Top 4 Cheap Brunches in Lisbon – All Below €14

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Every now and then it’s great to have a more exuberant brunch but other times it’s nice to just sit in a cosy cafe and have a more authentic homey experience. With the following suggestions not only you can have a different perspective on the Portuguese lifestyle but you will also be able to save since you’re combining breakfast and lunch for less than €14. And with no further delay here are our top 4 cheapest brunches in Lisbon.

1.  Minha Cozinha in Campo de Ourique

This brunch is served as a buffet and it’s delicious. You can fill your plate as many times as you want with scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon, different types of bread, croissants, pancakes, yoghurt, cereal, quiches, juices and, the best part, a selection of homemade cakes, just like the ones in the picture.

Price: €14, children from 3 to 6 years old €7

Brunch Times: Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays fr0m 11am to 1.15pm and from 1.30pm to 3pm.

Address: Rua da Infantaria 16, 63A, Lisboa.

Facebook page. Telephone: 213880941

2. Eric Kayser

Eric Kayser’s cafe speciality is traditional, additive free, french bread. And for only €9 you can try some of their loaves when you try the brunch at either their new cafe in Amoreiras or in Parque das Nações. Le Brunch, it’s what they call it, includes a warm drink, which can be a coffee, a latte, a cappuccino, tea or hot coffee. And then freshly squeezed juice plus croissants, pain aux chocolate and a cinnamon bun or apple strudel. There’s, of course, different kinds of bread and butter, fruit marmalades or honey, fruit salad, Kayser eggs or scrambled eggs with salmon or prosciutto.

Price: €9

Brunch Times: From 10 am to 16 pm,

Address: Amoreiras Plaza – Rua Professor Carlos Alberto da Mota Pinto, 1070-374 Lisbon

Alameda dos Oceanos 1341,1990-083, 1990-083 Lisboa

Facebook Page. Telephone: 21 192 7894

3. Kaffeehaus

You can sit here and read a magazine or read the latest news over a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Or take a friend and choose one of the brunches on offer. Prices vary but they’re all below the €12 mark.

This Austrian cafe was where I first had tried a brunch and it’s one of the first in Lisbon that ever even had that option. It’s very popular and its different variations start at €8,60 for the Wiener Frühstück. It includes Austrian bread, a croissant, a mini chocolate and cream came, jam, Nutella, honey and butter and then there’s the Wir sind Kaiser, which you can have for €11,90. This one includes a Viennese sausage with a Salzburg stew sauce, scrambled eggs, bread and butter. There’s also vegetarian options.

Address: Rua Anchieta, 3, Lisbon

Telephone: 210956828

Brunch Times: Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays from 11am.

Prices: €8,60 to €11,90

4. The Decadente

It’s a hostel, that used to be the residence of the swiss ambassador in Portugal, but it’s also a famous restaurant and now it’s a great brunch destination if you’re ever wondering in Bairro Alto. Every Saturday and Sunday, from 12pm to 4pm you can have a brunch that includes a roasted turkey sandwich with mushrooms, cherry tomato and eggs. Homemade oat waffles with caramelised apple, spices, salted caramel and vanilla foam. Greek yoghurt with crunchy muesli and dark chocolate zest, bread, juices, coffee.  There’s also a menu for kids and gluten-free and vegetarian options.

Address: Rua São Pedro de Alcântara 81, 1250-238 Lisboa

Telephone: 21 346 13 81 | Email: reservas@thedecadente.pt

Brunch Times: Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 4pm

Prices: €13, €6 euros for children

 

5 Best Brunches In Cascais in 2017

Going for brunch is one of my favourite Sunday activities and since I moved back to Portugal I’ve happily made it my goal to try and find the best around where I live. If you’re in Lisbon but want to take a small trip to coastal town Cascais, then you should definitely try one of these fabulous brunches. If you’re staying in Cascais or close by, lucky you!

1. Oasis Restaurant in Hotel Cascais Miragem

Inside the beautiful Cascais Miragem hotel and by the pool is where you’ll find Oasis Restaurant and the divine brunch they serve on Sundays. There’s a selection of food for all tastes, seafood, vegetarian cuisine, soup in small shot glasses, appetisers inspired by world cuisine, a cheese and charcuterie section. And, there’s even an area with mains which you can select from the hot bar. And if you didn’t think this was mouthwatering enough, there’s a dessert section which was for me the highlight of this brunch. For those warm summer days don’t forget to ask for a table outside.

