The Castelo do Queijo with Matosinhos in the background

The town of Matosinhos lies just north of Porto and although it’s considerably smaller and quieter than its more famous neighbour, you’ll find several things to do in Matosinhos, especially if you like low-key destinations. Connection from Porto to Matosinhos is by a metro line that takes just over 30Read More →

View along railings in square, Guimarães, Portugal

Spending a night or two in the ancient northern city of Guimarães, which is known as Portugal’s birthplace, will really give you a sense of the proud history of this country. To help you do that, take a look at my suggestions for lovely places to stay, from the bestRead More →

Santa Barbara Gardens at night, Braga, Portugal

There are so many things to see and do in Braga and the surrounding area that it’s well worth staying overnight. Here are my recommendations for the best places to stay in Braga, from superb hotels to comfortable guesthouses. Not forgetting spacious apartments for when you want a little moreRead More →

Porto city at sunrise. Lots of historical buildings and holiday apartments for rent

As we all know choosing the right place to stay can make or break a vacation. No one wants cramped, dingy lodgings in a dodgy part of the city. I’ve written this insider guide to the best apartments in Porto for short stays so that you can feel confident aboutRead More →

Old buildings in Ribeira district of Porto on the bank of Douro river, Portugal

Looking for a lovely place to stay in Porto? I’ve got you covered. There are several wonderfully stylish guesthouses and boutique hotels in Porto that will make your experience of the city even more memorable and unique. To make it easier for you to choose, I’ve selected 10 of theRead More →

Landscape around Pinhão, Douro Valley Portugal

Are you having trouble deciding whether or where to stay in the Douro Valley? If so, this insider guide will help you with your choice. The breathtakingly beautiful Douro wine region has become one of Portugal’s “must see” destinations. While it’s possible to get a quick glimpse of the Douro’sRead More →

Deciding where to stay in Porto is much easier with a little insight into its layout. It’s always been a favourite city of mine and one that I return to again and again, even after 16+ years of living in Portugal! During that time, I’ve stayed in several different neighbourhoodsRead More →

Chaves Castle and historical town centre with grassy foreground

Are you wondering what to do in Chaves, Portugal? Look no further! I’ve visited this pretty town in the north of Portugal several times and explored its charms, of which there are many, so I’m excited to finally share them with you. Technically a small city, Chaves is proud ofRead More →