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
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
Jonathan and I just spent a lovely three days exploring the city of Porto (also known as Oporto in English) in northern Portugal before heading back from Porto via Aveiro to our home on the Silver Coast. Porto is a great place to explore on foot, but there are hills,...read more
One of the best bits about travelling for Jonathan and me is sampling the local dishes in the places we visit. On our recent visit to Oporto in the north of Portugal, we were recommended to try the local speciality of the area, the ‘Francesinha.’ We had tried it...read more
Aveiro The town of Aveiro is often described by guidebooks as the Venice of Portugal. If you visit Aveiro expecting Venice, then you will probably be disappointed. So adjust your expectations and look forward to experiencing a charming, relaxed city with its three...read more
Whenever we are home, we always like to meet up with the locals and foreigners who live on the Silver Coast in Portugal, on one of their weekly walks. So Wednesday morning arrived, we dressed in our walking gear and set off to meet the group at 10:30 am. I was...read more
When we mentioned to a friend what a lovely time we had had in Évora, she responded, ‘Why does everyone always visit Évora? There is so much more to see in the Alentejo region.’ ‘Well, you’ve lived here longer than us, where would you recommend?’ And that’s how we...read more
Areia Branca, the normally sleepy beach town on the Silver Coast of Portugal offers white sand and good restaurants from which to watch the action.read more
Our Gibraltar cat sit had come to an end, and it was time to start the journey back home. After four hours of boring motorways, and heavy traffic as we passed Seville, we decided to break the journey and overnight in the village of Alte, in Portugal's Algarve. See...read more
Things to do in Evora, Portugal It’s our second visit to Évora, a beautiful town located in the heart of the Alentejo region in Portugal. We are actually on our way to Gibraltar to housesit for a cat. According to Google maps, Gibraltar is only a seven and a half hour...read more
Where is Terceira Island? Terceira (AKA “The Lilac Island') is part of the Azores archipelago which is located in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean about 1,000 miles west of Lisbon and 2,500 miles southeast of New York. It’s one of the larger islands with a land...read more
About Tomar, Portugal The charming small town of Tomar, Portugal, famous for its Knights Templar past, Tomar Castle and the Convento de Cristo, is located in Central Portugal, just 90 minutes northeast of Lisbon or two hours southeast of Oporto. It was founded in the...read more