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Travel Guide: Portugal with Samantha

Posted on 02 September 2016

We invited Samantha of On Air Collective to share her tips.

 

EXPERIENCE

Temples

In Lisbon, I visited several temples. You can see the diversity and inclusiveness of the people with different religions having their own place for worship. The Lisbon Portugal Temple is my favourite, I especially like the white and gold facade of the temple.

Leca Beach

Warm sunlight + nice sea view + soft breeze, Leca Beach off Yeatman Hotel has every element that makes for a perfect holiday. Located 20 minutes from the city centre, the beach has loads of restaurants for you to choose, and an endless coastline. A must-go if you want to chill and relax!

 

EAT

Cervejaria Ramiro Seafood

Portugal is famous for seafood! We were lucky enough to have a referral letter from our hotel, it saved us queuing! When you step in, you can see a display fridge showing all kinds of seafood. The interior is like a Hong Kong ' Cha Charn Teng', very casual and totally felt like Macau! We ordered loads of seafood and the most impressive is the King Crab and grilled prawns. The size of the prawn is almost as big as my head! Yum!

TimeOut Market

Don’t miss Timeout Market if you are a food lover. You can have any kind of gourmet you want there! I particularly like the environment there, the eating area is large, atmospheric and you will be surrounded by countless food stalls. I really enjoy having fresh seafood with live music.

 

SHOP

Caza das Vellas Loreto

I was attracted by the 6ft giant candle upon entering. Opened in 1789, their candles are all handmade and use natural ingredients with a wide range of colours!

Livaria Lello

One of the most beautiful bookstores in the world and one of the oldest in town. I was amazed by the classic and detailed interior, especially the staircase in the middle of the store. There are carvings on each stair!

A Vida Portuguesa

A renowned store that sells products made in Portugal. From stationery, personal items, toys, snacks to decorations. The soaps and notebooks in vintage packaging caught my eye!

 

VISIT

Berardo Collection Museum

The Berardo Collection Museum is a place to feel the cultural side of Lisbon. Over 1000 works of modern and contemporary art are on display.

Sintra

Many say this UNESCO World Heritage Site is Paradise on earth with beautiful palaces and big houses. Within the town, I liked Palacio da Pena the most, although it's a bit of an uphill walk to the palace, it is definitely worth going. It was built in a way so it is visible from any point in the park, which sits within a large forest.

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