So here’s something neat that we came across out of pure chance. The first few days that we arrived in Lisbon, the temperatures were incredibly high! The mercury was touching 40C (104F) and places here are ill equipped for this kind of weather (no fans, air conditioning, etc.). So we … more »
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We think no Eurotrip is complete without traveling around Portugal. Not just because this is Zara’s homeland, but also because the country is tiny yet it manages to offer a great variety of things to keep you amazed as you explore.
If you’re planning a trip to Lisbon, let us help you narrow down what to see, do and eat:
- Make the most of Lisbon even if you only have 24hrs to visit
- If you have more time, this is how you explore Lisbon on a budget
- Tour the most iconic of Lisbon’s neighborhoods inside Tram 28
- If like us you work online, check out the best places for Digital Nomads in Lisbon
- Visit Lisbon underground, not something many visitors get to do…
Backpack ME’s very first ebook focuses on Portuguese food. If you love exploring new places via their local dishes and culinary traditions, download Lisbon in 100 Bites.
Beyond the capital city, there’s so much more Portuguese culture for you to explore. Familiarize yourself with a couple of things before you go, and make the most of your stay in Portugal:
- Don’t speak Portuguese? No problem! Learn how to order at a Portuguese café
- Drool thinking about the typical dishes a Portuguese Grandma would feed you
- Taste the north of Portugal joining a Porto Food Tour
- Discover the Algarve beyond beach
When you travel to Portugal, dare to explore beyond Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve too. There are a lot of smaller cities and towns that deserve your attention and where locals will welcome you like the Portuguese do: with arms wide open, full glasses of wine and abundant homemade food!
Travel to my Country 4/4: Europe
We have dedicated the latest posts on Backpack ME to vicarious travels: we invited a series of travel and expat bloggers to take us on a virtual trip to their countries. After passing by The Americas, dipping ourselves into the Caribbean, exploring the ancient treasures of Africa & The Middle … more »
We’re heading to Portugal in 3 days and it’s going to be super exciting! The weather is going to be great (last time we went in winter) and we’re going there for a wedding! This picture was shot in Cascais two years ago, a wealthy town about an hour outside … more »
The westernmost point in mainland Europe
Today’s photo of the day takes us to the westernmost point of continental Europe. Cabo da Roca in Portugal, was described as The World’s End at one point in history. The scenery there is quite phenomenal! Steep cliffs bouncing into the depths of the Atlantic ocean surrounding by rolling hills … more »
About Skin Color
The evening before I left Lisbon to go to India for my new spicy life, I decided to go bra shopping. I didn’t know what kind of lingerie I’d find in Delhi, so I thought it’d be a good idea to go equipped from Portugal itself. I visited one of … more »
Ze Povinho became skinny! :O
Ze Povinho is the icon of the Portuguese population, of the working class. This is the usual image representing Ze Povinho: Usually a regular everyday man who lives a simple life, against the opulent and unrightfully powerful. Now, in this graffitti found in Lisbon, Ze Povinho has lost all his … more »
Today is the last day of 1 year of non-stop traveling. I guess the feeling that this episode is coming to an end won’t truly sink in until we board our planes back to Portugal and India. The bridge in the photo is the connection between Portugal and Spain, in … more »
1 year on the road today!
Today, we completed one year since we left Dubai! Happy we-left-Dubai anniversary! Moving out from the United Arab Emirates meant quitting our jobs, emptying our rental apartment, selling almost everything we used to own and starting to explore the world with more time. Just the two of us. This year … more »
It’s nap time!
When you visit historical monuments, like Sao Jorge Castle in Lisbon in this case, you often get this feeling that, inside those places, time has remained still. This cat napping by the entrance to the castle is a metaphor of that: he is sleeping the afternoon away like the crazy … more »
Portugueses pelo Mundo: A&Z on Portuguese national TV!
If we needed a souvenir from our years living in Dubai, Portuguese national TV channel RTP has given us a pretty cool one! Several months before we left the UAE, a Portuguese team shooting the TV show “Portugueses pelo Mundo” (translating into “Portuguese Around the World”) came to visit. I … more »