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 settling down here. For some immigrants, however, theRead More →

Christmas and New Year in Portugal. Julie Dawn Fox

If you’re going to be spending Christmas and New Year in Portugal, either as an expat or on holiday, 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 (scroll down if you’re most interested inRead More →

Stacked corn cobs. Montaria, Serra d'Arga, Portugal. Photography by Julie Dawn Fox

Slightly sweet and moist with a crunchy crust. That’s the way I like my broa, aka traditional Portuguese corn bread. Broa is often served in the basket of bread you get served with olives in restaurants. Portuguese corn bread is more dense and filling than ordinary bread but, when freshly baked, is ohRead More →

Chanfana in a black casserole dish

“What do you want?” asked the Juiz (judge). “To eat chanfana!” I chanted, along with the 15 other initiates to the Confraria da Chanfana (brotherhood of goat casserole). We were on the stage in the Vila Nova de Poiares cultural centre wearing long black cloaks and wide-brimmed black hats. A waitress gave us each a tinyRead More →

Silver Screen Cities, Celebrating City Cinema Going – Lisbon

Some things have changed since I first fell in love with Lisbon in 2007 yet many of its charms are timeless. David Kintore’s book, Silver Screen Cities, Celebrating City Cinema Going – Lisbon is essentially the diary of a film-loving TEFL teacher living in Lisbon in the early 1990s, back in the daysRead More →

Money Queen. Photo credit Doug Wheller/Flickr

Guest post by Tim Leffel, author of A Better Life for Half the Price: How to prosper on less money in the cheapest places to live.   If you move to a country that has a lower cost of living than where you live now, you can easily live a richerRead More →

Maios in Ponte de Lima

May 1st isn’t just International Workers’ Day, it’s also a traditional spring holiday although compared to some European countries, Portuguese celebrations tend to be rather muted. 1st May in Portugal is also a day for protecting homes from evil for the year ahead, a tradition which is similar to the GaelicRead More →

Sunset from Loggia Restaurant, Coimbra

Not only does Loggia restaurant in Coimbra lay claim to magnificent views, it also professes to serve the best sponge cake in the universe! Located within the Museu Nacional Machado de Castro in the city’s hilltop university zone, the glass-fronted restaurant overlooks the dome of Sé Velha, the old cathedral,Read More →