About me

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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.

Our base – Our Portuguese sojourns tend to be in the winter, and so our base is in the south – 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.

Our interests – 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 love Portuguese food, and enjoy discovering its art, architecture and history so my posts as you can see via the ‘menu’ on the right cover a little bit of everything. Go on explore!

Finding Out More – For more information on places to stay, public transport and great blogs 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!


  1. I maintain this blog because I love sharing our Portuguese adventures with my fellow travellers, bloggers and visitors to Portugal. I also have to do something with all the photographs I take!  As much as I love writing and photography though I do not write original articles or share my photographs for money making websites for free. So please do not contact me for original writing or use my photographs unless you are prepared to pay for my research, time and creativity. Many thanks.
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PS I also keep another blog for photo challenges and random things, it is called The Life of B.  

44 thoughts on “About me

  1. 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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    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?


  2. 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.

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    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 🙂

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    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 🙂


  3. 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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    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.



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