From humble beginnings as an industrial portside city, Porto now melds whimsical charm with a side of decadence. To find out about Porto's luxe side, read the story I wrote for The CEO Magazine (Australia/New Zealand, European and Asian editions).
I had the privilege of joining the first edition of The Presidential’s gourmet train experience for 2017 and what a wonderful experience it was. The visionary project is the brainchild of Gonçalo Castel-Branco, who took Portugal’s monumental presidential train out of a national museum and put its restored glory on the tracks again – complete with Michelin star dining, no less.
The man regarded as the world's greatest football player, Cristiano Ronaldo, grew up in the Portuguese island of Madeira and opened his flagship CR7 hotel in Funchal in 2016. I recently had the opportunity to stay and was rather impressed. You can read my review for The Telegraph UK here.
(You can also read my review of the Casino Park, Funchal.)
Despite being a small country, many of Portugal's most beautiful towns, cities and regions harbour their own gastronomic pride. So what better way to soak this all in than to plan your Portugal itinerary based on the country's most famous dishes and world-renowned wine. Here are my 10 picks of traditional food in Portugal and where to find it, as written for Good Food Australia.
Fancy a drink in Porto? Here's my list of the 10 coolest bars to drink at in Porto, as featured in Lonely Planet.
Portugal's 'second-city' Porto offers a more traditional holiday experience to Lisbon and is positioned on the bank of the beautiful Douro River. It's traditionally an industrial city (hence the name, given Porto means 'port'), but is becoming increasingly popular as a travel destination and has enough going on to keep you occupied for days. I wrote a Porto city guide for Australia's Big Bus Tour & Travel Guide, where you can read my picks of things to see, do and eat in the city; and also prepared an article about Where to stay and what to do in Porto for The Telegraph.
Make sure to also check out my post Interesting facts about Porto to learn some interesting facts, and browse the Porto album in my photo gallery.
The first time I went to Nazaré, 130 kilometres north of Lisbon, I feel in love with the place. Not only is it a Guinness World Record-holding town as the place the biggest wave in the world has ever been surfed, it also upholds traditions not found elsewhere in Portugal, has a great vibe and offers seriously amazing views from its upper town.
I wrote and photographed a story about Nazaré for Australia's national newspaper, The Australian, and you can read the article here for a rundown of what to see and do.
I've been lucky enough to test out some of Porto's best hotels while compiling a list of recommended accommodation options in Porto for The Telegraph UK.
Here are my favourites with links to my full reviews.
A half marathon sounds like a flippin' long way, but if you’re strolling along a flat wooden boardwalk hugging Portugal’s northern coastline, it’s really not so bad.
Rotunda da Boavista, also known as Praça de Mouzinho de Albuquerque or simply ‘The Boavista Roundabout’, is one of the largest squares (or circles, rather) in Porto.
If I stumble upon anything I think is worth checking out in Portugal you'll find it here. I've also included links to articles I've written about Portugal for national and international publications.