About Portugalist

Portugalist is the web’s leading guide to travel in Portugal and moving here as well.

The site was started by James Cave in 2016 after he became frustrated with the lack of good quality information about Portugal that he could find online – everything was either top-level or worse out-of-date or inaccurate. Many of the article were even written by freelance writers who had never been to the places that they were writing about (unfortunately, this still happens a lot!).

Since launching, Portugalist has been referenced in countless international publications like Forbes, Skyscanner, and The Culture Trip, and the site now attracts millions of visitors every year.


James Cave

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Graduating kindergarten in Penafiel in the North of Portugal

I’ve spent a lot of time in Portugal. As a child, I spent several years living in the North of Portugal and I’ve since spent time living in Lisbon and in the Algarve. I’ve also travelled extensively throughout the country, and visited Portuguese communities around the world (like Little Portugal in London and the Kudeejeen neighbourhood in Bangkok).

I travel a lot myself as well. I’ve been very lucky in that I’ve been able to travel throughout Europe, North America, and Asia, and also to live in parts of the world like Germany, Spain, Ireland, the UK, France, and South Africa. Yet, despite having been to so many places, Portugal always manages to draw me back.

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