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Knowing that the love and energy I have poured into creating Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal helps you have a better experience of Portugal is priceless. I never fail to get a thrill when readers or clients write to tell me what a difference my recommendations and support have madeRead More →

Praia da Samoqueira, Porto Covo, Portugal

Given that the country has over 1,790 kilometres of coastline, it should come as no surprise to find that Portugal is brimming with beautiful beaches from north to south. Some of the best beaches in Portugal are relatively unspoilt and there is a great deal of variety among them. WhetherRead More →

Golfer, Royal Obidos golf course, Silver Coast

I’ve invited Portugal golfing expert, Andy Waple, to give us his tips on the best places to play golf in the Silver Coast of Portugal. Here’s what he has to say on the matter:   What’s so special about the Silver Coast of Portugal? A relatively new course on the blockRead More →

Patanisca de bacalhau, bolinho de bacalhau, broa cornbread

“I’m not really a fan of Francesinha,” I said. Cue horrified faces from the people that had just begun raving about their new Porto food tour.  After admonishing me to never utter those words in Porto, where the Francesinha is revered, they explained that ‘theirs’ is no ordinary meat andRead More →

Pinhão and Douro River through vineyards

The breathtakingly beautiful Douro wine region has become one of Portugal’s must see destinations. Commonly referred to as the Douro Valley, the UNESCO World Heritage landscape actually extends way beyond the Douro River and is dotted with towns, villages and wine estates. While it’s possible to get a quick glimpseRead More →

Stewed lamb at Restaurante Estoril, Amarante, Portugal

Eating out in Portugal is usually a very enjoyable, relatively straightforward and affordable experience. Even so, knowing what’s standard practice for ordering in Portuguese restaurants, cafés, bakeries and bars will help you order with confidence and avoid leaving with a nasty taste in your mouth. Find out when to eat,Read More →