If you’re interested in Portugal, you’ve come to the right place.

I’m a serial expat who’s been exploring Portugal since I moved here in 2007 and blogging about my experiences and discoveries since 2011. 

By sharing stories about the food, art, culture and off-the-beaten-track highlights of this diverse country, I hope to inspire you to visit Portugal one day, or simply get to know it better.

I also want you to benefit from my research and experiences of living and travelling in Portugal so you can make the most of your time here.

On this blog, you’ll find:

Port boat, River Douro, Porto

Port boat, River Douro, Porto

practical information about travel in Portugal

ideas for trips in Portugal

Chouriço assado com aguardente / flame grilled red pepper sausage

Chouriço assado com aguardente / flame grilled red pepper sausage

a taste of Portuguese food and drink

snippets of Portuguese culture and history

São Gonçalo bridge and church, Amarante, Portugal

São Gonçalo bridge and church, Amarante, Portugal

interesting images of Portugal

glimpses into my expat life

links to other useful sites for living and travelling in Portugal


A little bit more about me

Originally from the UK, I’ve lived in several countries including Spain, Tanzania and Venezuela and I’ve travelled to over 30 others. When I moved to Coimbra for work, I felt at ease straight away and quickly fell in love in more ways than one. I met Mike, who is now my husband, adopted Daisy the dog and put down roots in Moura Morta, a tiny village in central Portugal.

For more about my expat and travel experiences, you can read some of the interviews I’ve done.

For more details about my freelance writing and other examples of my work, please visit my writer site.

If you have any suggestions for this blog or questions about living and travelling in Portugal, please get in touch. I’ll be happy to help if I can.

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42 Responses

  1. raphael daden
    raphael daden at · Reply

    thanks for that in site julie and for the quick reply

  2. raphael daden
    raphael daden at · Reply

    Hi Julie,

    My partner and I are looking to relocate to Portugal, as part of our research we came across your blog. We both really value the advice and way you document life in Portugal, as well as your photography. It’s honest and inspiring.

    We were in central Portugal this July and looked at the areas around Figuero dos vinhos, Gois and Arganil, we really liked the Coja area as it seemed a well used town with many facilites and amenties however we were only there for 3 weeks. We are planning to return for a few months in March and would appreciate some advice on areas to consider looking at or too avoid. Also could you advise on any agents to use or leads on how to find the right place, we used Pure Portugal, Pro directa, Fatima and Diane from the local area
    b/w raphael

  3. Joyce
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    Dear Julie,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Portugal, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,

  4. Rosanna Mercuri
    Rosanna Mercuri at · Reply

    Hi Julie, I love your blog and have now been reading it religiously for about one year. Last year I purchased a new property in Foz do Arelho Praia. Your blog and information and have been a great help and you are right when you warn your readers that builders do not take women seriously! Regardless, slowly I am getting things sorted by asking other locals. I have a magnificent view of the Atlantic ocean which provides spectacular scenery and gorgeous sunsets over the water. When I get back to Australia I will be taking Portuguese lessons so I become fluent in the language. It is a must for people staying in Portugal for any length of time. My sister is joining me this month and we hope to visit some of the lovely places you have blogged about. If you are ever this way during summer, drop in for a coffee!! Many thanks for your help.

  5. Nouman
    Nouman at · Reply

    hey julie i want to visit portugal but i’ll dont have a sponser. can u help me…….plz plz plz

  6. Stanley Vieira
    Stanley Vieira at · Reply

    Julie, I just discovered Miranda Do Corvo and really fell in love with it. I am looking to purchase a small place in Central Portugal and think MDC is where I will settle. Any thoughts about Miranda and your experience there? I would love to hear your feedback.


