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What you see isn’t always what you get (when you buy a property in Portugal)

This saying applies commonly in Portugal. Especially when you purchase property in a rural area. Typically when you want to buy a property, you travel to Portugal, view several places, find the right one, fall in love with it, and you immediately begin to imagine what you could do to make it just like the place you have dreamed about for years. You begin to negotiate the price, you reach an agreement, shake hands and that’s it! Well, not quite. ...Read more

COVID-19 & Mortgages

With the coronavirus still very much in the spotlight we thought we would share this wonderful update from our mortgage partner Mortgage Direct about the situation with mortgages at the moment amid the virus outbreak and lockdown. In light of the circumstances currently affecting the world, we are keeping a close eye on government recommendations concerning Covid-19. All the Mortgage Direct Team are well, and we hope you and your families are too. Fortunately, all our advisers work remotely and ...Read more

Living In Portugal – How To Licence A New Build

Some of you may remember the wonderful videos about tiny homes and legalisation of tiny homes from the wonderful Raphael from Ecositana builders. If you have not seen them yet you can find part 1 here which also links through to the second part. Today we are pleased to share another great 2 part video from Raphael about the steps you need to take to license a new house in Portugal. Many thanks to Raphael for sharing more of his ...Read more

Living In Portugal – Coastal Central Portugal

The Silver Coast is located in the central region of Portugal with 150km of coastline. A great alternative to the Algarve for people looking for a lifestyle by the sea. The weather here is not always as idyllic or settled as can be found in the Algarve but unspoilt coastlines and bustling little villages and towns can be found in plentiful supply and prices for property here are as a rule, still notably lower than in the Southern/Algarve area. The ...Read more

Living In Portugal – Inland Central Portugal

It seems a lot of visitors to Portugal never make it inland in Portugal, those who do consider Central Portugal to be the ‘real’ Portugal. It has a village called Monsanto which was voted as the most Portuguese village in Portugal so maybe there is a lot of truth in this! (read more about Monsanto here). Central Portugal is scenic and beautiful, there are broad, winding rivers, river beaches, lakes and rolling hills, the air is pure and much of ...Read more

Covid-19 & Currency

With hourly coronavirus headlines and significant currency volatility, you may be wondering what the link is, and why markets are moving so dramatically. Currency specialists Global Reach explain why exchange rates have shifted so quickly, to help you make more informed currency decisions. Markets don’t like uncertainty. It could be an election with the threat of a new government, it might be increasing geopolitical tensions, or it could be a force majeure event—like Covid-19. Events like these can put a ...Read more

Life Reimagined

Here we meet Jack and Hannah who, after travelling and testing out life in Canada bought a beautiful property that they found here on the Pure Portugal website to create a sustainable eco resort in the Algarve. How did you find out about Pure Portugal? / Did you know of us before moving to Portugal? When we first started looking for a property we were living in Canada and so we began scouring the internet. Initially we wanted to move ...Read more

Covid-19 & The Property Purchase Market In Portugal

At the moment everyone is worried about the Covid-19 virus and the effect it might have on the health of oneself, loved ones and wider circles. These worries are understandable, however can be overwhelmingly increased by something far worse than Covid-19: Fear. Fear is all around us nowadays, in the news, social media, everywhere! Fear affects another important thing: Confidence. People lose confidence in themselves and in the future. Fighting fear and lack of confidence is as much important as ...Read more

Explore Portugal – Northern Portugal

Portugal was founded in the North in the 12th century. It is the most populous regions after Lisbon and the third largest by area. Known for Port its wine, natural wonder and rich heritage which includes ancient monuments, churches and modern buildings alike. The River Douro is one of the main rivers crossing the Iberian Peninsula and can be explored by boat or train. Northern Portugal’s only national park is called Peneda-Gerês, boasting beautiful wilderness, mountains, waterfalls and abundant wildlife. ...Read more

