About our blog

Welcome to our blog about places to see, food to eat, wine to drink, poetry to read, and whatever else comes to mind. The Portuguese navigators discovered much of the world four hundred years ago but the world has yet to discover Portugal. So, the country remains the last secret of Europe. A place of castles and palaces, of mountains and valleys, of sand and sea. All bathed in warm light, all cooled by the breeze that carries the ocean’s salt, the salt of Portugal.

This blog is produced by a small group of friends. Francisca and Sergio Rebelo write the text. Maria Rebelo takes most of the photographs. Rui Barreiros Duarte makes most of the drawings. Pedro Rebelo produces the music. Pedro Teles guides our choices with his impeccable taste. Tomás Rebelo is the chief technology officer.

§ 58 Responses to About our blog

  • AAlbuquerque says:

    What a terrific blog!!! I love the pictures and the accompanied descriptions/stories. I wonder who the authors are, mmm??? Could it be a talented professional photographer? A story teller (or writer maybe?) who loves Portugal? Or, maybe an economist, musician, painter paired with an acclaimed chef and an expert web technician???
    I am starting to feel the breeze that carries the salt of Portugal, and luckily will live surrounded by it very soon.

  • Congratulations on your great blog!
    It is a great window case for our culture and in particular a wonderful personal opinion about Portugal and everything that makes our identity. My name is Verónica Paixão and I am one of the food people passionate writing the blog http://www.aportuguesedish.com that we recently created to display the best of our gastronomy. Every week, based on a dish, will tell the story of a restaurant and the persons that make it come alive.
    We’d love to add your blog to our blogroll and have ours included in your suggested blogs. Have a look around and let me know!
    Kind regards,
    Verónica

  • Dear Veronica:

    Your blog is wonderful; congratulations! It is a great contribution to increasing the quality of the information available about Portugal. We just linked to it and we look forward to reading your posts every week.

    With best regards,

    Sergio Rebelo

  • Great! Thank you, Sergio.
    I’ll also check Salt of Portugal regularly for I have subscribed it, and look forward to hearing more about it.
    I’ve also added you to our links.
    Kind regards,
    Verónica

  • rupert Kirby says:

    I recently subscribed to this blog and admire it for its style and originality.
    i have added you to my blog

    http://casarosada-algarve.blogspot.com/

    and would invite you to become a follower.
    I’ve been asked to participate in the Tripbase 7 links project? Details here http://blog.tripbase.com/blog/my-7-links-the-rules/ example here http://thepublandlady.blogspot.com/2011/09/pub-landladys-greatest-hits.html, As one the bloggers I read on a more than regular basis would you mind if I nominated your blog as one of my five? I look forward to hearing from you.

    Regards

    Rupert Kirby

  • Dear Rupert:

    We also like your blog; it is great to see the perspective of someone who has moved to Portugal. We included a link to your blog in our blog roll a while ago.

    We would be happy to be one of your five blogs in the Tripbase 7 links project. Thanks for inviting us.

    I look forward to keep reading your posts,

    Sergio Rebelo

    • Monica says:

      Hello Sergio,
      I just discovered your blog while planning a trip to Portugal with my 80 year old mother – she has always wanted to visit so we are going in September. We plan to start in Lisbon and end in Oporto with stops in between. I have already made reservations at the restuarants you recommended in those two cities. I am wondering if you can recommend others on the in between must visit places like Evora, Coimbra, Batalha, Alentejo? we would greatly appreciate any guidance you can provide. We will be in Portugal from Sept 3-13.

      Obrigada,

      Monica Mahoney

      • Dear Monica:

        In Evora the place we like is Botequim da Mouraria
        (266746775). It only seats 10 people so reservations are a must.

        Near Batalha, for an informal meal we recommend the restaurants in the town of Mealhada. Here is our post about them: http://bit.ly/1r9l5bt

        For something more elegant, we recommend the Bussaco Hotel restaurant, which is very much worth visiting. Take a look at: http://bit.ly/1rr2DqX

        In Coimbra we recommend Quinta das Lágrimas. Here is our post: http://bit.ly/1hTgOjY

        We are planning to be in Alentejo in August, so we will blog about the restaurants there at that point.

        Have a great trip!

