Algarve insider tips for planning a trip

If you’re planning a trip to the southern region of Portugal, check out my insider Algarve tips before you book your holiday. Find out when to go, what to pack, what to do and what Portuguese food to try to make your Algarve vacation a success. See this article forRead More →

Mountain views from Quinta de Santa Cristina on a vinho verde wine tasting and tour

Vinho verde is often badly translated as ‘green wine’ but it really just means young wine; light, fresh, slightly effervescent and best drunk within a year of bottling. Within this overall category of Portuguese wines, there’s a surprising variety of flavours, as I discovered when I visited Quinta de SantaRead More →

Spa treatments and traditional games in Castro Daire at BTL travel fair

BTL (Bolsa de Turismo de Lisboa) is Portugal’s most important annual travel fair, which is why I go every year. The first few days are for professionals, press and trade but from Friday evening throughout the weekend, the public have the chance to find out what’s on offer in Portugal andRead More →

Bolo Rainhas, Queen cake, popular in Portugal at Christmas

Christmas in Portugal is yet another excuse to break out the cakes. While the colourful Bolo Rei (King cake) may be the star of the show, the less glitzy Bolo Rainha (Queen cake) is the Portuguese Christmas cake for me. Especially since I’ve had the privilege of learning a few ofRead More →

Tasting room at Quinta do Piloto winery

If you haven’t had the pleasure of tasting Portuguese wines yet, you’re in for a treat and some surprises. There are several wineries near Lisbon so you don’t have to travel far to do a wine tour and tasting session in a special setting. Showing true dedication to you, dear reader, I’veRead More →

Covers of books about Portuguese food.

Mention Portuguese food to a Portuguese person and you’ll uncover a deeply-rooted passion for their cuisine. Visitors to Portugal don’t always understand the appeal as it’s hard to know what to order and what’s worth sampling without guidance. These books about Portuguese food and drink can help at various stages of your gastronomic journey intoRead More →