Portugal Coronavirus Update

The ongoing Covid-19 Coronavirus outbreak is already having a huge impact on people throughout the world. Here at Pure Portugal, we wanted to reach out to you to reassure you during this time of change. The service we provide at Pure Portugal will continue to be here and we will still be adding properties to the website (though we expect a slower rate and less properties to be being listed for the coming few weeks while people understandably assess the ...Read more

Significance Of Implementing Housekeeping Rules And Regulations

When housekeeping is done properly, it can create a place that can become your sanctuary, whether at home or in your workplace. Thus, in order to create a comfortable and safe space, housekeeping is necessary. With housekeeping comes housekeeping rules and regulations that ensure that a space is well-maintained, reducing the risk of safety and health hazards. Here are several reasons why housekeeping rules and regulations are of utmost importance: Safety One of the primary reasons why implementing housekeeping rules ...Read more

Living In Portugal – Getting Residency

Getting residency in Portugal is something you will have to do if you intend to stay for more than a couple of months. It can feel a little overwhelming and confusing but fear no more, our guide to becoming ‘official’ in Portugal is here to help you out! This guide is designed to help people who are based in the EU and have freedom of movement, of course changes will come about from the UK leaving the EU, for not ...Read more

The Pure Portugal Guide To Portuguese Public Holidays & Celebrations 2020

Whether you are just visiting Portugal or already living here you will want to be sure you know the important dates and public holidays which happen through the year, many businesses close over holidays and there are some great celebrations to join in with too! Not all businesses close for a public holiday, generally you can still find supermarkets and main shops open especially in larger places, public transport will still run usually also, but expect to find the local ...Read more

Moving To Portugal – June’s Story

  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 June Da Silva who moved from South Africa to Portugal in 2006  Have you lived in ...Read more

Moving To Portugal – Ahimsa Food Forest

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 Em McGowan & Simon Hickman who found their property through Pure Portugal & started the Ahimsa Food ...Read more

Explore Portugal – The Dão Valley

This blog is bought to you with many thanks to The Caminho do Dão project, a new long-distance hiking trail in the Dão Valley in Northern Portugal. The Caminho do Dão is a week-long nature pilgrimage through the beautiful valley, from the source to the mouth of the river. For more info and booking see here. The Dão valley and its rich patchwork of landscapes that tell the story of what is happening in and to nature in the entire ...Read more

The Pure Portugal Guide To Advertising Your Property

Selling your home can be an exciting and daunting time! We thought it would be helpful to put together some top tips for advertising your property to give you the best chance at getting a strong buyer and a quick sale with Pure Portugal! Listing with us: We can add up 24 photos of your home (see how to get the best images below) Photos need to be in jpg format and a minimum size of 640 x 480 pixels, ...Read more

The Pure Portugal Festivals Guide – 2020

Portugal knows how to party, this we already know! But if the year-round festas are not enough for you, fear not! Festivals are making more and more of an appearance in Portugal each year and 2020 is set to be one of the biggest and best yet!  To help you decide which festivals are a total must we have compiled a month by month list so you can enjoy Portugal and the festival season to the max…From small one day ...Read more

Portuguese bread (and a little rant)

Some days ago I ranted a bit on Facebook and Instagram because of the insane amount of tourists today who are worried, mostly, with collecting stamps on their passports and taking selfies for the gram – you know what I mean. Years ago I stopped reading travel blogs (except for a select few) because of how most of them just seemed to have a checklist of places to visit but apparently didn’t really reap any real, life-enriching benefit from all ...Read more

Home Improvements That’ll Add Value to Your Home

It’s only logical for people to stay put and postpone any thoughts of moving or changing houses with the real estate market being in a slump at the moment. Instead of selling their houses, people have realized that the smart thing to do is to improve their houses. Making your house more comfortable will make the house feel more like home to you. These improvements will not only benefit you right now, but they will also increase the resale value ...Read more

5 Ways Water Destroys Your Home and Commercial Buildings

Although we cannot live without water, no one can deny that it might sometimes be destructive. Every year, thousands of home and business owners pay hundreds of dollars to fix water damage. In fact, water is the first reason behind the severe structural damage that leads to collapsed buildings. Because it is your responsibility to keep your property free of any potential hazards, you must know the ways water can damage your building, so check out the next few points ...Read more

