The best Portuguese cities to discover as a couple!

The best Portuguese cities to discover as a couple!

Portugal is a country full of romantic destinations, perfect to discover with your better-half. The hard part will be choosing the cities to visit. We feature here the ones that, in our opinion, you cannot miss in your visit to Portugal.

 

SINTRA (30 km from Lisbon)

Sintra
Sintra

When you think about a romantic spot in Portugal, Sintra is the first place that comes to mind. Whether for its magnificent palaces and charming gardens or its historical centre considered World Heritage, no one is indifferent to this wonderful town! Sintra served as inspiration for writers and musicians, who were indulge by its magic and splendour.

Palácio Nacional da Pena (palace): one of the 7 wonders of Portugal. Located on the top of the hill, a perfect symbol of the Portuguese romance, it was one of the residences of the Portuguese royal family.

Quinta da Regaleira: Right in the historical centre of Sintra, it is comprised of a palace and astonishing gardens.

Try the typical dessert – travesseiro de Sintra (puff pastry stuffed with almond cream)

 

ÓBIDOS (90 km from Lisbon)

Obidos
Obidos

A city that is able to charm locals and travellers by its romance and massive beauty. Coming out of a true fairy tale, Óbidos is a medieval town that preserves its historical wall and offers magical and unforgettable experiences that you will keep in your memory.

Castelo de Óbidos: one of the 7 wonders of Portugal. Visit the castle and enter a historical journey, back to the 14th century.

Walls: climb up to the top of the walls and enjoy the amazing views to the infinity.

Taste the typical liqueur – ginjinha – served in a chocolate mini glass.

 

DOURO (130 km from Oporto)

Douro
Douro

With a lush natural beauty, Douro is a place that you really must discover in a romantic trip. Here, the world famous Port wine is produced. Its vineyards are part of the amazing scenario of the Douro Valley. The small villages among the landscape and the fantastic hills are an invitation to get to know this breathtaking and romantic province of Portugal.

Boat ride along the Douro river: enjoy a ride between Régua and Pinhão.

Train trip in the Douro line: a unique experience between Peso da Régua and Tua.

Visit one of the Port wine farms

If you’re considering coming to Portugal, the HF Hotels Group has 4 hotel units, all near means of transport that can easily take you to any of these cities.

 

Summer festivals not to be missed in June: Oporto and Lisbon

June Summer Festivals
Summer Festivals

Everybody knows that nice weather asks for good music, a relaxing atmosphere, constant joy, and, of course, great company. Where can we find this perfect combination? At the summer festivals in June, of course!

 

Every year, the music festivals are more and more diversified, with endless possibilities. If you never miss out on a great festival, pay attention to our tips and don’t let the tickets for your favourite artists get away.

  • NOS Primavera Sound – Oporto:

June arrived with another NOS Primavera Sound edition. With a great variety of music styles, from electronic to folk and soul, without forgetting rock, pop and indie, this festival has a selection of artists from several countries and with very different musical paths.

The 7th edition of this festival, characterised by its relaxing and almost idyllic setting – in harmony with nature – takes place from 7-9 June and the headliners are Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Lorde, ASAP Rocky and Tyler.

With a contagious energy, that leaves no one indifferent, including the 40 nationalities that are usual presence in this festival, the Parque da Cidade is the perfect stage for the three-day festival that promises, as always, to exceed the expectations of its festivalgoers.

  • Rock in Rio – Lisbon:

The great festivals don’t only happen in Oporto. June is also Rock In Rio month! Taking place every two years, this Lisbon festival is a true reference in the music world and a compulsory stop for those who spend the year counting down the days for the summer festivals.

This 8th edition will take place on the 23, 24, 29 and 30 of June and is also highlighted for being a festival which is perfectly prepared to receive people with disabilities, pregnant women and children starting at age 3. As headliners, this festival counts with Muse, Bruno Mars, The Killers and Katy Perry, among many other artists that will provide memorable moments to thousands of fans of different music styles, present at the festival.

