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Michelle takes Portugal

Portugal is next on my list of European countries for sure! The natural landscapes, the gastronomy, the sandy beaches, the architecture, the colors, definitely unquestionable authenticity. Doing the interview to Michelle – A closest friend – and some research on the Web.  I found this spectacular quote that I’ll leave here:

Luxury has broken boundaries and is not found only in gold, diamonds or ostentation. In Portugal, luxury lies in simplicity, in the authenticity of what is genuine.”

According to Michelle, Portugal is magical! – Michelle takes Portugal, shares with us her wonderful experience and recommendations of Lisbon, Sintra and Cascais. Let’s read about it!

Lisbon.

Lisbon is the stunning capital city of Portugal. The city perfectly reflects the Portuguese culture, which embraces modern culture whilst maintaining its unique heritage and traditions. She went March–April when is the best time to visit. Days are bright and sunny but the temperatures are slightly cooler. Lisbon has long hot summers, pleasant spring/autumn seasons and mild, but unpredictable winters – Take note.

  

She recommends to stay close to the historic centre of Baixa, Chiado, Bairro Alto or close to the southern end of Avenida da Liberdade. These areas are the heart of Lisbon and all of the main tourist attractions are within walking distance. Bairro Alto is the escence of Lisbon and highly recommended for those wishing to experience Lisbon nightlife.

Bairro Alto is the escence of Lisbon and highly recommended for those wishing to experience Lisbon nightlife.

 

You must visit the 25 de Abril Bridge is a suspension bridge connecting the city of Lisbon, capital of Portugal, to the municipality of Almada on the left (south) bank of the Tagus river. Because it is a suspension bridge and has similar coloring, it is often compared to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, US.

Lisbon has an excellent and inexpensive public transport network and a rental car is not needed. Driving in Lisbon can be stressful demanding and parking is also very limited and expensive. You can also use public transportation to visit the popular day trips to Sintra or Cascais. Take a trolley car! Feels like you’re inside a vintage movie.

SINTRA = Fairytale Palaces

 

 Is a setting of fairytale palaces, beautiful gardens and ancient legends. Nestled in the middle of a natural park, Sintra is an essential excursion from Lisbon. She strongly recommends at least one day to visit it: you will not regret it.

Going to her favorite place from here, let’s talk about the most mystical and captivating place in Sintra… Quinta da Regaleira.

The property consists of a romantic palace and chapel, and a luxurious park that features lakes, grottoes, wells, benches, fountains, and a vast array of exquisite constructions.

Don’t miss the other palaces in the area such as the Quinta do Relógio, Pena, Monserrate and Seteais Palaces.

 

 

 

CASCAIS = Coast Life

Is a surprising and welcoming place with lots of glamour, serenity and natural surroundings. It’s a place where you’ll always feel at home.

This is the place where you take a bike and ride it to admire
the magnificent, unmatched coastline and to appreciate the nature park and warmth of the local people. There are also those who come for the fascinating stories of kings and spies and for all the glamour, culture and entertainment to be found.

When it comes to food…well if eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures for you, don’t miss my next post:

http://www.blogbyjoa.com/2017/08/23/portugal-seafood-lovers-alert/ – by Michelle – 

After all this now I have an increasing need to go to Portugal and visit all these amazing places!

Until next time and Obrigado!!! –  From Michelle!

Muah! Joa

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