Your daily news portal

Many people could name some famous Portuguese: perhaps the footballers Cristiano Ronaldo, Figo and Eusébio; the explorers Henry the Navigator, Vasco da Gama, Bartolomeu Dias and Magellan; and...

Christmas Eve, known as the ‘Consoada’, is when Portuguese families get together to celebrate Christmas. The traditional dinner is salted cod fish (bacalhau) boiled with potatoes, carrots, cabbage...

An unscientific worldwide poll begun in 2000 came up with the new Seven Wonders of the World. They were The Great Wall of China, Petra in Jordan, the Colosseum in Rome, Chichen Itza in Mexico,...

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...

Pages

Subscribe to History

News Stories

Baghdad has turned the tables on...
An Olhão family, along with a Spanish...