Wine tasting, Quinta dos Murças, Douro Valley rivate tour

I’ve visited the Douro Valley countless times and every time I go, I learn, see and experience something new. On this occasion, instead of the small groupDouro Valley tours I’d previously tried, I decided to go for the private wine tour experience to see how it differs from small groupRead 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 →

Patanisca de bacalhau, bolinho de bacalhau, broa cornbread

“I’m not really a fan of Francesinha,” I said. Cue horrified faces from the people that had just begun raving about their new Porto food tour.  After admonishing me to never utter those words in Porto, where the Francesinha is revered, they explained that ‘theirs’ is no ordinary meat andRead More →

Piscina das Marés seawater swimming pools, Leça da Palmeira, Porto. Photography by Julie Dawn Fox

If you’re staying in Porto for more than a couple of days, you’ll find a variety of places you can visit as a day trip from Porto. As well as the amazing Douro Valley and Vinho Verde wine regions, you’ll find beaches, nature reserves, medieval cities, Celtic settlements, fishing villages andRead More →

Lisbon sightseeing by sailing boat. Lisbon boat tours

The wide waters of the Tagus River are an integral part of Lisbon’s identity and history. As well as reflecting the kind of light that inspires poetry, the river brings the city boats of all sizes carrying fish, workers, tourists and shipping containers from distant shores. Intrepid navigators once setRead More →

Alegria HippoTrip vehicle

“Hippo! Hippo!” Whenever Ana, the HippoTrip ‘animator’, yelled this, our job was to raise our hands and whoop with excitement. We were on board Alegria, one of HippoTrip’s brightly painted amphibious vehicles, about to tour the city of Lisbon. The HippoTrip experience I was curious about this novel Lisbon tour, which combines a commentated driveRead More →

For my Lisbon cooking class the chef, Patrícia, gave me the choice between learning how to make a bacalhau (salted cod) dish or polvo à lagareiro (baked octopus). The decision was easy. Bacalhau may have been first choice for many Portuguese people but I’ve been in love with octopus ever since I movedRead More →

Azeitão cheese, fig jam and almond tart

When Célia Pedroso, co-author of Eat Portugal, invited me to join one of her Culinary Backstreets Lisbon food tours, I jumped at the chance. As well as being a well-established foodie, she knows the city intimately so who better to lead the way to Lisbon’s gastronomic highlights? Over the course of sixRead More →