Never Take Portuguese Weather for Granted!

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Just time for a quick post today; I’m currently on a plane on the way to a business trip and have a spare few minutes.

Last night I was chatting to another expat in Portugal who will soon be moving back to the UK.

We are largely happy with our own decision, so I said little that would discourage her. However, I did point out something I never knew until we decided to move back to England: After a couple of years, you start to really take the Portuguese weather for granted.

As it’s so sunny and warm almost all the time, you become fussy. Things we said while we lived in Portugal included “oh, it might look nice but it’s really blowy,” “I can’t be bothered to go down to the pool until the water is warmer,” and “oooh, it’s not as warm as it was last week.”

May weather in London - not all that
May weather in London – not all that

I take ALL of this back, because we’ve just had our second UK bank holiday weekend featuring thoroughly miserable weather. There was a small period of sunshine on the Monday morning, and I popped upstairs for a shower and missed it!

As such, I’m thankful that the destination of the flight I’m sitting on is Budapest, where the weather forecast predicts temperatures nudging the 30s. I’m going to make the best of my few days there, because I may not see such temperatures again until I visit Portugal!

So, if you’re moving to Portugal, holidaying there, or living there currently, please don’t take the weather for granted. We did, and it’s probably our biggest regret now we’re back.

One last thing: I’ve recently been doing some writing about my favourite places for a new Portugal Holidays site. You may wish to check out this article about our favourite seascape, or this article about one of our favourite (and sadly missed) fish restaurants.

If you’re still hungry for reading matter after that, why not check out our book!

Moving to Portugal: How a young couple started a new life in the sun – and how you could do the same

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Moving to Portugal: How a young couple started a new life in the sun – and how you could do the same

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  1. Hi Ben,

    You may not recall, I won a copy of Moving to Portugal a couple of years ago (which we have in our library) I have enjoyed your updates on movingtoportugal. Congrats on the little one.

    If you and the family are interested in a future family vacation to a different Portuguese destination, my family owns a rental property on Pico Island in the Azores.

    I will be taking my family this summer on their first european holiday there. I have not been to the Azores in over 2 decades, so I’m expecting a lot has changed.

    Here is the Facebook page for information regarding the rental property:

    If you have any advice as to popular websites good people such as yourselves visit to search for vacation properties to rent, I would be interested. Possibly negotiate a reduced rental rate for consulting and publishing a review if that may be of interest to you down the road 🙂

    Wish you and the family all the best back in the UK. Looking forward to future posts.

    Steve Serpa

  2. Hi Steve,

    I’d love to visit the Azores, and I believe there are now some new flights there from the UK. Do let us know how your holiday goes!

    Best wishes,


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