A tour of Vila Nova da Barquinha: from the Castle of Almourol to the Contemporary Sculpture Park

A tour of Vila Nova da Barquinha: from the Castle of Almourol to the Contemporary Sculpture Park

The radio was on, the key was in the ignition –  it was time for another road trip. Our destination? Vila Nova da Barquinha, a place I had never heard about until a few weeks ago. There was one thing about Vila Nova da Barquinha that I did know though – the Castle of Almourol. … Continue reading “A tour of Vila Nova da Barquinha: from the Castle of Almourol to the Contemporary Sculpture Park”

Surviving without a GPS in the villages of Portugal’s Centro Region

Surviving without a GPS in the villages of Portugal’s Centro Region

I’ve been planning an unplugged weekend for a while and I thought a visit to a few remote villages would be the perfect opportunity to go without internet for a bit. It was easier said than done, while I managed to survive without checking any social media for 48 hours it was getting lost in … Continue reading “Surviving without a GPS in the villages of Portugal’s Centro Region”

Hidden and not so Hidden Gems around Lisbon

Hidden and not so Hidden Gems around Lisbon

“STOP, you can’t go any further” – I shouted out to my dad before his car almost got stucked in the middle of nowhere. We were struggling to get the car around in a narrow street and at the moment I wished I had never got us into it. My mom was stressing out and … Continue reading “Hidden and not so Hidden Gems around Lisbon”

Weekend Road Trip: Conímbriga, Bussaco and Arouca

Weekend Road Trip: Conímbriga, Bussaco and Arouca

Long were the days where roadtrips meant recording cds with playlists – equal to the amount of hours on the road. Staying awake was a struggle, but it was a sign of fortitude! Often, we resorted to little games to make time go by faster, like counting the amount of black cars passing by or … Continue reading “Weekend Road Trip: Conímbriga, Bussaco and Arouca”

The Sister Towns: Óbidos, Nazaré, Alcobaça and Batalha

The Sister Towns: Óbidos, Nazaré, Alcobaça and Batalha

I was coming back from Leiria on a late night bus, when I spotted this bright building on the corner of my window. I was half asleep, so it took me a while to realize this imposing structure was actually the Batalha Monastery. That was the first time I saw it in person, and all … Continue reading “The Sister Towns: Óbidos, Nazaré, Alcobaça and Batalha”