Southbound travels – Putting Portugal on the map

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Deciding on where go travel for the summer, my girlfriend suggested Portugal. None of us had ever been, so it was an easy “yes”! While I see the value in having a place you always like to visit, my personal belief is that there are so many places on this planet to see that more often than not, I like going somewhere I’ve never been before.

So far, Portugal’s been a great experience, and being inspired by my girlfriend’s newfound love of blogging, I decided to breath some new life into my own with a few reflections on my travels. Check out my girlfriend’s blog for more on travelling in Portugal.

After an early morning flight from Oslo we landed in Lisbon and headed for Sintra which would be our base for the next few days. It’s about a three hour flight from Oslo, Norway, and the train to Sintra is about 30 minutes.

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Sintra has status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is brimful of cultural sites worthy of at least a day trip if you stay in Lisbon or any of the other surrounding cities, but you can easily spend a couple of days there if you’re in Portugal for some time.

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You’ll find a multitude of places to stay in the little town, and we checked in at Casa Miradouro, a lovely guest manor house with an epic breakfast served between 8.30 and 10.30. It’s in the lower parts of Rua Soto Major, and demands a pair of willing legs for a 4-7 minute steep walk up to Largo Rainha Dona Amélia, the central square in Sintra, but I would still recommend it if you’re going to stay for a couple of days.

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