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 →

A bedroom with a view through glass walls at Where Rosemary Flourished, Lisbon

Are you searching for a luxurious escape in Portugal? Look no further than the stunning array of luxury villas in Portugal available for rent. From the breathtaking Douro Valley to the sun-kissed Algarve, there are private villas for rent in Portugal with pools and exceptional amenities waiting to welcome you.Read More →

Porto and Dom Luís I bridge

I often get asked about things to do in Porto, especially its ‘must sees’. In my experience, this intriguing city has such a lot to offer that it’s hard to narrow down the selection. It’s a city whose architecture spans millennia with traces of Roman dwellings, plenty of medieval housesRead More →

Hiking in Peneda-Gerês National Park near Lamas do Mouro

If you’re keen to try a walking holiday in the North region of Portugal but can’t decide which of its wonderful landscapes to choose from, here’s the solution! You can get a taste of the mountains, coast and Douro wine region all on the same trip with this amazing itinerary.Read More →

Baroque facade of Brejoeira Palace near Moncao. One of the best palaces in Portugal

Some of the best examples of Portuguese architecture can be found in its stunning palaces. They are known for their grandeur and beauty, with several having been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. Many of the palaces in Portugal are influenced by a range of styles; an eclectic mixture from Neo-ManuelineRead More →

Wooden tram, Porto. How to get around Porto

One thing you need to know about getting around Porto is that it’s hilly. Fascinating and beautiful too, but be prepared for some steep slopes and steps. Maps don’t show where these sneaky inclines are so unless you’re very familiar with the city, your sightseeing route could easily involve anRead More →

Douro vineyards and quinta from Miradouro de Frei Estevão

The Douro valley in northern Portugal has more than just the perfect climate and soil for cultivating grapes and a wine-producing culture that dates back centuries. The undulating curves of the Douro wine region’s hillsides create a beautiful and dramatic landscape which changes with the seasons and is so specialRead More →

Green Porto road sign over highway.

When planning a trip to Portugal, many people look at Lisbon and see that the second largest city, Porto, doesn’t seem very far away. In fact, the distance from Lisbon to Porto is 197 miles by car, 170 if you fly, although that’s not the best way to travel fromRead More →

What to see and do in Ponte de Lima

Ponte de Lima charmed me at first sight. When I revisited a couple of years later, Portugal’s oldest town nestled itself deep inside my heart and is never coming out. It’s got all the right ingredients for me: plenty of gardens, fancy mansions and other historical buildings, interesting small museums andRead More →