About me

First a bit of history about this blog – 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. Looking for Winter sunshine, nature on the doorstep and good public transport which was also away from the main tourist areas led us to the east Algarve. After a few repeat visits I realised that I was taking so many photographs of this beautiful region that I could never fit them all in a photobook and as I did not want to stop taking photographs, I decided the only solution was to have a Portuguese blog!

Our Portuguese base – To date our Portuguese sojourns have all been in the winter, and so our base is in the south – Olhão in the Algarve. There are wonderful restaurants in the town, it probably has the best fish market around and there is excellent bird watching just a few minutes walk from the centre.

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. Consequently we do go further afield and have so far explored Aveiro, Lisboa and Porto.

Finding Out More – If you like my photographs then I also keep another blog for photo challenges and random things, it is called The Life of B.  And if you are have got this far on this page then you are probably here because you are planning to shortly visit or are already in the Algarve. Congratulations on making a brilliant decision! Now you’ll probably want more information on places to stay, public transport and great blogs if so then I recommend you now visit my useful links page.

If you have any questions or just want to say hello simply fill out the form below, and if you are wondering how to pronounce Olhão check out this!

 

44 comments on “About me

  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!

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  2. Portugal has long been on my wish list. I’m looking forward to learning more about it here.

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  3. 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.

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    • 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?

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  4. 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.

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  5. Wonderful – a great blog.. c

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  6. I love Portugal, have been several times and each time I live it more!

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    • 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?

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  7. I love Portugal, so I’m happy to find you here. Where are you from originally? I have a friend who will be visiting Madeira on Monday for a week. 🙂

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    • 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 🙂

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  8. thewalkerswife

    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

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    • 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.

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  9. Hi BeckyB, thanks for stopping by my blog! If you are ever up in the Western Algarve pleae contact me and perhaps we can meet up for a coffee 🙂

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  10. 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!

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