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Lagoa Guide: 5+ Best Things to Do

Lagoa is a small, quiet, and relatively non-touristy town that’s situated 10 minutes inland from more popular beach resort towns like Carvoeiro and Ferragudo. While it may not boast the beachfront allure of nearby destinations, Lagoa compensates with a tranquil atmosphere, making it an ideal locale for those seeking respite from the tourist-heavy zones. Another … Read more

Living in Faro: Must-Knows Before Moving Here

Faro is a city worth considering if you’re thinking of moving to the Algarve. It’s the capital of the region (technically called Faro region rather than the Algarve), and also the largest city on the Algarve as well (although the population isn’t huge: around 65,000 people). That doesn’t mean you should expect high rises and … Read more

Living in Carvoeiro: Must-Knows Before Moving Here

Situated in the centre of the Algarve, Carvoeiro is a small but popular beachside town with whitewashed buildings and golden sandy cliffs. It has a small beach, Praia de Carvoeiro, which was voted European Best Beach in 2018, and is within easy driving distance of some of the best beaches on the Algarve including Praia … Read more

Alvor Guide: The Best Things to See & Do

Alvor, perched on Portugal’s Algarve coast, is a captivating blend of tradition and modernity. Once a sleepy fishing village, the town has gracefully evolved into a sought-after tourist destination, all the while retaining its authentic charm and laid-back vibe. With its narrow cobbled streets, white-washed buildings, and ancient Moorish architecture, Alvor’s historic heart exudes an … Read more

Living in Albufera: Must-Knows Before Moving Here

With plenty of cheap restaurants, souvenirs shops, and sunburnt tourists, Albufeira is a quintessential beach resort town. But that’s just one side of Albufeira. While you’ll find plenty of places serving kebabs and fish and chips, Albufeira is also home to some of the best Michelin Star restaurants on the Algarve. It’s also one of … Read more

An Expat’s Guide to Living in Portimão

Portimão attracts very few tourists, at least when compared to the nearby towns of Praia da Rocha, Alvor, and Lagos. The reason being is that Portimão isn’t as immediately appealing as some of the other towns on the Algarve, particularly the city centre. It also doesn’t have a beach within walking distance: the nearest beaches, … Read more

São Bartolomeu de Messines Guide: 3+ Things to Do

Messines, formally known as São Bartolomeu de Messines, is a town located in the interior of the Algarve region. Unlike the bustling coastal towns that the Algarve is famous for, Messines offers a quieter, more traditional experience. The town is emblematic of the region’s historical and cultural heritage, with its whitewashed buildings and winding streets … Read more

An Expat’s Guide to Living in Ferragudo

Once a quiet fishing village, the quaint little town of Ferragudo is characterised by fishermen’s cottages, whitewashed buildings, and narrow cobbled streets. It’s one of the prettiest towns on the Algarve and, although the town’s focus is now tourism rather than fishing, Ferragudo has been fairly unaffected by the worst parts of tourism: you won’t … Read more

10+ Things You Should Know About Living in Silves

Silves is a medium-sized town situated in the Central Algarve. The town is famous for its incredibly well-preserved Moorish Castle (Castelo de Silves), cathedral (Catedral de Silves), and its annual Medieval Festival (Feira Medieval de Silves). It’s somewhere that has become a popular place to move to, but before you do that, here are some … Read more