Is Portugal a Safe Country?

Is Portugal a Safe Country

I’ve been based in Lisbon for almost 12 months now and I am absolutely loving it. A lot of the time I’m here alone, and so many people ask me ‘is Portugal a safe country?’ I can comment from personal experience that I have always felt very safe in Portugal. I haven’t yet experienced any … Read more

Driving in Portugal

Driving in Portugal

So, you are thinking of either moving to Portugal or just going to visit and explore the beautiful country. While Portugal has vast public transportation, some may prefer to bring their own vehicle or rent one there. Before you jump behind the wheel here are some things to take note of when you are driving … Read more

Tipping in Portugal

Tipping in Portugal

I often get asked by tourists and expats whether tipping in Portugal is normal or even necessary. Many Brits and Americans are used to a tipping culture. Although tipping in Portugal is not as highly ingrained in Portuguese culture as it is in the USA, there are some situations such as outstanding restaurant service where … Read more

Douro Valley Wine tour from Porto

Douro Valley Wine tour from Porto

Yesterday I went on a Douro Valley wine tour from Porto. It’s something that I didn’t have time to do last time I was in Porto. I did visit one or two of the Port houses in Porto (on the other side of the river in Gaia), and I wanted to see and learn about … Read more

Coimbra to Porto

Coimbra to Porto

It’s very easy to get from Coimbra to Porto on public transport. There are three main ways that you can get from Coimbra to Porto – train, bus or private taxi. I took the train from Coimbra To Porto and it was really easy. Let me talk you through all the options and how to … Read more

How to Book Portugal Train Tickets

How to Book Portugal Train Tickets

I totally love travelling by train in Portugal. It is comfortable and fast. The Portuguese trains are very clean and comfortable. Because Portugal is a relatively small and accessible country there are trains to most Portuguese destinations. You can find a lot of third part apps or booking websites (such as omio.com) that advertise Portugal … Read more

Moving to Portugal from USA Destinations

Moving to Portugal from USA

Increasing numbers of people are moving to Portugal from USA. In 2019, before the pandemic, more than 60,000 people relocated to Portugal and 11% percent of them were Americans. It’s not hard to see why. There’s the great climate, beaches, cheap wine and beer and the thriving international community. In Lisbon, it has a buzzing … Read more

Faro to Porto by Train

Faro to Porto by Train

A long weekend in Porto is well-worth the journey up to the North of the country and there are generally around five trains a day making the journey up the Atlantic coastline to Portugal’s second largest city. For your return trip to Faro, you’ve got 8 trains a day to choose from. Faro to Porto … Read more

Best Banks in Portugal

Best Banks in Portugal

If you are moving to Portugal or even just buying a property in Portugal then you will want to open a bank account. We’ve rounded up the best banks in Portugal for you here today and highlighted the best things about each one. ActivoBank My preferred option was ActivoBank because they are mainly an app … Read more