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überlin does Portugal: Beaches

by Zoë Noble

Portugal has the most beautiful beaches we’ve ever seen. Drive or cycle further afield than the crowded, chatty seaside towns of Estoril or Cascais, and you have your pick of quiet bays of calm, crystal clear waters and windswept surfer’s paradises. Here’s a selection of our favourite sun/sea/sand snaps from our recent trip to Portugal.

Praia do Guincho

Portugal Praia do Guincho Beach

Portugal Praia do Guincho Beach

Portugal Praia do Guincho Beach

Portugal Praia do Guincho Beach

 

Portinho da Arrábida

Portugal Porthino Beach

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Aldeia do Meco

Portugal Meco Beach

Portugal Meco Beach

Portugal Meco Beach

Portugal Meco Beach

Photos by Zoë Noble Photography.

überlin does Portugal: Chapel of Bones, Évora

by James Glazebrook

We’re such goths. Who else would spend a day of their holiday in Lisbon on a three hour round trip to see a chapel covered in skulls? The Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones) in Évora, central Portugal, was built by Franciscan monks in the 17th century as a memento mori, an enduring reminder of their and subsequent visitors’ mortality. They lined the small room in the Church of São Francisco with 5,000 people’s skulls and bones, hanging the desiccated corpses of an unnamed adult and child for extra brutality. The builder’s bodies are buried here, slain by Napoleon’s invading army, and the entrance to this wonderfully macabre tourist attraction is marked with the extra-epic phrase, Nós ossos que aqui estamos pelos vossos esperamos – “we, the bones that are here, await yours.” Props to the visitor who turned up in a Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Show Your Bones” t-shirt!

Portugal Chapel of Bones

Portugal Chapel of Bones

Portugal Chapel of Bones

Portugal Chapel of Bones

Portugal Chapel of Bones

Portugal Chapel of Bones

Portugal Chapel of Bones

Photos by Zoë Noble Photography.

überlin does Portugal: Sintra

by James Glazebrook

Another highlight of our recent holiday in Portugal was a day trip to the historic town of Sintra, a short train ride outside of Lisbon. We walked through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed centre of Sintra-Vila and up a winding, forested hill towards the beautiful Parque da Pena. Once there, Zoë enjoyed the amazing views of the shimmering Atlantic ocean from the ramparts of the 9th century Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish castle), while I rediscovered my fear of heights and clung onto a nearby boulder.

After I pulled myself together, we hiked to the summit of the hill to explore the Palàcio Nacional de Pena, a fantastical palace built up around a modest 16th century monastery. An example of Portuguese Romanticism, this multi-coloured magic kingdom boasts fairytale features like onion domed-turrets, a Fountain of the Small Birds, and a grotesque half man-half fish rendering of Triton.

Sintra was swarming with tourists, but well worth the trip regardless – its historical sites are fascinating, and its views are (apparently) stunning. Oh, and unless you’re ready for an hour-long trek up a steep hill, don’t follow in our footsteps – take the ten minute bus ride from the train station instead!

Sintra Castelo dos Mouros

Sintra Castelo dos Mouros

Sintra Castelo dos Mouros

Sintra Castelo dos Mouros

Sintra Palàcio Nacional de Pena

Sintra Palàcio Nacional de Pena

Sintra Palàcio Nacional de Pena

Sintra Palàcio Nacional de Pena

Sintra Palàcio Nacional de Pena

Sintra Palàcio Nacional de Pena

Sintra Palàcio Nacional de Pena

Sintra Palàcio Nacional de Pena

Sintra Palàcio Nacional de Pena

Photos by Zoë Noble Photography

überlin does Portugal: Lisbon

by James Glazebrook

Portugal flag sun

“Lisbon is the new Berlin.” That’s what we keep hearing from people who go to Portugal to escape the increasingly-hyped German capital, if only for a few days. However, we can neither confirm or deny that concept, as we went to Lisbon to top up on everything we can’t get here, like beaches, fresh seafood and ancient European history. We couldn’t tell you what the clubs are like, or the bars for that matter, and we didn’t bother to find out what the absolute best restaurants are; instead, we treated the city like one big highlight.

überlin does Lisbon

We hiked up the city’s narrow, winding streets, marvelling at the buildings’ intricate tilework and walls painted colours we’ve never seen anywhere else, before taking a boat cruise along the Tagus river. If forced to dish out practical tips, we’d recommend getting lost in the labyrinthian Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest district, hiking to the top of the highest hill you can find to enjoy the views across the city and its beautiful bay, and hiring a car to get to some areas of real natural beauty. More on that later – for now, here are our impressions of Lisbon.

Lisbon tram streetcar

Lisbon tiles

Lisbon architecture

Lisbon bright colours

Lisbon scaffolding

Lisbon flowers

Lisbon nuns river front

Lisbon 25 de Abril Bridge

Lisbon yellow

Lisbon lion tiles

Lisbon dusk twilight

Lisbon Afalma dusk twilight

Lisbon Afalma night

Lisbon tram streetcar night

 

Photos by Zoë Noble Photography

Music Montag: Rui da Silva

by James Glazebrook

We’re in Portugal! Sending some sexy sunshine vibes back to you guys in Berlin ☀

Portuguese Paradise

by Zoë Noble

Last weekend we got the rare, much-needed opportunity to have a break from our laptops and travel to Portugal for a friend’s wedding. The setting was stunning, with the ceremony held at the bride’s family’s luxurious holiday villa, and the reception at a nearby beachside restaurant. It felt surreal sipping cocktails by the beach, when only a few hours earlier we had been stuck in the flat working, with torrential rain pouring down outside. But as beautiful as Portugal was, and as great as it was to see our friends, we couldn’t help but feel homesick for Berlin. We’ve finally found somewhere we can call home and as crazy as it is, it’s just hard to be away from that.