Mixed currency bank notes. How to transfer money abroad

If you’re looking for the best way of transferring money abroad or between different currencies, you’ll find 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 andRead 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 socked away, you’reRead More →

Rain in Portugal

It’s not just the British who love complaining about the weather, the Portuguese do their fair share of grumbling when it feels as though it’s been raining forever. No one really minds a day or two of rain. After all, we all know how necessary it is in the schemeRead More →

Medical kit

Before I go any further, I’d like to stress that the receptionists at my local health centre are usually very patient with my inadequate Portuguese and do their best to understand and help me. This is a welcome change from my first experience of the Portuguese health care system inRead More →

Since Alyson and Dave Sheldrake moved to the Algarve, their art has gone from strength to strength. They have both been busy setting up their art business in Portugal and running exhibitions as well as creating fabulous paintings and photography. Last month, Alyson was kind enough to choose my dog, Daisy,Read More →