Living in Portugal Travel Blog
Living in Portugal
Portugal is a country favored with a rich culture, superb white sand beaches, rugged coastlines, architecturally-stunning cities, a cosmopolitan population and temperate weather. Add in great food, lots of wine, and affordable prices, and it makes for a great place to live as well as an excellent holiday spot. Given its location on the western tip of the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal isn’t as centrally-located as other European countries meaning fewer crowds and a feeling of nature and open spaces. Even though we live in Portugal, we never tire of the diverse scenery, the rich history dating back over 400,000 years or the depth and vibrancy of the culture.
When we began living on the Silver Coast of Portugal in 2017, we had little idea about what it would be like to live here as expats, what the cost of living in Portugal would actually be, or the things we would see as we traveled around the country. We did a little research before we arrived from Southeast Asia, but most of what we have learned comes from travelling around Portugal and with first-hand experience.
We want to make this subsection of LifePart2.com the best Portugal travel blog and, as we travel slowly explore and get more information, we will share it with you here. Portugal is so much more than Lisbon, Porto or the Algarve and, although we do travel to those areas, our favorites are small, undiscovered, places that foreign tourism hasn’t discovered yet.
Portugal Travel Blog
Stumped reading Portuguese menus? Don’t know much about the food in Portugal? Take a look and find out what typical Portuguese foods are!read more
Cost of Housing in Portugal Our Home In Portugal Naturally, housing is a major factor in the cost of living in Portugal. We are retired and live in a four-bedroom house near the sea on Portugal’s Silver Coast, just a one-hour drive north of Lisbon. For us, having...read more
Tavira, Portugal was by far our favourite town in the Algarve. We had taken a five-day road trip through the Algarve from Sagres to Tavira. Have to say, the coastal scenery along the way in the Algarve is spectacular, as were some of the inland villages and towns we...read more
I love having a go at learning new languages. Unfortunately for me, however much I try, I’m never going to be a polyglot. I’ve always wanted to be like my Dutch friend who effortlessly switches between Dutch, English, French, German and Cantonese as if being fluent in...read more
We Got To See The Wolves Up Close I love seeing animals in the wild, and if I can’t see them in the wild, then a sanctuary is the next best thing. When I discovered that the Iberian Wolf Sanctuary was less than an hour’s drive from our home on Portugal’s Silver Coast,...read more
Huge 18th Century Lisbon Aqueduct No idea why, but Jonathan and I both seem to be fascinated by aqueducts. So, we were really excited the first time we drove into the heart of Lisbon and passed under a huge aqueduct. ‘Wow, didn’t expect to see that,” we both...read more
Lisbon’s Pink Street on Rua Nova do Carvalho Near Lusa Language School I love learning new languages which is great as I also love living in different countries around the world where English is not the first language. However, I’ll be the first to admit I’m utterly...read more
Rider in Traditional Portuguese Riding Attire The Golegã National Horse Fair (Feira Nacional do Cavalo) is Portugal’s most important and prestigious horse event. The Horse Fair is an annual event that takes places over a ten-day period in November and always includes...read more
On our way home from our trip on the Canal du Midi, we decided to stop for lunch in the charming old city of Viseu, Portugal. We had heard Viseu was a pretty cool place to visit and after driving for a while, it was nice to have a break from the monotony of motorway...read more
The popular fishing and surfing town of Nazare on Portugal’s Silver Coast is divided into three main districts. There’s the Praia (beach), Pederneira and Sítio. During the summer months, the wide sandy beach and narrow streets of Praia are jam-packed with tourists. To...read more
Bridge to São João Baptista Fort on Berlenga Grande The Berlengas Islands! Now You See Them, Now You Don’t! On a clear day, we can see the Berlengas archipelago from our bedroom window in our home on the Silver Coast in Central Portugal. Sometimes the islands look so...read more
Tree Lined Path Along Avenida da Liberdade in Lisbon There are so many sights to see in Lisbon, and though it's tempting to try and see everything in one day, we normally prefer a more gentle pace. Try the following walking itinerary starting along the Avenida da...read more