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  • 9 of the best pousadas in Portugal

    9 of the best pousadas in Portugal

    October 12th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    Pin From Gothic monasteries and riverside palaces, to Moorish castles that loom over terraced hillsides, Portugal has a good deal of striking places to stay. Its chain of pousadas have converted historic properties across the country, turning them into dramatically sited, stunningly reimagined hotels. Whether you fancy unwinding with a spa session in an old chapel, sleeping... Read more »

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  • Get on board: the 5 best European river cruises

    Get on board: the 5 best European river cruises

    March 29th, 2016AnneLise Sorensen
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    Among a certain segment of travellers, cruising is sometimes maligned: the dismal buffet and watered-down cocktails. Those kitschy lounge acts. The contrived shore excursions. But that, as they say, was then. Cruising today, and especially river cruising, offers an entirely different experience, from celebrity chef-driven cuisine to stargazing lounges to bike rides along leafy canals.... Read more »

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  • Our expert’s guide: the best area to stay in Lisbon

    Our expert’s guide: the best area to stay in Lisbon

    February 9th, 2016Matthew Hancock
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    Heading to the Portuguese capital this year? Whether you want rich history or shops galore, these are the best areas to stay in Lisbon according to our expert. Best for the historic centre: Baixa and Chiado Lisbon’s Baixa, or ‘downtown’, is an appealing oblong of handsome buildings flanked by the squares of Rossio, Figueira and the... Read more »

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  • Madeira: shaking off misconceptions

    Madeira: shaking off misconceptions

    November 17th, 2015Rachel Mills
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    Famous for being the birthplace of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and Madeira wine, this Portuguese island has a reputation as a holiday choice of the staid over-60s. Although it’s part of Portugal, Madeira is closer to North Africa than it is to Europe – and the island is attracting a new generation of independent travellers who know it’s not just... Read more »

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  • Azores on film: why you need to explore this amazing archipelago

    Azores on film: why you need to explore this amazing archipelago

    November 16th, 2015Eleanor Aldridge
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    Strung out in the mid-Atlantic, 1500km off the coast of Portugal, is a chain of nine breathtaking islands. These are the Azores, a volcanic archipelago thrust up from the seabed at the intersection of the Eurasian, North American and African plates. Home to around 250,000 people, the lush islands hide glassy lakes, towering waterfalls, bubbling hot springs and flower-filled meadows. If you’re looking... Read more »

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  • Hedonism and history make Lisbon the perfect city break

    Hedonism and history make Lisbon the perfect city break

    September 15th, 2015Robin McKelvie
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    It was not too long ago that Lisbon was often dismissed as the unfashionable capital of Portugal, the ‘Poor Man of Europe’. This was harsh on a city that spectacularly straddles the River Tejo with a flurry of old world architecture, rich African cultural influences and a notoriously wild nightlife scene. Today, savvy city breakers... Read more »

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  • Quiz: can you name these famous sights?

    Quiz: can you name these famous sights?

    March 20th, 2015Jessica Sinyor
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    Do postcards and travel posters paper your walls? Do you pride yourself on your travel knowledge? We’ve selected ten of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring sights around the world to put you to the test. Can you identify the famous sight from the picture? Be warned, sometimes places can look surprisingly similar…

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  • The best hostels in Europe

    The best hostels in Europe

    March 4th, 2015Site Editor
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    Taken from the Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget, here’s our pick of the best hostels in Europe. Europe presents an irresistible challenge to the budget traveller. From London’s Royal Parks and Amsterdam’s canals to İstanbul’s Grand Bazaar and the Berlin Wall, just getting tangled up in its sights is a huge draw –... Read more »

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  • CLOSED: WIN a trip along the Portuguese Coastal Way

    CLOSED: WIN a trip along the Portuguese Coastal Way

    November 21st, 2014Site Editor
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    This competition is now closed. Always wanted to walk the Camino de Santiago but never had the time or means to do it? Now you could win a chance to walk part of this famous pilgrimage trail with the help of CaminoWays.com. Read on to find out how to enter… Rough Guides have teamed up with... Read more »

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  • Incredible forests of the world

    Incredible forests of the world

    October 3rd, 2014Alison Roberts
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  • An exhilarating ride through Lisbon’s backstreets

    An exhilarating ride through Lisbon’s backstreets

    September 19th, 2014Matthew Hancock
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    On a city tour with a difference, Matthew Hancock explores Portugal’s capital in an old Jeep to find the best things to do in Lisbon. I’ve always been averse to city tours. It’s the cheesy commentaries and obvious itineraries that put me off, but the prospect of taking part in a ‘safari’ in an aged Portuguese... Read more »

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  • Centro: delve into the heart of Portugal

    Centro: delve into the heart of Portugal

    August 29th, 2014Olivia Rawes
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    In search of a more authentic Portuguese experience, Olivia Rawes escaped the Algarve to discover Centro: a quiet, charming region at the heart of Portugal. Baking hot sun, packed beaches, busy restaurants and beautifully manicured golf courses – for myself, and for the millions of holidaymakers who flock to the Algarve each summer, this was... Read more »

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