Drinks Included: Sparkling wine, juices, coffee, tea and water

Price: €29 | Children up to 12 have a 50% discount

Schedule: Sundays from 12.30pm to 3pm  | Bookings: +351 21 006 0600 | Address: Av. Marginal 8554, 2754-536 Cascais

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2. La Terraza – Grande Real Villa Itália

This is one of the best-known brunches in Cascais. You’ll have to take a taxi or perhaps even get a bike to get to this hotel since it’s a bit far from the centre but it will be worth it. You’ll find lots of variety on this brunch, I mean, lots and lots of things to try. Portuguese bakery, cheese tables, appetisers, small dishes with different delicacies and also a sushi bar and a pasta and risotto section with a live show cooking station with a chef who will cook specifically for you. Make you sure you arrive on an empty stomach when you get to the beautiful Grande Real Villa Itália Hotel.

Drinks Included: Water, juices are free. You’ll also get a welcome glass of sangria.

Price: €28, free up to 4 years old,€12.50 for children from 5 to 11 years old.

Schedule: Saturdays and Sundays from 12.30pm to 4pm.

Telephone: +351 213 199 150 | Email: reservas.lis@hoteisreal.com | Address: R. Frei Nicolau de Oliveira 100, 2750 Cascais

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3. Lobby Lounge at the Intercontinental Estoril

An amazing sea view is the first thing that you’ll savour as soon as you get to the wonderful brunch this 5-star hotel prepares for you every Sunday. On the tables, you will find a wide range of cold salads, meat dishes, several fish specialities, sushi and fresh tartar, sausages and cold meats, traditional Portuguese fried food, vegetarian cuisine, desserts and also a live cooking station.

Drinks: Selected drinks, welcome cocktail.

Price: €29 per person, children from 4 to 12 have a 50% reduction.

Schedule: Sundays from 12.30pm to 3.30pm

Telephone: +351 218 291 100 or +351 931 125 339 | Email: barbara.mendonca@ihg.com | Address: Avenida Marginal, 8023, 2765-249, Estoril

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4. The Albatroz Restaurant At The Albatroz Hotel

Red or white wine, whichever you prefer will be served throughout the brunch. Convinced? If you this didn’t win you over then imagine this. You sitting in front of the best panoramic view of the Atlantic ocean in the Albatroz trying one of the best brunches of Cascais.  The incredible view will make food degustation even more exciting. I loved everything about this brunch, the lovely salads, there was so much variety and they were all so different. The delicious entrees, quiches, the different meat and fish courses, the desserts, oh I almost forgot, the overflowing glasses of red.

Drinks:  Wine plus a selection of other drinks included.

Schedule: Every Sunday, between 12h00 and 16h00.

Price: €29

Telephone:+351 214 847 380 Address: Rua Frederico Arouca 100, 2750-353 Cascais

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5. Glass Terrace at the Sheraton Cascais Resort 

This brunch has been called the king of brunch. It all starts with the location, it’s inside the Sheraton Cascais Resort, located in the very exclusive and secluded Quinta da Marinha. Then it’s the food, absolutely divine and finally the party/picnic vibe. In the summer you can use the hotel’s swimming pool for free plus there’s a DJ and a kids club. Brunch will be served inside the Glass Terrace restaurant but also in the lush gardens of the hotel, right by the pool. Waffles, brownies, crepes, eggs, croissants, hash browns, world cuisine, barbeque with a selection of meats that go from picanha to chicken, rosbif, turkey sausages and also fish. For children, there’s a hot dog buffet, mini-pizzas, burgers and a variety of sweets, like gummy bears, an ice cream cart and even a popcorn machine.

Schedule: Every Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00 PM
– Kids Club from 12:30 to 4:00 PM, for children ages 4 to 12

Price: €35 per person, 17,5€ for children up to 12 and free for children under 5.

Telephone: 351 910 351 109 | Email: brunch@sheratoncascais.com | Address: Rua das Palmeiras, 5, Cascais

Find out more here.


Are there any other brunches I should know about? Did I miss any of your favourite places for brunch? Let me know in the comment box!

 

Top 5 Best Discount Websites in Portugal

Just like Groupon, Living Social or Yipit in the US, Wowcher, HotUkDeals in England or even Dailydeal in Germany, Portugal has plenty of discount websites where you can find incredible deals on hotels, spa treatments, restaurants, museums and many other things.

