Fresh air, stunning views, natural surroundings and good physical exercise. Ahhh, getting outside. It’s something we always think about doing, but often don’t take the initiative. The Algarve of Portugal offers numerous trails, with different views, variety of terrain and spiritual-like experiences.
At Portugal Confidential, we adore chocolate. From the Obidos Chocolate Festival, to the Best Chocolate Cake in the World, we know where to go to for our guilty pleasure. So when we heard that Wallpaper Magazine listed Chocolataria Equador in Porto as one of the Top 20 Reasons to Visit Portugal, we had to investigate immediately.
The Chalet was originally built between 1864 and 1869 by King Ferdinand II for his second wife, Elise Hensler, Countess d'Edla. It is modeled on Alpine chalets popular at the time, and it sits in the large Pena Park facing the grand Pena Palace. It was intended as a private recreational house for the Countess.
Sometimes, when the city becomes too hectic, or one’s life becomes too stressed, it’s nice to get lost in an environment of tranquility. Fortunately, for those in Lisbon, there is such a place: Lost In.
If you’re on the western end of the Algarve, in Lagos, and you’re looking for where the cool people are hanging out…whether it’s in the day, or the night…you better look for Duna Beach Club. It is both beach-y casual and lounge-y hip. And, there’s plenty to eat, drink and do all day!
Bookstores can be wonderful havens for discovery, fantasy, education, entertainment, solitude and social networking. Floor-to-ceiling shelves, an eclectic atmosphere with a cafe makes for the perfect environment to enjoy the printed word. Such an expressive space exists in the Alcântara district of Lisbon.
Looking for something to do in the Algarve that is kind of cool….and kind of weird? Want to have fish give you a foot massage? At Wonder Fish Foot Spa, in Praia da Luz, you can drop in for a toe-tickling good time.
Just an hour south of Porto, in the city of Aveiro, is the Aliança Underground Museum and Winery. It blends two key passions of majority owner Jose Berardo: wine and art.