How to Read a Portuguese Wine Label in 6 Easy Steps

Port wine and chocolate

Got your eye on the wine shelf, but not sure what to grab? This guide will teach you how to read a Portuguese wine label so you can get home faster and pour yourself a glass. For some people, Portuguese wine is still unknown territory. There are around 14 wine regions in Portugal and more […]

What to do in Lisbon in January 2020

Enjoying the New Years Eve fireworks at Praça do Comércio is a must-have experience in Lisbon in December!

After running around shopping for gifts and the best bacalhau for Christmas Eve’s dinner, Lisboetas slowly return to their daily routines in January. November and December are busy months leading to the holiday season, but Lisbon in January is the quietest. What may seem like a lack of things to do in the Portuguese city […]

5 Perfect Ways to Make the Most of Lisbon in the Rain

Red tram on rails in Lisbon

When exploring a new city, there is no such thing as bad or good weather.  The Portuguese capital’s beauty stands out as much on gray days as it does in countless weeks of sunshine. There’s no need to run for the shelter of your hotel room once you start to feel a few drops—in fact, […]

Where to Eat on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day in Lisbon

Maxime is one of the best restaurants open for Christmas in Lisbon

Whether you’re celebrating with family or friends—or with or without bacalhau—head to one of these restaurants open for Christmas in Lisbon for an unforgettable holiday meal. In Portugal, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals are still a family affair. But today, there’s not as much need to spend hours selecting the perfect piece of salted […]

What to Do in Lisbon in December 2019

Christmas lights in Lisbon in December

This blog post was originally posted on December 4, 2018 and was updated on November 6, 2019.  Lisbon in December is a city of contrasts, from the busy last-minute Christmas shopping to almost-empty streets in the days that follow the holidays. With national holidays on the 1st and the 8th, and kids off school during the […]

A Guide to Portuguese Christmas Food & Traditions

Sonhos, or "dreams" are small fried donuts and a popular Portuguese Christmas food.

Portugal might not be the most Christmassy country, but what it lacks in wintery weather, it makes up for in colorful street decorations and delicious Christmas food. You know Christmas is around the corner when the local cafés change their sweets display. Suddenly, the whole counter is full of Christmas cakes and fried-dough pastries of […]

Get in the Holiday Spirit at the 5 Best Christmas Markets in Lisbon

The best Christmas markets in Lisbon bring all the classic holiday cheer despite the warmer-than-usual weather.

Want to avoid the cold, gray winters of other holiday destinations? Portugal presents the perfect alternative, with warmer weather and all kinds of festive attractions. Here’s where to find the best Christmas markets in Lisbon! Lisbon is known for its colorful buildings, sunny skies and proximity to the sea, painting a picture of the ideal […]

Everything You Need to Know for a Perfect Day Trip to Setúbal

A day trip to Setúbal is the perfect chance to explore the city's myriad beautiful plazas.

A day trip to Setúbal will give you a taste of the southern Portugal vibe just an hour outside of Lisbon.  Some people may know Setúbal as the birthplace of 18th-century poet Bocage and world-famous soccer coach José Mourinho (the self-proclaimed “special one” who coached major league teams like Porto Futebol Clube, Real Madrid, and […]