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Sustainable Forests for Portugal

We – a group of Portuguese and foreigners who believe there has to be a better way for the environment AND the people – have set up this page because we believe that NOW would be the perfect opportunity to replant the devastated forests of Portugal with the indigenous forest of sweet chestnut and oak. But local people need an income, so chances are we’ll see more pine and eucalyptus, This is the real root of the problem – massive ...Read more

What is the Earth Neighbours Project?

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything, on my blog regarding my Earth Neighbours project, or even anything related to my own personal project – Quinta das Moitas. The last couple of years have been a bit overwhelming for me and didn’t feel that I could write anything positive with all the turmoil that was happening in my life. The disillusionment seems to have served me well in teaching me the basic and fundamental ethic of Self Care. The ...Read more

Beber de uma Nuvem

15 de agosto de 2015. A Vida em Portugal – autora: Dra. Jude Irwin Hoje, enquanto fazia a minha corrida matinal e me movimentava calmamente através da névoa fria que se espalhava pela encosta arborizada abaixo, eis que me deparo com um mistério. Os raios de sol já começavam a queimar, criando manchas de azul vívido por cima de mim. Porém… Eu conseguia ouvir um ruído: era a inconfundível e bem-recebida água neste violento verão de seca e de incêndios ...Read more

Depois do Fogo. Uma Caminhada pela Floresta (Muito) Negra

15 de agosto de 2015 – A Vida em Portugal – Autora: Dra. Jude Irwin Ao lerem isto, alguns de vós já devem estar “habituados” a isso aqui em Portugal. De certo que já presenciaram incêndios florestais e leram sobre eles, e certamente também já experienciaram a amargura de ouvir o som das sirenes, o fumo a deflagrar e os desvios rodoviários tantas vezes que, mais um incêndio, é apenas “só mais um”. Mas para mim e para o Keith, ...Read more

Drinking from a Cloud

August 17, 2015. Life in Portugal by Jude Irwin As I took my morning run today, jogging rather ponderously through the cool mist that billows down the wooded hills, I encountered a mystery. The sun had started to burn through, creating patches of vivid blue above me. And yet…I could hear a sound – unmistakable and welcome in this gusty summer of drought and forest fire: It was raining! Or was it? If it was, why wasn’t I getting wet? ...Read more

After the Fire. A Walk in the (Very) Black Forest

Some of you reading this are “old hands” here in Portugal. You’ve seen forest fires and read about them, and put up with the wailing sirens, smoke and road diversions so long that another one is just ho-hum. But for Keith and me, the burning around Figueiró dos Vinhos during the first week of August 2015 was our first experience of a rapidly-spreading and potentially catastrophic conflagration. It was both shocking and fascinating. One week after the last of 600+ ...Read more

Car Hire in Portugal

Get cheap car hire in Portugal and discover everything this wonderful country has to offer at your own pace. Benefit from a fair fuel policy across all locations. Portugal Portugal is a fantastic destination that’s often overlooked in favour of its larger neighbour. It has everything you could look for in a holiday. If you crave golden beaches and sunshine, you can’t go far wrong with the Algarve. Want a culture filled city break? Then Lisbon or Porto will not ...Read more

When the Forest Burns

In this world of “bucket lists” prioritising things to see and do before we die, there are a few dramatic scenes one never wishes to see. One is a forest fire practically on your doorstep. It is August in Portugal – prime holiday time, but also the danger zenith of the forest fire season. Everything is tinder dry. While the firefighters of Rocky, California slog on against a blaze engulfing 90 square miles, other smaller but no less frightening Mediterranean ...Read more

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance: simple & flexible You can buy, extend and claim online, even after you’ve left home. Travel insurance from WorldNomads.com is available to people from over 140 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. 7 things you should know about travel insurance from WorldNomads.com Trusted reliable underwritersWorldNomads.com is backed by a suite of strong, secure, specialist travel insurers who provide you with great cover, 24 ...Read more

Lets drink “Café”!