Living In Portugal – The Promissory Contract

A few months ago we asked the Pure Portugal community what their top legal concerns where when it comes to living in Portugal – Thanks to Solicitor Nuno Almeida for his blog about the importance of promissory contracts when it comes to completing property purchases in Portugal. When buying property in Portugal you need to consider several points from beginning to completion of purchase . Usually after finding a property you like you will make contact with the seller or ...Read more

Split Your Life Between Portugal And The UK To Get The Best Of Both Countries

Even with the Brexit debacle still ongoing, the UK remains a great country for those who want to enjoy high quality of life and many exciting job opportunities. That being said, the one downside to the UK is the weather. Despite the beautiful landscapes and countryside, Britain is not a country that is renowned for its sunny weather, so it’s understandable that many expats from the country have wanted to settle in Portugal over the years. As the country makes ...Read more

My Portuguese House

We are really excited to share this short piece from Herbert Daybell who wrote a fantastic book about the ups and downs of falling in love with, and renovating an old house (and not just any old house!) in Portugal in his book My Portuguese House: A Palacial purchase available from Amazon here. So, it’s the dream isn’t it? Find a property in sunny Portugal and live there happily ever after. But how many people buy part of a royal palace? ...Read more

The Ultimate Long-Distance Moving Checklist This 2020

Moving a hundred or thousand miles away can be a stressful and strenuous task. With all the things that need to accomplish, advance planning and preparation will always pay off. And while it’s almost impossible to make your entire relocation process stress-free, there are ways that you can do to stay organized and reduce the tension you’re feeling. So, if you’re planning to move anytime this 2020, keep reading to learn more about the ultimate long-distance moving checklist you can ...Read more

EVR58: Organic Shop & Cafe

Hello Portugal Lovers! On our road trip, we visited this Organic Shop & Cafe that we are advertising for sale in the Pure Portugal website. Certified organic grocery store with cafeteria where bio/organic vegetarian meals are served daily and various activities & events take place. Operating since February 2017 in a rented space of 80m2. Located near Tomar in the Santarém district. €58,000 See below the video we made about our visit. If you would like to receive further information, ...Read more

DZF89: Star View Farm

Hello Portugal Lovers! On our road trip, we visited this farm that we are advertising for sale in the Pure Portugal website. House with 116m2. bathroom, kitchen, living room, bedroom. Land with 1.9ha, olive & fruit trees, pine, oak, cork, maple, cypress, borehole, spring, 3 wells, solar & a generator for backup. Located near Oliveira do Hospital in the Coimbra district. €89,500. See below the video we made about our visit. If you would like to receive further information, please ...Read more

What to Do When You Visit Portugal

We’re all anxiously waiting for summer to come. The first thing that falls on my mind when I think of summer is beautiful sandy beaches and crystal clear sea waters. When you add an exciting cultural trip to this, you’ve got a winning combination. One word is enough to describe it. Portugal. In this country, there is something for everyone. There is something so mystical and beautiful about this country. Portugal Portugal is one of the oldest countries in Europe. ...Read more

Dust Masks and Drilling Protection

Drilling sites can mean a lot of different things. Drilling across terrains is a very common field of work that often leaves the workers at risk. Without the proper personal protection equipment such as dust masks, those working at drill sites are exposed to dust and airborne contaminants that, in many ways, can have a negative impact on their health and wellbeing. Regardless of where a drilling site may be, (standard construction, outdoor environments, mining sites), it is very important ...Read more

Furnishing tiny houses: Brilliant ideas for small spaces

Your home is your own peaceful and loving sanctuary no matter the size. Owning a petite home doesn’t have to represent a burden let alone be a problem of any kind, on the contrary, decorating and furnishing a tiny home only represent an invigorating challenge. There are numerous ways to upscale your little piece of heaven and make all the amenities functional and comfortable. Here are some rather nifty ways to spruce up your tiny house and make it a ...Read more

Quinta da Mizarela, the Awakened Life Project

Hello Portugal Lovers! On our road trip, we visited Quinta da Mizarela, the Awakened Life Project, an ashram in Benfeita, Central Portugal. As we know that many of you have the dream of coming to Portugal and create your own retreat centre, we thought this might interest you! Pete and Cynthia bought this abandoned mountain farm in 2007 and had the vision to create a beautiful place dedicated to the liberation of the human spirit in a context of communion ...Read more

The Holidays team wishes you a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year!

