Category: happy holidays

Life in Portugal: An Algarve Mini Break

There are plenty of great things about living in Portugal, but we particularly love the ability to enjoy everything the Algarve has to offer in the off-season period.  There’s nowhere in the whole region that’s much more than an hour’s drive away, which allows us to enjoy last minute breaks when the weather is fine…

Living in Portugal: Our New Home

(Ben) Just as we approach our five-year anniversary of living in Portugal, we have finally completed the move to our new home. This weekend was hard work, and not helped by the fact that summer has decided to return to the Algarve. Please don’t get me wrong, because I’m certainly not complaining about the weather…

An Algarve Summer in Pictures – Part 1

(Ben) This summer, my brother in law has spent a few months in the Algarve. He’s recently caught the photography bug, and has been turning out plenty of beautiful pictures that put our washed-out iPhone efforts to shame. He’s also kindly agreed to let me share a selection of the photographs here. So today, I’m…

Summer in Portugal – why the Portuguese don’t sleep

Summer in Portugal is a wonderful time and particularly so in the Algarve. Entertainment offerings crank up during July until they reach fever pitch in August. For holidaymakers evenings can be spent enjoying relaxed meals sitting outside restaurants, followed by shopping, drinking or dancing for endless hours at a range of venues, local festivals and…

Algarve – East v. West

As with any area of Portugal, the Algarve has its own particular flavours, sights and sounds, which combine to give it a wonderfully distinct regional makeup. Yet numerous differences exist within the Algarve region itself. If you are looking to move to the Algarve, or just come here for a holiday, this post should help…

Expats in Portugal: 5 Tips for Summer

Expats in Portugal tend to have a love/hate relationship with the summer. While we look forward to the arrival of sunshine, atmosphere and things to do, we usually start to complain by mid-July when the roads get busy, restaurant service becomes shambolic, and timing a trip the supermarket badly can mean queuing like it’s Christmas…