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Toffee Apple Cake Recipe

A delicious and devilish autumn dish to sweeten up your Autumn! You will need: 140g flour 85g butter – melted – can be replaced with an equal amount of coconut oil if preferred 100g golden sugar/unrefined sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 200ml milk 1 free range egg – beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Pinch of salt (optional) 2 cooking apples Bramley or other, peeled, cored and sliced up For the Topping 140g sugar (dark brown if possible) 75g pecans, chopped ...Read more

‘Halloween’ In Portugal

  Not so long ago, Halloween (O Dia das Bruxas), as many people know it, wasn’t really something celebrated widely in Portugal, however ‘Halloween’ has actually always existed as a day of celebration in a traditional form.   ‘All Saints Day’ (Dia de Todos os Santos) is celebrated on the 1st of November, which is a public holiday, and is followed by All Souls Day (Dia dos Fiéis Defuntos) on the 2nd of November, which is not a public holiday. ...Read more

Discover Portugal – Mira de Aire Caves

  Our pick of the month this month is the beautiful Mira de Aire Caves, located in the small mountain town of Porto de Mós, Leiria, approximately one hour from Lisbon.  The drive there itself is a feast for the eyes, winding through stunning mountain roads with the most breath taking views of the Serra de Aire e Candeeiros National Park.   The formations date back as far as 150 million years ago, when the dinosaurs roamed, but the caves ...Read more

Women Economic Forum Portugal 2019 International Conference – Inspiring Passion and Innovation Through Sustainable Change

  WHAT IS IT? The Women Economic Forum Portugal 2019 International Conference – Inspiring Passion and Innovation Through Sustainable Change – belongs to the annual cycle of WEF Conferences that happen around the world. The “mother” of these Conferences is Annual WEF always in New Delhi (11th to 16th April 2019). These Conferences are organized and promoted by All Ladies League (see below). More info about the Event: click here. WHAT ARE THE WEF CONFERENCES? Belonging to All Ladies League ...Read more

List your rental for FREE!

On 23rd September, the Pure Portugal Holidays website was re-launched by Raquel and Daniel, and new packages were designed. If you have a property or a spare accommodation that you’re not using, you can rent it making some income while supporting the new members of our community in their transition when moving to Portugal. Now you can add your rental listing for free! For rentals over 1 month, we promote your place for free and the fee is based on advertising results! ...Read more

Road Tripping in Portugal: Hidden Gems and Sleepy Secrets

While over 20 million visitors a year flock to Portugal, each comes in search of their own unique experience. From delicious wine to cascading coastal cities, Portugal has something to offer everybody, but there is one way to make your experience even better. Driving through a country is undoubtedly one of the best ways to see all of the beauty it has to offer. Exploring Portugal’s beautiful coastal towns and delightful inland villages is best when done by car, and ...Read more

Moving To Portugal – Renovation Special

We thought it would be helpful to have some Q&A’s from real people who have made the move already. Some are newly arrived, others have been here for much longer, meaning you can get a broad range of experiences from people to get a real feel for what it is like to move to Portugal and start living your dream! Today we meet Paul and Ali in a renovation special!  Paul and Ali are an English couple who recently moved ...Read more

Brexit and Exchange Rates; How to Manage Your Currency Transfers

  Whether you are about to buy a property in Portugal, or already live here, if you need to make international payments, Brexit developments and fluctuating exchange rates are sure to make things more confusing than ever!  Fortunately Pure Portugal’s currency partners FC Exchange offer a quick summary on progress so far, and what you can do to protect your funds.  How is Brexit Progressing? Brexit has created a number of uncertainties, and with no deal currently in sight, there ...Read more

Folha Verde – Natural Education and Community Project

  Folha Verde is a project initiated and carried out by the local community of around 150 like-minded adults and 50 children, most of whom have moved to the central region of Portugal to be closer to nature and to live a more sustainable life. The project is situated in a central valley next to the river in Benfeita, which makes it easily accessible for all of those living in the surrounding villages of Luadas, Esculca, Pai das Dona, Pardieiros, ...Read more

Discover Portugal: Mata do Bussaco

We had heard whispers about a magical palace reconverted into a hotel, with a restaurant and wine produced exclusively for that estate. When we finally went to explore, we discovered a lush, green forest full of trails and vestiges of an almost forgotten era, with at its heart a legendary convent turned hotel. Welcome to the fairytale that is Mata do Bussaco (also spelled Buçaco). The Buçaco forest bears two papal bulls on one of its gates, forbidding women from ...Read more

Launching a new project for Pure Portugal Holidays on 23rd Sep!