        Sergio Rebelo

  • Luzomaniak says:

    What a great idea … Congratulations for your blog!

  • Nice to see you have a blog about Portugal!

  • marianina says:

    Really nice blog, I just subscribed!I am one of those people that fell in love with Portugal and always returns back! I just created a fresh blog about travelling,it’s still under construction but most of my posts are about this wonderful country, whenever you’d like,give it a check!

    http://pinchofadventure.wordpress.com/

    your blog will definitely be in my blogroll,!Keep posting!

    Best regards,
    Maria

  • Thanks for your comment, we look forward to following your blog!

  • Congrats on your blog! Both entertaining and enlightening.

    I´ll have to discover Portugal myself after reading your posts. I have Portuguese ancestry (from Ponte de Lima), that´s one of the reasons, apart from the beauty of the place.

    I will add your blog to my blogroll and I invite you to my photoblogs:
    http://www.elojodemicamara.wordpress.com (Spanish)
    http://www.tryingtodomybest.wordpress.com (English)

    You will find mostly photos from Uruguay.

    Best regards,

    • Thanks for your comment. We enjoyed seeing your photos as well as your blog on translation. Are you familiar with “If This Be Treason: Translation and Its Dyscontents, A Memoir”? It is written by a great translator, Gregory Rabassa. He translated the novels of Gabriel Garcia Marquez into English.

      Ponte de Lima is beautiful, we hope you get a chance to check it out!

  • Thanks a lot for your reply.

    Gregory Rabassa´s work is outstanding. Thanks to his translations, English-speaking people have been able to read Latin American authors that were unknown to them before.

    He was the subject of one of my posts:

    http://translatoruy.wordpress.com/2011/10/13/la-traductologia/

    The article is not my own, it was written by Gilda Calleja Medel.

    I´ll check your blog regularly.

    Best regards,

  • Cindi says:

    I just came back from Portugal and am looking to purchase a cataplana! I happened to “run into YOUR blog (and immediately subscribed!!! I LOVED the palace and, well every place we visited over our 11 days…I am longing for the wonderful food and look forward to following your posts!!! Thank you!

  • Beautiful blog :) Only found out about this today, it’s nice to see other blogs dedicated to Portugal. I loved the stories – I post mainly photos but now I feel like writing more.
    Best,
    Rita

  • Bibliopharm says:

    I love your professional quality photographs of Portugal and can live vicariously through your posts so I nominated your site for the “Versatile Blogger Award.” Congratulations! If you go to http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/ or my site (http://bibliopharm.wordpress.com/), you will find the information on the award, how to pass it along and then you can download the badge on your site if you want.

  • Sofia Vieira says:

    Sérgio Rebelo,
    parabéns pela ideia e concretização deste blog. Gostaria de lhe colocar a seguinte pergunta: tenho um pequeno hotel de charme numa vila histórica em Portugal, que por razões diversas preciso vender. Saberia indicar-me contactos de imobiliárias ou interessados credíveis aí nos EUA? Fico muito grata por me dispensar do seu tempo.
    I have a charming hotel to sell in Portugal. If you know someone interested, I appreciate your help. Regards. Sofia

  • maria joao says:

    Olá tive a sorte de ver na televisao a sua entrevista e fiquei encantada pela fantastica divulgacao de Portugal e das boas coisas Portuguesas ” que sao muitas”. Venho pedir que visite o nosso site http://www.montedoareeiro.com, um turismo rural no Ribatejo, e se gostar que o divulgue.

    Obrigada e bem haja

    Maria Joao

  • H. lima says:

    Inteligente, elegante, imaginativo… notável blog! fresco como uma brisa marinha, sedutor como uma Marylin de 20 anos, surpreendente como um verso de Pessoa…
    PARABENS !!!

  • Henning says:

    Hello,
    your blog is really very beautiful. The photos look great.

    greeting

  • I love your blog! Its very interesting

  • Diane O'Donnell says:

    What a wonderful blog–beautifully done! I enjoyed it very much. It makes me want to go to Portugal. Thank you.

  • Henning says:

    Hello,
    your Blog is very wonderful; congratulations!

