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
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 exclaimed. (We don’t get out much, lol!) ...read more
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 hopeless at it. I have a memory like a sieve. And I frequently but...read more
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 Saint Martin’s Day or the Feast of Saint...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
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 close, you can clearly see the rock formations and...read more
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 Liberdade. This will take you by many of the major sights...read more
The Best Ways To Get Around Lisbon The best way to explore Lisbon’s different neighbourhoods is on foot. But with those hilly streets in Lisbon and the fact that it’s quite a distance between the central districts and the famous sites in Belem, it’s worth knowing how...read more
Where is Batalha Monastery The rather impressive Batalha Monastery is located in the small town of Batalha in the Leira District in Central Portugal. It’s one of Portugal’s most important Gothic sites and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. A Brief...read more
Lisbon Day Trip Do you want to visit as much as possible of Lisbon in one day? We’ve partnered with our friends at Expedia-AARP.com to bring you a packed one-day itinerary to help you see the most important sites in Lisbon. I warn you now, it’s going to be a full day...read more
Obidos is a lovely old castle town just an hour from Lisbon so perfect for a day trip. There are many things to do in Obidos and tour agencies in Lisbon organise day trips, but it's actually a really easy trip to do independently. Details about how to get to Obidos...read more
The National Palace of Queluz is beautiful and well worth a visit. Located about 16 kilometres from all the popular palace sites of Sintra but close to Lisbon, it is often overlooked by many visitors to Portugal. If you want to explore a gorgeous Baroque palace...read more