You can get by on Spanish. Cheaper than the rest of Europe.
More than meets the eye. Be brave and explore!
In order to explore any place fully, it's fun to take alternative means of transportation when you can... such as ferries. When we were in Lisbon, Portugal, my brohter & I decided to take a little side trip from Cais de Sodre to Cacilhas via ferry. The ferry terminal is pretty easy to get to and once inside, buying your tickets (billetes) on a Cacilhas-bound ferry is easy. The schedules are also posted clearly so you can always tell what ferry to take at what time.
Rua Nova do Almada 114, Lisbon, Estremadura, 1200-290, Portugal
Good for: Couples
Rua do Campo Allegre 156 - 172, Porto, Northern Portugal, 4150-169, Portugal
Good for: Solo
POCINHO SANTO-APARTADO 2, SILVES 8300, Portugal nu
Good for: Solo
Outdoor seating available. They actually have a No Smoking sign for the restaurant so that was kind of refreshing for Europe. It's right by the harbor and service was quick and pleasant. For starters, you get bread with different pates (sardine, fish, etc) along with cheese and butter. That was so good and filling. They grill the frish as you...more
Right in front of the harbor in the little town of Alcochete is a jewel of a place called Don Peixe. Walk right up to the counter where they have fresh fish on display. Pick your dinner and faster than you can say PRESTO, they will prepare it for your dining pleasure. The food was SO fresh and tasty. The wait staff was very helpful. They even...more
So this place has been around since 1837... and if you have never had an egg custard and if you are in Portugal, you need to come down and taste a bit of history. They are open Monday through Sunday from 8am till late. Lines out the door are common but just be patient. It's faster to just order at the counter "to go" than to try and get a table. If...more
How do you pay the toll on Portugal's highways, when there is no toll booth and no person to accept your payment? This happened to us as we were driving from Salamanca enroute to Fatima. We had no toll pass and didn't see any place where we could get one and all the tolls on the highway were unmanned. After passing around 4 toll reading posts, we...more
Even though Lisbon has buses, trains or you can even rent a car, the best way to get around is by taxi. Taxis are plentiful and comparatively cheap. It was especially helpful to take a taxi to Castelo de Sao Jorge (St George's Castle) through the city of Alfama. Be sure that the taxi meter is working before you get in though.more
Rede-espressos is the company which connects several destinations in Portugal and among them there is also Fatima from Lisboa.Timetables and prices on the web site: http://www.rede-expressos.pt/default.aspxThere are several buses on the route from Lisboa to Fatima and a journey takes about 90 min and costs 11€more
Do be aware of the tide as you can see from the picture you have to judge when to get around the rocks without getting wet!! Also one day we where lying on the beach when a wave seemed to come from nowhere and wet all our belongings.
A VT friend of ours met us and took us to this little jewel of a town called Alcochete. Talk about quaint! They took us to a restaurant (see review of Don Peixe) and my surprise was complete upon visiting their bathroom. If I ever have to be stuck in a toilet, I hope it will always be as nice as this one at Don Peixe's! I felt like a mermaid.... Be discreet though and come for the food... stay for the toilet experience...
Okay, so Sobriero is not on the VT list of towns in Portugal.
To find it look on the map between Mafra and Ericeira along highway N116.
The town has a small artists village and we did find a few ceramic items to bring back as souveniers and gifts. Not far off the more beaten track, so take a look.
Fondest memory: The "village" is actually a miniaturized version of a typical village, its houses and streets, where you can see aspects of daily life in the villages. They also have a true miniature village that has many elements that are run by falling water, interesting to see.