Portuguese people really love to drink coffee and they do it like no one else! In a cooled cup (chávena fria) in summer, or in a heated cup by boiling water (chávena escaldada), drinking coffee (tomar café) is so much more than the obvious act of drinking something! It is in fact, a social and cultural act that promotes socialization and conversation among people, joining friends to spend some time together or it may simply mean that we are going ...Read more

Courgette Saturday!

There is nothing quite like the feeling of abundance as we move into August here in Central Portugal. Nature never ceases to show us her abundance every day, in the form of our gardens. Whether large or small, permaculture style or more standard, with a little care in the form of water, a handful of estrume(manure) here and there, and with the added force of the portuguese summer sun, the earth cannot fail to produce gluts in many forms. I ...Read more

O Meu Jardim

This year I’ve been learning more about gardening – or learning how much I’ve already learnt about gardening here in Portugal. I’ve learnt that I have a compulstion to create gardens wherever I go, which has meant that in the last 18 months I’ve made gardens in five locations. The garden I have now is at Quinta da Forja, and although it’s tiny in comparison to the garden I had at Quinta das Abelhas, it’s giving plenty of produce – every day I’m ...Read more

Chutney (Glutney)

Today I’m making chutney. Going on holiday last week meant that courgettes had turned into marrows, perfect for making “Glutney” from my favourite preserving recipe book Preserves: River Cottage Handbook No.2. Slipped into the page with the Glutney recipe I found a piece of paper with our own variation written on it, for “Aliss’s Chopped Chutney” so I thought I’d share that recipe here – and the photo it brought back memories of, 5yr old Jorge stirring the huge pan of chutney. ALISS’S CHOPPED CHUTNEY ...Read more

Getting Around Portugal Safely

Portugal is one of the most beautiful places to visit and for good reason. Breathtaking landscapes, pristine beaches, incredible architecture and delectable cuisine make it one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. With so much to do and see, one of the most important things for visitors to do once they arrive is figure out the best way to get around. Whether you choose to rent a vehicle, use public transportation or see the sights on foot, here are ...Read more

Accounting for Dummies!

I am a complete numpty when it comes to accounting, my brain just shuts down when presented with figures of any kind.  So when Andy left Pure Portugal and I had to take charge of doing our accounts, I needed to find something that was designed for dummies! I did some internet research and anything with the word “spreadsheet” – which gives me horrors – was instantly rejected. Then I found FreeAgent which seemed to be exactly what I was ...Read more

Concertina do Minho

The Portuguese concertina is a diatonic accordion and is especially popular in northern Portugal, mainly in the  Minho (the north-west region of Portugal) where it has become the “national instrument” (taking over from the bagpipes, which are still the traditional instrument of Portugal’s other northern region, Tras-os-Montes). On our recent campervan holiday to the north of Portugal, we made a special detour to Ribeira de Pena to visit a shop that sells new and 2nd hand concertinas (alongside a fantastic mix of other goods including ...Read more

Lisboa Menina e Moça

Still reeling from separating from my husband and a subsequent doomed love affair, I needed a break so I went to Lisbon for my first trip away completely alone, to take my independence and newly found language skills on the road! My main concern was that I would be lonely on my weekend away, so I googled the best hostel for solo travellers and found the amazing Travellers House – really funky, quite cheap with loads of things going on ...Read more

Little Red Dog

My lovely little Red dog has a new home! I am sad and happy about this, but I cannot look after her whilst I am here, and my future in Portugal is still very uncertain – I don’t even know where I will live! After a few months in Portugal, my husband heard of this ‘small’ street dog that needed a home – so he brought her home for me. I was expecting a handbag size dog, but was was ...Read more

‘A Agua Velada’

Last Monday was the third Monday of July and it is tradition for at least the last 100 years that all the inhabitants(or at least those who wish to take advantage of the pristine mountain spring water) go up into the mountains above Linhares da Beira to clean the sources of seven springs and the levadas(waterways), all the way down to the village itself. This year, I along with about 40 other villagers, met at the barragem(dam) early, on yet ...Read more