2019 was an intense year for us! We started to live on our campervan full time, travelling, working and meeting our partners along the road. It has been a great journey meeting our partners in person, as we learn a lot and build stronger relationships! This is bringing many opportunities and new ideas for the website and for partnerships that we will keep exploring on the following months. On the back stages, this year we have been working in more ...Read more

Beginners DIY Wheat Heat Pack

Portugal is warm much of the time, but when it’s cold, it is cold, and suddenly aches and pains creep back in. Thanks to the mini smallholder blog who brings us a great tutorial on how to make a super simple wheat pack! They are a perfect way to use up any small, unwanted scraps of material & the bags work out to be only a few euros each in cost, plus they are much better than a single use ...Read more


SPRING 2020 DATES Saturday 8th February 2020 – 9.30am – 4pm and Saturday 9th May 2020 – 9.30am to 4pm This is an exciting NEW course for 2020. Practical and hands-on for BEGINNERS but I also welcome those of you who have worked with metal before and who might appreciate the opportunity to expand their knowledge and develop their technique and creative ideas within a small group. It will be an intensive class and may run over a little depending ...Read more

Five Reasons to Study Abroad in Portugal

It’s just as sunny as Spain, the food is fantastic, and the wine’s as good as it is in France, while the beer’s just as cheap as it is in Germany. And with a low cost of living, it’s no surprise that Portugal is one of the most popular countries for students who are looking to live and study abroad. If you’re considering studying abroad, here are some of the best reasons to choose Portugal as your destination. 1. Excellent ...Read more

The Perfect Place To Create A Community

We bring you not one but three incredible properties, all are available as separate units but come with the unique situation of being set next to each other, which, for those people who wish to start a community is a dream come true!  Property 1 – Land Of Oaks – 3 ruins with 180m2, another ruin footprint showing 73m2. Land with 12ha, a cork oak plantation, a lake with fresh water perfect for swimming in! Click here for more info. ...Read more

How to Dry Citrus Fruit in The Oven

Great tips from The Mini Smallholder on how to dry citrus fruit to use as cheap, low impact decorations. When you dry citrus fruit in the oven at home you go low and slow to fill the house with a gorgeous festive smell. Because this time of year is all about creating memories. This falls into the category of things your kids will love about Christmas. It is more sustainable than plastic decorations which are designed to be used this ...Read more

A Guide To Off-Grid Water

We bring you this guest blog from The Mud Home where they share their experience of off-grid water. Water is one of the top priorities when you’re building an off-grid world (for the full list see here). Having suffered plenty of experience in doing it the wrong way, I was a little obsessed about water this second time around. I’ve made sure in my new off-grid world that water is in abundance. I can tell you now, the difference it ...Read more

Simple Ways To Take Great Care Of Yourself

Every day you take time to go to work, go grocery shopping, pay the bills, see your friends or visit your parents. But do you take the time to take care of yourself? When our lives are chaotic and we are running around just trying to make it through the day as best as we can, it is easy to neglect our bodies and minds. If your schedule is crazy busy, if you have a stressful job and you have ...Read more

Keeping Fit Through Winter Months

Keeping fit in Portugal is not hard to do thanks to the many days of sunshine and warm weather, however as winter bites the shorter days and rainier weather can mean we find it harder to get out and this means we lose the health benefits that come with being active. Here are a number of ways you can exercise and keep feeling fit and well. Get out of the house You only need to go as far as your ...Read more