Here are some of the top discount websites Portuguese use the most.

  1. Odisseias – This is one of my favourites. The design is really clean and the website user-friendly. There’s plenty of great offers on Odisseias but I would recommend you start with the last one I bought that took me to one of the best 5-star hotels in Lisbon. A spa package that includes a 3-hour use of the swimming pool, a foot scrub, a 45-minute massage by the hands of an angel and tea at the end. All for €39! You can find the deal here.

2. Goodlife – This website offers a bit more variety in terms of types of deals including offers on courses, household items and even fashion. Goodlife has a customer service chatbox so you can also book with the help of someone. They have a very interesting deal right now. For €69.99 you can get a 2-hour sailing trip around Tejo in Lisbon, for up to 4 people. The deal includes a prosecco bottle. You can find this deal here.

3. Mygon – This is another of the deal websites I use frequently. The best thing about it is that you only pay after using the experience. Right now you can book a tour around Lisbon for two in a Go Car complete with a GPS and a virtual tour guide for only €17. You can check it out here.

4. Lifecooler – You can buy these deals in supermarkets and specialised stores or go to the website where you can buy specific deals. On offer now, a discount in one of my favourite restaurants in Portugal. On offer a lunch or dinner for two, with a sea view at the Terrace Restaurant in Praia Grande, Sintra. The meal includes the couvert (bread, olives, patê), entrées, main dish and desserts all for €39,90 instead of €85.

5. Voucher Sapo – The biggest Portuguese search engine also has a voucher discount website. Go for a small break to the Algarve and Spend two nights in Carvoeiro, Algarve, in Suites Alba Resort, a 5-star hotel, with a direct access to the beach and spa access. It used to cost €172,59 and it’s now €118,75. Find it here.

In case the language barrier is making it hard, you can just translate the whole address on Google Translate. The website will be translated into English in a few seconds.

 

Staying In A Convent In The Middle Of Alentejo

Described by The Guardian as the new Tuscany or, even better, the more affordable Tuscany, Alentejo is one of the destinations you can’t afford to miss ou when you visit Portugal. The wine is amazing, it’s where half of the Portuguese wine production is done. The food is very rich, sometimes rustic but always really tasty with black pork, sheep’s cheese, wild mushrooms as some of the typical dishes you should definitely try. Culturally there’s an abundance of history to discover while visiting roman ruins, castles, museums, wineries or churches from many centuries ago.Alter do Chão Castle – Built In The 13th Century

Since returning to Portugal, Alentejo has become one of the regions I’ve visited the most whenever I have the chance. It’s relatively close to Lisbon and it’s usually warmer and drier plus hotels tend to be cheaper there. This Easter I had some holidays to take so with temperatures around 26° c, that’s 79 F,  I decided to go to Alter do Chão. The idea was to find a nice hotel with a swimming pool inside a small village so I wouldn’t have to go far looking for restaurants. After doing some research, I discovered the Hotel Convento d’Alter, a XVII Franciscan convent that was converted into a beautiful hotel. I’ve added some pictures of the swimming pool although it looks even better once you’re there, sitting on a lounge chair with this incredible view around you. It helped that we were one of the only guests staying at the hotel so the whole space was basically only for my partner and me.

Swimming Pool At The Convent

Quick Access To The Swimming Pool

Canopy beds in some rooms
Now as for the service, irreprehensible, they were really nice to us, very helpful giving suggestions on what to do and see and they even gave us an upgrade giving us a bedroom on the bottom floor, next to the swimming (if you decide to visit, tell them you’d prefer to stay on the ground floor). It was great to just go in for a nap or to get some drinks and be by the pool so instantly. All this for just 117 euros, quite a great price for two nights.

Find out more here.

What to do in Alter do Chão

castelo alter

1. Visit A Medieval Castle – Apart from lounging by the pool, we went around the village and climbed the many stairs of the medieval castle that is right in the centre of the city. It costs 2 euros to go in. There’s an elevator for those with low mobility but if you can, use the stairs, its not only a great workout but you get to feel what it must have been like to live in those days, moving in big armours around the small passways and narrow stairs. Parts of the castle were built during the Muslim occupation but the castle as it is today was rebuilt in 1359.

