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Madeira Island may be part of Portugal, but its far away location and isolation from the rest of the world has created its own unique culture.
Here are 5 Fun facts to teach a bit more about the Island. MORE 

I arrived around 8pm and headed straight for the rental car lot; Even in the dark I could tell that the island was beautiful. Departing the rental car lot, I headed East out of the airport to the tip of the island. The road takes you through tunnels that seem to stretch under the hills of the whole island.  It took about 20 minutes to reach my hotel for the first night, Quinta do Lorde. This open air resort and marina has won many awards including being named Portugal’s Leading Green Hotel.

The Islands of Sao Miguel Azores 
With nine islands to choose from an eco -adventure in the Azores will mean island hopping between volcanic paradises. Just some of the amazing activities include hiking Portugal’s tallest peak, walking the rim of a giant ancient caldera, or discovering hidden hot springs and ancient volcanic lakes.     READ MORE 

Hiking Portugal’s Tallest Peak – Pico Island Adventures  
I settled on visiting Pico Island for the mountain junkie  in me. This was one I wanted for my bucket list as it was the tallest mountain in Portugal at 7,713 ft. ​ I spent  several days trying to figure out flight plans and activities that would fit into my schedule.   READ MORE 

Mainland Portugal

    36 Hours in Lisbon 

I knew Lisbon would be more of a metropolitan city as it had sustained a devastating earthquake that leveled it to the ground in 1755. After that the city had been completely rebuilt. ​  READ MORE 

Lisbon Day Trip: Sintra & The Valley of Kings 

From Lisbon, one of the most popular day trips is to visit the World Heritage City of Sintra. Home to several of Portugal’s Royal Palaces, artisan shops and beautiful forest land. You can visit the popular Pena National Palace, an old Moorish Castle or the Sintra National Palace filled with beautiful Azulejo tile and many artifacts from the history of Portugal.

The Douro Valley Portugal’s Wine Country 

My circumstances in coming to Portugal couldn’t have been more out of the blue. But in any case, I had made it to this amazing land of wine, beauty and cuisine. I had heard many things about Portugal and within moments of arrival was convinced this would be one of the best trips of my life. After a week in the islands of the Azores and Madeira I had made it to the mainland. After the emptiness of the tiny Atlantic Islands stepping into the hustle and bustle of Porto’s main train station was quite the change in scene. Porto however would have to wait because my journey was taking me farther West to the land of vineyards.

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