Portugal

The Travelettes Guide to Madeira

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Rising up from the Atlantic like a little miracle, it's not hard to see that the island exists because it is a volcano... albeit one that is sleeping silently. For now. And yet the same can not be said for the island. Madeira is a place that pumps and pulses with an energy I didn't expect to find during my recent visit. Having become fairly well acquainte[...]

Hotels We Love: Cliff Bay & Porto Mare, Madeira

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  Hands up if you love hotels? The clean white corners of the bed linen, the bouncy fresh towels piled in the bathroom, the soaps you have to unwrap as if they're a gift... oh and what's that? A robe and slippers! Yes! This is me everytime I stay in a hotel that is 4 or 5 stars. I love hotels. I love being shocked at the price of water [...]

My First Food Festival: Rota das Estrelas in Madeira

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In my quest to experience the finest mud-free festivals around I recently found myself in Madeira, Portugal's remote island out in the Atlantic Ocean. I was there to learn a thing or two about fine dining and food festivals at Rota das Estrelas - which translates less beautifully as "The Stars Route" - a gastronomic and culinary adventure featuring some of t[...]

Hotels We Love: Palácio do Freixo in Porto

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"When I grow up, I'm going to be a princess and live in a big palace..." a little girl once said to a curious enquirer. Twenty-five years later, in November 2013, that little girl had grown up and her wish was granted in Porto, Portugal, of all places. At least it was granted for three nights. But those three nights were enough thanks to the luxury[...]

Photo tour through Lisbon

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Let me ask you, which phone do you use? Why that one? What do you like about it? What do you need it for? The question for the perfect phone is on my mind often, I think it has actually become the most important item to bring with me on a trip, more than a laptop, a camera or even a credit card. My ideal smart phone needs to be intuitive to use, take a[...]

Baleal Surfcamp: Surf, Sardines and Rock'n Roll

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Recentlty I went to visit Portugal for the first time in my life and immediately had one huge regret: Why hadn't I been there earlier? After the first contact with the sandy beach and my first dip into the ocean I knew that this would defintely not be my last time and I am already now planning my next roadtrip to Portugal this summer. I had come here for the[...]

Discovering Porto

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Having been seduced by its great street art, funky hostels, liquor and allround mysterious atmosphere, I've been yearning to visit Lisbon for a few years now. So imagine my disappointment when I finally managed to negotiate a week off work and can't afford the flight (€650 for a return with easyJet!!!) nor find a free bed in one of Lisbon's funky award winni[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Lisbon

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Some cities just stick with you, they find a place in your heart - you could go back every year and yet discover new things every time. Lisbon is that city to me, and I could probably write a "Travelettes guidebook to Lisbon" filled with curious little details. What to eat, where to buy the best high heels, on which cobbled hills you should rather wear your [...]

Testing the waters in Madeira

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I can feel the tender warmth of the sun on my back, from very far I hear the waves bashing against the rocky coast. My lips are still salty from swimming this morning. Lazily, without moving a bone, I open my eyes to discover, that I am not the only sluggish being around. Only a few centimetres away is a gecko - sunbathing. Motionless, like myself, it is lin[...]

Cutting edge street art in Lisbon

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A city with narrow cobbled streets and magnificent but derelict buildings is what you would normally think of when hearing about Lisbon, but the Portuguese capital is gradually turning into a huge gallery for innovative street art. On my way to downtown Baixa last year, I passed by something that surprised me, huge cranes were standing next to a block of onc[...]