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Farmers Market in Aljezur, Portugal. Photo by Cassar Photography.

Dining in Aljezur, Portugal: Bacalhau, Medronho and More

With all of the surfing, hiking and general beach-ing you’re bound to be doing in Aljezur and the surrounding area, you’re bound to work up an appetite. For the self-catering types, you can check out Aljezur’s Mercado Municipal, which is located in the square just near the bridge in town. It offers for purchase fresh fish, fruit and vegetables every day.
If you prefer to let someone else do the cooking for you, there are numerous restaurants in the area serving excellent Portuguese cuisine…

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Praia de Monte Clerigo, another of the beautiful beaches near Aljezur, Portugal; photo by Elizabeth Montalbano.

Aljezur, Portugal: Not Just a Surfer’s Paradise

A few months after I had started in my blog in 2009, Elizabeth Montalbano contacted me because she wanted to write a guest post about a life-changing trip she took to Aljezur, Portugal, to learn how to surf. Little did she (or I) realize just how life-changing that vacation would be. Fast-forward four years later, she contacts me to let me know that she moved to the charming little town of Aljezur and would I be kind enough to let my readers know about her guesthouse, Casa Boa Vista, which she rents out. Here, she describes why Aljezur is such a special place that you should at least visit it — and possibly even move there!

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Quinta da Regaleira: Sintra’s Underrated Palace

Quinta da Regaleira, an eclectic, almost spooky palace in Sintra, Portugal, was nothing short of amazing. most visitors to Sintra, however, will probably end up passing it over for the more popular palaces. If we weren’t staying within walking distance from it at the historic, luxurious Hotel Tivoli Palácio de Seteais then we probably would have […]

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Driving From Lisbon to Seville to Sintra

Lisbon and Seville. Seville and Lisbon. Perhaps they aren’t the two most natural city combos, like London and Paris or Vienna and Prague. But when I was planning my trip in October, they seemed like the perfect pair, and I was right. Lisbon and Seville were just a four-and-a-half-hour drive apart, which sounded great since […]

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Living Like a Local: Apartment Living in Lisbon

When we were planning our trip to Lisbon, we knew we wanted to stay in an apartment — as opposed to a hotel — because it was our first big trip with our 11-month-old baby. A one-bedroom apartment would give the baby ample space to play, as well as provide a sleeping area separate from the living […]

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