Coudelaria de Alter do Chão
2. Ride a horse in the Coudelaria de Alter do Chão – Founded in 1748, the goal was to “breed horses for the royal horsemanship“. This stud farm is where Alter Real studs are bred and there’s even an annual auction where breeders or farmers can buy these or other Portuguese horses. There are tours taking place every day in Coudelaria, you can visit the stables and the museum, you can book horse-riding lessons or even practice falconry with experts. Tours take place twice a day, at 11 am and 3 pm but I would advise you to call and confirm the dates they’re open to the public.

Booking Telephone: 961733371 / 245610064 | Email: cri@alterreal.pt.

3. Walk in a Roman Bridge – Although not in Alter do Chão, you can’t miss out this piece of history. This roman bridge in Vila Formosa was built in the 1st or 2nd century and it was part of the roman empire road system that connected Lisbon to Mérida in Spain, at the time the capital of Lusitania. It was so well built, that nowadays, 21 centuries after, cars can still circulate on it.

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4. Enjoy the Alentejo Cuisine at the Restaurante Páteo Real – Try some of the marvelous Alentejo cuisine in this restaurant right next to the Convento D’Alter Hotel. A roasted leg of lamb or a lamb stew, grilled black pork, together with some good Alentejo wine and bread to dip into the sauce. Unpretentious and delicious.

If you’re planning to take some days off, just to catch up on some reading and sleeping like I did, or if you want to visit high Alentejo, its vineyards and its rich history, Alter do Chão is a great option.

 

Best Family Easter Brunches In Lisbon

Easter is a time of celebration, a time of renewal and also a time for eggs and delicious meals with your family. If you happen to be visiting Lisbon around Easter here is the list of the best Easter brunches on offer at the moment. I’ve carefully selected the ones free activities and meals for children up to a certain age.

  1. Family Brunch at the Hotel Real Palácio in Lisbon

Every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday, from 12.30 pm to 4 pm the five-star hotel Hotel Real Palácio, serves a delicious brunch made up of scones, brioche, cake miniatures, regional bread, cereal, fruit, homemade compote, scrambled eggs, pancakes, appetizers as well as pasta, delicious desserts, juices and all kinds of drinks. And if you thought this was the best part, here’s more, there’s a babysitting service at the hotel for children between 4 and 12 years old. There’s a drawing corner, a reading area, cooking classes and, every week, different activities for the little ones, it’s all free. Easter weekend, on the 16th April, instead of brunch, the hotel is serving a special easter lunch buffet.

Every Sunday from 12.30 pm to 4 pm

Price: €30 per person. Children from 0-4: free. From 5 to 11: €15

Address: Hotel Real Palácio, Rua Tomás Ribeiro, 115, Lisboa

To make a reservation – Telephone: (+351) 213 199 50 Email: eventos@realpalacio.com

2. Brunch Pestana Palace in Lisbon

dessert pestana

Everything about this hotel’s brunch experience is regal. First, the brunch is set in what used to be the ballroom of a 19th-century palace. Everywhere you look there are details evoking palatial Versailles. The worked ceilings, the frescos, the Louis XV furniture, it’s all there. And then there’s the food, cold and warm dishes, sushi, meat, cheese, eggs cooked in different ways, salads, pancakes, desserts of all kinds and ice cream.

Brunch at the Pestana Palace hotel is served every Sunday, from 12.30 pm to 4 pm and it’s €35 per person (children go for free or pay less). The price includes access to the outdoors and indoors swimming pools and, the gardens, which are actually considered a national monument.

Every Sunday from 12.30 pm to 4 pm

Price: €35 per person. €17.50 for children from 8 to 14. Children up to 7 go for free.

Address: R. Jau 54, 1300 Lisboa

To make a reservation – Email: reception.cph@pestana.com – Telephone: 21 361 5600

3. Epic Sana Lisboa

epic sana brunch

Epic, it says it in the name and that’s what you can expect of the Epic Sana Easter Brunch. There’s a sushi bar, cold and hot dishes, loads of desserts and even live music. And if you have kids, there’s the EPIC KIDS Lounge, a special space offering free food workshops, face painting stations, a Nintendo Wii with different games and, as if these weren’t enough, there’s also a chocolate fountain with fruit and marshmallows, and special meals for the little ones at the buffet.

Every Sunday from 12 pm to 4 pm. 

Price: €35 per adult, 50% discount for children aged 7 to 12, free for children up to 6.

