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 Camino de Santiago or any other long walk 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 betweenRead 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’s highlightsRead More →

Porto and Dom Luís I bridge

I often get asked about Porto’s ‘must sees’. The city has such a lot to offer that it’s hard to narrow down the selection but some places definitely make it onto a ‘best of Porto’ list. With that in mind, I’ve published a self-guided walking tour of Porto’s highlights that’s flexible enough to do inRead More →

Christmas and New Year in Portugal. Julie Dawn Fox

If you’re going to be spending Christmas and New Year in Portugal, either as an expat or on holiday, this post is for you. Find out how and where to celebrate, how the Portuguese do things and what events are going on during the festive season. Click one of these links to jumpRead More →

Wooden tram, Porto. How to get around Porto

One thing you need to know about Porto is that it’s hilly. Fascinating and beautiful too, but be prepared for some steep slopes and steps. The maps don’t show where these sneaky inclines are so unless you’re very familiar with the city, your sightseeing route could easily involve an unanticipated workout. That’s why it’s worth findingRead More →