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 →

When you visit Aveiro, expect to see lots of boats and small houses, like these at Cais de São Roque, Aveiro

I often get enquiries from readers who are considering moving to Portugal. Some of them have spent time in Portugal already while others have only read of its charms. Like many expats in Portugal, I enjoy living here despite certain frustrations, and know I made the right decision in settling down here. For some immigrants, however, theRead 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 (scroll down if you’re most interested inRead More →

Ana Silva demostrates the magic ball cane toy, cane workshop, Querença, Loulé, Portugal. Photography by Julie Dawn Fox

The Algarve is best known for its fabulous beaches and top notch golf courses so what’s an inland town like Loulé to do if it wants to entice visitors away from the coast? Get creative, that’s what. Loulé Criativo organises hands-on creative workshops in Loulé city and municipality. Run by local artisans,Read More →

Money Queen. Photo credit Doug Wheller/Flickr

Guest post by Tim Leffel, author of A Better Life for Half the Price: How to prosper on less money in the cheapest places to live.   If you move to a country that has a lower cost of living than where you live now, you can easily live a richerRead More →

Rain in Portugal

It’s not just the British who love complaining about the weather, the Portuguese do their fair share of grumbling at this time of year. No one really minds a day or two of rain. After all, we all know how necessary it is in the scheme of things, especially thoseRead More →

Rusted window grille, Midões palace, central Portugal

I’ve never been too keen on being in front of the camera, but since moving to Portugal, and particularly since I started blogging about Portugal, I’ve found myself getting drawn deeper and deeper into photography. I quickly realised that I needed great images to illustrate my stories and since I’mRead More →

notebooks, pen and writing reference books

Some of you know that as well as writing about Portugal on this blog and elsewhere, I’ve been teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) for many years. Long enough that my automatic response to forms which ask for an occupation has been to write ‘teacher’. Things have changed. Recently,Read More →

Recreio da Fraga swimming pools, São Miguel de Poiares, Portugal

Well, maybe not that new. Many of the people in the Vila Nova de Poiares neighbourhood learned to swim in the swimming pools at Recreio da Fraga leisure complex (known in our house as Fraggle Rock) but it became neglected and was closed down several years ago. The local council hadRead More →