Tag archives for Portugal

Marta Macedo was born and raised in Porto and came to realize just how much she loved her city while she was studying abroad. “People may live their lives trying to figure out where their home is,” she says. “Being away made me realize that Porto truly is home for me.” After traveling the world, Marta returned to her beloved port city and started sharing her hometown pride on Spotted by Locals. Here are a few of her favorite things about Portugal’s second largest city.

Soon after arriving in the Azores in the 1430s and digging into the rich volcanic soil, Portuguese settlers planted Verdelho wine grapes. Six centuries on, travelers are increasingly exploring the vineyards of the Azores — especially those found on Pico Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Anyone who’s visited Lisbon can easily reel off the prerequisite activities: listening to melancholic Fado music, hopping aboard an old tram straining up a steep incline, climbing the ramparts of the old Moorish Castelo de São Jorge, visiting the Belem district with its monuments to the great explorers, strolling along a woodland trail.

Huh? What was that last one?

Nuno Lopes de Paula was born and raised in Lisbon. After studying tourism and working in the local tourism office, he went off to see the world, but his heart belongs to Portugal. Here are a few of his favorite things about his hometown.

If you build it, they will come. At least that’s what Casas Brancas, the sustainability-focused non-profit that just unveiled a long-distance hiking and biking route through the southwest coast of Portugal, hopes will happen.

The Radar: Travel Lately

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For those of you who are paying attention, we’re switching it up. A more robust Radar — the best of the travel blogosphere (don’t you hate that word?) — will now be a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every Wednesday.

You can play, too. Simply follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the web #ngtradar to help us find the crème de la crème. Here’s this week’s.

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups.

Photos: Where You Went

Our jet-setting friends on Facebook never fail to impress us with their far-flung escapades. Here’s a taste of the places you and your fellow gallivanters have visited lately. If you haven’t found National Geographic Traveler magazine on Facebook yet, please join us. Be sure to let us know where you’re off to each Friday, or just poke around for inspiration as you plan your next trip.

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Photos: Where You Went

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We are always impressed by our community’s passion for travel and exploration. That’s why every Friday we ask you the same question on Facebook: Where are you traveling this weekend? See photos of where you went. And get inspired to plan your next trip. Photos by readers like you. Upload your favorite travel photos with a caption…

2010 World Cup: Brazil v. Portugal

Anticipation weighs heavily as Brazil and Portugal prepare for a win at Durban Stadium. (ESPN will begin live coverage at 9:30 a.m. EST.). Brazil has secured victories against North Korea (2-1) and Côte d’Ivoire (3-1). But they’ll face Portugal without their star midfielder Kaká, who controversially received a second yellow card during Brazil’s last game,…

I Heart My City: Coimbra, Portugal

Olá, travelers! Today Rafa Vieira writes to us from Coimbra, Portugal, and tells us why this European city is simply the best. Want to see your city on IT? Copy and paste our list of fill-in-the-blank questions into an e-mail, fill in your answers, and send your responses to IntelligentTravel@ngs.org. And if you’re still waiting…

I Heart My City: Maureen’s Lisbon

Greetings, city-lovers! Today Maureen Moore fills us in on her adopted city, Lisbon. Want to see your city on IT? Copy and paste our list of fill-in-the-blank questions into an e-mail, fill in your answers, and send your responses to IntelligentTravel@ngs.org. And if you’re still waiting for us to feature yours, fear not! We’re going…

Castles in the Sun

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2006 – 1st Place at World Championships of Sand Scuplture: “I Shall Fear No Evil…” Much to IT’s chagrin, summer will soon be drawing to a close. There’s still time for one last sunny fling, though, so this week our summer trilogy—successfully begun with the lowdowns on swimming pools and gelato—concludes with the highly anticipated…

Euro Trip 2006

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Before settling into her cubicle at Traveler, intern Allison Busacca took a three-week, six-city backpacking tour through Europe. She reports: Wanting desperately to flex our art history muscles, my three friends and I originally planned on doing a European mega-museum tour. However, we found that most paintings faded into the background as we experienced the…