Portugal – November 2022

One of my most fabulous trips was to Portugal. Specifically, Madeira Island and Lisbon. Portugal had been on my list for many years! Madeira Island is not as well-known as Porto or Lisbon but it is Special. It’s off the Portuguese coast down near the Azores and Canary Islands…in the North Atlantic and is just a 1 ½ hour flight from Lisbon. It’s off the beaten path, volcanic mountains, stunning ocean views and rich in Portuguese tradition. There’s a range of accommodations on the island from budget friendly Porto Bay to pure Luxury Belmond Reid’s Palace. Maderia is friendly, safe and for folks who want to get out and hike, take a jeep ride through mountains above the clouds, golf with spectacular views of the sea or just relax in the sun, Madeira is idyllic. In contrast, Lisbon is bustling with tourists, shopping, incredible restaurants and culture. We toured all over Lisbon, went to the Pena Castle in the darling village of Sintra, did a city foodie tour in Lisbon’s old town, saw numerous castles and fortresses and hit the beach in upscale Cascais! We even were able to shop the famous Christmas markets in Lisbon! There is something for everyone at friendly prices in Lisbo