This is a personal travel blog, where I share our memories and photographs of our Portuguese adventures. Originally aimed at my fellow travellers and bloggers, I now also hope that visitors in or planning a trip to Portugal find my articles inspiring.

Discovering Portugal – My husband and I first discovered the wonderful Portuguese approach to food and life in 2004 on Madeira. After many Madeirian holidays, we decided in 2013 it was about time we discovered mainland Portugal and our journey began in Olhão in the Algarve. 

Olhão is a great location from which to explore the rest of the Algarve and southern Alentejo, and going further afield is not difficult as there is a railway station in the town and the airport is a 20minute drive away. So far we’ve explored Aveiro, Lisboa and Porto. By the way if you are wondering how to pronounce Olhão check out this!

We love hiking and are also keen birders so you’ll notice many of my posts are focused on Portugal’s natural beauty. We also though love Portuguese food, and enjoy discovering its art, architecture, history and amazing festivals so you’ll find posts on all of this too!

Mime at the carnival

Finding Out More – For more information on places to stay in Portugal, public transport and other great blogs visit my useful links page. If you love my photography then you may also like my personal blog The Life of B.  If you have any questions or just want to say hello I’d be delighted to hear from you via the form below. Before you contact me please read this;

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  1. We, too, discovered Portugal during a month-long stay in Madeira on our round-the-world trip in 2013-2014. We followed with a month in Porto, and now just finished 2 months in the south. What a wonderful country! Lucky you to have discovered it long ago with time for repeat visits!

  2. You lucky ones living in Portugal! We love Portugal and we have visited there few times (Lisbon, Praia da Rocha, Sintra, Estoril, Azores and Madeira). That is why we learnt us Portuguese.

    1. Hi my apologies that I missed your comment back in February, for some reason wordpress never told me it had arrived 🙁
      Very envious that you have been to the Azores, would love to go one of these years. Any tips?

  3. Portugal was my destination of choice this winter – and specifically the Algarve, but sadly it’s not going to happen as planned since other commitments have gotten in the way. Hopefully next year! I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about this beautiful country.

    1. oh so sorry you are not going to make it this Winter, but fingers crossed you do next year. It is as wonderful as you have heard, especially if you have the time to explore off the beaten ‘Tourist’ tracks.

    1. Thank you so so much, and my apologies for the delay in replying. Somehow your lovely comment ended up in pending and I only spotted it today. Wonderful one to find though 🙂

    1. Apologies it has taken me 6 months to find your comment, I have no idea why! So glad to meet you especially as you love Portugal as much as we do. Where do you go mostly?

    1. oh I’m very envious of your friend I’ve not been to Madeira for a few years now . . . . I’m from and am in England when not in Portugal 🙂

  4. Hi Becky, like you we ‘found’ mainland Portugal after lots of trips to Madeira. After much prevarication, we are finally biting the bullet and spending three months in Albufeira this winter. My partner will be working remotely Monday to Friday and we’ll be exploring at weekends. Despite walking the Via Algarviana and returning to walk several link routes and the alternative finish (west coast via Aljezur) we’ve not yet had the opportunity to visit Olhao. Your blog will definitely help us determine the nicest places to explore. Keep up the good work. Tracy

    1. Hi Tracy I am so so sorry for my tardy reply. For some reason I have only just been alerted to your comment?! Hope you enjoyed your three months in the Algarve, how was Albufeira? Did you manage any more walks? Hope the book is selling well.

  5. In the 1960s my family shared a house in the Algarve, in Lagos. We went there many times over a 10 year period and your blog is bringing back wonderful memories and making me delightfully nostalgic – I might just have to go there again – soon!

    1. oh I’m so pleased. I think you will find Lagos and the surrounding area has changed quite a bit over the intervening years but if you do return then take time to go east or inland and much may feel unchanged.

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