These were our choices for June. However, the next months will also bring lots of fun and good music. Don’t forget: between the hustle of the festivals, recharge your batteries and relax in one of our hotels. Learn more at: www.hfhotels.com.

Portuguese – The 5th most widely spoken language in the world!

Portuguese – the 5th most widely spoken language in the world!

No one would say that the language spoken in this small rectangle in the Iberian Peninsula is the 5th most widely spoken language in the WORLD! There are about 250 million native speakers!

The Portuguese language had its origin in Latin. It was officially born in the 12th century and, since then spread all over the world.

There are people who say that it is one of the most difficult languages to learn, due to the many grammatical exceptions and many sounds that are only used in Portuguese. But we don’t want you to use that as an excuse, so check the survival kit above and learn how you can speak Portuguese almost like a native.

Hello – Olá

How are you? – Como está?

Goodbye – Adeus

Thank you – Obrigado

I would like to have another beer – Queria mais uma cerveja

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Funny Portuguese expressions

Estou a rapar frio! “I’m shaving cold”, this means it’s very cold.

Vamos fazer uma vaquinha! “Let’s make a little cow”, meaning “Let’s save for this together.”

Podes tirar o cavalinho da chuva. “You can take your horse out of the rain”, meaning “this is never going to happen”

Chorar sobre o leite derramado “Crying over spilled milk”, something you would say when someone can’t get past something, and nothing can’t be done about it.

Portuguese – The 5th most widely spoken language in the world!

No one would say that the language spoken in this small rectangle in the Iberian Peninsula is the 5th most widely spoken language in the WORLD! There are about 250 million native speakers!

The Portuguese language had its origin in Latin. It was officially born in the 12th century and, since then spread all over the world.

There are people who say that it is one of the most difficult languages to learn, due to the many grammatical exceptions and many sounds that are only used in Portuguese. But we don’t want you to use that as an excuse, so check the survival kit above and learn how you can speak Portuguese almost like a native.

Hello – Olá

How are you? – Como está?

Goodbye – Adeus

Thank you – Obrigado

I would like to have another beer – Queria mais uma cerveja

Post-língua.jpg

Funny Portuguese expressions

Estou a rapar frio! “I’m shaving cold”, this means it’s very cold.

Vamos fazer uma vaquinha! “Let’s make a little cow”, meaning “Let’s save for this together.”

Podes tirar o cavalinho da chuva. “You can take your horse out of the rain”, meaning “this is never going to happen”

Chorar sobre o leite derramado “Crying over spilled milk”, something you would say when someone can’t get past something, and nothing can’t be done about it.

We aren’t just fado, football, Fátima and cod!

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Portugal is the westernmost country in Europe, with more than 1200 km of coast, bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. Continental Portugal and the autonomous regions of Madeira and Azores form the 93,000 km2 of the Portuguese Republic, with approximately 10.5 million inhabitants.

Portugal was officially born in 1143, with the conquest of the County of Portugal to the Moors, by D. Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal. In 1297, the borders that exist today were established – the oldest borders in Europe.

The Age of Discovery (1415-1543) expanded the kingdom of Portugal throughout all the five continents and made it a great power in the world.  The crisis of succession of 1580 that resulted in the union of Portugal with Spain until 1640, made Portugal lose many of its riches and overseas territories. The great Lisbon earthquake of 1755 and the Spanish and French invasions deteriorated even more the Portuguese empire.

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In 1910, the First Republic was established, almost 100 years after the date of the first Portuguese constitution. Until 1974, Portugal lived troubled years: an extremely unstable First Republic and a dictatorship that lasted from 1926 to 1974. The Carnation Revolution, a social movement that deposed the dictatorial regime, was considered the most peaceful revolution ever because, instead of guns being fired, carnations were placed in the gun barrels.

The following years were calmer in Portugal, where its semi-presidential republic started to be built until our days. In 1986 Portugal joined the European Union and its official currency now the euro, which replaced the Portuguese escudo.