Fantastic Foto Friday: Dream Castle on the Hill – Sintra, Portugal

35 LIS Sintra Pena Palace 1

If you haven’t had enough history in Lisbon, Europe’s most underrated capital, or just want to enjoy the cooler mountains, Sintra is a great getaway from Lisbon, easy to do as a day-trip. And Pena Palace was my favorite sight on the trip, with it’s different styles from different ages all combined into one castle that looks like straight out of a Disney fairy tale!


Fantastic Foto Friday: Getaway from Lisbon to charming beach town Cascais

43 LIS Caixcais Palace


I consider Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, one of the most underrated cities in Europe. And if you want to combine it with a beach getaway, you can be in charming Cascais in less then an hour to hang out on the beach, enjoy the beautiful palace above, the fortress or the pedestrian area with its many restaurants and stores!

Great beach getaway from Lisbon – Cascais!

Lisbon is one of the most underrated capitals in Europe: In addition to the historic center, the Castelo overlooking the city and great museum in Belem, you also enjoy wonderful daytrips to Sintra or the beach. I had planned to visit the famous Estoril, but after some research decided to give the “new favorite” Cascais a try – and I’m … Continue reading

Disappointing stay at converted ibis styles Lisbon

For my second hotel in Lisbon as part of my Iberian Explorer trip, I selected the Ibis Styles Embaixador Lisbon. My first hotel, the Holiday Inn Express Ave Liberdade, was sold out on the last night of my planned stay, I was tempted by an Accor LeClub promotion and based on many good experiences with ibis hotels in the past, … Continue reading

Best views of Lisbon – Castelo S. Jorge

Lisbon, just like Rome, is built on seven hills – and on top of one of them you’ll find a centuries old castle and great views over the city. That makes Castelo de S. Jorge one of the most popular attractions in Lisbon and it should be on your itinerary, too! … Continue reading