5 Places You Need To Visit In Portugal

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Opinion, Portugal, Worldwide Vacation

Portugal

When I think about it I realise I’ve actually been visiting Portugal for decades – from my first ever post-uni package holiday by the beach to a tour of upmarket boutique hotels in the countryside – and the destination has done nothing but grow on me over the years.

After 5 separate visits to the Iberian Peninsula’s West coast nation it’s safe to say I’ve fallen in love with the slow-paced rhythms and holiday vibe of its coastal resorts, I adore the sleepy rural idyll of the country’s interior and always relish the buzz of it’s picturesque cities.

These are the top 5 places I think you should seek out in Portugal  –  all of which I’m personally longing to revisit…

Memories of Portugal’s Picturesque Alentejo

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Food, Portugal

Sunset at Almendres Magalithic Site

Sunset at Almendres Magalithic Site, Portugal’s Alentejo

Mention Portugal and its Lisbon that’s on everybody’s lips, occasionally the Algarve and possibly Porto.

The hilltop towns, cork farms and deserted beaches of the Alentejo are a mystery to most – they’re the most magical part of Portugal that you’ve never heard of.

These are my most treasured memories of the Alentejo…

Discover Portugal’s Answer To Stonehenge – The Almendres stone circle

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Photo Journeys, Portugal, Worldwide Vacation

Almendres stone circle

Almendres stone circle

Just outside the UNESCO World Heritage City of Evora in Portugal’s sleepy Alentejo region lies the Iberian Peninsula’s largest Megalithic monument, the mysterious and enigmatic Almendres stone circle. Built 7,000 years ago – and  2,000 years before Stonehenge  – it’s still attracting visitors, if you can find it down a quiet dusty road that is…

In Pictures: Corto Maltese, From Voyage To Adventure

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Continents, Europe, Portugal

Corto Maltese

Image courtesy of CortoMaltese.com

I’d never heard of either the comic-book anti-hero Corto Maltese nor his creator, graphic novelist Hugo Pratt when I walked into the latest exhibition of drawings of this traveller-extraordinaire in Portugal, and I’m guessing perhaps neither have you.

But once you realise this is a character on a quest for excitement and diversity, choosing worldwide adventures, freedom and imagination over wealth, safety and the status quo you become enchanted by this imagined son of a sailor and a gypsy, and enthralled in his adventures from Gibraltar to Yemen, Honduras to Rangoon. Find out more about the comic book creation that is Corto Maltese…

Hidden Portugal In Photos: Postcards From The Alentejo

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Photo Journeys, Portugal, Worldwide Vacation

Capturing the sunset at Zambujeira do Mar

Capturing the sunset at Zambujeira do Mar

You’ve heard of Lisbon and the Algarve but what about the sleepy swathe of Portugal which lies between these two areas? The road joining Portugal’s main tourist hubs may be well-travelled, but not so the towns, beaches and farmlands of the Alentejo region itself. Here we explore Portugal’s best kept secret in photographs…

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Lisbon

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Portugal, Worldwide Vacation

Postcards of Lisbon

Postcards of Lisbon

I had last visited Lisbon in 2005. Back then I did the usual touristy stuff, walked around the right neighbourhoods, rode the 28 tram and visited the flea market. I hired a car to see Sintra and some of the beaches outside town, I adored the tile-fronted houses and shabby chic neighbourhoods and ate my fair share of pastries. But somehow I didn’t fall in love with the city. So I was keen to find out if I would love Lisbon when I re-visited in 2012…

Lisbon Photography: A Photo Journey Through Lisbon’s Street Life

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Photo Journeys, Portugal, Worldwide Vacation

Christ The Redeemer seen from the ferry

Christ The Redeemer seen from the ferry

A selection of my favourite examples of Lisbon photography from my time in the city, with images of Lisbon street life from a variety of angles. 

p.s. I left my camera on the wrong setting for some of my favourite shots (don’t you hate it when that happens!) so I had to get creative with effects – see what you think!

How To Eat (& Drink) Your Way Around Portugal

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Food, Opinion, Portugal, Worldwide Vacation

Enjoying yet another relaxing lunch in Portugal

I’ve been to Portugal twice before and both times the food was a major sticking point for me, so I knew my recent trip round the country would be make or break for my relationship with Portuguese cuisine.

I’m happy to report that from green wine to roast chicken, Port to quince jam, via fresh seafood, Alentejan cheeses and bread salad, I’ve never been on better terms with Portuguese food and wine – and now I’ve learned how to eat my way around Portugal the right way, I can tell this is going to be a long-term fling.