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The nation’s capital, Lisbon, towers over the estuary of the Tagus River and is a hub of culture and shopping. To wind down after exploring Lisbon, go to the Martim Moniz, where quirky street stalls, art installations and even a dragon will pique your curiosity. Later, enjoy the sun set over the bay from the Miradouro-area, before heading to the famous Clube do Fado in Alfama to catch some traditional Portuguese music.
While in Porto, take in some of the hidden gems in the city. Visit Lello and Irmao, one of the oldest and arguably most beautiful book stores in the world, with carved wooden interiors. Admire the views of the city from Torre dos Clerigos or tuck into the city’s signature dish, the francesinha. Consisting of layers of bread, different types of meat, cheese and topped with a fried egg, this hearty dish will fill your belly ahead of the essential port wine tour that has been known to leave visitors tipsy.
Portugal is also full of beautiful coastlines and scenic islands. At the very south of the country, the sandy beaches of the Algarve stretch as far as the eye can see. After bathing in the sea and the sun, head into the more rugged Serra-landscape to experience a slice of authentic and local Algarve culture and cuisine. Away from the mainland you’ll find the Azores, a cluster of islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, which contain marvellous caves and caverns as well as the highest mountain in Portugal, Mount Pico. Join guided tours that will take you to all the must-see spots and landscape views, or head to the coast to relax on the beach with seaside activities such as water-skiing and windsurfing.
Further south you’ll find the island of Madeira, a prime spot to go whale and dolphin watching for the experience of a lifetime. The island is also a good location to sample famous local fortified wine, while watching the sun against the silhouette of the statue of football-star and Madeira-native, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Permeating every particle of Greek culture is its rich heritage of history and mythology. Regardless of where you choose to holiday in Greece, you’re never far from a place that in one way or another is linked to one of the great gods like Zeus, Aphrodite or Poseidon, or the historical setting of fabled demigods and heroes like Hercules, Perseus and Odysseus.
The Moroccan metropolis is a plethora of colours, tastes, scents and of course sounds. Visiting the city will leave you with an infinity of impressions and regardless of where you move in the centre of Marrakech, you’re never short of new experiences. During your stay in this amazing city, sometimes you’ll need a space where you can just relax and enjoy the silence for a bit. Luckily there are numerous options for you to choose between, and below we have selected four things for you to do when you want a break from the hustle and bustle of the souks.
Every year on the 17th of March the planet glows in a special green hue, in honour of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. Throughout the world, millions of people gather to celebrate everything Irish and the most famous festivities take place in New York City, Boston and of course Dublin. With lots of activities and performances taking place during the weekend around St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve chosen some of the main things that you can do, if you find yourself in Dublin during these joyful days. Check out more events here: http://www.stpatricksfestival.ie/