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Travel to Portugal, where variety is the spice of life

Portugal offers an enticing range of places to see and things to do no matter what you’re looking for. From endless stretches of beach along the coast to cosmopolitan nightlife in major cities to the fairy tale magic of the interior villages—every day is completely different.

Portugal Destinations

  • Escape Canadian Winter And Fly Away to Sunny Algarve in Southern Portugal

    By GAIL AGUIAR / 11 March 2016
    Tucked away in Europe’s southwest corner is the small but richly diverse country of Portugal—Spain’s western neighbour on the Iberian Peninsula. With more than 900km of mainland coastline and two volcanic island groups, Portugal has long been a draw for continental travellers while flying quietly under the Canadian radar.

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  • Portugal's Best Kept Sandwich Secret: the Bifana

    By GAIL AGUIAR / 01 August 2015
    If Portugal were to name a national sandwich, the bifana sandwich would have to be on the short list. Available across every region and sold in every location—from food trucks, to shopping centre food courts, to tiny local hole-in-the-wall snack bars—the humble bifana is easy enough to find and looks easy to make. But don’t be fooled by its simplicity—the basic description of “marinated pork slices in a bun” is deceiving.

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  • The Hidden Rooftop Terrace of Casa da Música in Porto

    By GAIL AGUIAR / 26 August 2015
    The avant-garde brainchild of Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, Casa da Música was built on the former parking site of the city’s trams and is the current home of Orquestra Nacional do Porto. The Casa was commissioned for Porto’s participation as European Capital of Culture in 2001, but it didn’t open until the spring of 2005. Despite the long delay, Casa da Música has become the centrepiece of the neighbourhood of Boavista (translated as “good view”) and is now a major part of the city’s skyline.

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  • Porto Design Attractions: Architecture, Fashion and Art

    By CEDRIC LIZOTTE / 31 July 2015
    Livraria Lello & Irmao isn’t the only art nouveau landmark in this gorgeous city. Majestic Café is another can’t-miss art nouveau building on any serious tourist’s radar. Get yourself a good strong coffee, snap a few shots of the beautiful carved wood and chandeliers, and get right back on the traveller’s trail!

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  • Shopping in Lisbon’s Principe Real District

    By STYLE JAUNT / 25 September 2015
    Once known for its antique shops and gay bars, Principe Real has turned into the most sought-after neighbourhood where all the locals want to live. From Bairro Alto, it’s a lovely 10-minute walk along beautiful gardens and colourful mansions. Once there, make sure to spend a few hours enjoying all the great spots on Dom Pedro V Street. Expect to find trendy cafés, concept stores, designer boutiques and newly opened restaurants.

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