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New Year, New Horizons – Portugal 2014

(Lou) Having lived in Portugal for over four years now, it’s fair to say that some aspects of daily life in our new country have become routine. Certain interactions that would have invoked serious anxiety (mixed with excitement, of course) when we first arrived are now carried out without a moment’s thought. 2014, though, is…

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…

Five Things you may not Know About Portugal

Even though we’ve now lived in Portugal for around four years, we still keep discovering new things, especially relating to customs and culture. As our recent blog survey revealed that people like hearing about cultural differences, so in today’s light-hearted (and affectionately intended) post, I’m going to discuss five quite random things that I’ve learned…

Holidays in Portugal – Aldeia da Pedralva

It’s sometimes hard to convince friends that just because we live in a holiday destination it doesn’t mean we are on holiday all the time (it’s Lou here, by the way). We still have to work, pay bills, go to the supermarket and complete all those household chores which are a part of daily life.…

Property in Portugal – Could it be the Right Time to Buy?

During our time living here we have seen first-hand that property in Portugal can be a tricky subject. The apartment block where we live has, like many developments across the Algarve, suffered from the economic crisis. Of the apartments on our road, only two or three are occupied fulltime. Others are owned as holiday rentals,…