Portugal’s university town of Coimbra is a cultural hot spot thanks to the youthful energy and variety of foreign expats residing here. Finding a great restaurant is no problem, but choosing which one to eat at on any given day can be daunting.
La Botiga Bistro is Coimbra’s finest tapas bar and an affordable choice for those on a budget. The Portuguese sausage alone is rave-worthy, but the minimalistic bistro is most famous for its delicious chocolate cake and espresso.
Café Santa Cruz sits alongside the city’s town hall, making it the perfect spot to stop for a bite when exploring. The Renaissance architecture of the restaurant provides a wonderful atmosphere for live music while you dine on tasty pastries and Portuguese coffee.
Fangas Mercearia Bar is a Portuguese tapas bar tucked away in the medieval walls of the city’s old town. Excellent seafood options, including steamed mussels, along with a wide array of wines hailing from all over the country make it the perfect spot to relax after a day exploring the city.
Zé Manel dos Ossos is a traditional Portuguese tasca with quite the interesting décor — the walls inside the restaurant are covered with poems written by happy customers. The house specialties include goat and boar paired with delectable wines from Coimbra’s hill region. The restaurant is a wonderful option for a relaxing evening or even a special date.
In recent years, Portugal has quietly become one of Europe’s top travel destinations. It’s inexpensive compared to some of its neighbors, it’s warm and sunny, and it’s easy to access from most U.S. cities. As a growing wellness destination, here are the country’s top spots for a relaxing vacation.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Just north of Barcelona’s bustling city center, the capital of Catalonia transitions from Gothic cathedrals, tiny alleyways and hordes of bike tours into a more livable neighborhood known as Poble Nou. Close to the coast, Metro-accessible and rife with local hang-out spots, this area has become a favorite of residents who seek solace from the masses of tourists that crowd the center.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
The small island nation of Iceland may have only one major “highway,” the 828-mile Route 1, better known as Ring Road because it navigates the entire perimeter of the country, but it can be difficult to traverse depending on weather conditions at particular times of the year. While a road trip around the island is a fantastic adventure that reveals unimaginably unique landscapes, it can be a considerable challenge for those self-identifying as anywhere from timid to even moderately adventurous in their travels. In these cases, a full-day Golden Circle tour is the perfect antidote to any FOMO experienced by foregoing the road trip.