Monsanto, Castelo Branco (Guide)

In 1938, Monsanto was voted the “most Portuguese village in Portugal” – a strange title to give a village that looks like absolutely nowhere else in Portugal. But, aside from the unique fairytale-like houses built around giant boulders, the narrow streets and ramshackle buildings do have a very traditional Portuguese village feel to it. Monsanto actually feels like it was frozen in time and, in a way, that’s sort of what happened. Recognising that this

Visiting Berlengas (Guide)

The Berlengas archipelago is a small group of islands located roughly 10-15 km off the Portuguese coast, although many people use the word to refer to the main island: Berlenga Grande. The archipelago is a protected reserve, home to all kinds of creatures and foliage but especially seagulls and lizards, and tourists are only able to visit Berlenga Grande. Berlenga Grande is famous for its iconic fortress, which is now a cheap bed and breakfast

Peniche (Guide)

Like many places in Portugal, Peniche began its life as a fishing village and fishing is still a big part of life here. In recent years, however, the Peniche has become more famous for something else: surfing. Peniche is one of Portugal’s top surfing destinations, for many people, it’s the best, although other destinations like Ericeira, Nazaré, Sagres, and Costa da Caparica all have their fans as well. Even if there are disagreements on which

Phallic Pottery: Caldas Da Rainha’s Unusual Dying Industry

Caldas da Rainha is famous for its pottery, particularly ceramic cabbage bowls that can be found in homes all over Portugal and even around the world. But there’s another type of pottery that Caldas has become famous for: louça fálica. Walk into many (not all) of the pottery shops in Caldas da Rainha and, in amongst the ceramic cabbage or pumpkin bowls and the ceramic black swallows, you’ll find plenty of ceramic penises. It’s something