May 31, 2016

Igreja de São Tiago Coimbra

The Igreja de São Tiago in Praça do Comércio, Coimbra is located at the foot of the hill up to the Upper Town. The Romanesque church was built during the reign of Dom Sancho I at the end of the 12th century and was inspired by the design of the Sé Velha (Old Cathedral).

Igreja de São Tiago Coimbra, Portugal.

Note the beautiful decoration on the doorway and capitals with motifs of plants and animals as well as geometric reliefs.

The wooden interior of the church is also attractive. Over its history, the Igreja de São Tiago in Coimbra has undergone a number of changes but was restored to its original design in the 19th century.

Igreja de São Tiago Coimbra, Portugal.

Igreja de São Tiago
Praça do Comercio, Coimbra 3000
Hours: 8am-8pm

Igreja de São Tiago Coimbra, Portugal.

May 26, 2016

Fish & Vegetable Market Olhão

Right down on the waterfront by the reconstruction of the Caique Bom Sucesso boat are the twin red brick buildings of the fish and vegetable market of Olhão (Mercado de Olhao).

Fish & Vegetable Market Olhão, Algarve.

One building sells fish and meat: the other fruit and vegetables. Both markets are excellent for shopping and for photo opportunities. The range of fresh seafood includes swordfish, tuna, salmon, octopus and squid.

The fruit and vegetable section has delicious bananas, oranges, plums, watermelons, aubergines, cucumbers, carrots, peppers and tomatoes on sale.

Fish & Vegetable Market Olhão, Algarve, Portugal.

Restaurant owners come here in the early morning to buy in seafood and vegetables for the day's business and many tourists also congregate here if they are staying in self-catering accommodation or are preparing a picnic.

Surrounding the walls of the market are various bars and cafes with outdoor tables under large umbrellas.

Fish & Vegetable Market Olhão, Algarve, Portugal.

The Mercado de Olhao is busy from early morning until just after lunch on weekdays and Saurdays. It is closed on Sunday.

Mercado de Olhao
Avenida 5 de Outubro

Fish & Vegetable Market Olhão, Algarve, Portugal.

May 22, 2016

Tomar Station

Tomar Station in Tomar is one end of the rail route from Lisbon. There are direct trains to Tomar from Lisbon's Gare do Oriente Station which take from 90 minutes to 2 hours depending on the train.

Some trains may involve a change at Entroncamento. If travelling north to Coimbra or Porto, you will need to change trains at Lamarosa or Entroncamento. There are also frequent trains to Santarém (50 minutes).

Tomar Station, Portugal.

Buses also leave from Tomar Station for a variety of destinations including long distance buses to Lisbon and more local buses for Fatima, Leiria and Santarém.

There are few facilities at Tomar Station except for a waiting room and a number of cafes nearby. The fun Museu dos Fósforos (Matchbox Museum) is just a short walk away.

Tomar Station, Tomar, Portugal.

The center of Tomar and its hotels and guest houses are a short walk away directly out of the main exit of the station.

Tomar Station, Tomar, Portugal.

May 11, 2016

Cascais Station

Cascais Station is the western terminus of the Linha de Cascais (Cascais Line) from Cais do Sodre Station in Lisbon.

Cascais Station, Portugal.

Fairly frequent trains ply between Cais do Sodre, Estoril and Cascais. The train journey from Cais do Sodre Station to Cascais takes 30-40 minutes. Tickets are inspected on the train and should be bought before boarding.

Local buses also run from outside Cascais Station at the roundabout.

Cascais Station, Cascais, Portugal.

There is a cafe and a few shops at the station including a currency exchange, and a shoe repair shop as well as public toilets (charged).

Cascais Station, Cascais, Portugal.

There is no luggage storage service at Cascais but there are lockers at Cais do Sodre Station back in Lisbon. The ticket office at the station is open from 7.30am-9.30pm.

Cascais Station, Cascais, Portugal.

Cascais Station
Largo da Estação, 2750-340, Cascais