When you think about the Douro valley, what does immediately pop in your mind? The staircase-like vineyards? Picturesque little villages? The river Douro snaking between the mountains? Steamy comfort food? A glass of Port wine? Probably a few of them since travelling around the Douro is a sensory experience.
No matter the season, Douro is a great destination and below we'll show you why.
Sintra-Cascais Natural Park is a protected area with 145 square km that includes not only an incredible natural heritage, but also very rich historical sites. It's close proximity to Lisboa, explains why it used to be the chosen holiday retreat for the royal family and many other wealthy families, who longed for fresh air during the summer.
Nowadays it remains a perfect relief from the hustle and bustle of the city and a great place to disconnect and get immersed in nature, no matter the season. Even winter is a great time to visit it, mainly due to the fact that during the colder months it is very quiet and the misty landscapes become even more magical.
These are some of the reasons why you should visit Sintra Cascais Natural Park!
The islands of Pico, Faial and São Jorge belong to the central group of the azorean archipelago and they're known as the "islands of the triangle" since they form a triangular shape when connected.
Although located close to each other, they're three very distinct islands with a lot to see and do and together they perfectly sum up some of the best reasons to visit Açores: nature, biodiversity, hiking, beaches, great meat, fresh fish and seafood, wine and welcoming people.
EN | The pandemic has hit the travel industry hard, so we've been investing in new ideas that allow us to keep doing what we do best: planning unique trips in Portugal.
Now more than ever it's important to support our local partners and work together to ensure authentic tourism stays strong.
PT | As restrições impostas pela pandemia criaram sérias dificuldades a todas as pessoas e empresas na área do turismo, por isso temos apostado em novas formas de viajar que nos permitam continuar a fazer aquilo que realmente gostamos: criar viagens únicas em Portugal. Agora, e mais do que nunca, é importante apoiarmos os nossos parceiros e trabalharmos juntos para promover um turismo mais autêntico e de qualidade.
Despite being a small country, Portugal comprises diverse landscapes which are a joy to explore hiking. Discovering our country on foot is a great option for many reasons: it's free, it's healthy, it enables you to disconnect from the online world, it provides a close contact with nature and it's a sustainable way of travelling. Plus it's a great gateway to get to know the local people, learn about the historical and cultural heritage and also taste the local gastronomy. After all, it's the sum of the parts that makes Portugal such a complete and inspiring destination.
The best seasons to hike are Spring and Autumn, not only because the landscapes are particularly pretty, but also because the temperature tends to be milder.
There are many hiking trails throughout the country, including in the archipelagos of Açores and Madeira, with different lengths, difficulty levels and duration. This means there are options for all sorts of hikers, from first timers to experienced ones. In this journal post we hand-picked 10 hiking trails that we believe are a must and below we tell you why.
"Summer? But it's still Winter! There's plenty of time to sort the holidays... Plus we're in a pandemic..." Yep, that's true. But the truth is COVID seems to be here to stay and it's possible to travel in a safe way provided all the healthcare and safety measures are followed. Also the current offer won't be similar to the one you'll find later on.
Despite being cautious or carefree, planning ahead is always a good call. It gives you something positive to look forward to, it's great news for those relying on the tourism industry (which has been hibernating for a good while), there are more and better offers, loads of great deals and, on top of it all, flexible cancellation policies. As we see it, it's actually the perfect timing to plan the so anticipated summer holidays. After all, when the weather is grey and gloomy, we crave for warmth and long sunny days...
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.
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.
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.
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.