Address: Av. Eng. Duarte Pacheco 15, 1070-100 Lisboa

To make a reservation: +351 211 597 300| flordelis@epic.sanahotels.com

4. Pão de Canela

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This option is the most affordable but doesn’t mean it’s less exciting. Brunch is Pão de Canela’s cafe speciality and it doesn’t disappoint.  There are vegan and gluten-free options and the food is really yummy, serving hot and cold dishes, different kinds of cakes, all from 10 am to 5 pm on weekends and bank holidays. There’s also a kids corner called Canelinha where, under babysitter supervision, children can make collages, paint, listen to storytelling and even knitting.

Price: €18 Free for children up to 3 years old. From 4 to 7 kids pay €7 only.

Address: Praça das Flores, 27, Príncipe Real, Lisboa

Bookings – Facebook page: facebook.com/canelapt  Telephone: +351213972220

5. Intercontinental Lisboa

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The brunch menu includes treats like goat cheese with grilled strawberry and raspberry, mint, coriander, cucumber, melon, cantaloupe and dragon fruit or even swordfish tataki, wakame, sweet potato and sesame and these are just a sample of the what you get with the starter menu. The price is a bit high compared to the other suggestions but it does include drinks like wine and even coffee. For the little ones, this easter there’s a kid’s corner with activities like egg hunting, holiday collage making, egg painting and there’s even a surprise visit, shhhh, from the Easter Bunny.

Every Sunday from 12 pm to 3.30 pm

Price: €55 per person, 50% off for children from 6 to 12 years old.

Address: Akla, Restaurant, Rua Castilho 149, 1070-051.

Reservations – Email: akla.restaurante@ihg.com Telephone: +351 213 818 700

 

 

4 Best Summer Music Festivals In Portugal 2017

Taken from: http://www.festivalkoning.nl/festival/nos-alive-alges-portugal/
  1. NOS ALIVE 7, 8, 9 July 2017

Location: Algés, Lisbon

This is one of the most famous festivals in Portugal. It’s cheap, the three-day pass costs €129, easily accessible, close to Lisbon and the train will leave you right at the door, and the lineup is usually one of the best. It offers an eclectic mix of pop, rock and indie music. You can stay in Lisbon and travel daily, stay by the beach in one of the beaches of the Cascais area, or even camp in Algés. Now for the bad news, the normal 3-day pass is sold out, but you can still buy the 3-day pass that includes camping for around €20 euros more, €146 or a daily ticket for €59. Find all the info at the festival’s website here. And if by the time you check, they’re sold out, you can always try and find second-hand tickets on Facebook. Troca e Venda de Bilhetes and Bilhetes.

LINEUP (so far)

6th July 7th July 8th July
Heineken Stage
Ryan Adams  Warpaint Cage The Elephant
 Blossoms Wild Beasts
Spoon
Rhye Parov Stelar Peaches 
Glass Animals Savages Fleet Foxes 
Royal Blood Local Natives  Floating Points (solo live)
Bonobo (live) Benjamin Booker 
The Avalanches
NOS Stage
Alt-J Foo Fighters Depeche Mode
The xx The Cult Imagine Dragons
The Weeknd The Kills Kodaline
Phoenix Courteeners
Tiago Bettencourt

2. Super Bock, Super Rock 13th to 15th July 2017

Location: Lisbon

It’s a rock festival, born in the nineties. It’s the only one on the list that doesn’t include camping since it’s right inside the city of Lisbon. The three-day pass €109 or the daily pass for €55. If you’re into something fancy you can always buy the three-day VIP pass for €250. Check the festival’s website for more info. Tickets can be purchased here.

LINEUP (so far)

13 Julho 14 Julho 15 Julho
Palco Carlsberg
Tuxedo
Palco Super Bock
 Red Hot Chili Peppers London Grammar Deftones
 Capitão Fausto Foster The People 
Palco EDP
Boogarins  Tyler, The Creator James Vincent McMorrow
Kevin Morby Slow J Bruno Pernadas
 The Orwells Seu Jorge
TaxiWars 

 

3. Festival Sudoeste 1st to 5th August 2017

Location: Zambujeira Do Mar, Alentejo

The Sudoeste Festival is a 5 day event that takes place in Alentejo, more precisely Zambujeira do Mar. There will be three stages with different artists playing simultaneously. Ticket prices start at €48 for one day. And €105 for 5 days. You can camp on location or rent a house around the area. You can buy the tickets here.

