I first discovered Porto’s “House of Music” — Casa da Música – during my first trip to Portugal in 2011, and I’ve returned several times since then for events and a closer look at the building’s unique architecture. The avant-garde brainchild of Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, Casa da Música was built on the former parking site of the city’s trams and is the current home of Orquestra Nacional do Porto. To learn more, read our blog
In this first episode of the Style Jaunt series, our two bloggers Camille and Gracie make each other’s acquaintance. Together, they set off to explore the Chiado district, known as the heart of Lisbon and characterized by its stately architecture and abundance of boutiques. Read our blog
In this second episode of the series, Gracie and Camille explore Lisbon’s Bairro Alto district. Built during the 16th and 17th centuries, it was traditionally a bohemian area for artists and writers. Now mostly known for its vibrant nightlife, this neighbourhood tends to be quieter during the day, but abounds with hidden gems for those who love to shop. Learn more about Lisbon with our blog
To discover the best places to shop in Lisbon, watch our Style Jaunt web series right here on our blog
Follow Gail Aguiar, a Canadian expat in Portugal, as she takes you on a virtual tour of her favourite places in Porto. Experience an authentic Portuguese meal at Casa do Pescador, a family-owned grill house where fish is the specialty, or visit Mercado de Matosinhos and take a tea break at the cozy and relaxed Rota do Chá, an artsy tea house offering a wide selection of teas from around the world. To learn more, read our blog.
Just a short walk from Porto’s City Hall, Conga has perfected the country’s national sandwich. Available across every region and sold in every location—from food trucks, to shopping centre food courts, to tiny local hole-in-the-wall snack bars—the humble bifana is easy enough to find and looks easy to make. To learn more, read our blog.
Porto has always been a hub for commerce and industry, but it has also been known for some of Europe’s best attractions. With its dark row houses and cobblestone streets, its historic centre has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996 and is definitely worth a visit. And of course, port wine, Porto’s claim to fame, cannot be missed. But there’s more to Portugal’s second city. To learn more, read our blog.
Portugal is well known for its beautiful beaches, but did you know that a chapel in the Porto area is completely surrounded by one? Just south of Porto lies the tiny Chapel of the Lord of Stone, which sits on a bed of rocks encircled by the beach. To learn more, read our blog.