Stewed lamb at Restaurante Estoril, Amarante, Portugal

Eating out in Portugal is usually a very enjoyable, relatively straightforward and affordable experience. Even so, knowing what’s standard practice for ordering in Portuguese restaurants, cafés, bakeries and bars will help you order with confidence and avoid leaving with a nasty taste in your mouth. Find out when to eat,Read More →

Inside Lisbon's Christmas tree. Image by Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal

If you’re going to be spending Christmas in Portugal, or New Year, and don’t know what to expect, this post is for you. Find out how and where to celebrate, how the Portuguese do things and what events are going on during the festive season. Click one of these linksRead More →

Mixed currency bank notes. How to transfer money abroad

If you need to transfer money abroad or between different currencies, there are lots of options available and just as many different charging and commission levels. In terms of the rates you could be paying, some of these are outrageously expensive, notably banks and currency exchange offices, especially at airports.Read More →

Bandstand and monastery, Sitio, Nazaré. Best time to visit Portugal

The best time to visit Portugal is as soon as you can! Seriously though, this country has so much to offer throughout the year that there is no bad time to come. Obviously, this depends to some extent on what you want to do when you’re here as certain activitiesRead More →

When you visit Aveiro, expect to see lots of boats and small houses, like these at Cais de São Roque, Aveiro

I often get enquiries from readers who are considering moving to Portugal. Some of them have spent time in Portugal already while others have only read of its charms. Like many expats in Portugal, I enjoy living here despite certain frustrations, and know I made the right decision in settlingRead More →

Money Queen. Photo credit Doug Wheller/Flickr

Guest post by Tim Leffel, author of .   If you move to a country that has a lower cost of living than where you live now, you can easily live a richer life while spending far less money. Unless you’re at retirement age though and have a lot sockedRead More →

If you’ve ever dreamed of moving to a country where life is considerably cheaper than where you are now, you should read Tim Leffel’s new book, . Travel writer, author and experienced expat Tim Leffel has identified 18 countries where this is possible for people currently living in expensive countriesRead More →

Dictionaries and resources to learn European Portuguese at different levels.

Do you really need to learn European Portuguese if you’re coming to Portugal? The short answer is yes. Even if it’s only how to say please and thank you. How far you go beyond that will depend on many factors but if you’re planning to spend any significant amount ofRead More →