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Funchal, Madeira travel guide: things to do, see and eat

Funchal, Madeira travel guide: things to do, see and eat | PACK THE SUITCASES

We’ve been meaning to write this for ages: our ultimate travel guide to the island of Funchal, Madeira, in Portugal. It is one of the few places we keep returning to. Beautiful scenery, food and culture draw us back, as well as (almost) guaranteed winter sun. Here’s where to eat and drink, as well as what to see and do. Hopefully it will convince you that it isn’t just full of OAPs…

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Guimaraes day trip from Porto, Portugal

Guimaraes day trip from Porto, Portugal | PACK THE SUITCASES

On our recent trip to Porto, we visited the historical city of Guimarães for a day up in the mountains. It’s an easy 75 minute train journey from São Bento station. Its historical centre is a UNESCO world heritage site, with medieval buildings. There’s even a castle. All in all, it’s pretty as a picture. This makes it the perfect day trip if you’re staying in Porto.

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Five days in Porto: 10 highlights

Five days in Porto: 10 highlights | PACK THE SUITCASES

We’re going to start this post by saying that Porto is brilliant. It’s too good. We spent five days in and around it this August, and since we got home, we haven’t stopped telling everyone we know that they HAVE to go. We’ve been to (mentally adding up…) a lot of places. Porto is in the top 5, easily. This blog is a little highlights reel of our five days in Porto. We did far too much there to cover everything

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