A place of serenity

You can have an unforgettable vacation at Casas da Areia, a beautiful retreat on the margins of the Sado river, one hour south of Lisbon. Here, you can rent one of four fisherman huts built from local materials. They have striking African-inspired thatched roofs and impeccable minimalist design.

There are many pristine beaches close by. But, once you settle at Casas da Areia, you’ll probably just want to enjoy the magnificent vistas and bike around the gorgeous Sado estuary. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself talking to Christian Louboutin about the serenity of this place; he has a house nearby.

After staying at Casas de Areia, it’s hard to stop asking your friends “did I tell you about my unforgettable vacation in Portugal?”

You can find more information about Casas na Areia here.

Jewelry lessons

Lisbon is a city that always took its jewelry seriously. In his 1610 census of Lisbon, Friar Nicolau de Almeida counted 70 goldsmiths and 62 silversmiths. Gil Vicente, one of Portugal’s greatest playwrights, was also a jeweler. And two of Lisbon’s main streets are Rua do Ouro (gold street) and Rua da Prata (silver street).

It should come as no surprise that Lisbon is a great place to learn the art and craft of jewelry making. You can take courses at Reverso, a wonderful jewelry gallery. These classes are a great way to make your vacation memorable and learn something precious.

Click here to see the schedule of Reverso’s courses, so you’ll know when to book your flight to Lisbon!

An eternal river

The small town of Carrasqueira, close to Alcácer do Sal, has one of the most unusual monuments in Portugal: a primitive wharf made with sticks and planks, know as “cais palafítico.” Fishermen built the wharf in the 1950s and 60s to gain easier access to the riches of the Sado river: clams, oysters, octopus and fish.

Sitting on this wharf, it is easy to imagine the past, when Phoenicians sailed the Sado carrying the precious salt harvested from the river marshes.  It is also easy to imagine the future, since the majestic Sado will continue to flow for as long as time flows.