We are very happy to announce that Raquel and Daniel are taking over the PurePortugalHolidays.com website on the next equinox, 23rd September (great time for changes!). So, this is not only about a new website launch, but also a new management, keeping a deep connection with Pure Portugal ethics, community and network.   New Design The PurePortugal Holidays site fits perfectly with other projects and dreams that we have. To implement all the ideas and features, we felt the need to re-design ...Read more

All You Need To Know About Healthcare When You Move To Portugal

Life in Portugal is great, according to the Expat Insider 2017 report which claimed that the Portuguese have the best quality of life in the world. This accolade was awarded to the country after factors, including the country’s healthcare, were reviewed by thousands of respondents. Therefore, if you’re considering moving overseas and finding a home in Portugal, how do you ensure you receive the best quality healthcare?       Your responsibilities When you move to Portugal permanently, be sure ...Read more

Discover Portugal: Praia da Arrifana, Algarve

The South of Portugal is a popular destination, but it’s a big place. If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy the beach, gorgeous views, and fun activities that are family-friendly, you might want to look into Praia da Arrifana. Located 1h30 up the coast from Faro, or a 3h drive from Lisbon, this beach is in the Vicentine Coast Natural Park. With its surprising turquoise waters, Praia da Arrifana is surrounded by dramatic cliffs that provide a stunning view as ...Read more

Elderberry Syrup Recipe

  I have made elderberry syrup around this time of year for nearly a decade, over the years I have tweaked the recipe to my liking, making it slightly sweeter in recent years to suit the taste of the little people in my life too. You also can play around with the recipe adding some things or taking out others, you don’t have to use cloves and cinnamon but I add it for flavour and medicinal value. Before I start, ...Read more

Adi, the nomad architect

Olá Good life people! Finally, I am here. My name is Adi and I am a nomad Architect. Two years ago, I visited Portugal and completely fell In love. The landscape, the colorful buildings,the kind and open-heart people. It was only a short vacation and I promised myself to come back some day. Back then I had no idea what is about to happen. In what ways my life are about to change and which opportunities will present themselves  before me. ...Read more

The ABCs Of Driving In Portugal

The ABCs Of Driving In Portugal The number of fatalities on Portuguese roads has increased to 14% in 2017 compared to 2016 and is the second highest in the EU 28 after Cyprus. The good news is according to the 12th Road Safety Performance Report, Portugal is one of the 15 countries in the European Union that performed better than the EU average when it comes to reducing serious injuries and road deaths. That said, whether you intend to visit ...Read more

Moving To Portugal – Expat Story 4

We thought it would be helpful to have some Q&A’s from real people who have made the move already. Some are newly arrived, others have been here for much longer, meaning you can get a broad range of experiences from people to get a real feel for what it is like to move to Portugal and start living your dream! Today we meet Bruce and Russ who moved to Portugal from America in May 2018! How did you find Pure ...Read more

Pure Portugal Podcast Episode 3: August 2018

  Our fabulous Podcasts are presented and produced by the wonderful Carl Munson. Carl is a radio presenter, with nearly 30 years’ experience – on pirate, community FM, RSL and Internet stations. He created The Barefoot Broadcast in 2010 to explore and share all manner of spiritual, ecological and inspiring subjects and speakers. He’s also an event and festival MC and compère, now living in and loving Portugal after a first visit in 2008, encouraged by Pure Portugal. He is ...Read more

Why You Should Invest in A Property In Portugal Today

The property market in Portugal is thriving with 25% of all homes sold last year bought by foreigners. French and Brazilian buyers lead the pack. A fantastic Mediterranean climate, friendly locals, easygoing life and cheaper costs of living are just a few things that entice foreigners to make the move to this southern European country. For those who choose to relocate, there’s even better news with the introduction of tax breaks and easier residency process that make it financially lucrative ...Read more

DIY Project – Building a solar shower

By François Cramer Key words: DIY, shower, solar, renewable energy, pallet, sustainability   We live in a off-grid Tiny House in Portugal, near Guarda (in the central region, close to the Spanish boarder). We have a limited amount (but clean!) of solar electricity. Given that gas and others are non-renewable resources, we decided to create a solar shower, where water is directly heated by the sun’s radiations. I inspired myself from a mix of designs I saw while travelling and ...Read more

