As part of our MYrago profiles, we sit down with some of our locals to find out the most unique things about their country, what they think every traveler should be aware of and what is that one thing that makes them call their city home! This is our way of giving our readers and fellow travelers an insight into the daily lives of locals and also prepare them as they get ready to explore the unknown!
We sat down with Cristina who is a Port Wine Connoisseur based out of Porto, Portugal. She is our local MYrago ambassador and has awesome experience Learn to make a smashing Porto Cocktail from a Mixologist where in travelers get to make offbeat drinks from Port Wines!
Sintra, named after the moon goddess by the Moors, is veritably called the ‘Fairytale Village’ The place is full of fantasy-like castles and palaces, which has enchanted many folks. Anywhere else these structures would be showstoppers but in Sintra, we’re just getting started. Given its fantastical landscape, it was chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In the effort to keep this post short :-) we decided to divulge some information that we found about 3 most impressive sites in Sintra:
Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is frequently voted amongst the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s simply a masterpiece with its cobbled designs, tiled facades, and pastel-colored buildings blending together to give it a singular atmosphere now lost in so many other cities.
But beauty alone is not the only reason to go visit this great city. This city is easy on your wallet too as it’s one of the cheapest cities in Europe. A pint of beer here costs half of that in Barcelona and almost 1/5th of that in Paris!
You will interested to know that it’s also known as the ‘Sunshine Capital’ since it gets about 3000 hours of sunlight every year, with temperatures reaching over 30 degrees during the hottest months. Make sure to pack your swimmers and your shades!
The beaches here are to die for. Lisbon is one of the very few cities in Europe to be surrounded by beaches….and don’t the people know it! Be prepared to find the beaches quite crowded but we definitely recommend going to Praia de Adraga, a beach that is a little further out but it’s beauty knows no bounds and more importantly, it knows very few tourists ;-)
There’s two words synonymous with Portugal: Soccer and Fado
The former requires no introduction but for those of you who are not that familiar with Fado, you have come to the right place.
So what is Fado? Well, it’s a form of Portuguese singing that originated in the 1820s. It is generally known for how expressive it is and also for it’s melancholy. It is often associated with pubs, restaurants, etc.
Since the very onset, Portugal has had a crossroad of cultures which is why the origins of Fado are largely left to best guesses. Some say that it came from the Moors, while others say that the came to this country in the form of Lundum, the music of the Brazilian slaves.
Furnas is the easternmost of the three active central volcanoes on the island of São Miguel in the Azores. It is the most volcanically active region on this island. Furnas is alive with bubbling geysers, hot springs and vents.
Hello! My girlfriend and I recently travelled to Barcelona & Mallorca (posts to follow) and had a 10 hour layover in Lisbon so…. here is what to do if you have 12 hours in Lisbon (well technically 9 hours because 3 will be spent in driving to & fro from airport as well as immigration)
For this trip, we focused on exploring only the food & drinks scene since 9 hours is too short period of time to check out all the awe-inspiring cathedrals, monasteries and museums that Lisbon – one of the oldest cities of Western Europe, has to offer.
If you are pressed on time, take an Uber and drop off at Lisbon’s Old Quarter (will not cost you more than 15 euros) (didn’t get paid to recommend them, was just very convenient for us!)