1 Ago 2 Ago 3 Ago 4 Ago 5 Ago
Palco MEO
The Chainsmokers  DJ Snake   Crystal Fighters
Jamiroquai
 Richie Campbell
 Two Door Cinema Club Lil Wayne  
Mac Miller Mishlawi Martin Garrix  
Marshmello Dua Lupa

 

4. Vodafone Paredes de Coura – 16th, 17th, 18th 19th August 2017

Location: Paredes de Coura, North of Portugal

This is one of the oldest festivals in Portugal, it started more than 20 years ago, and it’s still one of music lovers favourite because it tends to mix big famous bands with relatively new bands who sooner or later are going to become big. It takes place in the North, in Paredes de Coura, on the grounds of the fluvial beach of Taboão. As for the price, you can buy the full festival ticket for €90. Find out more on the Festival’s website. Buy the tickets here or here.

LINEUP (so far)

 16 a 19 Agosto
Future Islands
At the Drive In
Beach House
!!!
BadBadNotGood
Foals 
 Benjamin Clementine
 Car Seat Headrest
 TY Segall
Nick Murphy
BEAK>
HO99O9
Sunflower Bean
Manel Cruz
Moon Duo
Foxygen
Young Fathers 
Andy Shauf 
YCWCB 
Mão Morta
King Krule

 

One Day In Guimarães

Following my stay in Guimarães, I had a few days to discover the city and see why it’s so special. Here are my suggestions of places to visit, eat and hang out.

One Day In Guimarães

The historic centre

In The Morning – Start your day with a visit to the historical center, classified by UNESCO as Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Lose yourself in the narrow cobbled streets and you’ll feel like you’re back in medieval times. While walking around the center I ended up at a leather tannery from the XIX century. There were no tourists and no English explanation of what it was but it was great to make guesses of what it could be while walking around and taking pictures of the area.

Rua dos Couros

In the meantime, I made a little research and it was interesting to find out that all the tanks belonged to a factory called Mirandas, Ferreira & Carvalho, Lda that stopped working in the XX century. It started with a small conglomerate of small industries which got together and formed the company. They would also rent the space to individuals who wanted to treat their own animal skins and produce leather. If you want to know more about the process used to transform animal skin into leather you can go here but let’s just say it involved having the animals’ skin dipped in urine and then soaking it in animal feces, in particular dog and pigeon feces, also called dung.

In the afternoon – Right, after this lovely description and if you are still up for lunch head up to O Histórico, it’s one of the most known restaurants in the city. Here you’ll be able to sample some of the flavors of Minho.

Tradicional cuisine

After a big meal which I am sure they will serve you, it’s time for a sesta, portuguese for nap, at least that’s what I would do. But if you still have some strength to keep going, I would suggest you head to the palace of the Dukes of Bragança. At the front desk, you will be able to buy a ticket for the three of the attractions in the area. For 8 euros you will get an entry to this palace, the Castle and the Alberto Sampaio Museum (they offer discounts for children). Starting at the Palace of the Dukes de Bragança, here you will see Decorative Arts from the 17th and 18th centuries, armors and weapons, tapestry and porcelain from the Portuguese East India Company. What struck me about this palace was the fact that it was built around 1420. The palace was also used as a military building during Napoleon Invasions and it was the official residence of the Portuguese dictator Salazar. And this is just a brief glimpse of what you can discover inside.

After the palace, head up to the Guimarães Castle. Built in the 10th century, it was intended to protect a monastery from the Moors and Norsemen (scandinavian vikings) and eventually was the birthplace of Portugal’s first king Afonso I.

Very close by, is the Alberto Sampaio Museum. This museum features classical religious art and inside you can find a beautiful garden.

If you’re anything like me, at this time you will be tired of so much history. If you want to take a break, and experience history in a different way, visit the Pastelaria Clarinha. Nothing beats the quintessential Portuguese experience of stopping at a bakery and enjoying an expresso or a meia de leite (half a cup of coffee and milk) with a delicious cake. You can stop by at any bakery, most of the ones I tried were great, but this one was highly recommended by everyone.

Nighttime – I know I’ve just mentioned stopping to get some food but here we go again. I would start the night with dinner at the Real Plazza, which is a no-frills restaurant with endless choices of francesinhas.

