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Wish You Were Here: Porto, Portugal

Where: Porto, Portugal
October 24, 2014 at 1:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

View from Gaia across the Douro River to Porto

Last year, we spent a week exploring Lisbon, Portugal's capital and largest city. We loved it so much that we celebrated it as the 2013 destination of the year, diving head first into into its Fado culture, personable neighborhoods, and undiscovered nature. At the end of our trip, we vowed to return to explore more of the country, and this week we landed in Porto, Lisbon's rival city up north built alongside the Douro River.

It may be much smaller than Lisbon, but it sure doesn't feel like it as you walk its streets. Numerous vistas provide expansive views of the rolling terrain and snaking river that stretches inland. Across the Douro, you can see Gaia and its wine lodges, and from certain locations you can even see the Atlantic Ocean, just a 20-minute drive from downtown.

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The 2013 Destination of the Year is...

December 31, 2013 at 10:50 AM | by | Comments (2)

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2013 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready to get going into 2014, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2013 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

We learned a very valuable lesson very early on in our journey through Portugal: The fact that a city/town/country has been on the map forever in no way means that it has been discovered.

From our first steps through the streets of Lisbon, the Portuguese city upon the hill, it became clear that Americans have, for whatever reason, been ignoring Portugal. Even the most basic of observations we made were raising the eyebrows of our colleagues and friends back in the States—a good example being that Lisbon looks just like San Francisco.

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The Three Best Towns for Learning to Surf This Winter

December 19, 2013 at 10:51 AM | by | Comment (1)

After the warmth of the holiday season fades and January and February begin to sink in their teeth throughout most of the country, you won't be alone if you find yourself dreaming of the ocean. You could always cruise out to So Cal, but we're recommending an extended winter vacation this year, one that you should start planning now while the cash is already flowing from your wallet. Don't wait for those holiday bills to come -- at that point, you'll be too discouraged to cough up any more.

Given the popularity of resolutions, the beginning of the new year is a great time to try something new. And since we're talking summer, how about holding up in a small beach town and learning to surf? Here are three destinations we visited this year that will have you hanging ten in no time.

Sayulita, Mexico

So far, organic growth thanks to newfound tourism has created a local, pleasant surf town vibe in Sayulita that is not found in the hustle and bustle of nearby Puerto Vallarta. Even though many of the businesses are most definitely there because of tourism, the town has done a nice job overall of keeping them authentic and feeling local -- something we greatly appreciate.

Surfboards can be rented right off the beach for less than $25 a day and multi-person bungalows can be rented for as little as $90/night (there are also cheap hostels and a campground). We recommend you not hesitate, because as great as the town is at the moment, we see small signs of infection – such as annoying beach vendors and aggressive restaurant greeters – that could very well begin to change the feel of the town in the coming years. We have our fingers crossed, but we aren’t holding our breath given the direction most other Mexican destinations have gone with their approach to tourism. So, go!

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What to Expect from Lisbon's Five Liveliest Neighborhoods

November 1, 2013 at 1:31 PM | by | Comment (1)

All right, so you've landed in Lisbon and you're armed and ready with those five words we told you about earlier. You see the rolling hills and the dense streets, the beautiful vistas and the river.

Now what?

While no single post could ever sum up all the tiny gems and small 'hoods you find in a big city, we've broken down the main neighborhoods below to give you an idea of what to expect and do in each. Because Lisbon is a condensed city, it is very easy to get around via public transportation (trolley cars and the subway) or, if you can handle the hills, by foot.

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Surfer in Portugal Catches What May Have Been Biggest Wave Ever

October 31, 2013 at 2:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

Well, isn't that the way it goes... we're in Portugal for ten days, and two days after we leave, the world's largest wave gets surfed! Last weekend, as hurricane conditions swept through the east coast of Europe and killed almost a dozen people, gigantic (and we mean gigantic) waves brought surfers to the infamous area known as Nazare, which is about an hour north of Lisbon in Portugal and an iconic surf destination with a reputation for consistently producing some of the world's biggest waves.

On the last run of the day on Monday, after rescuing his friend who had broken her ankle, Brazilian surfer Carlos Burle caught what is believed to be the largest wave in history -- a 100-foot wall of water. You must watch the video below to get a visual (although you may want to watch it on mute):

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The Five Words You'll Need to Know for a First Visit to Lisbon

October 29, 2013 at 5:03 PM | by | Comments (4)

Last week, we wondered why Americans continue to ignore Portugal despite its proximity to the East Coast and the fact that we constantly fly over it to reach other destinations. The question is rhetorical, and all we can do at this point is our best to show you what you're missing.

Here's a glimpse of what to expect on your inaugural trip to Lisbon, Portugal's largest city and capital, as well as a few cultural and food tips that will have you living like a local in no time.

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Why Do Americans Continue to Ignore Portugal?

