Portugal

How to road trip on the Alentejo Coast, Portugal

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Road trips. Those words immediately conjure thoughts of carefree holidays, following the open road as far as the eye can see, aiming for the horizon with great tunes and not stopping until you stumble upon a gorgeous beach or a river to cool off in. And with the cold of winter setting in for us in the European northern hemisphere, it’s only natural for us to[...]

Retreat and relax at Orada in south-west Portugal

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As we pulled up by the disused tractor next to the steep, red dirt driveway, which was definitely in the middle of nowhere, we exchanged looks with a slightly nervous gulp. Where the heck were we? And what was this place? We had been on the road for about two hours in Portugal. We’d left Faro’s white heat and hit the road to head up the dusty Alentejo Coa[...]

13 Essential Ingredients for a Girls' City Break

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Thirteen may be unlucky for some, but it's a good number today as it's the number of essential ingredients I believe are needed for a great city break with good girlfriends. Feel free to use this as a checklist to get a city break planned with your friends or family. 1. Good girls. I have many good girlfriends but my most recent city break trip[...]

Introduction to Porto

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To me Porto felt like home from the first moment. There is something about this city - indefinable in the beginning, but clear to the mind at the end of my stay. It has a unique beauty that puts a spell on its visitors and it is no surprise that so many of them end up staying there permanently or at least seriously consider it. I spent a year in this wonderf[...]

12 hours in Lisbon

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You're searching for an easy, affordable and memorable weekend escape? Well, look no further because I've just come back from Lisbon with a suitcase of suggestions and sunny photos for you. The city has a track record of being overwhelmed with affection from the Travelettes and we’ve written many words about its timeless seaside beauty, stunning street art a[...]

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[...]

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