Portugal is not only one of the best surfing destinations in Europe, but also one of the best in the world, with surf breaks all year round and for all types of surfers. In the winter the swell is bigger and more appropriate for experienced surfers, whereas summer time is great for beginners as the waves tend to be smaller. For those eager to initiate in the sport there are surf schools all across the country and some even organise intensive courses and summer camps to learn and improve skills.
In this journal post we tell you more about surf in Portugal and why our country is a fantastic destination for those aiming to tackle some waves.
Christmas is all about sharing and cherishing what’s truly important. This year has been unprecedentedly hard for small business owners, people in the arts & culture industry and tourism related companies. Let’s focus on them and take this chance to give back.
In this post we give you some ideas of great and original Christmas gifts that will put a smile on the face of who gets it, but also on the person you’re buying it from.
We all know companies relying on tourism are facing many challenges. In spite of the new recommendations, it's still possible to travel in a safe way. At My Bookpack we make sure to give you all the tips and information you need to spend a great time away from home!
Açores and Madeira are at the top of our list when it comes to travelling during the pandemic and below we'll tell you why.
These troubled times pose difficulties when it comes to traveling and as a consequence they have a serious impact on our day-to-day at My Bookpack. Initially we were apprehensive but... 'when life gives you lemons you make lemonade', right?
During the lockdown we had to stop our regular tasks so we started brainstorming and decided to rescue old ideas and side projects that were stored away in the back of our minds. After long conversations we came to the conclusion that we wanted to build a fun and educational product aiming the mini explorers. And so we did! We trusted our gut, rolled up our sleeves and created a children's book named "Vamos explorar Portugal" (which literally translates to "Let's explore Portugal").
Douro Verde is our chosen destination for August 2020. This so-called part of the Douro Valley is located between the urban Douro landscape around Porto and the Douro wine-making region in the upper part of the Douro Valley.
Being just over an hour from Porto makes it a great weekend break destination, but it is also a great place to spend some longer holidays immersed in nature, good gastronomy, excellent wine and a valuable historical and cultural heritage.
August is always a tricky month when it comes to travelling, but this area remains quite unexplored and peaceful even during peak season. Plus it's almost harvest time, which means this territory has a special aura as the locals anticipate the vindimas.
Portugal is a small country but it has two shores exposed to the Atlantic Ocean, which means there are loads of gorgeous beaches, from the northwest tip to the southern edge. Apart from the coastal beaches, there are many beautiful ones located in the countryside and others in the archipelagos of Açores and Madeira.
As you see there is a wide variety and not to mention the most spectacular sunsets, which makes travelling in Portugal an absolute joy for beach fans. Find below which are our favourite ones.
On our When to Go Where in 2020 article we chose Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina Natural Park for July 2020. This protected area is located in the southwest coast of Portugal and is a famous summer holiday destination for many reasons. In fact, this territory has so many highlights that it's hard not to fall in love with it and keep coming back to confirm why.
Óbidos and Peniche are our destinations of choice for June 2020. Even though travelling entails extra care, these two towns remain a safe bet and combined they make up a delightful mix of what Portugal has to offer: traditional architecture, water sports, fresh fish and natural scenery.
They're located only half an hour driving from each other and there's plenty to do around the area, so spending your holidays targeting Óbidos and Peniche is a fantastic idea. We'll tell you why below.
Visiting Portugal in a safe way can be a great solution to ease the mind, find balance and enjoy the great outdoors with our closed ones.
These uncertain times pose difficulties to everyone. No work, more workload, less time, too much free time, being away from our loved ones, spending all the time with the family.... Despite all the challenges, it's time to reevaluate and make important changes in our lives: spend money consciously, support local businesses, protect the environment and really cherish time spent in good company.
Let's focus on what's truly important and keep travelling, which is the only thing we spend money in that makes us richer :)
Portugal has a very long history which explains the diversity of buildings that can be found across the country, some of which date back to 2.000 years b.C.. There are signs of the presence of many different peoples, from Celts to Romans and Moors and this "melting pot" is part of our heritage. Along all these different periods architecture suffered many changes, ranging from solemn and simple constructions to intricate and ornamented ones.
In this article we write in more detail about the ones that are more iconic and also the most renown Portuguese contemporary architects.