Thanks to Portugal’s relatively small size, flying into Lisbon and then taking daytrips out of the city and into the Portuguese countryside is relatively easy. Wondering where to take your Portuguese daytrip?
Évora is a good pick. This ancient Roman city is filled with history, including a first-century Roman temple, city cathedral and 16th-century chapel that borrowed a bit of its architecture from the Parisian catacombs — the walls are lined with skulls. For those who prefer cuisine to history, there are plenty of places to eat. Don’t miss the famed local olive oil.
Cabo da Roca is a unique beach in that it’s the most westerly spot in the European continent. Walk along the rugged cliffs to the lighthouse and marvel at what was once thought of as the edge of the world. After snapping a few photos, walk into Sintra for amazing historical structures, including multiple palaces.
Nazare is a great seaside destination with all the seafood you can eat and a fun, local vibe. Many Portuguese families vacation here during the summer and it’s one of the most popular resort towns on Portugal’s Silver Coast. Surfing is a favorite water sport, but if you’d like to stick to dry land, hike to Miradouro do Suberco for panoramic views.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
Alaska Airlines recently debuted its new Pixar-inspired, special-edition aircraft livery. On both sides of the Pixar-themed Boeing 737-800 aircraft, travelers spot recognizable faces from the Toy Story franchise, including Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie. Rex the Tyrannosaurus appears on the boarding door and the little green aliens show up on the aircraft’s winglets.
Chef Philip Guardione used to spend his days and nights on Manhattan’s Prince and Spring streets, where his popular restaurants Piccola Cucina Enoteca and Piccola Cucina Osteria attract locals and tourists who love his Sicilian-inspired cuisine as well as the street scene in the vibrant SoHo neighborhood.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
The New InterContinental San Juan is officially reopening next month. The opening marks the completion of the property’s first major renovation in more than 20 years.
Thessaloniki is the second-largest city of Greece and the most important center of the area. Built near the sea, elegant and refined, the Greek “Lady of the North” is a modern, vivacious city that welcomes visitors eager to learn about its history and culture, and at the same time have fun, relax, go shopping or simply explore the cityscape by the sea.
FOR THOSE OF US PASSIONATE about wellness pursuits and who feel most at peace close to the sea, there’s nothing quite like the synergy offered by a floating spa integrated into the setting of a luxurious cruise ship. I’m sailing through the Mediterranean from Rome to Barcelona, discovering along the way that the Crystal Life Spa & Beauty Salon on board the Crystal Serenity provides not only the element of high-end indulgence but also the cruise line’s signature commitment to attention and service.