What greater incentive to meet new people, hang with locals, compare notes with fellow travelers and turn a world full of strangers into new friends when the alternative is to retreat to your Rick Steve's guidebook or converse with the empty train seat.
Also, an easy train ride north will take you to Porto, where you can admire the rich Douro Valley and sample of city's famous namesake dessert wine. If you're looking to relax, you might end up enjoying Porto more than Lisbon—especially if you sneak.
As I tracked that story to Portugal , I found layers of intrigue — along with a surprising food scene, old and new, from those country taverns to inventive young cosmopolitan chefs in Lisbon and Porto. My wife and I ... Bruno offered a ride to lunch at.
AT LEAST 27 people have died in fires which have ravaged forests in northern and central Portugal over the past 24 hours ... local officials said. Spain’s rail operator Renfe said it had cancelled train service between Vigo and Barcelona because.
Three people have been killed in Portugal as the country is hit by a record number of forest fires, and three more have died in Spain where blazes sparked by ... Spanish state-owned rail operator Renfe said it had cancelled a train linking Vigo to.
Night train services have seen dramatic cutbacks in recent years, and many fear that a lack of investment, dwindling passenger numbers and competition from other travel sectors could spell the end for them entirely. European Parliament recently.
Already plagued by long security queues at airports, holiday-makers visiting top destinations in Spain face more vacation woes once they arrive. Anti-tourism activists have been targeting Barcelona, Majorca, Valencia and San Sebastián with protests.
An upscale vacation to either Spain or Portugal is possible even if you don't have a big budget to spare, said Virginia Irurita, the founder of Made for Spain and Portugal , a company in Madrid selling trips to the two countries. “The cost of living in.
A small country hugging the west coast of Europe, Portugal always fell well below France, Spain , and Italy of my European adventure list. But, in the past six months, I've heard its name many ... I always prefer to travel to a spot that's a little off.
Because instead of paying the £78.50 train ticket price from Newcastle to England's capital – he caught a plane via Spain … and saved £40 in the process. The 21-year-old student said after looking at different routes, he realised he could catch a £15.
With the remaining time we decided to see Porto, Fatima and Lisbon, Portugal. Saturday, June 25th, to Porto. Our bus trip from Santiago de Compostela, Spain to Porto ... We also visited the train station. I love train stations and this one was built.
In the same month, MSC Cruises' Magnifica, complete with indoor pool with retractable roof, is offering five new itineraries from Southampton, including an unusual 14-day sailing visiting Portugal and Spain , then Amsterdam and Hamburg. ... Romance and.
Commuters faced delays and downed trees blocked rail lines. Train services between the Scottish ... was likely carried there by Ophelia from the wave of forest fires in Portugal and Spain that killed at least 41 people over the weekend.
The deaths, confirmed by Portugal's national civil protection agency ... per hour as Hurricane Ophelia moved north off the coast of Spain towards Ireland, he told private broadcaster La Sexta. "The situation is critical," he said. - Unprecedented situation.
My plan to traverse the northern coast of Spain on the Feve (Ferrocarriles de Vía Estrecha) railway was questioned by hotel hosts, sidrería owners and once (justifiably) by a taxi driver who rescued me when the train failed to show one day. I'm far.