October 22, 2013 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (4)

Yesterday, when we told you about a rock 'n' roll jeep tour that takes you along Portugal's south and west coasts near Sagres, we mentioned that the area was undiscovered by tourists from the States. And we stand by that. While we certainly weren't the first Americanos to grace its shoreline, the reaction from the locals upon discovering where we were from told the whole story. They were, without question, not used to meeting Americans. The English, yes. The Spanish, for sure. Germans, totally. But not Americans.

And we're not just talking about some remote village in the middle of nowhere; the same has been true thus far of our stay in Lisbon. We suppose the main reason is pretty obvious. Lisbon just doesn't sound as sexy as Paris or Rome, two cities that Americans are all over on their first European jaunts. And since a very small percentage of Americans even travel to Europe once let alone twice, Portugal (as well as other European countries) becomes this "second-tier" destination that Americans never get around to visiting.

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This Portugal Jeep Tour is Driven by a Former Rally Car Racer

October 21, 2013 at 3:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

So when he pushes it into fourth gear and rips down the off-road dirt trail to make sure you don’t “feel the bumps as much” or takes you up 45-degree climbs to reach coastal vistas, don’t say we didn’t warn you, all right?

Seriously, this was easily the most free-wheeling jeep tour we've ever experienced. It's all thanks to Sandro Pombal of Sagres Discovery, who is a former driver for Mitsubishi's regional rally team and who has since "settled down" to spend his days driving the trails along Portugal's rocky, elevated south and west coastlines, an area that is, without question, still undiscovered by American tourists (which we'll nag you about tomorrow).

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The Five Newest Foursquare City Badges Stretch from Guimarães to Ghana

August 27, 2012 at 8:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

They just keep on coming! (Not that we're complaining). FIVE more international city badges on location-based social network Foursquare have just dropped, in time to get you even more psyched for upcoming fall travel.

These newest city badges go to: Vienna, Austria; Casablanca, Morocco; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Guimarães, Portugal; and Kumasi City, Ghana.

How to get the badges: First, follow 4sqCities, and just to be safe, it wouldn't hurt to also follow the individual city lists: Vienna (list), Casablanca (list), Kuala Lumpur (list), Guimarães (list), and Kumasi City (list). Then travel to the cities and clickety-click to check-in to the places on the recommended lists. Five places earns the badge.

BONUS: Las Vegas also just released SEVEN other resort-specific badges with perks attached. Check those out over on our sister site, VegasChatter.

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Two Minutes of a Tilt-Shifted, Time-Lapsed Lisbon, Portugal

January 6, 2012 at 11:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

Confession! This member of the Jaunted team has visited every Western European country except Portugal and Denmark. Yes, even the little ones like Andorra and San Marino are checked off our list. Still it seems we need to correct this and get to Portugal before the wanderlust imparted by the video above wears off.

This is the cutest 2 minutes and 49 seconds you will possibly have today. Utilizing time-lapse, tilt-shift techniques and HD, the short film from Mario Rui Fernandes is a vibrant, happy look at the lively public spots of Portugal's capital, Lisbon. He jumps from tourist hotspots (we want to go stand on that map mosaic!) to scenes from local life, such as a commuter train station.

Keep your eyes open for our particular favorite moment involving a lone snorkeler. Happy Friday!

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Where to Find the Best Euro-Driven Travel Discounts

June 7, 2010 at 5:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

We've emphasized before that, especially if your travel plans are flexible, you should strongly consider going to Greece. The economic turmoil has caused tourism to plummet, and prices have declined accordingly. But Greece's problems are the Eurozone's problems, which means that there are also macroeconomic issues driving the Euro down relative to the dollar.

Not to be too callous on the point, but Europe's woes are creating some fairly interesting options for American tourists. Portuguese hoteliers have been sending up red flags about the state of their tourism industry, and even government officials have begun to pay attention. The exact same logic holds for Italy: dependent on tourism, and in a broad economic slump that makes it highly vulnerable to fluctuations in the Euro. And by "vulnerable" we mean "welcoming," and by "fluctuations in the Euro" we mean "tourists."

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Eat 'n Sleep Lisbon :: Restaurant Nilo and Palacio Belmonte

Where: Pátio Dom Fradique 14, Lisbon, Portugal
September 18, 2007 at 12:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

Our Eat 'n Sleep feature profiles a restaurant in a random city and a hotel nearby. It's kinda like that old show "Dinner and a Movie" but you know, with restaurants and hotels. And better jokes.

When in Rome, right? So when you're in Lisbon you might as well eat like the Portuguese. Those in the know say to head down to Restaurant Nilo for some of the best bites this coastal city has to offer. This little charmer of an eatery is located downtown, near the Rossio and Praca da Figueira, in close proximity to 20 other restaurants. But we can't figure why travelers would choose anywhere else, since Nilo's menu includes national dishes at a decent price.

You'll find delicious rice with seafood, codfish or one of the typical dishes of the day like cozido à Portuguesa or feijoada à transmontana. And last, but not least, don't skip the delicious Portuguese beer, Sagres.

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