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José ‘o agente imobiliário‘ pulls up to the gate of the property just outside Parades de Coura, in the beautiful Portuguese countryside, and quickly points out the cute chapel at the end of the dead-end street. He asks me to listen to the birdsong and the little creek burbling undisturbed by traffic or other noises. The property is looking good, so I ask José to show me inside. It is 5:30 am in Canada, and I have just woken up, ...Read more

Four Best Sailing Destinations of the World: Europe Edition

This summer, sail to some of the best destinations of the world and experience the best of Europe. Is it just me or is the idea of sailing around Europe on your own boat the ultimate bucket list item? Think about it—a salty cool breeze blowing through your hair while you cruise across crystal clear, incredibly blue water. The sun hits your skin and warms you up, even on the inside. Right at that moment, you feel it’s just you ...Read more

The 10 Best Places to Live in Portugal

Wondering where to move to in Portugal? We take a look at some of the best areas to live no matter whether you’re retiring, an expat or looking for the perfect holiday home. Whether you are considering retiring and moving to Portugal, or you are looking to purchase a holiday home there, you’ve got plenty of options to choose from. This diverse country has plenty to offer, including the hilly areas around the Monchique Mountains, the sun-kissed Algarve or many ...Read more

Easter In Portugal

After Christmas, Easter is probably one of the biggest and most important of all celebrations held in Portugal. Admittedly this year looks to be a quieter affair in many sense due to the Covid lockdowns and restrictions, but we thought we would describe what Easter usually means and looks like in Portugal even if this year it just gives you something to forward to in future years! WHAT? Easter is full of symbolism, many people attend church over this time, ...Read more

Making the most of currency transfers post-Brexit

The UK’s transition period came to an end at the close of 2020 and it heralded a number of changes. If you need to move money to or from Portugal there’s one particular difference you need to be aware of. Prior to Brexit the ‘passporting’ of financial services meant that firms were able to operate in the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) under a UK-based licence. So, if a company was authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority ...Read more

UK Inheritance Tax Basics

This is a massive subject and full of twists and turns. Unlike other main taxes IHT does not apply to everyone in the same way. This article will deal with the basics of the tax and show ways in which it can apply in different scenarios. 1. Who is liable for the tax? UK domiciles wherever they are living. Very simple 2. What is a UK domicile? Anyone whose father who had the UK as his centre of life. You ...Read more

Boat Ownership & Maintenance: Top 5 Tips

Owning a boat can be great fun. Is there anything better in life than having family and friends join you on a boat trip on a nice summer day?  Unfortunately, owning a boat can cause a lot of headaches. If your boat is not maintained properly, expect lots of problems to occur.  If you maintain your boat consistently, problems and accidents are less likely to happen. Keeping on top of the task helps to keep your boat maintained will help ...Read more

Lockdown And Property Searches…

If we thought 2020 was a strange year when it came to restrictions and being stuck at home, it certainly seems the first month of 2021 has decided to follow suit! Finally getting some clarity on the new Brexit residency rules and the ability for more people to work remotely has bolstered the property market in Portugal, we are still seeing as many people as ever wanting to purchase property and are thrilled to say we are helping sellers find ...Read more

Mortgage Pre-approvals

Our mortgage partners Mortgage Direct who cover both Portugal and Spain have recently confirmed that Portugal was by far the stronger market for them last year and they are going to focus more of their energies on Portugal going forward. Travel to and from Portugal during the pandemic has been far easier than other European countries and continues to be so. Here they tell us a  bit more about why you should start the mortgage process early, ideally before coming ...Read more

Overcoming Currency Risks

An update from our mortgage partners Mortgage Direct. While the UK situation looks bleak with lockdown currently in place across the whole nation and travel bans in place for the foreseeable future, we have seen a surprising spike in activity, and this has been backed up by a few of our collaborators. It seems that some of our UK clients had been waiting for a Brexit deal (which has now been agreed) and other international clients (as well as the ...Read more

Beautiful Looking Houses In Portugal

 When considering moving overseas there are many things to take into account. What are you looking for? Are you dreaming of living next to a beach or is it forests and tranquility you crave? Is it a permanent move or perhaps just for a few months a year. Portugal has many things to recommend it as a place to move to either permanently or to buy a second home and share your time here and in your native country. Can ...Read more

Why Portugal Is The Ideal Destination For Digital Nomads  

Being a digital nomad is one of the most popular trends in employment over the last decade. The dream of traveling through different countries and making a living at the same time has become reality for millions of people. For all the successful nomads there are also failures of course. This could simply be because they chose the wrong country to live in.  What is a digital nomad? You may be aware of remote working already, where someone is employed ...Read more

