Jardim da Estrela and Basilica, Lisbon, Portugal in winter

Plenty of people only think of sunny Portugal as a summer destination but that’s a mistake. To be honest, summer is my least favourite time of year for Portugal travel as it’s too hot and crowded for my liking. Despite the cooler temperatures and increased likelihood of rain, I thinkRead More →

Gift shop selling Portuguese souvenirs, Herdade dos Grous, Alentejo, Portugal

Portugal is proud of its unique crafts, food and drink so you’ll find plenty of options when you’re looking for gifts from Portugal. You don’t have to look hard to find souvenirs of Portugal that please all tastes and personalities, from your coworker to your mother-in-law there’s no excuse forRead 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 →

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 →

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 →

Views on Porto. Discover which city parks offer the most stunning views so you can fully appreciate them and take enviable photos

With its prime position on the mouth of the river Douro and its huddle of colourful buildings, Porto is extremely photogenic. Here are my tips for where to find the best views in Porto so you can go home with enviable holiday snaps. Note that my flexible self-guided walking tour of Porto sightsRead More →

Mixed currency bank notes. How to transfer money abroad

If you need to transfer money abroad or between different currencies, there are lots of options available and just as many different charging and commission levels. In terms of the rates you could be paying, some of these are outrageously expensive, notably banks and currency exchange offices, especially at airports.Read More →