In many parts of the world, November 11 is celebrated as St. Martin’s Day. In Portugal, Dia de São Martinho has become a day to celebrate the maturation of the year’s wine production.
Who would guess that Portugal has some of the most interesting and awe-inspiring spaces devoted to books? Porto is home to the most beautiful bookstore in the world, Livraria Lello. But, the University of Coimbra in Central Portugal is the location for one of the world’s grandest and unique libraries, the Biblioteca Joanina.
The National Museum of Ancient Art (Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga in Portuguese) in Lisbon is considered to be among one of the most important art museums in Europe. The collection reflects the history, culture and role played by Portugal in the world during those eight centuries.
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.
In honor of All Saints’ Day (1 November), Portugal Confidential is checking out cemeteries across the country. Whether you consider cemeteries sacred or macabre, these bone yards are interesting, historically cool, sometimes significant, and often, architecturally amazing.
Here's something fun and amusing.....a travel video on Lisbon in the 1940's. It's interesting to see what has changed....and what has not! The seven-minute video features Tower of Belem, bullfights, Estoril and more. But please forgive the American presenter's pronunciation of "Belem" and "Cascais".
Located in the heart of the city, in front of the Amoreira Gardens, is the entrance to this “temple of water.” Completed in 1834, the facility was the key water reservoir for Lisbon. The beauty of Mãe d’Àgua is now open to the public.
The world’s most famous gem is probably the Hope Diamond, due to the legend that says it is cursed. Yet most people don't know that the world’s biggest stone, the most valuable gem, with 127 carats is said to b...