Saturday, 10 March 2018

Wine Chronicles | Setúbal's Península Wine Region

Close to Lisbon and ideal for a day trip from the Portuguese capital, the wine region of Setúbal's Península (Portugal) presents great wines from well-established producers, with a variety of wine tourism activities to offer to its visitors. Famous for its sweet Moscatel wine, Setúbal's Península region is also notable for its table wine with both white and red wines acknowledged internationally.

On the heart of the beautiful village of Palmela, you will discover the Wine Route House. Set in a former winery, converted to an Eno-Tourism information office and reservation centre for the guided visits to the wine cellars and wine activities developed in the region, the Wine Route House is also a wine shop and bar, where you can purchase and taste the best certificted wine at incredible prices.

You can also experience some tasting menus and enjoy the spectacular view from the outer lounge terrace. Frequently there are wine tourism activities (many of them free), like commented wine tastings, held by the wineries enologists, and musical events paired with some amazing wine.

The Wine Route House is the perfect place to know more about the wine region, to book some visits or one of the activities they organize all year around. Everyone there is remarcably knowledge about the wines and attractions of this gorgeous part of Portugal and will be more than happy to assist you with sound suggestions on the subject. I had the privilege to visit some of the wineries and participate on a number of activities and could not recomment it enough. Bellow you can find some of my suggestions and the links to the posts where you can get more information. Enjoy!


The Quinta da Bacalhôa estate and its iconic palace are situated in Azeitão (Setúbal's Peninsula Wine Region), less than an hour South from Lisbon. This wine tourism site can be visited and if you are a history and art lover, combining all of this with a wine tasting can make the perfect day trip from the Portuguese capital. (Read More)


Filipe Palhoça Vinhos is a family-owned company dedicated to viticulture and wine production for more than 50 years. The estate, Quinta da Invejosa, is located in the sand plain of Palmela, and it has 90 hectares of carefully cultivated vineyard, where red grape varieties dominate. (Read More)


Fernão Pó is a family winery, resulting from the joining of two families related to winemaking for generations. Since its founding in the '50s, the winery has grown to keep its roots in the local winemaking tradition. Today, Fernão Pó Winery seeks to combine the best of tradition with modern technology, while strongly committed to social and environmental principles. (Read More)


This market, taht usualy takes place in March, presents regional products and wine, wine tastings and lots of activities and shows that can give you some feel of the rural activities of the region.


During the months of April and May (every Thursdays and Saturdays, until May 27) you can make a visit to 3 major wineries in the region of Fernando Pó, hear and talk to their winemakers, and taste some wine and regional products. The visit starts at Oriente railway station in Lisbon, and after less than 30 minutes you arrive at Fernando Pó. (Read More)


Sunset parties became a hit these last few years. Add to that some great wine and food, music, good company while cruising along the beautiful shores of Arrábida, in Portugal, and you will have some very well spend hours. (Read More)


The harvest is one of the most special times of the year for the wineries and, this year, I had the opportunity to participate, and just love it! Well, it wasn't the real deal, all day under the sun, picking grapes and taking the heavy buckets to the wagon. It was a (very) light version of it, in the right amount to make it totally enjoyable and fun. (Read More)


We all agree that a good wine can be the perfect match for the good music. With that in mind, the Setúbal's Peninsula Wine Region organizes, for several years now, an Autumn event where the wines of several wineries in the region can be tasted while enjoying a live concert. (Read More)

Casa Mãe da Rota de Vinhos
Largo de s. João Batista
2950-248 Palmela
Phne +351 212 334 398

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Top 10 Instagram Spots in Porto

Portugal has become an important travel destination in the last few years, and, just like Lisbon, Porto (the second largest city in the country) is in many people must go list. Perfect for a short break from any European country, or for a longer stay, there is much to see in and around the northern Portuguese capital.

As so many of you had liked my Top 10 Instagram Spots in Lisbon post, I thought that would be only fair to provide you with the same for the gorgeous Porto, and here it is.

Today I bring you my top 10 Instagrammable spots in the city. There are many more amazing places and surely my photos may not be the best you can find, but this will give you some ideas of the spots you can't miss on you Instagram madness once you get to Porto.


Make sure you are at D. Luís bridge at sunset. The view of the curving river and the colorful Ribeira district in the twilight is a show that you don't want to miss.


D. Luís I bridge crosses the Douro river from Porto to Gaia. Pedestrians can cross both top and lower trays of the bridge, and the view at sunset is absolutely breathtaking. But also the bridge itself is worthy of your pictures from either of the river banks.


Ribeira district is a spectacle of color and when you look at it form the Gaia pier it looks even more stunning. So, when you cross the river to Vila Nova de Gaia, don't forget to take a bunch of photos of the opposite bank.


The beautiful Avenida dos Aliados, with its buildings from the first half of the 20th century it's a must go place and the perfect scenery for many photos.


With its tiled walls, Igreja do Carmo is one of the most photographed monuments in the city. If you have the time, you may want to visit it and enjoy all the detail.