Christmas in Portugal

Some of us are preparing for our first Christmas in Portugal! Some of us are well-seasoned stayers for Portuguese Festivities! This year Christmas 2020 will be different of course, we will likely have to make some changes to plans and lots of traditional celebrations will be postponed or cancelled but I wanted to share my experience of Christmas in Portugal all the same, ready for 2021 maybe!… I have spent Christmas in many different countries over the years which has ...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

Pure Portugal – What We Do

Pure Portugal do not provide legal help or advice to anyone, neither do we accept payment or financially benefit from legal services. It is necessary that you always source your own lawyer/solicitor independently and ensure you find someone you are happy to work with. As a team we have all moved country before and have either purchased/rented/sold property or lived in Portugal, so we understand first-hand the process and how confusing and daunting it might feel! When you search the ...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

Witchy Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients For the Soup 2 tbsp olive oil 2 onions , finely chopped 1kg pumpkins or squash 700ml vegetable stock or chicken stock Salt and freshly ground black pepper Method Cut the top off the pumpkin and set aside. Scoop out the seeds and fibres from the middle, discard or you ca n set them aside if you want to bake/roast the seeds to eat or dry them to save a plant later. Using a sharp knife and a spoon, ...Read more

Visiting Castelo de Vide

Hello Portugal Lovers! During our travels we visited Castelo de Vide, a village in Alto Alentejo that still very much in its original state. So we made a short video about it. In Castelo de Vide we can still see the births in the cages outside the houses and the clothes drying on the walls of the houses. At this point it reminds us our city Porto, a few years ago… A city full of history and small details, which ...Read more

Transferring your money abroad during economic uncertainty

It may be that you’re looking to move money abroad regularly for overseas property costs, salaries and pensions, or other commitments. Or, it could be that you’ve decided to relocate and need to move a lump sum abroad. Given the global and economic uncertainty in recent months due to the coronavirus, it’s never been more important to speak to an industry expert, to ensure you can maximise your currency transfers. Markets don’t like uncertainty, and with many countries still waiting ...Read more

Cheapest Ways to Send Money Internationally

This article is originally posted on Sigue. Whether you’re sending money overseas regularly, or just paying a few expenses while traveling, it’s important to find the cheapest way to send money internationally. Exchange and transfer fees can add up quickly. Here are some ways to transfer international remittances and other overseas payments at the lowest possible cost. The SiguePay Mobile Money Transfer App Send money to more than 50 countries with SiguePay for either deposit to your recipient’s bank account ...Read more

Vale das Botas eco farm

Hello Portugal Lovers! On our road trips we visited this retreat in the mountains of Central Portugal, and we made a short video about it. This eco farm has a unique location, with stunning mountain views and private river beach. It has 2 houses for holidays or long-term rental, a caravan for those who want a glamping style. Also has a swimming pool and access to the river beach. This farm belongs to a family of artists, namely musicians, and ...Read more

Building an Eco-Resort in Portugal

Hello Portugal Lovers! On our road trips we met Hannah and Jack, a lovely couple bought a very nice piece of land in the Algarve, via Pure Portugal Ltd and they finally moved to Portugal some weeks ago, to start building their dream project: An Eco-Resort in Portugal. We had a great time with them! We had so many things in common and to share that we forgot the time and it was already night when we left their place. ...Read more

Getting Residency In Portugal (pre Brexit)

If you are moving to Portugal and looking to buy and live in Portugal this is the video for you! We spoke with the wonderful Tig James of British In Portugal who works alongside The British Embassy and British In Europe and is a font of knowledge for all things residency related (especially for those who will be affected by Brexit). Today we answered lots of questions from you about how to apply for residency in Portugal, the process you ...Read more

5 Inspirational Garden Trends for Your Home in Portugal

Think of your garden as an extension of your room to enjoy and relax in. If you liven up your garden with inspirational garden trends, you can enjoy the great outdoors for most of the year. Whether you want to give your garden a complete makeover or simply want to add new elements to improve its functionality, we’ve compiled 5 inspirational garden trends to steer you in the right direction. Container gardens Container gardening adds incredible versatility to your garden ...Read more