  • Sophie Gist says:

    Hello there,
    I just thought I would drop you a line as my mum Jenny Grainer has written a book about Portugal that you might like? It is free today and this weekend on kindle, and I was hoping that if you liked it enough, you might mention it on your blog? it’s a lovely collection of true stories.

    Now also available in Kindle format, this is a collection of warm, humourous, sentimental, personal and socially insightful true stories of a Brit abroad. A wonderful cross section of a life sliced into freshly remembered memoirs, easy for the reader to enjoy on a plane, by the pool or in the office during lunch, to discover more about a charming country from someone who has truly experienced it.

    Donkeys, social (mis) adventures, political changes through the 60’s and 70’s, rickety ambulances, boozy Bert, sardines, celebrities, relationships, ladies of the night and more are all fondly captured in stories and recounted for your enjoyment and to bring you closer to this wonderful country.

    This collection of stories document Portugal’s growth and development through the eyes of an Englishwoman.

    Please email me on sophiegist [at] yahoo [dot] com with any questions at all, she is in the UK until Monday and I am helping her understand kindle better, thank you. I’m trying to learn more about promotion also as you can tell!

    Thank you

    Sophie Gist

  • Anthony says:

    Awesome Blog regading tourist place in Portugal…..It enjoyed reading the beauty of blog the way it presented…I must suggest to all my friends to visit this place..Please post some more picture of different Hotels,natural beauty and travel places also…:) Great job.

  • thecodreport says:

    this is a great blog. I was in Portugal for quite a few years, and now still, carry it with me inside wherever I go. There is SO much to cover in terms of their culture and gastronomy, I am the author at http://www.thecodreport.wordpresss.com if you ever feel like dropping in. Best of luck and keep the great information coming, I’ll stop in and say hi next time I am in Lisboa! ;) Bjs. aaron

  • Great blog, well done! Have published a link on facebbok/twitter.

  • Vince says:

    I like very much your site. Portugal is a very especial and peaceful country. I love to travel to your country and enjoy making photos in some places like algarve and more. Congratulations again. Keep giving us important information about this beautiful land

  • You might want to check out Azores Islands. Surfing, body boarding, windsurfing, water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, kayaking, kite surfing, boating, diving some of the most virgin locations in the world, whale watching, swimming with dolphins, and spelunking are some of the available options in the island, and all these will be just right outside of the doorstep of one of the Most Incredible Unit in Azores. This got more pictures that will fascinate you!!

  • I just ‘tripped’ on you blog without trying and i liked it very informative a

    although most of it is new to me (i left 50 some years ago) continue mostrando novas paisagens e nova da nossa Terra

  • danique89 says:

    Very nice blog about the country of my family, like it very much, discover Portugal how the Portuguese did the world, yes indeed!

    ( http://explode.skynetblogs.be )

  • Markus Horn says:

    Hello and congratulations for your blog!

    I’ve included “Salt of Portugal” right away in the blog-roll of my own blog http://meinlissabon.blogspot.de/
    Let’s stay in touch!

    Best regards,
    Markus Horn

  • Gail at Large says:

    I just discovered your blog today, via Twitter. It’s gorgeous and well-written. Kudos to you!

    I’ve been blogging about Portugal ever since my first trip in 2011, but the real evidence of my love for this country is that I married a citizen and moved here last year.

  • RickyHanson says:

    Ricky Hanson – Sintra, Lisbon, Funchal Madeira, and Porto Santo are my favorite places to visit in Portugal.

  • Henning says:

    Nice blog!
    I have been to Portugal 30 to 40 times. I dont remember exactly.
    Your information are usefull for every traveller.
    Best regards
    Henning

  • David S. Bush says:

    Sergio;
    Excellent blog & beautifully presented! My wife & I will visit Portugal for the first time next month. Are you able to put me in touch with someone who could show us around Mercado da Ribeira? Thank you.
    David

    • Dear David: I’m glad you found our blog useful. I hope you’ll have a fabulous time in Portugal. I am not sure you’ll need a guide for Mercado da Ribeira. It is a lot of fun to tour the fish and food stalls. In addition, there is now at the mercado a place where many of the top chefs in Lisbon have stalls. It is a great place to eat. We plan to blog about it in the next couple of weeks.

      Have a great trip! Sergio

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