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The amazing pink house of Serralves is one of my favorite places in the city and, along with the park and the museum is a place you should not miss. The photo opportunities are infinite.


This small church, sitting on the top of a street is difficult to miss, and, with its blue and white tiled wall is perfect for a photo.

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São Bento is an icon railway station, mostly due to its tiled walls and amazing light. Even if you don't arrive in the city by train, don't forget to visit the station. Both the main room and the platform are worth the visit and have plenty of photo material.


There are some iconic stores in Porto and Casa Oriental is one of the most photographed one. The bright color of the walls and the surrounding buildings make it a perfect Instagram subject.


Any Porto's Top 10 is complete without Lello bookshop. Lello is considered one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world and is surely the most photographed one in the country. You'll have to pay a fee to enter and probably to wait in a line. But be patient and you'll have some great photos to show for it!

You can find more on #Porto on my Instagram and I would love to take a look at your best Instagram pics of Porto. So, if you have some, please share them with me on the comments (links please) and I'll be glad to write a future article with the best Porto pictures on Instagram. Let's bring as much people onboard as we can, sharing this post with your friends. I'll be looking forward to know you and your Instagram profiles.

You can check our Top 10 Instagram Spots in Lisbon here:

Thursday, 1 March 2018

My Instagram Top 9 | February

The shortest month of the year came and go in a blink of an eye. Here we are in March, looking back for what has been done in the last 28 days. Lots of work, eating out with friends (you can read all about our experience at Belvedere Ristorante and find a 25% discount code in here), some day trips to gorgeous places not far from Lisbon, or nice strolls around the city on some of the few sunny days, were some of the things that made up February.

Until the next monthly wrap-up, leave you with the nine photos that are the Top 9 for February on our Instagram account. You can follow us there for daily photos, tips, and stories.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Chronicles from Andalusia | My 5 Must Go Places in Seville

Seville stretches along the Guadalquivir, reflecting the inclement light of the sun on the hot Summer days. Only the shadow of the narrow streets and the refreshing sound of the fountains can give us some rest. But a wanderer will be a wanderer, even if there is over 40ºC outside, and with so many interesting places to visit - from the Alcazar to the Giralda, from Triana to Santa Cruz neighborhoods - one learns to live with the burning sun. These are my 5 must go places, but the list could go on and on, and I promise to bring you a more detailed post on the city one of this days.


The old Jewish district of Seville is a must go place by itself, with its narrow streets, whitewashed walls and picturesque patios, but it also houses some of the city's landmarks that you cant ignore. That's the case of the Cathedral and, of course, La Giralda. The gothic cathedral of Seville stands in the place of a 12th-century mosque (the Giralda tower and the Patio de Los Naranjos are a legacy from the Moorish structure) and it took more than a century to be finished. A visit to the interior of the church is interesting, but nothing beats the view from the top of La Giralda.


The rooms, terraces, patios, and gardens of the Alcazar of Seville are nothing short than spectacular and you must schedule a long visit to this palaces. Take your time, walk around, take notice of the layers of the different construction phases (Almohad, Mudejar, Gothic and Renaissance), and if you get tired, sit in the gardens and relax. You can be sure that there will be hundreds of people doing the same, and still, the experience can be so interesting, with amazing details everywhere, that you can not miss it. If you are a GOT fan, you'll find there some familiar spots of Dorne, as some of the locations of Season 5 were filmed at the Alcazar.


Built for the Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929, the Plaza de España presents an amphitheatrical shape and its tiled panels with scenes of every region in Spain are a major part of its attractiveness. Visiting the square and the close by Maria Luísa gardens are a must go in any visit to Seville. In the hot summer days, you'll prefer to visit it early in the morning or late in the afternoon.


This architectural structure, inaugurated in 2011, presents an impressive wooden canopy, standing on giant columns, that casts its shade over Plaza de la Encarnacion. Popularly known as the Mushrooms (Las Setas) it includes a museum and a market with several stores, restaurants, and bars. Of course, the main attraction is the observation platform on the roof that grants its visitors a 360º view of the city.


Across the Guadalquivir, you get to Triana neighborhood, that once was the gypsy quarter of Seville. This colorful part of the city, with its striking buildings, flowers, and tiles, is famous for its ceramics and many of Seville's famous tiles came from Triana.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Food Chronicles | Belvedere Ristorante (Cascais)

Many of you know how much I enjoy good food and to find new restaurants to present you at my Food Chronicles. Recently I've been invited to the Belvedere Ristorante, in Cascais. The Belvedere is one of the restaurants of the stunning Grande Real Villa Itália Hotel & Spa, and its sophisticated atmosphere, great cuisine, led by Chef Paulo Pinto,  and remarkable service contributed to the most agreeable evening.

Muitos dos meus leitores sabem o quanto eu gosto de boa comida e de encontrar novos restaurantes para apresentá-lo nas minhas Food Chronicles. Recentemente fui convidada para conhecer o Belvedere Ristorante, em Cascais. O Belvedere é um dos restaurantes do impressionante Grande Real Villa Itália Hotel & Spa, e sua atmosfera sofisticada, excelente cozinha, liderada pelo Chef Paulo Pinto, e serviço notável contribuiram para uma noite muito agradável.