Your Drivers Licence In Portugal

Here we hope to dispel some of the myth and confusion which comes with driving in Portugal and whether you need to do anything with your driver’s licence be it an EU licence, British licence or a driving licence from outside of the EU. You will not, as a rule, need a Portuguese driving licence if you are just a temporary visitor in Portugal (temporary being anything up to six months) generally, you are permitted to drive using your international ...Read more

Living In Portugal

Here you will find all sorts of articles on all things that come with living in Portugal, from getting residency, to licensing buildings, healthcare & much more – This is a big & varied topic, so if we have missed anything please email us on & ask for more help. We also have a fabulous services directory which has vetted experts and Pure Portugal partners who can help in all areas of property buying in Portugal & we also have ...Read more

Speaking Portuguese

Arriving in a new country is always an exciting experience, so many new things, different people, culture and traditions. A whole new “world” to discover and learn about. But it can also be a little scary, and the communication may sometimes become a problem. In spite of the fact that nowadays English is considered a universal/ global language and the Portuguese people are well known for their natural “adaptability skills” to talk with everyone, you can find yourself in a situation ...Read more

Buying In Portugal

Buying a property in Portugal can feel exciting and daunting all at the same time. The team here at Pure Portugal have purchased property and moved abroad ourselves over the years, so we all know the questions and worries that can come with such a move. We are a digital advertising platform, this means we are not an estate agent, but we advertise property for private sellers, agents and mediators. Here you will find a range of articles to help ...Read more

Real Estate in Portuguese – Useful Vocabulary

  With many thanks to Mia from Learn Portuguese  for this helpful blog! If you want to learn more about the Portuguese language, make sure to check out her online courses. If you are a beginner, she recommends that you start with her free Kickstarter Course. If you want to buy a house in Portugal, you might have some questions regarding vocabulary related to real estate in Portuguese. When you start searching for a house, you might see signs and ...Read more

Payment Methods For Pure Portugal Plus


Join Us At Pure Portugal Plus

We are thrilled to announce that after huge demand (and a lot of background work) we have just opened up a members group called Pure Portugal Plus. Pure Portugal Plus is a dedicated space to connect on a deeper level, with even more professional advice for people moving to and living in Portugal. Membership is only 20€ per year, (just to cover some of the extra administration needed to build, organise and plan the many interviews and webinars we have ...Read more

Can We Work From Home Forever?

This blog is bought to you from Jacqueline who works for our mortgage partners Mortgage Direct. Firstly, our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. I hope you and your loved ones are well and that this message finds you in good health and spirits. Although the lockdown period has enforced isolation on people that are used to a more social way of life, for those that have started to work from home it ...Read more

Living In Portugal – The Algarve

The Algarve has long been the favourite among foreigners, both as an area to holiday and to live in Portugal, there is estimated to be around 100,000 people who originate from outside Portugal that now call the Algarve home. The Algarve is (like all of Portugal) a very safe region, it has little crime and the usual laid-back lifestyle people expect to find in Portugal. Perfect for people of all ages, the Algarve caters for families and retirees alike, mainly ...Read more

Communities In Portugal

Communities in Portugal have existed for many decades, but it’s fair to say the interest in living this way has grown massively in recent years and with this more and more communities have formed. COMMUNITIES IN NORTHERN PORTUGAL Aldeia de Cabrum Amakura/Ecoaldeia de Cabrum – Cabrum A Portuguese-speaking community project, running regular events, open to volunteers and visitors. “A aldeia é um pequeno paraíso” Quinta das Relvas – Branca An artist’s community farm, open to collaborations, artist’s residencies, volunteering, and ...Read more


Deciding where to live in Portugal is one of the first parts to making the move over. For a small country Portugal it is always a surprise to people how vastly each area differs. From the cooler green North, to central Portugal where it feels like time slowed down, the mountains where you can ski in the winter and of course the South with miles of beaches and refreshing breezes! Here we hope to help a little by breaking down ...Read more


If you find your new home through the Pure Portugal website we will send you 50euros to spend on anything you like! Trees, a meal out, some hens, flowers, seeds, tools, fabulous Portuguese wine… just let us know the property reference, your bank details or paypal address and we will whizz it straight over to you with love and hugs from the whole team!   ...Read more

How to Save Money on Your Phone Usage When in Portugal

So you’ve bought your plane ticket to Portugal, booked a hotel, and packed your suitcase a thousand times. But what about your mobile phone? Is your mobile device ready for international travel? Not only do you need to make sure that your mobile phone will work in another country, but you should also consider how much money you’re going to spend on mobile phone usage while in Portugal. Thankfully, there are lots of simple things you can do to save ...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