A few blocks from the canals, this building was once a convent (Convento de Jesus) built in the 15th century. It contains the tomb of the daughter of Afonso V, St. Joana, who died in 1490. The presence of this royal personage, beatified in 1693, proved to be of great benefit when she bequeathed her valuable estate to the convent. In the 17th and...more
In the centre of Aveiro city. 100 mts from the railway station of Aveiro and 5 minutes from the...more
Stopped by for lunch (purely by accident) on the way to Porto and I sat outside on their small terrace.Waiter was very busy setting up, but took time to chat. He spoke perfect English (was born in Rhodesia). Service was prompt and courteous (the place was nearly empty).They have just designed a new wine list with over 120 varieties and have daily...more
Luso is one of the most used words in Portugal, because it is the water that everybody drinks (even if it comes from other places, with other brands, almost like the gillete from BIC, for instance, the name is commonly used to ask for bottled water).Luso is also one of the top thermal destinations in Portugal. Halfway from the great park of...more
Rua Emidio Navarro 2, Porto, 3050, Portugal
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When you stay in Portugal, you sure see the name "Luso" on a mineral water bottle - Luso is one of the most famous bottled waters in Portugal. So when you visit this part of the country, don't miss to visit the spring of Luso. It's in the middle of the town and it is accessible to the public. Thus, when you go to Luso, don't forget to bring lots of...more
This is one of the top carnaval celebrations in all Europe - the beautifully costumed samba dancers (Wow! who would guess there are so many beautiful young women in a town of 50,000?) the unique and entertaining performing units and animated floats make this a must see, and must party for the entire family!
VIVA CARNIVAL OVAR!
The National Park of Bussaco challenges Sintra as the best natural forest in Portugal. The park is easily seen and guaranties very relaxing days, with possible visits to the nearby spas of Luso and Curia. From the top of the mountain the sights spread for a long distance over the Bairrada region.Memories of the battle against Napoleon's troops and...more
A marvelous palace in a fabulous park, what else do you need? Of course it's expensive by...more
The park of Bussaco is one of the top attractions in the centre of Portugal. Very well conceived and maintained, showing a rich selection of exotic plants, it is a relaxing destination to thousands of visitors, and a mandatory visit to those who stay near it, in the thermal stations of Luso or Curia. Its marked trekking circuits are easy and...more
For the lovers of Brazilian grill (I am!) a few kilometers out of town there's this restaurant. Nice service following the "Rodizio" style, except that there's no self-service side dishes, but they bring to table all that you need. A good meal, but I was not allowed to see the bill!more
Adelino Amaro Da Costa, Sao Joao Da Madeira, SAO J
This is a typical portuguese restaurant.
Good for a lunch or dinner. Wonderfull wines.
In the principal street.
Favorite Dish: " Cozido portugues"
Only Backpack, a big one if you're staying long! In Winter: Very warm clothes; In Summer: Just a coat for the night in case it gets cold, a swimsuit, and light clothes for the day, shorts and t-shirts. Both in summer and winter, must take sports shoes to climb the rocks and explore the mountain (so fun!) Lots of sun lotion in summer, you can get...more
Beware of the narrow roads, especialy in winter when the road freezes...It's hard in winter to get to the top of the mountain, but when you get there the effort pays off!! don't forget to drive slowly with very caution and you'll be ok :-) Nothing ever happened to me and i go there all the time..more
Happening in the beggining of August, the medieval fair is extraordinary. First for is size that covers almost all the city, second for the incredible number of participants, it seems like every single person in the city decides to dress in medieval clothes.There are handicrafts, medieval restaurants, products of the region and several recriations...more
Visionarium - Center of Science of Europarque is an intercative museum of science located in Espargo, Santa Maria da Feira, in the perimeter of the center of Congress of Europarque, and belonging to the Associação Empresarial de Portugal(AEP). Visionarium, in it's essence, is similar to the City of the Science of La Villette, in Paris, France, or...more
The Party of Fogaceiras, takes place in Santa Maria da Feira (every year on 20th January) in execution of a vote done to S. Sebastião, in the XVII century, for occasion of an epidemic. In this pilgrimage, that attracts crowds, they are sold the “fogaças”, a sweet bread of wheat that it constitutes one of the marks of the city. The procession leaves...more
"Os Gonzagas" is a typical portuguese restaurant.Simple (more simple, impossible), but what do you want?See beautifull walls or to eat a wonderfull portuguese food?Here is the place.Honest. Right price.Ask for " Carapau (a fish) assado com batatas louras", and "vinho (wine) da casa".A must. Fish food.02 carapau......... 9,00 Euros.01...more