The restaurant is beautifully appointed, in blue and white (the colors of Portuguese tiles, that you can find decorating the walls), with accents of red, contributing to an atmosphere that, although sophisticated, is light and cozy. That and the cordiality of the professional and attentive staff makes you feel at home from the first moment. The room opens to an outdoor terrace dining area overlooking the sea of Cascais, that due to the rain we couldn't properly enjoy but that I can imagine as the perfect spot for a summer dinner at the Belvedere.

O restaurante está lindamente decorado, em azul e branco (as cores dos azulejos portugueses, que pode encontrar a decorar as paredes), com detalhes em encarnado, contribuindo para uma atmosfera que, embora sofisticada, é leve e acolhedora. Além disso, a simpatia e atenção dos excelentes profissionais que nos atendem, fazem sentir-nos em casa desde o primeiro momento. A sala abre para um terraço onde se pode jantar ao ar livre, com vista para o mar de Cascais. Infelizmente, devido à chuva que caia nessa noite não pudemos desfrutar deste espaço exterior, mas imagino que deve ser o local perfeito para um belíssimo jantar de verão no Belvedere.

We started with cocktails and the ladies couldn't be happier with their Rossini (strawberries and Prosecco is always a good match!).

The couvert, with an assortment of delicious varieties of bread, olive oil with balsamic vinegar and some delicious amuse bouche, satisfied our appetite while going through the varied menu, where a careful selection of some of the most authentic dishes of traditional Italian cuisine is presented. Fortunately, we had the help of Marta, that with a few questions to find out our preferences led us to some great choices both on the starters and on the main dishes (although I suspect that whatever we may have chosen it would be great!).

For starters, we chose bruschetta of pancetta with ricotta and fresh mushrooms and sautéed prawns with chili pepper and garlic olive oil. Both delicious, but I must say that the prawns with its tasty sauce were my favorite.

Começámos com coquetéis e não podiamos ter ficado mais felizes com os nossos Rossini (morangos e o Prosecco são sempre uma boa combinação!).

O couvert, com diversas variedades de pão, azeite com vinagre balsâmico e alguns deliciosos amuse bouche, satisfizeram o nosso apetite enquanto analisávamos o menu, onde é apresentada uma seleção cuidada de alguns dos pratos mais autênticos da cozinha tradicional italiana. Felizmente, nós tivemos a ajuda da Marta, que com algumas perguntas, para conhecer as nossas preferências, nos orientou para ótimas escolhas tanto nas entradas quanto nos pratos principais (embora eu suspeite que tudo o que pudessemos escolher seria óptimo!) .

Para começar, escolhemos bruschetta de pancetta com ricotta e cogumelos frescos e camarões salteados com malagueta e azeite de alho. Ambos deliciosos, mas devo dizer que os camarões com seu saboroso molho foram os meus favoritos.

The meal continued with some Turbot with gremolata and lemongrass risotto for me and some Saltimbocca with aubergine alla Parmigiana for my friend. Just like happened with the starters, all the ingredients were super fresh, of top quality and cooked to perfection. And as you can see in the photos, the care with the presentation makes all the experience even more luxurious.

It was time for us to indulge in one of the desserts and I must say that it was not easy to choose, but in an Italian restaurant, a Tiramisu is always a safe bet and this one didn't disappoint. Especially because it came with an assortment of fresh berries that combined marvelously with the light cream. A fresh lemon tea to finish a lovely dinner and the certainty that we must return here and recommend it to all our friends.

I want to extend this recommendation to all my readers and to make it even more attractive for you to visit the Belvedere, by giving you all a 25% discount over the total invoice, for reservations until March 31th, 2018. You just have to mention the code BLOG THE WANDERER'S CHRONICLES upon reservation. I'll be looking forward to your comments here!

A refeição continuou com um pregado com gremolata e risoto de erva limão para mim e com Saltimbocca com berinjela à Parmigiana para a minha amiga. Tal como com as entradas, todos os ingredientes eram super frescos, de alta qualidade e preparados com perfeição. E, como podem ver nas fotos, o cuidado com a apresentação torna toda a experiência ainda mais impressionante.

Era hora de nos deliciarmos com uma das sobremesas e devo dizer que não foi fácil escolher, mas num restaurante italiano, um Tiramisu é sempre uma aposta segura e este não decepcionou. Especialmente porque veio com um acompanhamento de frutos vermelhos que combinavam maravilhosamente com o doce. Um chá de limão para terminar um adorável jantar e saímos com a certeza de voltar e de recomendar o Belvedere a todos os nossos amigos.

Quero estender esta recomendação a todos os meus leitores e tornar uma visita ao Belvedere ainda mais irresistível, oferecendo a todos um desconto de 25% sobre o total da factura, para reservas até 31 de março de 2018. Basta mencionar o código BLOG THE WANDERER'S CHRONICLES ao efectuar a reserva. Simples, não é? Espero que aproveitem e vou aguardar os vossos comentários aqui!


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