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Fernando Pessoa is thought of as one of the great poets of Portugal, for some equivalent to Luís Vaz de Camões. Pessoa’s genius is attributed to his invention of the heteronym.

In the...

Written by Hans Christian Andersen, this fascinating travelogue has been serialised into eight episodes by Carolyn Kain. This week, in the final episode, she looks at evidence and asks: “Was Hans...

From the aircraft as it approached the runway, I saw the golden sand, picturebook-coloured houses, sunlight twinkling on the waves, the cathedral so close and the rows of boats in the marina....

Hard to believe that as long ago as 1866 there was a monthly paddle steamer crossing the Atlantic between Lisbon and Rio de Janeiro. The service, which transported goods and 500 passengers, took...

Today a train journey from Lisbon to Sintra takes 50 minutes and a one-way ticket costs €2.15. Like most railway journeys in Portugal, it is inexpensive and reliable – 150 years ago, Hans...

Of 168 fairytales conjured up by Hans Christian’s imagination, none can compare to the Portuguese legend of Inês de Castro, the fair maiden of Coimbra.

On his visit to the city, his...

José Saramago finished his “Journey to Portugal” on page 440 of his book. Yes, he briefly visited Raposeira, Guadalupe and Cabo de São Vicente, but the last town of note on his journey was Lagos...

Hans Christian Andersen is best known as the author of popular fairytales but in his lifetime he was equally respected as a travel writer. In this fortnightly series, Carolyn Kain uses his...

Hans Christian Andersen is best known as a writer of popular fairytales but in his lifetime he was equally respected as a travel writer. In this fortnightly series, Carolyn Kain uses his...

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