  7. meticulousmick
    meticulousmick at · Reply

    Loved Coimbra when there and recall canoeing down the river from somewhere up in the hills. Wonderful. Thanks for stirring the memory pot. MM

  8. Alyson and Dave Sheldrake
    Alyson and Dave Sheldrake at · Reply

    You already know that I love your blog! So I do hope that you will accept your nomination for the Blog of The Year 2013 Award
    You can find out all about it via this link
    And Many Congratulations! xxx

  9. Dina
    Dina at · Reply

    You have got a great and very inspiring blog!
    Greetings rom The North

  10. admin
    admin at · Reply

    Great blog! Congratulations!

  11. brettfish
    brettfish at · Reply

    hey Julie – somehow got directed to that page on Community Pool I think it was where I critiqued your intro – came back to see what it looks like and you’ve nailed it with that sentence in bold – good one!

  12. Photography Journal Blog
    Photography Journal Blog at · Reply

    I clicked here from the wordpress blog regarding about pages. This one looks nice, I think you have one a good job with it.

  13. catbirdinoman
    catbirdinoman at · Reply

    Oh boy, I’m happy to find another Portugal blog since I hope to travel there next summer! :-)

  14. Marianne
    Marianne at · Reply

    I´m loving the new look of your blog, Julie. Very professional :)

  15. ferragudofan
    ferragudofan at · Reply

    I’m talking about you again! hope you are ok – and busy as ever I am sure!
    thought you might enjoy this one http://algarveblog.net/2012/08/13/cbbh-photo-challenge-looking-up/

  16. Mick
    Mick at · Reply

    Hi Julie — Just found your blog. We (self + partner) are planning to sell up in the UK and move to central Portugal next year, so your blog is definitely of interest. We are looking at the Tomar area provisionally, but will be renting initially and having a good look around. We’ve visited a few times, staying in Lisbon, Miranda do Corvo (I could definitely settle there!) and Coimbra. Coming again in October this year for a few weeks, and probably having a provisional look at what’s for sale and what you get for your money.

    Anyway, thanks for what looks like a very useful blog.

  17. Michael Cargill
    Michael Cargill at · Reply

    Hello Julie. This is a very nice blog you have here.

    Your name rings a bell for some reason and not in an X-Files Fox Mulder way either. It’s a kind of heroic name, something I would expect a sidekick of GI Joe to have.

    Do you work for the CIA?

  18. ferragudofan
    ferragudofan at · Reply

    Good Morning busy person!
    It’s hard to write in a post a huge THANK YOU! for all that you have done setting up the Personal A to Z Challenge – but please know that it is REALLY appreciated – and it is looking so exciting!
    Please accept two blog awards as a thank you from me …. you really deserve them! One is the Candle Lighter Award and the second is the HUG award…
    click here to find out more…
    sent with lots of love xxx

  19. Luiza
    Luiza at · Reply

    Hi Julie – thanks for your reply….I feel better already! I am fluent in Portuguese (my parents actually live in Porto), but Ian isn’t – he says he will improve once he lives there!…(he understands a bit but cannot hold a conversation). Our architect was here a few weeks ago (his first time in Africa!…he was amazed to see what South Africa had to offer!) to finalize design etc., and we plan to start building in Jan 2012, and move Jan 2013!…We are building as “green” as possible – very modern…stunning views over vineyards..

  20. Luiza
    Luiza at · Reply

    Hi – we will also be relocating to Portugal in 2013 – start to build next year (Beautiful Penela, 25km from Coimbra). We presently live in Johannesburg, South Africa. Im a city girl, my husband – country (although he has always lived in a city!)…I am starting to feel nervous about the relocation. My roots are Portuguese and my husbands’ English. Any advice/suggetsions about living in Portugal? thanks!


  21. Paul Manning
    Paul Manning at · Reply


    You registered on our site but I think you left the wrong e-mail address so we can’t send you newsletters and enter you in the prize draw. I have found you through google but cannot find the right e-mail address for you.

    Can you let me know your correct address please.

    By the way, really love the blog. If you afncy doing anything on our website articles, please let ,me know.



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