5 star Vintage House Hotel, Pinhão, Douro Valley

Travelling safely during a pandemic means that we have to be more concerned than ever about hygiene and safety, not just our own, but in the places we visit and stay overnight. It’s important to know how to check whether the accommodation you are considering is doing all it canRead More →

Wine tasting, Quinta dos Murças, Douro Valley rivate tour

I’ve visited the Douro Valley countless times and every time I go, I learn, see and experience something new. On this occasion, instead of the small groupDouro Valley tours I’d previously tried, I decided to go for the private wine tour experience to see how it differs from small groupRead More →

Couple watching online expereinces on a laptop. Possibly virtual tours in Portugal

I’ve often found one of the great delights of taking tours while travelling comes from putting yourself into the hands of a local expert who is passionate about where they live. Their tours give you those little insights into their world, tiny nuggets of information you just don’t get fromRead More →

Rocky beach of Praia Castro Sampaio, Portuguese coast between Matosinhos and Vila do Conde, Camino Portugues

Update, 4th July 2020: Please see my more recent article for the latest status update. At the beginning of May 2020, the million-dollar question of when will people be able to travel to Portugal remains unanswered, I’m afraid. As we all know, there are still too many unknowns about thisRead More →

Medronho 'firewater'. A traditional Algarve spirit. Not for the fainthearted!

One of the many wonderful things about Portugal is the abundance of uniquely Portuguese drinks of the alcoholic variety. Port wine may be one of Portugals most beloved celebrities but it’s far from being the only drink worthy of international attention. Many visitors, including myself when I first arrived, areRead 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 the basics in Portuguese will depend on many factors but if you’re planning to spend anyRead More →