reading

These days, there aren’t that many destinations that tend to surprise me. This isn’t because the destinations aren’t amazing or beautiful or dramatic or whatever-else-you’d-look-for-on-your-travels. I think it’s in large part due to being able to do a fair bit of research online, see photos (and videos) before going. This means I tend to arrive … Continue Reading

Portugal is a gorgeous country to explore and much more than cork products, gorgeous sea and yummy port that it has become famous for. It’s one country that just seems to draw me back time and time again with shed loads of historic cities, gorgeous National Parks and enough bacalhau to satisfy even the hungriest of … Continue Reading

Our recent return to Portugal was certainly something of an eye opener! In addition to visiting a particular favourite of mine (Hey Lisbon), we got to head down to the coast and check out other parts of Portugal that we’d never seen of even heard of just a few months before visiting – it was … Continue Reading

Most times, when you look at guides to Sintra or top sights to see in Sintra, Monserrate Palace (and it’s surrounding parks) are overlooked and yet, from speaking to locals in nearby Cascais (a lovely seaside town), this is one sight that needs to be seen in Sintra and so, with that in mind, we … Continue Reading

After leaving, the beauty that is Pena Palace, we headed over to our next sight in Sintra – the Moorish Castle (or The Castle of The Moors – depending on which version of the name you prefer). The Moorish palace is actually a short walk from Pena Palace (or at least, from the entrance of … Continue Reading

There are so many things to do in Lisbon and with it being one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. With an incredible history, vibrant neighbourhoods and enough lip-licking grub to discover, it’s a city that really draws you in when visiting Portugal and leaves you wanting more, long after you’re back at home. If … Continue Reading

The first time I saw pictures of Pena palace in Sintra (granted, this was quite a while back), I kinda didn’t believe it was a real place. It looks so grand yet so colourful that it seemed like something someone working in a Disney movie had drawn up. Of course, I very quickly found out … Continue Reading

Lisbon is one of the most exciting cities you can visit in Europe (a fact that led to us having as little as 2 hours sleep on more than one night when we visited with a group of 8 friends). There’s so much to see and do in the city, plus the nightlife is absolutely … Continue Reading