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 →

Jardim das Barrocas, Barcelos Portugal

This small city in northern Portugal is famous for the legend that lies behind the painted souvenir rooster of Barcelos. Judging by the number of giant cockerels dotted around the historical centre, this is still its main claim to fame but there are more things to do in Barcelos thanRead More →

Fishing boat on the Gilão River in Tavira. Things to do in the Algarve

You may visit the Algarve for its beaches, after all many will argue that you will find the best beaches in Portugal here, but it’s always worth prising yourself off your sunbed and exploring the region. There are plenty of things to do in the Algarve that will give you aRead More →

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 →