Feira Medieval da Caminha

Today I’m off on holidays! We’re going to take the camper van “oop north” and visit the Feira Medieval da Caminha, as well as other places along the way, Braga being one of them – and a visit to Inês in Esposende being another! I’m really looking forward to it, feeling in need of a break, and Portugal’s popular medieval fairs and markets are really worth a visit.  Held in towns with medieval castles, the backdrops to the fairs are both ...Read more

The Insider’s Guide to Car Hire

We know car hire can be confusing. It’s not usually something you organise regularly. A once a year booking means that you often forget what things are or how they work. Here we’ve created a bit of an insider’s guide to car hire. The sort of things we treat as standard but our customers aren’t aware of, forget, or are mis-informed about. So follow us through this guide to car hire and fill up the gaps in your knowledge. Who’s ...Read more

Marmite, Baked Beans, and Books

After more than 10 years in Portugal, my need for marmite and baked beans has long gone. However, I still can’t live without English-language books.  Every trip back to England will find me browsing the charity shop shelves whilst trying to calculate airline baggage weight allowances. I usually travel to the UK with just one change of clothes and an otherwise empty suitcase, to make room for charity shop purchases of new clothes and new reading material. Other times you’ll find me browsing Amazon (yes, ...Read more

Passou Por Mim e Sorriu

Most nights when I go to sleep I dream of Portugal. That I am walking through the forest, collecting quartz crystals from the ground, singing to the trees or talking with the moon. Somehow there was always magic in the air; it’s not quite like that in England….my sparkles have dimmed somewhat as I live in a town, and set to work on material things. It’s hard to explain what it is like to fall in love with something new each day, ...Read more

Emma’s Independence Adventure

Yesterday I had my first proper driving lesson! One of my goals whilst in England is to get my driving license so I can have my freedom when in back in Portugal. It’s going to be a big challenge as I never thought I would learn to drive, I was always very happy on my feet and thought I would be quite dangerous behind the wheel of a car (as well as not being sure if I could reach the ...Read more

This is Where I Live (Inês)

I live in the North of Portugal in a small fishermen town by the river and the sea. I can leave house and walk ten minutes to the beach. I arrive two years ago to this village situated in the greenest region of Portugal: Minho. Crossing a bridge, there is a nice and pleasent city named Esposende. Like several other rural, agricultural and fishing towns, desertification and unemployment are issues that the populations have to face. People prefer to live ...Read more

Quinta da Moenda – Sustainable Tourism

Yesterday Fran and I visited one of the properties we have advertised for sale on Pure Portugal. It’s always interesting to see the properties “in the flesh” and it also helps us to more easily match our clients with their perfect property. Quinta da Moenda is a 1.6 hectare riverside tourism complex with private home and 5 self-catering apartments, swimming pool and sauna. The current property dates from circa 1779, when it was used as an olive oil mill – but it has much older origins ...Read more

A Passion for Portugal

Although he drives me crazy at times, I totally lucked out when I fell in love with a Portuguese man who is passionately in love with this/his incredible country, who knows many of its secret and most beautiful places, and who wants to share them with me. Just when I think there can’t  possibly be any new ones for me to discover, least of all close to home, he takes me on a short drive and just as the sun is beginning to set we walk across some fields and ...Read more

Latest Newsletter – FIRE!

