Lamego – Base Camp for the Douro Valley

After you have had your fill of the great ports of Portugal, on the south bank of Porto, why not continue your wine tasting with a visit to the Douro Valley? This is where you will find many more great ports as well as some of the best other types of red and white wines of Portugal, including sparkling Espumantes.

Positively don’t try to do the Douro Valley as a day trip because in addition to all the wineries there are plenty of interesting sights to take in including Roman ruins, Castles, Cathedrals and Shrines, as well as some fantastic scenery to enjoy!

Douro: UNESCO classed Valley & Millennia of Wine

Birthplace of the sweet Port Wine and home to an extraordinary selection of both red and white wines, the Douro valley is foremost synonymous with wine. And with a 2.000-year-old viticultural history, dating back to Roman times, how could it not?

But there’s more to the Douro than the Dionysian drink: An epic landscape, moulded by millennia of hard work and nature parks, where rivers still run free and wild.

Winter skies of Algarve

When full-time nomad Jocelyn Garwood found herself in the beautiful Algarve in wintertime, she was fascinated with the skyscapes of sunrise and sunset. The beaches of Algarve is a perfect to witness both phenomena, as you have unobstructed views to the south.

Within minutes, the sky changes and reveals different colours, and Jocelyn shows us with her photos how nature is so beautiful it almost makes a mockery of art. 

Best Beaches of Algarve

There are just so many incredibly beautiful beaches in Algarve that we quickly gave up on the idea to make a Top10 list. We simply couldn’t decide on only 10.

Whether you’re looking for small, cave-like beaches where you can live out your “Blue Lagoon” fantasy, or endless stretches of sand where the kids can cavort in the shallow waves, Algarve is the answer to all your prayers.

Come and dip your toes with us at these 20 Best Beaches of Algarve!

Schist Villages of Central Portugal

There are certain types of towns that just FIT in their landscape, both historically, culturally and physically. Whether it’s the Pueblos Blancos of Andalucia, the Trulli of Puglia or the lime washed stone houses of Greece, we instantly understand the connection to the land, the sea, the past.

The Schist Villages in Central Portugal have that transcendent connection to their landscape and past. Long have they been neglected and forgotten, but that is luckily beginning to change. Add to this a verdant, mountainous landscape, medieval castles and a fascinating history – and you’ve got all the right reasons to visit!

Roman Ruins, Megaliths & Bones – It’s Évora!

Visiting Évora and the surrounding area in central Portugal is like a great school field trip that lasts for days. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the culture and history. Go slowly and savour this special place.

Visiting a place where the No1 tourist attraction is bones and skulls had me a little uneasy. Old graveyards are always kind of fun with their big gravestones and crypts, but you don’t usually see any remains of humans. This graveyard was different.

Another Beautiful Hiking Trail in Algarve

The coastal hiking path “Trail of the Headlands” was inaugurated in 2018. Just like its sister trail; The Seven Hanging Valleys Trail, this route offers amazing views of the unique seascape in southern Portugal.

It’s our 2nd favourite hike in Algarve and will bring you close to dramatic cliffs, pristine beaches and natural sculptures. It may be a stretch to declare it a walk on a cloud, but it’ll definitely get you closer to the heavens.