View of Douro River and vineyards from Casal de Loivos, Douro Valley, Portugal

The Douro valley 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. Even in winter, when the endless rowsRead More →

Money Saving Tips for Travel in Portugal 2017

Long-term readers may remember that I published an insider’s guide to getting the best value for money when travelling in Portugal a couple of years ago. While most of the advice in Money Saving Tips For Travel In Portugal: Unlock The Secrets To Getting Great Value For Money remains valid,Read More →

wooden-boardwalk-leadign-to-a-disused-windmill-near-agucadoura-coastal-portuguese-way-of-st-james

A part of my “mop up Camino”, I spent 3 days in May walking the Coastal Portuguese Way of St. James from Vila do Conde to Caminha, on my own. I’d already completed a 4-day stint in Galicia between A Guarda and Redondela (where the coastal and central routes merge)Read More →

Paper Barcelos cockerels and Viana hearts from Portugal's Minho region, Ruas Floridas, Redondo 2013

When Mary-Jo Manzanares offered me the chance to do a podcast with her about Portugal, it didn’t take me long to decide which part of the country to focus on. I’ve spent a lot of time exploring the Minho region of northern Portugal and have become a huge fan. Mary-Jo’s Where ElseRead More →

Algarve insider tips for planning a trip

If you’re thinking of visiting the Algarve, my insider tips might come in handy before you book your trip. When to go to the Algarve If you want my advice, I’d avoid July and August unless you like jostling for space on crowded beaches and in the surrounding cafés andRead More →

Peneda Gerês National Park fauna and geology

My day in the Peneda-Gerês National Park didn’t go according to plan and I ended up seeing more of its rugged landscapes than I’d expected to. It was still only a taster and I’m keen to return and explore it in more depth. In a bid to whet your appetite forRead More →

Packing for the way of St. James

Exactly what clothes and equipment you need to take with you on the Way of Saint James will depend on factors like the weather and your personal needs. Most importantly, whether you will be carrying it around with you all day or opt have your luggage transferred between stages. IRead More →