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Plane views: Lisbon

Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal. Lying on the banks of the Tagus estuary and bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon boasts an incredibly rich history, and a plethora of atmospheric neighbourhoods, grand monuments, picturesque lanes and broad boulevards. My recent visit reminded me yet again why it’s one of my favourite […]

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Action and adventure in the Algarve

The Algarve in southern Portugal is known for its beaches, sunny skies and mouth-watering seafood. It is however, not the first location that springs to mind when considering an adventure holiday. While some holidays are meant to be relaxing (where the big decision of the day is whether to spend your hours lounging by the […]

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The volcano of Pico seen from the lush, green island of Sao Jorge (image via Wikimedia Commons).

Whale-watching in the Azores

Nine green dots in the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean, the Azores are currently considered one of the best places for whale-watching in the world. Located about halfway between Lisbon and New York (map), the Azores are a volcanic group of islands that belong to Portugal. Its crystal-clear waters, the abundance of food, the absence […]

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