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
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
Batalha Monastery Where is Batalha Monastery Batalha Monastery, an impressive example of gothic architecture 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...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...read more
Image of the Medieval Castle Walls Obidos, Portugal 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...read more
Queluz National Palace (Palacio de Queluz) 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...read more
Architecture of Porto, Portugal Jonathan and I just spent a lovely three days on a Porto city break in northern Portugal before heading back from Porto via Aveiro to our home on the Silver Coast. Porto (also known as Oporto in English) is a great place to explore on...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 Boats in the Waterways of Aveiro, Portugal 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...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
Drone View of Castelo de Vide, Portugal 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...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