Portugal travel advice
Food and friendliness tips
“What stands out is what my clients say about how very friendly the Portuguese are. I had a pilot stay and he had visited about every country on the planet for comparison! About the food, I remember from 1985 when I had just arrived in Portugal, how simple things like tomatoes tasted - totally different from what I was used to in Holland. And still, after so many years, simple 'chicken piri piri' can be a treat from heaven. Plus grilled fish like dourada, cataplana (Portuguese paella) or arroz de marisco (shellfish risotto)."
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Eat like a localInge Keizer runs our supplier Quinta Alfarrobeira in the south of Portugal, and has some great restaurant tips to help visitors eat like a local in the Algarve:
“There are great restaurants in the area, especially to eat fish. One of the best is Casa Chico Ze in the village of Odiaxere – THE place to eat bacalhão (salt cod). In the next village, Mexilhoeira Grande, the Vila Lisa is often voted one of the Algarve's top 10 restaurants. If you´re a meat-eater there are several places in the countryside where you can eat a good wild boar or goat from the oven. Try O Sitio Do Rio in Carrapateira on the west coast - they use free range meat and organic vegetables.”
Wildlife tipsCatherine Crone from supplier Headwater talks about the brilliant birding on a specialist twitching break at the Quinta do Barranco da Estrada in the Algarve:
“Ornithology here is extraordinarily rich due to the diverse habitats. Over 120 species live round the quinta year round – warblers, stonechats, shrike, bee-eaters, kingfishers, woodpeckers, three species of eagle (short-toed, booted and Bonelli's). The area also has one of Europe’s highest densities of nightingales - during spring you’re rarely out of earshot! There are four other birdwatching areas within an hour and a half's car journey. The Sado Estuary is a haven for marshland birds, while south west is the migratory route along Portugal's rocky coast. The Rio Formosa salt pans have a wealth of wading birds including Purple galinules. The Alentejo plains are truly stunning - specialities include bustard, sandgrouse, stone curlew, Lesser kestrel and Montagu's harrier.”
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Health & safety in Portugal
Portugal tips from our travellers
We have selected some of the most useful Portugal travel tips that our guests have provided over the years to help you make the very most of your holiday - and the space inside your suitcase.
“Pack a torch, a water bottle, good shoes for getting around, don't expect accommodation to be luxury, and bring a hat in the summer! Carry an open mind.”- Joanna Benn
“Some rural accommodations take only cash - no card payments. So make sure you carry enough if you choose to dine there (highly recommended by the way!).” - Adriana Moore
“The weather can turn in the mountains so make sure you take waterproofs so you can still go out and enjoy the countryside.”- Amanda Law
“Not enough mobile reception to make phone calls (a good thing for me) - text messages possible though. Phone calls were possible to make when at the surrounding towns.”- Emma Scott-Boon
“If you are susceptible to being bitten, don't forget to bring your anti-midge cream and use the mosquito nets at night!”- Christina Mitchell
“Shops/restaurants may be closed between lunch and 7pm, and on Sundays it may be hard to find anywhere to stop and eat. Take snacks with you if you have children, and lots of water.”- Kylie Horsfall