Portugal’s wine industry is growing as more folks discover this unique nation and more and more are discovering its wonderful wines. And, while good table wines are grown all over Portugal, we picked a few towns that blend the culture of the soil and grape to make a perfect escape:
If you’re looking for a place where tranquility abounds, the Alentejo is the place. This is a constant feeling you get when you find yourself surrounded by the endless Alentejo landscapes, its slower pace of life, and its wide and endless plains. It’s a land of simplicity where nature takes the leading role and the past lives on. Cork is part of the natural wonder that people from the Alentejo have upheld for centuries - it is harvested from a specific layer of bark, on the cork oak tree.
All passengers must present, at the time of departure, proof of the COVID-19 test, with a negative result, performed up to 3 days before departure. Portuguese citizens and others with legal residence in Portugal will, however, be able to perform this test on arrival in Portugal (bearing the costs).
Portugal was a neutral nation in World War II. But, as one of the only open and non-combatant cities in Europe during the war, the streets of Lisbon became the "The Capital of Espionage” In a spy-based proxy cold war. This fascinating chapter of the long history of Lisbon was the focus of Lisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939-1945 by Neill Lochery.
European leaders see the rapid growth of Covid-19 infections in the United States as a reason to close Europe to American travel. The banned list will be revisited every 2 weeks.
In Portugal, there’s an open-air gallery, all around the country. And if you happen to have visited Portugal, you’ve probably stepped on this kind of art. But don’t worry, you’re supposed to: We’re talking about the Calçada Portuguesa - or Portuguese traditional mosaic sidewalks - which is the way of paving with original designs and shapes made out of basalt and limestone. The work is done by hand by the calceteiros - the professional sidewalk crafters who chip and chisel away at black and white stones and fit them by hand.
What do you need to know before moving, besides that there are beautiful beaches, good weather, and amazing food? It’s important to get some inside background on this country’s lifestyle before wanting to move. So we’ve prepared this sort-of-guide for you. Read on!
There’s a saying in Portugal about there being a different recipe of codfish for each day of the year. Is that actually true? Maybe, but it sure says a lot about the Portuguese love of codfish. And, by that, we mean salted cod, bacalhau. To explain the story behind how codfish became the “faithful friend” of this nation’s tables, it will open this Summer The Interpretive Center of the History of Cod, in Terreiro do Paço (Torreão Nascente) - in Lisbon.
“We call it Alentejo” is the title of a new short video introduction to Portugal’s Alentejo, mixing breathtaking scenes and accolades won over recent months.
Starting July1st, Madeira and Porto Santo, Portugal, will be open to international travelers. To ensure security for both visitors and residents, all people traveling to the Atlantic islandswill have to either present a negative test done within 72 hours prior to departure or be tested upon arrival, without any costs - Covid-19 tests on arrival will be paid for by the Madeira Government.