We’ve just published our latest newsletter and this issue has the theme of fire. There’s an article from Inês Soares – our newest Pure Portugal team member – in the form of an interview with Jaime Soares, national chief of the Portuguese fire brigade. Fran writes about her ideas for using her goats to help prevent forest fire and about her chat with a friend who has been researching permaculture for fire prevention. Emma writes about her close encounter with forest fire when living in ...Read more

Super Wednesday

Every Wednesday Fran and I work together at the Pure Portugal office in the Freixo house.  Fran has nicknamed this “Super Wednesday!” and as well as getting a lot of work done, we also have a lot of fun 🙂  If we’re feeling a bit sluggish, we get ourselves going by jumping around to music, one of our favourites being from a breath workshop we both attended, Gloria Gaynor’s “I am what I am” or we’ll do some yoga / ...Read more

Reduced Price Properties Mailout

Our latest Reduced Price Property mailout has just been published and for those of you already subscribed, it should be in your inbox now! If you’re not yet subscribed you can read the mailout online and/or subscribe to future issues Here’s just one of the properties from the latest mailout! 2,000m2 quinta with 3 bedroom farmhouse and attached 2 bedroom cottage; renovation project requiring completion. Reduced Price: 125,000 euros http://www.pureportugal.co.uk/listman/listings/l0331.html   ...Read more

The Power of Josticks

Yesterday I bought a packet of josticks from “Hiper China” in Gouveia (there are many chinese shops in Portugal, yet few Chinese restaurants – go figure). I chose them because I liked the smell, but on closer inspection the packet told me that burning them will attract money 🙂  I haven’t even taken them out of the car and into the office yet but today we have 3 properties that are now in the process of being sold, and I’ve just had ...Read more

Quinta das Cabras – Goat herding in the Serra da Estrela

For those of you who already know me, a lot of my day at present is taken up with goats. Our quinta, formerly known as Quinta do Tropo (Tropo is the name of the land around), recently renamed Quinta das Cabras (Quinta of the Goats), is in Linhares da Beira, Serra da Estrela Natural Park, Central Portugal. I found this piece of paradise three years ago via Pure Portugal, it being only the second property I looked at in Portugal. ...Read more

This is Where I Live (Sophie)

I live in a traditional stone mountain house in the Serra da Estrela, surrounded by ancient chestnut forest.  We moved here in November and I’ve fallen in love with these mountains. At 850m altitude, we have some pretty spectacular views. We can see to the Caramulo mountains in the distance, and the sunsets are amazing.  The quinta was abandoned for 4 years before we bought it, and the wonderful 86 year old lady who lived here alone before that hadn’t been able ...Read more

New Pure Portugal Office

We’re finally – after 4 temporary office moves in the last 15 months – settled into our new office! Some of us living locally on off-grid quintas have rented a house in the village to use as a base where we have some shared infrastructure such as a washing machine (this means we don’t each have to have our own!), a massage / therapy room, a further room where Fran teaches yoga on Saturday mornings, and the Pure Portugal office. ...Read more

New Team Member

We’re really happy and excited to introduce our newest team member, Inês Soares. Inês – with her background in journalism – will be helping us with the newsletter and mailouts and some translation work.  She also has fantastic PR skills and part of her new role will be answering clients’ telephone enquiries. NOVO MEMBRO DA EQUIPA Estamos muito felizes e entusiasmadas por apresentar-vos o novo membro da nossa equipa, a Inês Soares. Com a sua experiencia em jornalismo irá colaborar ...Read more

ABM Restaurant Birthday Party

We’re regulars at the ABM Restaurant in São Paio, Gouveia – it’s one of my favourites. The staff are friendly and the food is always good. Today they celebrated 22 years with a “sardinhada” – a barbecue with grilled sardines, potatoes, sweet peppers and onions, which is delicious. Accompanied by traditional Portuguese guitar music and dancing. Afterwards there was champagne and birthday cake!   Find Restaurant ABM on facebook ...Read more

Licor de Ginja / Ginjinha

We have lots and lots of cherry and ginja (wild cherry) trees here on the quinta, so as well as stuffing ourselves straight from the tree for breakfast and “sobremesa”, I collected ginjas to make the traditional licor which I use in the winter warmed up as a cure (or at least a comfort) for colds and flu (not that I get too many living a much healthier life here in the mountains). Ginjas are smaller and more acidic than ...Read more