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Culture is the adhesive that binds a community together. From gastronomy to music, we provide the stories that give you a foundational understanding of Spain and Portugal.

Catavino’s Top 10 Tips for Traveling in Portugal: Ditch the High Heels!

I adore a stunning pair of high heels. I’m not talking about the mammoth spikes that can alternatively be used as an assault weapon, or block heels that make you walk like un-oiled stick figure; I’m referring to the elegant sensible heels that sculpt your legs into sumptuous, sleek delectables. That said, Portugal is not […]

Where to Find the Best Carnival Celebrations in Portugal

Carnival conjures images of brightly decorated floats, scantily clad dancing women, and a party that lasts for weeks on end, equivalent to New Orleans’ Mardi Gras. Of any other celebration, Carnival is beloved in Europe! (photo by Rosino) But what is Carnival? Historically, during the six weeks of Lent, one was expected to be conservative in […]

Interview with Nelson Carvalheiro: Award Winning Portuguese Travel Writer

Editor’s Note: Today we’re heading off the beaten path to introduce Nelson Carvalheiro, an award winning Portuguese travel and photo blogger who’s been garnering heaps of attention for his dynamic and passionate tales. We, however, are more interested in what causes saudades (homesickness) when he’s thousands of miles from home.  What instigated your desire to […]

Traditions of a Portuguese New Year: It all comes down to your underwear

My first New Years in Portugal was spent in Lisbon, gazing out across the city to the Tejo river, where the yearly fireworks would flare up and burst in a spectacular display of color. Underneath the technicolor display, a cacophony of banging pots and pans alongside honking car horns rang in o Ano Novo. […]

Top 5 Ways to Enjoy the Autumn Rain

I’ll admit, there are times I desperately wish to transport myself back to Barcelona, to the autumn sun, to the calm beaches, to the lazy outdoor terraces. And it’s not because Barcelona is any better or worse than Porto, it’s because it’s simply…dry. Come autumn, Porto turns into a wicked stepchild, […]