Guimarães castle. One of the main things to see and do in Guimarães

I’m always looking for an excuse to visit Guimarães. This ancient northern city is known as the cradle or birthplace of Portugal so its wealth of cultural heritage is hardly surprising, nor is its UNESCO World Heritage classification. There are plenty of things to do in Guimaraes and it’s road andRead More →

View of Viana do Castelo and River Lima from Santa Luzia

Viana do Castelo has definitely grown on me over the years and is one of the most interesting and attractive coastal cities in northern Portugal. With a fascinating history that dates back to pre-Roman times, remarkable costumes, unique jewellery and a restored hospital ship, not to mention the beaches, views,Read More →

Little girl in a high chair at a restaurant in Portugal. Family holidays to Portugal

Given my complete lack of experience of travelling in Portugal with young children, I have asked Cátia Lima, blogger at Beyond Lisbon, to share her advice. Not only is she Portuguese, and therefore super knowledgeable of how the Portuguese treat families, she’s travelled widely around Portugal with her little girl,Read More →

Outdoor cafés and 16th century fountain. Things to do in Caminha Portugal

The pretty town of Caminha is still an under-the-radar destination in the far north of Portugal. You’ll find plenty of things to do in and around Caminha, which makes it a perfect base for enjoying beaches, rivers, mountains, forests, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture and fabulous food. Although tourism existsRead More →

Colourful boat on the lake, Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal

The Algarve region is one of Portugal’s most popular destinations but it’s more diverse than most people realise. That’s why it’s worth researching where to stay in the Algarve. Before you start looking for the best place to stay in the Algarve, you should work out which area suits yourRead More →

Smarmy ceramic lion, Museu da Ceramica, Caldas da Rainha

There are several cute towns and villages in Central Portugal that have become known for something very specific, like their medieval style streets, an important monument or an old castle. Caldas da Rainha, however, has flourished mostly because of its history as a spa town and its hyperrealistic ceramics, whetherRead More →

Almendres megalithic standing stones near Evora Portugal

Lisbon is in an extremely fortunate location. Not only is it a fascinating riverside city, it’s also within spitting distance of stunning beaches, beautiful natural parks, distinct wine regions, medieval towns and unique historical sights that make great day trips from Lisbon. As a capital city, transport connections to outlyingRead More →