Road trip through Arrábida Natural Park

I’ve lost count of all the road trips in Portugal that I’ve done over the years. While I certainly enjoy car-free city breaks and day trips, I’m usually keen to explore further afield in order to get to know a particular area. Given the limited public transport in rural areas,Read More →

Sunglasses on blue desk. Travel insurance Document

If you’ve ever needed medical treatment while on holiday, had to cancel your trip at the last minute due to illness or had your luggage stolen from a train station, you’ll know how important travel insurance is. Even more so if you are not entitled to any form of reciprocalRead More →

5 star Vintage House Hotel, Pinhão, Douro Valley

Travelling safely during a pandemic means that we have to be more concerned than ever about hygiene and safety, not just our own, but in the places we visit and stay overnight. It’s important to know how to check whether the accommodation you are considering is doing all it canRead More →

Couple watching online expereinces on a laptop. Possibly virtual tours in Portugal

I’ve often found one of the great delights of taking tours while travelling comes from putting yourself into the hands of a local expert who is passionate about where they live. Their tours give you those little insights into their world, tiny nuggets of information you just don’t get fromRead 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 →

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 →

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 →