Central and West Algarve – pros and cons

The southernmost tip of Portugal, the Algarve has 96 miles of a spectacular coastline on the Atlantic and a culture and scenery very different from the rest of the country. With a mild year-round weather, warm sea waters, rich history, culinary and traditions, it has seen international tourism replace agriculture and fishing since an international airport was opened in Faro, the regional capital. With no … Continue reading Central and West Algarve – pros and cons

The East Algarve: what to see and what to pass

The Moors of North Africa – Muslims who for centuries occupied Portugal and Spain,  called it Al-Garb, hence Algarve; it was the gateway to their possessions in the region.  Portugal’s southernmost region, an area of 1,929 sq miles, with 96 miles of coastline on the Atlantic and an year-round mild climate, is also where some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe are found – … Continue reading The East Algarve: what to see and what to pass

The princess who wouldn’t be queen

Few countries have a history as rich as Portugal’s, even fewer are home to such unique cultural traditions. A superpower in the 15th and 16th centuries – thanks to the wealth brought by colonies around the world – Portugal erected some of the most magnificent palaces, churches and monasteries of Europe. The Portuguese people have the oldest nation-state in Europe – with the same borders … Continue reading The princess who wouldn’t be queen

Tango in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is one of my favorite cities in the world: cosmopolitan, charming, with world-class hotels, restaurants and shopping. It is where South American culture meets its European roots. Buenos Aires also offers the same cultural variety of cities like London, New York or Paris, for a fraction of the cost. The exchange rate (as of November, 2008) was 3 Argentine pesos for 1 US … Continue reading Tango in Buenos Aires