Eça de Queiroz was the master of social cirticism, painting the weakness and failure of society with a vivid brush.  In his 1880 dark comedy, O Mandarim, he offers an allegory of a greedy society, exploring the balance between wealth and the value of a human life. It is a story that remains relevant. Read more →


Portugal is a nostalgic nation. And many fados from the 19th century looked back to a simpler time, when street sellers, know as Pregões, sold everything from fish to bread. Here are two of our favorites - one fondly recalling how black braids became all the rage in Lisbon - and the other a love letter to a lemon seller. Read more →


The new five-star Les Suites at The Cliff Bay with 23 luxury suites is the PortoBay group’s most exclusive property on the island of Madeira. The experience combines comfort, luxury and history with elegant suites and a new designer restaurant, the Avista. Two century-old manors and a new wing set in lush gardens with amazing views offer an unforgettable stay. Read more →