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COMING SOON! Sunset Yoga, Stargazing and Sunrise Surfing
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COMING SOON! Sunset Yoga, Stargazing and Sunrise Surfing

We love the outdoors and our experiences are an amazing way to see and feel Portugal’s nature and wilderness. In June we are launching THREE new and exciting EXPERIENCES…

SUNSET YOGA + TAPAS – This day experience is a private event for you and your friends, perfect for birthdays and celebrations. Your private yoga session will take place on the beach or on a jetty over the ocean. Afterwards you will enjoy high quality tapas and wine from a super cool restaurant on the beach as the sun finally sets. Group size is 6 persons. Transfer service from Lisbon available. 

STARGAZING ADVENTURE – Taking place in rural Alentejo this 2/3 overnight package will offer you unique and unforgettable experiences such as astrophotography, stargazing and night canoeing! More details to follow! Transfers from Lisbon included. 

SUNRISE SURF + BREAKFAST – What an amazing way to start the day! Another private group event your surf session will take place as the sun comes up. Depending on the tide and waves we will find you a perfect spot. A surf photographer will also join you in the water alongside your surf instructor, to take photos of your experience. Breakfast follows at a nearby cafe and surfer hangout. Group sizes available are 5-15 persons. Transfer service from Lisbon available. 

Contact us to pre-reserve your place and be the first to receive full details as they become available!

 

10 Cool Facts About Portugal
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10 Cool Facts About Portugal

We all know about the great beaches, Port and Cristiano Ronaldo but Portugal has so much more to offer. Here are 10 interesting facts we love!

  1. Portugal has some of the biggest waves in the world and it was in Nazare where Big Wave Surfer, Garrett McNamara, made the world record.
  2. The first ever bookshop in the world opened in Portugal, in Lisbon in 1732. Bertrand Chiado is still located on Rua Garrett.
  3. Coimbra University is one of the oldest in the world, dating back to 1290.
  4. Portugal is home to a house made of boulders. Set in the Fafe countryside it’s known as the Stone House and is still inhabited today.
  5. The first ever journey around the world was led by Portuguese explorers.
  6. Many of Portugal’s best desserts were created by monks!
  7. Portugal was the first country in the world to decriminalise narcotics.
  8. The largest producer of cork in the world, Portugal has some 70% of the market.
  9. The emotive Portuguese music of Fado was classified as a world cultural heritage of UNESCO 
  10. Portugal and England have the oldest diplomatic alliance in the world dating back to 1373. 
Bake It: Pastel de Nata
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Bake It: Pastel de Nata

By far the most delicious, traditional Portuguese tart with a rich egg custard and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Here’s how to bake yours!

Ingredients for 12 Portugese tarts:

1 large egg (whole)

2 egg yolks

115g golden caster sugar

2 tbsp cornflour

400ml full fat milk

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 sheet ready rolled puffed pastry

Method

– Lightly grease a muffin tin and pre-heat oven to 200C/180C fan/Gas 

– Add egg, yolks, sugar & cornflour into a saucepan and mix well together, then gradually add the milk until mixture is smooth.

– Put pan on medium heat and constantly stir until mixture thickens bringing to the boil.Remove the pan from the heat and add vanilla extract.

– Put the custard into a bowl to cool and cover with cling film to prevent skin forming.

– Cut pastry sheet into two pieces and place them on top of each other. Roll the pastry tightly, from the short side, into a roll and cut the roll into 12 even sized balls.

– On a lightly floured board, roll each ball into a disc (approx. 10cm) and press the pastry discs into the muffin tin.

– Spoon in the cooled custard and bake for 20-25mins until golden on top. Leave to cool in the tin for 5mins then move to a cooling rack to finish cooling although they can be eaten warm.

– Add icing sugar and cinnamon powder to taste. Yummy!

What To Pack For Lisbon
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What To Pack For Lisbon

So you are heading to Lisbon for a few days. Exciting! Here are some tips on what to bring. Some will be obvious but there may be some items you didn’t think of…

A jumper or a hoodie – Yes it may be scorching during the day but at night it’s another story. Once the sun set the air can get cool pretty quickly and it you are going out for the evening some warmer layers will definitely be needed. Being on that Atlantic coast the wind can also be strong and cool.

Sensible footwear – Ladies, forget about wearing high heels in Lisbon unless you plan not to walk anywhere. The hills can get very steep and the pavements are made up of small tiles which can get very slippy should it rain. Most sneakers have good enough grips although we find Converse can see you sliding on down a hill every now and then.

Sunglasses – This may seem obvious but Portugal’s sun is extremely bright, especially if you’ve just landed from a colder country.

Sunscreen – Portugal has over 320 sunshine days a year and even in the winter months the sun can feel quite strong. Plus with a cool wind you may feel the sun is not as strong as it is but have a red face at the end of the day!

Swimwear – Lisbon is situated near so many great beaches be sure you make some time in our sightseeing schedule to check them out. We recommend Cascais/Estoril for a pleasant day away from Lisbon or head of Costa da Caparica if you wish to surf.