Furnishing Your Home: Where to Buy Furniture in Portugal

A simple minimalist room with a teal cushioned chair on the left, a wooden sideboard with open and closed compartments holding a decorative vase and a small sculpture in the middle, and a large, colorful Greek-style vase on the right against a white wall.

Anyone living in Portugal, whether they’re renting or have bought a house, will have to buy furniture at some point or another. Maybe you need to furnish an entire apartment or house, or maybe you just need one or two small things. Either way, the question is: where should you go to buy furniture in … Read more

How to Stay Warm in Portuguese Houses During Winter

Parts of Portugal like the Algarve, the Alentejo, and Lisbon are blessed with some of the mildest winters that Europe has to offer. Outside, that is. Inside a Portuguese house is another story altogether.  Old Portuguese houses and apartments are typically poorly insulated and almost never have central heating of any kind, although some may have … Read more

Dealing with Noisy Houses & Apartments in Portugal

Apartments and houses in Portugal lack insulation. This means that not only can they be absolutely freezing during the winter months, but noise travels between apartments very easily as well. And while there are things you can do to stay warm in Portuguese apartments, it’s very hard to solve noise problems. For many people, this … Read more

How to Stay Cool in Portugal – Without Air Con

Summers in Portugal are great, but with temperatures that often top 40 °C in places, they are also incredibly hot – especially if you don’t have air conditioning. You can get a portable AC unit for a few hundred Euros, which aren’t usually as good as the inbuilt units but definitely help. However, running these … Read more

How to Deal with Black Mould in Portuguese Homes

One of the downsides of living in Portugal during winter is that properties can be cold and damp and these conditions often lead to mould, particularly black mould. This usually forms on the walls and ceilings, but it can also form in and behind bookcases or the bed, which is why you need to regularly … Read more

Where to Buy Electronics & Appliances in Portugal

If you’re planning on moving to Portugal, you may be wondering where you buy electronics and appliances and what the cost is likely to be. For those coming from the UK or US, the cost may be more than you’re used to paying, but due to the cost of shipping, the challenges of getting your … Read more