Portugal is a southern European country on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain. Its location on the Atlantic Ocean has influenced many aspects of its culture: salt cod and grilled sardines are national dishes, the Algarve's beaches are a major destination and much of the nation’s architecture dates to the 1500s–1800s, when Portugal had a powerful maritime empire.
There are few moments that feel as authentically Portuguese as listening to the passionate voices of fado singers while enjoying world-class grilled octopus, bacalhau (salted cod fish), and porto wine.
Much of Lisbon’s history has taken place within site of the Tagus River – after living in the city for a whole month, I'll give you the flow of what to do, where and why.
Lisbon was built next to the water - something that benefits the soul of the great seafaring nation. No matter which part of the city you’re in, you’ll never be far from the Tagus River.
“Our first stop is to taste the best chocolate cake in the world!” said Filipa, founder of Taste of Lisboa. It was barely 11am. I was happy with the direction this food tour was going and we had only just begun. What could the next three and a half hours hold?
Portuguese cuisine has a variety of tasty treats that are inspired by their traditions of simple food, rich fish dishes and unbeatable sweet treats from the bakery.
A day stepping through time and exploring Lisbon's medieval history with my Marco Polo guidebook.