Casa Mae – Portuguese style hospitality

Posted 14 November, 2016

Casa Mae hotel evokes sensual memories long after departure: the warmth of terracotta floors beneath your feet; the pleasant rawness of oak and canvas furniture; a cotton hammock swinging on the balcony, framed by blue skies and palm trees. Even in…Read More...


Power and passion

Posted 9 November, 2016

EDP chief executive António Mexia talks with me about power and his somewhat unexpected passion for the creative industries. With 12,000 staff and operating in 14 countries, Portugal’s power generator EDP is the country’s biggest…Read More...

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Flying high

Posted 15 September, 2016

An interview with Fernando Pinto, the CEO of Portuguese national carrier TAP Brazilian-born Fernando Pinto has flying in his blood. His father piloted planes ranging from gliders to 747s and Pinto grew up surrounded by the glamour and passion…Read More...

Das Boot – 12 hours onboard the Arpão

Posted 6 September, 2016

It may not be every girls dream but I've always had a hankering to spend some time on a submarine. Maybe it's the bearded sailors; maybe it's the tension of being deep under water. When I reported on the Portuguese navy for Monocle magazine I…Read More...

photography by Ben Ingham

In the navy…

Posted 24 August, 2016

More than a dozen small inflatable boats, loaded with marines, supplies and ammunition dip and rise with the waves as they motor along. Behind them the Portuguese navy’s tanker, the Bérrio, is silver grey in the sunshine, solid and reassuring.…Read More...

Vânia Rovisco performance at the Third-Magnificent-Weekend at BREGAS

Contemporary exposure

Posted 18 July, 2016

Peek into Galeria Francisco Fino today and it looks more like an art installation than a soon to be exhibition space: distressed brick walls and an arched, cathedral-sized door frame a floor scattered with roof tiles and building detritus and…Read More...


Palacio Chiado: a great place to meet

Posted 28 June, 2016

Lisbon is increasingly cosmopolitan - tourist numbers are at an all time high, 3.56 million foreign visitors came to Portugal’s capital last year, a 42 per cent increase on 2011. Some 25,000 foreigners have bought property in the city since 2014…Read More...

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Building boats the traditional way

Posted 20 May, 2016

The Ferreira da Costa boatyard sits on a small tributary of the Tagus just outside the town of Montijo near Lisbon. On the day we visit, three wooden boats, raised high on trestles, are being worked on and the workshop is fragrant with cut pine…Read More...

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Lisbon’s property boom

Posted 17 May, 2016

The ornately decorated and opulent 18th century Palácio Chiado in central Lisbon, which re-opened this spring following a two-year renovation and is now home to seven restaurants, a bar and private salons, encompasses the story of the revival and…Read More...

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The Late Birds

Posted 14 March, 2016

Situated in the heart of Lisbon’s old town, The Late Birds is the city’s first five-star gay guest house. With 12 rooms over four floors, a garden, pool and interiors featuring contemporary Portuguese design, the space is designed to…Read More...