Portugal Archives

Portugal Archives and Blog Posts

Say Olá to Portugal!

Portugal is one of our favorite countries in Europe…and it’s not even on most people’s travel radar yet!

Ultra affordable by Western European standards, Portugal has fewer crowds than its next door neighbor (Spain), and just as many beautiful places to visit.

The Algarve in the south is a package vacation hotspot for UK tourists and northern Europeans, but there are still many authentic and interesting towns. Central Portugal is the country’s wine and agricultural heartland, full of sweeping green, ancient Roman ruins, and beautiful towns. Head north, and you’ll find a unique character and culture to the places and people.


Posts About Portugal

  • Where to Stay in Lisbon — Find the best area to stay in Lisbon, no matter your travel style. We’ve enlisted the help of an expat in Portugal to outline Lisbon’s best neighborhoods to stay in.
  • If you need some help deciding Where to Go in Portugal, we’ve outlined 23 beautiful places we think you should consider.
  • Obidos, Portugal, is a lovely little town that makes a perfect day trip from Lisbon or Coimbra. Check out this post about Our Day Trip to Obidos!
  • Castro Marim and Vila Real Santo Antonio are two other interesting spots in the Algarve, with Vila Real showcasing the Pombaline-style urban architecture that has saved Portugal from destruction in many earthquakes, and Castro Marim offering beautiful views.
Alfama Lisbon and Mouraria Lisbon district guide

Alfama Lisbon (and Mouraria): An Insider’s Guide to Old Town Lisbon

Alfama Lisbon and Mouraria neighborhood guide. Insider tips to make the most of your time in Old Town Lisbon popular, including where to eat, drink, stay and shop. Disclosure: This Mouraria and Alfama Lisbon district guide contains affiliate links. That means we may earn a small commission when you use the links on this site to book

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Bairro Alto Lisbon neighborhood guide

Insider’s Guide to Bairro Alto Lisbon

Bairro Alto Lisbon neighborhood guide. Insider tips to make the most of your time in this popular area including where to eat, drink, stay and shop. Disclosure: This Bairro Alto Lisbon district guide contains affiliate links. That means we may earn a small commission when you use the links on this site to book a hotel, buy

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Detailed neighborhood guide for Baixa Chiado Lisbon

Insider’s Guide to Baixa and Chiado Lisbon

Baixa-Chiado District Guide: Baixa Lisbon and Chiado Lisbon are some of the most visited areas of the city, and make a great introduction to Lisbon. Get to know Baixa and Chiado with this insider’s guide to these two central Lisbon neighborhoods.   Disclosure: This Lisbon Baixa / Chiado district guide contains affiliate links. That means

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things to do in evora portugal

The Best Things to Do in Evora Portugal

What to See in Evora, Portugal, and how to spend 2 or 3 days in Evora. If you’re planning a trip to Portugal’s Alentejo region, check out our recommendations for the best things to do in Evora Portugal, including where to stay, what to eat and the best Evora things to do on your trip!

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Where to Stay in Braga, Portugal: Collector’s Hostel

  After a month staying in a teensy tiny Portuguese village of Arrouquelas, by the beginning of July, we were ready for some urban therapy. Having already visited Lisbon and Porto on a previous trip (and re-visiting Porto before our trip to Braga), we wanted to go somewhere we’d never been before in Portugal, and landed

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the best places to visit in Portugal

23 Beautiful Places to Visit in Portugal

23 beautiful places to visit in Portugal, including the best places to visit in the north, central and south part of Portugal! Disclosure: This Portugal travel guide contains affiliate links. That means we may earn a small commission when you use the links on this site to book a hotel, buy your travel insurance, shop for travel essentials, etc..

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Obidos Portugal

40 Photos of Obidos Portugal

Looking down at the sheer drop to my right, my stomach falls and my step wavers ever so slightly. Up ahead, the wall widens, and I can see the stairs leading down to the town just beyond.  As I put one foot in front of the other, pushing past the treetops that scratch my ankles,

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Tattva Design Hostel Review

Tattva Design Hostel: Porto Hostel Review

  **2019 Update – Tattva is now called Cats Porto!   When we quit our jobs to travel back in 2013, our first stop was Portugal. After a few jet-lagged days in Lisbon, we took the train to Porto, a smallish city in the north that’s famous for Port wine, beautiful architecture, and a lovely

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Fado Music: The Spirit of Lisbon

The struggle for freedom and a deep underlying sadness make up the soul of Lisbon and it’s expressed through the hauntingly beautiful but sorrowful music of Fado.  Art is definitely an expression of the times and the impact it has on the people, an impact which may not be fully realized until decades later.  Whether

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Sagres, Portugal: Fort at the End of the World

Happy Valentine’s Day! We don’t really celebrate Valentine’s — it’s just not our thang — but I am excited to say I contributed something to the Travel Underwriter’s blog to mark the occasion. The post highlights some of the buildings and monuments inspired by love around the world; I tried to include something for everyone, so you’re

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Groceries and Beer

It’s funny the things that seem surprising when you’re staying in a foreign country, especially those countries where you have to carry out everyday chores, like banking or groceries.  In both Denmark and Japan, I had a cartoon character on my ATM card. Maybe it’s just me, but Felix the Cat doesn’t seem to be

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Another Day, Another Castle (Beja and Mértola, Portugal)

As our restlessness to get moving grows, we seem to be trying to compensate with road trips. We’ve got a week-and-a-half before we’re out of here — the plan as of today is to head straight up to Lisbon for a little urban therapy before going to Seville — and I’m determined to see everything

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Castles in the Algarve

Silves, Portugal

The day before yesterday we were feeling antsy, and so decided to take a trip to the town of Silves. Silves is most well-known because of its castle, which is one of the best preserved and most interesting castles in the Algarve region of Portugal. We decided to take the toll road, because we were

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Tavira, Portugal

When we woke up this morning, we realized we had a weather window of several hours before the rain we’ve been experiencing for what feels like weeks came back in full force. It was a nice temperature, with a moody, overcast sky, but we figured today was as good as any to drive about 30

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The Town of Alte, Portugal

Last Saturday, we decided to take advantage of a streak of nice weather: sunny, cloudless skies, light wind, and warm(ish). We drove northwest from Loulé to the tiny town of Alte, Portugal, which is known as being one of the prettiest villages in the Algarve, and pretty typical of Algarvian towns and villages. One of

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Portugal’s Pretty Details – Azulejos and Others

As noted, I’m working on writing about things as they happen, which is likely much easier than trying to recall several weeks later what I thought of a place. Novel, I know. One of the things that has struck me about Portugal is just how decorative it is. Not necessarily the people, or the landscape, which

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Albufeira, Portugal

We awoke to a beautiful day in the Algarve, and decided to drive to Albufeira, one of Southern Portugal’s resort towns…   One of the things I can’t get over about our life in the house we’re sitting is how quiet it is. Most mornings, I wake to the sound of a fleeting nothingness, broken

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