PORTUGAL TRIP PLANNING
Welcome to the ultimate resource for planning the perfect trip to Portugal. If you’ve landed here it is likely you are in the process of booking travel in Portugal. It is also likely that the standard travel guide isn’t giving you the information you really want/need.
Do you want to discover and explore the real Portugal?
Are you looking for memorable experiences that are unique to Portugal?
Do you want to stay in family-run Quinta’s, small-scale vineyards and traditional fishing villages?
Do you want to eat delicious food with the locals?
Do you want to find incredible views and real beauty without the crowds?
Do you want to leave with unforgettable memories and an actual connection to Portugal?
The good news is this you can find all of these things right here, right now.
Portugal. A country I am incredibly proud (and lucky to be able) to call home. I have loved Portugal since my first trip in 2008. I moved to Lagos in 2016 and have spent 5 years living in the Algarve and Lisbon regions whilst exploring every corner of the country.
For a relatively small country Portugal has impressive depth to it. There are many layers to delve between and making my way through these has been my personal mission since I arrived. On the surface Portugal is a beautiful and endearing country and it is easy to see why many people choose to vacation here….
The sun shines most of the year (especially in the south), the beaches are gorgeous and plentiful, the castles are magical, the beer is cheap, the wine is world class and it is home to two cities that regularly it at the top of traveler’s wish lists -Lisbon and Porto.
From the get-go Portugal is an appealing place to be.
But that isn’t all you should know about Portugal. Portugal is the oldest country in Europe. It has a rich, vibrant culture and if you endeavour to find this you’ll be rewarded with a whole new love for the country. Dive deeper still and you’ll find some of the kindest, most honest and welcoming people in the world. Family is important in Portugal, in fact it comes above everything else. This means families remain close and community spirit is alive and kicking across the country. Tradition still runs deep in many towns and villages and it is within these communities you will discover the real Portugal.
So which region do you want to experience first?
My home in Portugal for 4 years. The sunniest and hottest region boasts miles and miles of gorgeous beaches, a wild coastline, quaint tiny fishing villages and busting towns. Think Algarve is just a tourist hot-spot? Think again. Despite it’s ‘touristy’ reputation Algarve has a treasure chest of hidden gems to discover and it’s sun-soaked natural beauty is unique to the region. Take the back roads and you’ll be able to soak up the spirit of traditional Algarve.
Portugal’s capital is able to combine the buzz of city living, local charm and architectural beauty effortlessly. Lisbon has become a world renowned paradise for digital nomads turning the city into a melting pot of opportunity. However, Lisbon isn’t a new city by any means. It has an exciting and dramatic history and you can find traces of this woven through the city.
PORTO + DOURO VALLEY
Porto – a colourful and inviting city that sits proudly on the Douro river. Take that same winding river inland and you’ll find the oldest demarcated wine region in the world. Insanely beautiful scenery meets exciting wine experiences and some of Portugal’s best views. Take yourself back to Porto for the gastronomy. Whether you want to eat prato do dia with the locals or get fancy at a Michelin star restaurant Porto is essential stop for foodies. Oh and let’ not forget the port!
Portugal’s largest yet most undiscovered region. The underdog of Portugal and my favourite region to travel around. Rolling hills and Medieval villages give way to huge swathes of vineyards and olive groves and sunflower fields that stretch out to the horizon. A warm region in terms of temperature, colour and people. You will be welcomed with curiosity but hospitality. Alentejo enjoys a slower pace of life and you are invited to soak up this up as soon as you arrive. Let’s not forget the important things…. wine and food! Alentejo is the ultimate place to drink and discover wonderful wine that is (in my humble opinion) wildly underrated. The region is also home to mouthwatering traditional dishes than can only be experienced here.