Renting long term accommodation in the Algarve

Finding long-term accommodation on the Algarve may seem confusing at first, but renting a property here is actually a fairly straight-forward process. (Note: we now also have guides to renting long term in Lisbon and Porto.) How long do you plan to stay? The biggest question you need to ask yourself is how long you … Read more

Meetups, Clubs, & Societies: How to make friends on the Algarve

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Meeting people and making new friends is never easy, but it’s an essential part of moving to a new place. Recently, there have been quite a few comments on Portugalist asking about expat meetup groups and how you go about meeting people on the Algarve. The following is a list of just a few of … Read more

Portuguese Subscription Boxes: Products from Portugal to Enjoy at Home


Once upon a time, there were wine clubs. You paid a subscription fee, and every month the wine club sent you a couple of different bottles of wine to drink. These days, there are subscription boxes. And, there are subscription boxes for just about everything — beauty products, beer, perfume, Japanese snacks, and fishing tackle. You name … Read more

Cost of Living in the Algarve: The Breakdown


The Algarve is a great place to live. More than 300 days of sunshine, beautiful beaches, and a laid-back culture making it a popular place to move to. The cost of living in the Algarve is also very affordable, particularly when it comes to food and drink. It’s possible for a couple to live in … Read more

Renting Long Term with Airbnb

Although most people use Airbnb to rent an apartment or spare room for a couple of days, it’s also possible to to rent apartments on a monthly basis through Airbnb. The rent is usually more expensive than if you were to rent privately (i.e. through Craigslist or its regional equivalent). However, if you need an apartment … Read more

Rescuing a Dog in the Algarve


I don’t have pets of my own. If I could I would, because I’m absolutely mad on animals. The problem is I’ve chosen a nomadic lifestyle for myself, and travelling with a big slobbery mutt might be a little bit hard. Usually I get my pet fix by house-sitting (we’ve put together some advice on house … Read more

IKEA Delivery in Portugal

IKEA has several stores across Portugal: One in Lisbon (Alfragide), one in Loures (about 18km from Lisbon), one in Braga, one in Matosinhos just outside of Porto, and one in Loulé near Faro. Online Shopping & Delivery While it’s possible to browse IKEA Portugal’s online catalogue online, it’s not possible to buy all of those products online. … Read more

How To Shop At Amazon from Portugal

Looking up Amazon on the iPad while in Portugal

Yes, you can shop at Amazon from Portugal. Simples! Well, almost. Amazon doesn’t have a warehouse in Portugal so you’ll have to shop at one of the Amazon stores in another country (for example Amazon UK, Spain, or Germany).  Now, the question is: which Amazon should you shop at? Which site offers the best prices, … Read more

Long Term European Breakdown Cover for UK Drivers

While many breakdown policies offer European cover, there’s usually a limit as to how long that cover is valid for. Standard breakdown cover policies don’t offer long-term European cover but most companies usually have a separate expat-friendly option. The AA – Offers a 364-day annual policy (which can now be bought online). Suitable for multiple trips to … Read more