Reviews: Monito – Compare Currency Transfer Services

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Transferwise, Currencyfair, PayPal, your bank…there are lots of different ways to exchange money into different currencies and, if you’re an expat living abroad, it might be something you’ll have to do quite often. In fact, many expats in Portugal do this on a monthly basis. These days, most people know that high street banks charge … Read more

Reviews: European Portuguese Master Course by Mia Esmeriz

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Mia Esmeriz is a Portuguese language teacher from Porto with a masters in teaching Portuguese to foreigners from Porto University. Her courses, which cover A1 to B2 European Portuguese, combines more than 10 years of teaching experience which she has picked up both as a Portuguese teacher and a language learner. Each course is taught through … Read more

The Pros & Cons of Living in the Algarve

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The Algarve is often cited as one of the best places in the world to live, particularly for retirees. It has fantastic weather (more than 300 days of sunshine), some of the best beaches in the world, and a thriving expat scene. But, like everywhere else in the world, for every pro of living in … Read more

A Guide to Living on the Algarve

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With more than 300 days of sunshine and it’s relatively low cost of living, the Algarve is one of the most popular expat destinations in Europe.  The Algarve is roughly 155 km in width, and the region stretches from the Atlantic on the West Coast to the Spanish-Portuguese border in the East. Within the Algarve, … Read more

What It’s like to live in Portimão, Algarve

Portimao Riverfront

Portimão isn’t as easy on the eye as Ferragudo, a small coastal town that’s located on the opposite side of the Arade estuary. While Ferragudo is made up of small white-washed little houses, some of them former fisherman’s cottages, Portimão’s landscape is dominated by large apartment blocks. It’s also 2 km from the nearest beach, … Read more

What it’s like to live in Silves, Algarve


As Algarve towns go, Silves is one of the most beautiful and most interesting. It’s home to Silves Castle (Castelo de Silves), one of the most popular historical attractions on the Algarve, as well as a few other smaller attractions like Silves Cathedral (Sé de Silves) and the Old Roman Bridge (Ponte Romana De Silves) … Read more

A Guide to Travelling in Portugal During Coronavirus Times

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So, you’re thinking about visiting Portugal this year and you’re wondering what it’ll be like? Will I be able to fly there? Will the restaurants be open? What about museums, bars, hotels, and cafés? Will I have to wear a mask? A lot of people have been messaging Portugalist with questions about coronavirus and travel … Read more

Pet-Friendly cabins & Options on the France & Spain ferries

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Every year, thousands of people travelling from the UK and Ireland to France and Spain by ferry, often on their way to Portugal. And, many of them decide to take their pets with them. Yes, pets (dogs, cats, and even ferrets) can travel on ferries. Some ferries have pet-friendly cabins, some have kennels, and others … Read more

Beginner’s Portuguese: Courses, Books, & Other Resources

Your ability to speak a language is normally measured as being at one of three stages: beginner, intermediate, or advanced. Beginner is the first step, so congratulations for taking the plunge. What will You learn at beginner’s level? The beginner’s level (A1 & A2 on the CEFR scale and Accesso and CIPLE on the Portuguese … Read more

Where to Find Portuguese Videos with Subtitles

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There are lots of ways to improve your Portuguese, but one of the most appealing ways is watching videos with subtitles. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to find videos with subtitles. That’s especially true of European Portuguese – Brazilian Portuguese is slightly easier. That’s all about to change (hopefully) thanks to some of the … Read more