Ballet of kitesurf

Are you a kitesurfer? Ever heard of Óbidos Lagoon?  It’s an excellent spot for kitesurflovers and their families! From a terrace on the boulevard of Foz do Arelho I overlooked the kitesurfers for hours on a sunny but windy afternoon in October. What a ballet! For local rent and lessons – kite, windsurf, kayak, bodysurf:…

Why don’t you go to Mafra for a chance?

Everybody goes to Sintra. But why don’t you visit Mafra? From Lisbon Airport it’s only a bit more than a half an hour drive. And by the way, Mafra is close to Sintra. So go to this little town! Mafra welcomes you with a breathtaking view of a huge palace. Besides that, in Sintra it’s overloaded with…

Hotels in Lisbon

“Do you know a nice place to stay in Lisbon?” I’m  frequently asked. As a matter of fact, I do. Depending on what purpose I am in Lisbon, I choose to stay in the old city centre or in the new and trendy Expo-area, also called Parque das Nações, the area where in 1998 the…

Forget Port, start drinking Ginja!

About an hour by car north of Lisbon you find one of Portugal’s pearls: Óbidos. An old town surrounded by castle walls. And within: many romantic white houses with yellow, blue and red coloured stripes. Of course, nowadays many tourist invade pittoresque Óbidos in summer and during festivals. Don’t worry: keep away from the main…

Olives again next year?

“My father used to have a lot of work in the first months of the year”, João said. Meanwhile he is busy with a saw in his hands. It’s the end of February and it’s time to cut back the ancient olive trees. Our harvest has failed tremendously. Not one olive was saved from the new…