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. Let me guess…
You want to discover and explore the real Portugal?
You are looking for memorable experiences that are unique to Portugal?
You want to stay in family-run quintas, small-scale vineyards and traditional fishing villages?
You want to eat delicious food with the locals?
You are not interested in the “top 10 most-instagrammable spots” in Portugal but you want to find incredible views and real beauty.
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 back in 2008. I moved to Algarve in 2016 but it was only 3 years into living here when I started to feel a real connection with Portugal.
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 cheap) and it is home to two cities that regularly it at the top of traveler’s wish lists -Lisbon and Porto.
Yep, 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 and 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 and kilometers of gorgeous beaches, a wild coastline and mix of busy towns and tiny fishing villages. Despite it’s ‘touristy’ reputation Algarve has plenty of hidden gems to discover; many of which just a short drive from some of region’s most popular resorts.
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 and most undiscovered region is my favourite. Rolling hills and Medieval hilltop villages give way to huge swathes of 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. Of course, Alentejo is also famous for it’s many vineyards and (wildly underrated) wine.