Portugal Packing List: 18 Essential Things to Bring to Portugal

So, you’re going to Portugal. Woohoo! Now, it’s time to get packing. From sunglasses to passports, there are a lot of things that you need to remember but hopefully this list will make remembering everything that little bit easier. Note: This list covers all of the physical things that you need to pack for your … Read more

Airbnb Alternatives for your trip to Portugal

Over the past few years, Airbnb has quickly grown to become one of the most popular travel websites in the world. During that time I’ve used it many times, both in Portugal and abroad. Recently, Airbnb has become extremely popular and sometimes the accommodation choices have felt a bit more limited than they should. When it comes to booking … Read more

6 Silves Restaurants You Have To Try

If you’re visiting Silves (or even better, staying there), visiting some of the local restaurants is a must. Situated inland and away from the tourism-focused coast, the restaurants in Silves don’t cater exclusively to foreigners. This means that the quality tends to be higher and the value for money even better. We’ve written about some of … Read more

Christmas Markets & Christmassy Attractions in Portugal

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Over the past few years, Christmas markets have begun popping up all over the world. Originally a German and Central European tradition, they can now be found in Stockholm, Sydney, and everywhere in between. In Portugal, the Christmas market trend has been slow to catch on. You’ll find a few very small Christmas markets in … Read more

Algarve in October: Events & Festivals, Holidays, & Weather Guide

October in Algarve

October is one of the best times of year for low-cost trips to the Algarve. The high season crowds have all gone home, but the sun is still shining and there’s plenty going on. Reasons to visit the Algarve in October Most of the bars and restaurants are still open, so there’s lots of nightlife. … Read more

House Sitting in Portugal – How to Live in Portugal For Free

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Portugal is a great country to spend some time in and house sitting is one way to do that cheaply.   House sitting involves looking after someone’s home while they’re away in exchange for rent-free accommodation. Your main responsibility as a house sitter is usually looking after the owner’s pets, although every house sit is different and some people … Read more

Could Lisbon be the Next Berlin?


Everyone wants to know where the ‘next Berlin’ will be, and Lisbon is often cited as one of the possibilities, along with places like Zagreb, Warsaw, Kraków, Detroit, Vienna, Tallinn, and Lima. There are probably plenty more. If you’re an affordable but liveable city, then you’ve got a good chance of getting mentioned at some … Read more

Is Nando’s Portuguese?

Nandos uses the Rooster of Barcelos as part of its logo and its menu is made up of dishes such as peri-peri chicken and pastéis de nata. But is it actually Portuguese? Nando’s is a popular restaurant chain worldwide, particularly in the United Kingdom where it has around 280 restaurants of the 1,000 or so restaurants it has … Read more

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