Interview: From Berlin to Porto – David McNeill of Expat Empire

David McNeill is the owner of Expat Empire, a website that helps you in the process of moving abroad and which he runs from Porto. But although he’s based in Portugal now, this wasn’t where he initially thought he’d end up.  James: Tell me a little bit about yourself and how you ended up in … Read more

Did J.K. Rowling Write Harry Potter in Porto?

I spent a lot of time in Edinburgh, a place that’s so closely linked with the creation of Harry Potter that it’s part of the fabric. Everyone in the city knows that a young single mum named Joanne Rowling used to spend her days writing in what is now the Elephant House café. Well, actually, some … Read more

Food Tours & Other Foodie Experiences in Porto

Porto is home to some of the best food in Portugal and if you’re a serious foodie, you’ll want to sample as many of its culinary creations before you leave. There’s so much to try! There’s the francesinha, the Porto bifana, the eclair, and Porto’s traditional dish: tripe (this isn’t for everyone!).  What’s the best … Read more

8 Hotels Nearest to Porto Airport

Although Porto’s metro system connects with Porto City Centre, sometimes it’s just easier to book an airport hotel—especially if you’re departing early or arriving late. There are several hotels near Porto Airport and many of these are within walking distance of the terminal, so there’s no need for an airport shuttle or taxi (although you … Read more

São João Festival, Porto: How to Celebrate Like A True Tripeiro

Today we’re jetting off to the festive streets of Porto, Portugal’s second largest city, for an immersive journey through the vibrant São João Festival. This is not your ordinary travel guide, as we’re going to uncover the hidden gems of this annual extravaganza and help you celebrate it like a true Tripeiro (a nickname for … Read more

Anthony Bourdain Visits Porto in “Parts Unknown”

The late Anthony Bourdain returned to Porto as part of his “Parts Unknown” TV series, and I’ve been meaning to write about it for quite some time. Although this episode was released in 2017, it feels like much older episode than the 2012 “No Reservations” episode about Lisbon. The lighting, the camera work, and that … Read more

Lisbon VS Porto: Where Should Expats Choose to Live?

If you’re looking to live in a large Portuguese city, there are really only two options, Lisbon and Porto. Both cities offer a unique blend of tradition and modernity but come with their own distinct characteristics. So which should you pick? Lisbon, the larger of the two, is the political, economic, and cultural centre of … Read more

Finding Medium & Long Term Accommodation in Porto

Portugal’s second city, Porto, is quickly growing as popular as its first. More and more people are moving to Porto for work, university, as digital nomads, or to join Porto’s growing startup scene. Finding accommodation in any city can be challenging, and Porto is no different. It’s a little easier than Lisbon, which is facing … Read more

How to to Learn Portuguese in Porto

For many, the allure of learning a language is not just about the words and grammar, but the culture and experiences that come with it. And Porto, with its rich history and vibrant local life, offers a unique blend of traditional and contemporary Portuguese culture. As you wander through the narrow alleys, you’ll hear the … Read more

The Gay Travel Guide to Porto

Although most people head to Portugal’s capital city, Lisbon, Porto is equally deserving of your time. It’s incredibly quaint and picturesque, it inspired Harry Potter, and it’s where Portugal’s delicious dessert wine, Port, is made. You might not be a fan of Port wine just yet, but don’t worry: you’ll get to try a lot … Read more