Northern cuisine at it’s best

The francesinha, which in English means “the frenchie”, is a sandwich made with bread, cured ham, chorizo, roast meat, fresh sausage, melted cheese and covered in hot tomato and beer sauce, which is usually a secret, served with french fries. It’s a dish originally from Porto but if you try it here you won’t be disappointed.

Guimaraes by night

End the night at the Largo do Toural, trying some drinks in some of the bars in this area. I did kind of a pub crawl around here and I had a lot of fun.


What to Put on your phone GPS

The Tanneries

Rua de Couros or Largo da Cidade for the Leather Tannery (Zona dos Couros in Portuguese)

For Lunch

Restaurant O Histórico

R. de Valdonas 4, Guimarães

Palace of the Dukes of Braganza – R. Conde Dom Henrique, 4810-245 Guimarães

Alberto Sampaio Museum – Rua de Alfredo Guimarães, 4800-407 Guimarães

For a snack

Pastelaria Clarinha (The Bakery) – Largo do Toural 86-88, Guimarães 4810-427, Portugal

For Dinner

Real Plazza  Rua Fernando Pessoa 101, Guimaraes 4800-176

Night out 

Tour the several bars in the square – Largo do Toural

 

 

5 Relaxing Things To Do In Cascais – Off The Beaten Track

Fishing Village Cascais
Fishing Village Cascais
Bay view of Cascais

Very close to Lisbon there’s a charming little fishing village with beautiful beaches where time seems to have stood still. If you’re looking for the quintessential Portuguese beach experience, Cascais is the place to go. With its stone cobbled streets, palm trees, and relaxed atmosphere, Cascais is the region’s favorite beach destination. From sitting on the street cafe tables, reading your newspaper and eating pastries, to walking along the beach admiring the peaceful balancing of the fishermen boats docked in the ocean, Cascais will surely be an unforgettable holiday destination.

Here my 5 most relaxing top things to do in Cascais:

Cascais Promenade
Cascais Promenade

1. Have a stroll along the “paredão”, a promenade that stretches along the beach, going from Cascais to São João do Estoril (another small beach town). It’s a 3-kilometer walk but, don’t worry, if you get tired you can stop at one of the many restaurants, cafes and ice cream stalls you’ll find along the way.

Ice Cream Cascais
Try an ice-cream from Santini

2. If you’re looking for a more relaxed activity, try choosing one of the many flavours available at Santini, an ice-cream shop, right in the middle of Cascais. Born by the hands of an Italian immigrant, the original recipe of this divine ice-cream is still a secret and it’s 100% natural, with no additives whatsoever. No wonder this gelato has been making people queue since 1949.

Location: Av. Valbom 28F, 2750-508 Cascais

Paddle Boarding
Paddle boarding in Cascais

3. Burn off all those calories you’ve accumulated so far while enjoying the tasty Portuguese cuisine with a bit of sport. If you’re into watersports, or if you want to try it for the first time and you want to do something a bit more easy and relaxing, try paddle boarding. The good thing about this sport is that, if you’re like me and you tend to feel cold all the time, this is a great way to exercise in the water but without being submerged. You can even try it in the winter, provided you do your best not to fall off the board. And this is just one of the many outdoor sports you can try to do while visiting Cascais: surfing, diving, canoeing, sailing are some of the activities available…

Paddle Classes

Contact: +351 933 258 114

Website: http://www.surfnpaddle.com/

Rent a Scooter
Ride along Cascais and Sintra

4. Put your helmet on and enjoy a scooter ride through the most scenic parts of Cascais and discover the UNESCO World Heritage area. You can either follow a guide or opt for or just follow your own personalized scenic route prepared for you by the Smoother Rent a Scooter team.

Smoother Rent a Scooter

Contacts

Address: Marina de Cascais, Loja 29 A, Cascais 2750-800, Portugal

Phone Number: +351 21 486 2088
Casino Estoril
Try your hand at James Bond’s birthplace

5.  If you like James Bond and want to know where the inspiration for Casino Royalle came from, then you should definitely visit the Casino Estoril. Although not in Cascais, the Casino Estoril is located a short train, bike or even walk (around 30 minutes walking), away in the charming Estoril town. Try your luck with the many slots at the casino or, if you’re not that much into gambling, you can always watch one of the free shows they have going throughout the week at the casino’s restaurant and bar.

Address: Av. Dr. Stlanley Ho, 2765-190 Estoril

Open from: 3pm to 3am