Tiny Homes Permission. The Lowdown Part 2

Following on from our Tiny Homes Permission, Part 1. Paulo Borges, a professional architect, from Plataforma – arquitectura, shares his insights on legal permissions around Tiny Homes. Is there such a thing as ‘non permanent dwelling’ in the Portuguese system? It’s a difficult question. In the Portuguese system there’s no definition for a non permanent dwelling. What we have is a definition for camping and a definition for dwellings. Camping is a temporary installation of a portable shelter to be placed ...Read more

Bringing back the wool industry crafts in Portugal

Mara shares her passion about working with wool. In the past years I have been working with local wool. Moving countries to me, meant not only learning a new language, adapting to a new climate and swimming in different rivers. It meant discovering a new world of wool! In the east of the Netherlands I had plenty addresses of shepherds and small scale farmers providing me a steady good wool flow.   Moving to Portugal 4 years ago, I first ...Read more

Woodworking… which are the best tools?

One of  the main topics of conversations for renovation projects in Portugal is which tools are best, which brands are best and where to get them from. It can keep people engaged in conversation for a long time. For this blog piece, Healthy Handy Man, shares the best random orbital sanders for woodworking in 2018. If you’re serious about advancing your craft, you can’t put off buying a random orbital sander for long. But, the process of buying your first ...Read more

Festa Time! Óbidos Medieval Festa & Market

  One of the most talked about Festas in Portugal is the Óbidos Medieval Festa & Market, which runs Thursday’s to Sunday’s between the   12th of July and the 5th of August, offering visitors the chance to feel as though they have been catapulted in time.  Many people get dressed up for the occasion (fancy dress hire is available locally) so you can walk down the narrow cobbled streets, mingling with actors and friends alike, all dressed in historic ...Read more

Moving To Portugal – Expat Story 3

  We thought it would be helpful to have some Q&A’s from real people who have made the move already. Some are newly arrived, others have been here for much longer, meaning you can get a broad range of experiences from people to get a real feel for what it is like to move to Portugal and start living your dream! Today we meet Pam and Mark Tipping who found themselves in Portugal in 2012 after they had left UK ...Read more

Corpo Atelier features in the respected magazine Architecture

We are excited that one of the Pure Portugal architecture services, Corpo Atelier, have been featured in Architecture. The project in the publication shows the renovation of a small stone house, refurbished on a low budget. Congratulations Filipe from the Pure Portugal team. Details below: WOOD STRUCTURE INSIDE STONE WALLS Tipology: Refurbishment of a single house Location: Sernancelhe, Portugal Date: 2014 Architecture: Corpo Atelier (www.corpoatelier.com) Design Team: Filipe Paixão Photography: Ricardo Oliveira Alves (www.ricardooliveiraalves.com) Awards: Shortlisted for the “Portuguese Wood ...Read more

Moving To Portugal – Expat Story 2

  We thought it would be helpful to have some Q&A’s from real people who have made the move already.Some are newly arrived, others have been here for much longer, meaning you can get a broad range of experiences from people to get a real feel for what it is like to move to Portugal and start living your dream! Today we meet South African Ricky De Agrila who moved to Portugal in 2017! How did you find Pure Portugal? ...Read more

Downsizing

  “Are you willing to give up what you have for what you want?” The phrase I muttered over and over again to myself in the months leading up to our move to Portugal….There is no better excuse than a move to another country to ‘downsize your life’. Often, making a move to Portugal means moving to rented accommodation for a short or medium period of time, or – like us – moving to the middle of a field with ...Read more

Pure Portugal Podcast Episode 2: June 2018

You can use the links below to find out more information relating to the information shared in this months Podcast     Missed it? Listen to the Podcast in full here Our fabulous Podcasts are presented and produced by the wonderful Carl Munson. Carl is a radio presenter, with nearly 30 years’ experience – on pirate, community FM, RSL and Internet stations. He created The Barefoot Broadcast in 2010 to explore and share all manner of spiritual, ecological and inspiring subjects ...Read more

TINY HOMES – MATHEMATICALLY PERFECT & VISUALLY STRIKING GEODESIC DOMES

As part of the Pure Portugal Tiny Homes blog series, today we present Geodesic Domes in partnership with the wonderful provider we work with: Pacific Domes, Inc. You can find all Tiny Homes related articles here.   By Christine Anderson When it comes to sustainable living, no one ever said you have to sacrifice style to earn your green-living gold star. The call to live close to the Earth is one heralded by many hearts around the world, and some ...Read more

Moving To Portugal – Expat Story 1

We thought it would be helpful to have some Q&A’s from real people who have made the move already. Some are newly arrived, others have been here for much longer, meaning you can get a broad range of experiences from people to get a real feel for what it is like to move to Portugal and start living your dream! Today we meet Randall and Michael who moved from the USA to Portugal in December 2017. How did you find ...Read more

To treat or not to treat the honey bee? The question so much in discussion.

