European Car Insurance Cover for UK Registered Cars

This is part of a series of posts on driving in Portugal. Other posts in this series discuss buying a left hand drive car in the UK and long-term European breakdown cover for UK Reg cars. This post discusses British car insurance companies that will cover you for a long term stay in Europe. UK reg cars can only be … Read more

Buying a Left Hand Drive Car in the United Kingdom

This post is part of a series on importing a car into Portugal. This post covers the actual buying of the car in the UK. Other posts in this series discuss importing a car into Portugal, UK car insurance companies that offer long-term European cover, and breakdown cover for long-term European stays. Both new and second hands … Read more

REVIEW: 300 Days of Sun


Mystery, intrigue, and a touch of saudade. 300 Days of Sun, the new novel by British author Deborah Lawrenson, is an absolutely unputdownable story set in Portugal. A tale of two expats “You got so used to being saturated by light in this country that overcast skies seemed weighty and depressing.” – Deborah Lawrenson The novel follows the … Read more

The Algarve for Digital Nomads

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The Algarve could be the perfect digital nomad hotspot. A coffee (bica) can be as cheap as €0.50 and a beer often costs €1 or less. There’s miles of beautiful coastline and it’s usually very easy to find a café with wifi as well.  Then there’s the surfing. The Algarve, particularly the West Coast, is … Read more

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

Christmas in Lisbon

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