1. Coimbra Fado…How to Enjoy this Traditional Portuguese Music for Free!

    Fado… It’s a traditional music style of Portugal. When you travel to Portugal, it should definitely be on your bucket list. Fado is commonly played and sung in some areas of Lisbon and the “Fado house” (where you have Fado live) is not easy to be found in other cities in Portugal. However, in Coimbra which is in the Central region of Portugal, it’s not the case. There is a different Fado culture from Lisbon’s, called “Coimbra Fado”, which the people in Coimbra has succeeded since hundreds of years. In this article, I’m going to talk about Coimbra’s beautiful Fado […]

  2. 15 Portuguese dishes you can’t miss!

    What do you imagine about “Portuguese cuisine”? Some says “As Portugal is a European country, so meat dish covered with sauce and some bread.” If you have that kind of image, it will be changed after reading this article! Portugal has good weather, that means there’s enough sunshine to cultivate tasty vegetable. And its geography surrounded by the sea, you can easily taste fresh seafood. Their cooking style is unique as well: simple seasoning with garlic and olive oil is the base, and they put different spices that they used to import from their old colonies in Africa, Asia, and […]

  3. Alcatra, the local food you must try in Terceira!

    The Azores, which is becoming a popular vacation destination these years, are located 1600 away from Portugal mainland. As well as São Miguel island, Terceira island (Ilha de Terceira) is one of the entrances for tourists to discover pure beauty of these paradise-like islands. Many people come to Terceira to admire its wonderful nature and its famous festivals but they often forget to taste a local dish : Alcatra. In this article, you will see this meaty-oily dish which you must try when you come to Terceira! So, what is Alcatra? Generally, Portuguese people eat more often pork than beef […]

  4. How to use local restaurant well in Portugal? Here’s some tips.

    When you are traveling and want to find a local place to have a typical local dish of that place, you will search it on web or check your guidebook. In Portugal, especially in Lisbon and in Porto, there are many restaurants which are popular for tourists and have good review, that means you won’t have any language problem  because the employees certainly speak English. How it works in this kind of restaurants are so similar to our countries’ so there won’t be any surprise. However, not many websites or guidebook don’t tell you clearly how it works in more […]

  5. 7 best beaches to go near Lisbon

    Lisbon… We talk a lot about this beautiful Portuguese capital especially in recent years, and I think that’s normal. Narrow steep streets with old houses, Portuguese cuisine that is simple but also very tasty and its atmosphere of “saudade” (nostalgia, sadness or a feeling of lack of something in one’s past, untranslatable in other languages). .. People who have ever visited this beautiful city would say, “Oh my God, Lisbon is simply magic!” Yet, Lisbon’s charms aren’t only in its touristic city center. You can enjoy beautiful beaches just nearby. In fact, there are many people coming to Lisbon to spend […]

  6. 10 Things that I quit in Portugal

    Are you in a foreign country? Have you ever faced culture shock there? When we live abroad for a long time, we should completely change our habit, our mentality and our attitude for the culture of the country where you are, and sometimes it surprises us how our mind or our way of thinking has been changed, without recognizing by ourselves. In this article, I’m going to tell you the 10 things that I quit after my 8 months of stay in Portugal. Maybe you could get some ideas about how in reality it is to live in Portugal. (I’m […]

  7. Cheapest and easiest way to eat famous roasted pork in Coimbra

    In Coimbra, located in central Portugal, has a famous regional dish : Chanfana. It’s like stewed baby goat with some spices. If it isn’t really your cup of tea to eat goat meat (like me), you could try another special dish called “Leitão à Bairrada”, which is famous as “Typical Portuguese Food” today, but its origin is exactly from this Central region. What is “Leitão à Bairrada”? “Leitão” means “Baby pork” or “Piglet” “à Bairrada” is the regional style of cooking. In short, this is spit-roasted whole piglet! More correctly, this is the specialty of a small town called Mealhada […]

  8. New Year’s Eve in Lisbon, How You Enjoy With Less Than €5!

    In Lisbon, it’s not just summer time you can enjoy, but in the end of the year too. I was in a countdown event in Lisbon to finish an amazing year of 2018. Starting with free music live, fireworks that celebrate the new year’s coming and drinking, drinking, drinking. I did enjoy so much this last day of 2018 with lot of laugh, and lot of beer and finally I spent less than 5 euros! That would be awesome as well the countdown events in NY, Tokyo, Paris but sometimes it’s so stressful with lot of crowds that make it […]

  9. A perfect guide of Lisbon’s TOP view spots for free!

    Lisbon, which is also called “City of 7 hills” never stops fascinating the visitors with its great views of old houses expanded on hills, as its nickname says. We can enjoy this city with many ways: walking around, tasting great food, drinking, having a party… but do you know we can find many viewpoints throughout the city? When you go up, you will arrive to a view point! Almost all the viewpoints in Lisbon are outside so generally they are free of charge. Of course, there are many tourists, but also local people come there to take an “imperial” (small glass […]

  10. 3 Things You Should Know Before Learning A New Language

    Today, our world is getting smaller than ever, getting more international. When you post your feeling or your photo on social media, it will reach to the people who live in the opposite of the Earth, and instantly you can get their reaction for what you posted. Internationalism is seen in the field of tourism as well, especially in EU countries : you can fly to Barcelona for a beach party, to Rome for a historical excursion, or to Paris for “amour”. You don’t need your passport to pass the border and you can even do a day trip from […]