This topic can trigger fear and judgement and especially cause panic for commercial beekeepers who’s livelihood could be at jeopardy from hives loses due to disease. However recent research provides powerful insights as to the case for not treating diseases such as varroa.     IBRA (International Bee Research Association) shares: “This is always a dilemma beekeepers face when deciding whether or how to treat varroa. In parasitology there is a tendency in time for a parasite to become less ...Read more

Cressida’s House

  Cressida, or Cress for short, featured in a recent episode of House Hunters International in which she purchased a property advertised through Pure Portugal.  At the beginning of 2016, Cress left behind her life in London and a corporate job in finance, as she felt it lacked any true purpose. After volunteering in Chile and learning more about permaculture practices she came back to Europe and found herself in Portugal. The landscape reminded her of her childhood home in ...Read more

Portugal is a region full of the wonders of nature

Portugal is a region full of the wonders of nature, where you can find tons of fantastic excursions. The most famous is certainly the Rota Vincentina, a network of walking trails in SW Portugal, totalling 450 km along the most beautiful and best preserved coastline of Southern Europe. However there are a lot of wonderful alternatives we wanted to share here.         Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos: located in the extreme south of Portugal in the area of ...Read more

Q&A With One Of Pure Portugal’s Longest Standing Sales Agents

As part of our Pure Portugal Past & Present 14th Birthday Celebrations we decided it would be nice to interview one of the agents who has been advertising their property for sale with Pure Portugal since the early days. See their featured property for sale here  What were you doing before you started selling properties?  We’ve always had our own smallholding producing about 95% of our own food so there was never any lack of work. Over the years we’ve ...Read more

Water retention techniques. Permaculture swales by Doug Crouch

Pure Portugal is passionate about the work of permaculture designer Doug Crouch. He shares his knowledge and experience on swales. Swales in a Pattern Reflection In a pattern sense, swales deal with pulses of energy also seen as a wave, just as sound frequency moves in waves. Their shape is a ditch and a mound and one summer in Portugal we built a swale at the beach to demonstrate the technique and take advantage of the easily moved substrate for ...Read more

Q&A With One Of Pure Portugal’s Longest Standing Rental Clients

As part of our Pure Portugal Past & Present 14th Birthday Celebrations, we decided it would be nice to interview one of the people who have advertised their rental property with Pure Portugal since the early days. See their rental property here What were you doing before you started renting properties?  We came here to retire , but soon decided that we needed to do something to keep us busy. How did you first find out about Pure Portugal, and ...Read more

Pure Portugal – Past Blogs

As part of our Pure Portugal Past and Present series in celebration of Pure Portugal turning 14 years old on May 10th we thought we would find some of the old blogs from Sophie, Andy and some of the volunteers they had way back where Pure Portugal all began at Quinta das Abelhas! You can now catch up with what Sophie and volunteers are up to at her new home Quinta dos Covões who have a Facebook page – click ...Read more

Q&A With Pure Portugal’s Founder and Director Sophie Kempin

  As part of the Pure Portugal Past and Present 14th Birthday Celebrations we interviewed Sophie Kempin who is the founder and director of Pure Portugal to fine a bit more about her life, hat journey took her to starting Pure Portugal and where she sees things in 15years time! Read on to find out all about what she had to say! How did Pure Portugal come about initially? What was the inspiration behind it? Pure Portugal originally came about ...Read more

What does ‘Living the Good Life’ mean to the Pure Portugal team. And you?

As we are in the 14th anniversary celebration year of Pure Portugal, we reflect on what Living the Good Life means, from both the original founder Sophie and the seven other team members that now make up the Pure Portugal family. The organisation has come a very long way through hard work, and continues to grow alongside its community. “Originally the tagline ‘Living the Good Life’ came from the TV series in England called The Good Life” said Sophie. The ...Read more