The Centro is a region of warm hospitality, offering visitors genuine village tourism. The charm of the people is to be seen in the authenticity of their rituals, and their popular religious festivities, such as Easter. But it is also found in their cuisine, with its cheeses, sausages and mountain honey. All of this is waiting for you.
Lisbon, Portugal’s bright capital, spreads along the north bank of the River Tagus, which meets the ocean here.
Snow getting you down? Azores Airlines is kicking off expanded weekly service to the Azores and mainland Portugal from Boston. Azores Airlines is the only airline offering non-stop service to the Azores from New England. Starting next week, the airline will offer five flights a week, on Friday, Saturday,
Today, Castro Verde is well worth a visit. (And YES, Lisbon’s hot Campo de Ourique neighborhood is named for the battle).There are several monuments to the battle. You can walk the battlefield, and see the legendary place that Portugal began, still a rolling plain dotted by cork trees. And, at the Basilica’s single nave is covered in tiles impressively telling the tale the Battle of Ourique in detail.
The A321neo aircraft will replace Azores’ A310s and offers new levels of efficiency; passenger comforts well as environmental benefits. The airline will operate two Airbus A321neo aircraft during 2018, and, from 2019, these aircraft will then be replaced with four Airbus A321 LR over a two-year period. This first aircraft is nicknamed “Breathe” to celebrate the clean air and green landscapes of the islands.
It has been a long and weary winter, but green landscapes and warm breezes are just 4-hours away in the Azores. Azores Airlines gets you to the islands of the Azores with an easy non-stop direct flight from Boston Logan Airport for just $596, all taxes included, round trip.
Portugal by rail: take the train and discover Portugal at your own pace. You can pick the speed and comfort as you gaze at the country’s fabulous landscapes. Besides the scheduled journeys, there’s a whole range of special offers designed to help you explore Portugal by train. With so many suggestions to choose from, you’re sure to find one you’ll really enjoy. Just imagine riding on a steam train that’s been running for over a hundred years! And then add to this the beautiful scenery of the Douro valley!
Lisbon’s Fernandina Wall is a medieval defensive line. Construction of a series of walls began in 1373 in the reign of King D. Fernando I. Due to 1755 Lisbon earthquake, the wall mostly disappeared… until today….
Summer in Portugal is marked by two great street foods--popcorn and fried dough. Rest assured these items are a bit different than you might experience at a typical American fair. Pipocas, or popcorn, is usually very colorful with red, blue or bright yellow kernels. Pipocas is served lightly coated with a salty-sugary glaze that hardens. It is quite addictive, especially since you can find it everywhere and it is quite inexpensive. Another ever-present treat is farturas or malassadas, a fried dough that ends up being rather crisp but not oily. High quality oil and excellent dough make the treat stand out from what you might expect of fried dough at an American carnival. Look for it in most any seaside resort town, city square or fair in Portugal.
"Quinta da Cabreira" cheese, produced by Lactibar Dairy of Sabugal, was voted the "Best Goat Cheese" by the National Association of Industrialists of Dairy Products (ANIL). Not a surprise, it is a great cheese.