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Hay & Silage

If you aren’t planting your own, it’s a GREAT time to pre-order spring hay. Prices in bulk can be negotiated and you know that really fresh hay is available. A few notes to consider – 1)  Find a regular supplier – they will save you when you really need a delivery! 2) Ask about the contents – NOT all hay is equal – native grass, azevem (rye grass), aveia (oat), luzerna (alfalfa) and more. 3)  Nutrition – Think about protein, ...Read more

Getting a visa to live in Portugal

There are many types of visa which you can use to move to and live in Portugal – some of the lesser known types of visa for Portugal are the Start-up Visa, Study Visa, Employment Visa and the Family Reunification Visa to name a few, but here below we have shared information on the more commonly used visas to consider for anyone wanting to move to Portugal from outside the EU. First things to note: Citizens of the UK, USA, ...Read more

AGRICULTURE & LIVESTOCK

Once you have made your move and unpacked you might want to keep animals, grow food or even start an official farm business. Here we share some guides offering top tips and ways you can get things started on your farming journey! SPRING PLANNING – Get ahead and ready for Spring GROWING HEMP IN PORTUGAL – We get asked about this a lot! Here are some ways to get you started BUYING AGRICULTURAL SUPPLIES – Tips on where to find ...Read more

AGRICULTURE – Spring Planning

Happy 2022 Pure Portugal Farmers & Agri Lovers.  For those of you with BIG ideas, please start your planning now! Below are my TOP 5 tips to mull over in front of the fireplace this month – and then you can get moving! 1)      Agri Associations – This the time to find and join your local agriculture association.  They will have LOTS of resources and advice for you.  They also get busy in the Spring so now is ...Read more

12 Days Of Christmas

We decided to share the Pure Portugal 12 days of Christmas. Where for the first 12 days of December the Pure Portugal Team picked a Portuguese word relating to Christmas or winter to prepare us all for the fun festive time ahead! First Day Of Christmas Pinheiro – Pine Tree  The favoured tree to be used as the Christmas Tree! Can also be known as ‘Avore de Nata Second Day Of Christmas Rabanadas – French toast A traditional treat, sometimes ...Read more

Exploring Alternatives in Azores

Escola Novas Rotas Hi Portugal Lovers! Did you know that there is an alternative public school in São Miguel island, Azores? We have a guided visit to Escola Novas Rotas by the two families: A Pequena Grande Casa  and Quinta do Bom Despacho, as their children are students from this school. It is a school without classes and with an unconventional organisation. It follows the national school curriculum and all learning moments are identified and have correspondence, but the students are free to investigate ...Read more

Azores Ecoliving Experience for thriving nomads

Hi Portugal Lovers! This time our destination is the Azores islands and the reason that moves us is an invitation to live an Ecoliving Experience for Thriving Nomads. They are digital nomads who have projects driven by the impact on the environment and communities.     So, a group of nomads from around the world who work online have been invited to spend two weeks living together, working and visiting the Azores. This proposal came from an eco farm in ...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 most people are looking forward to a more ‘normal’ looking Christmas than the one we had in 2020, many of the traditional celebrations which were postponed or cancelled last year will be back this year for all to enjoy. I have spent Christmas in many different countries over the years which has led to seeing many different traditions ...Read more

Agriculture – Growing Hemp In Portugal

Since the interview with Clare Monson and Rachel Zed on Pure Portugal Plus about starting an agribusiness, Rachel has had a number of inquiries about starting an agribusiness. More than any other, she is asked about growing HEMP in Portugal (Cannabis Sativa NOT medical cannabis). Here Rachel has kindly shared some information and the list of official requirement as posted by the Ministry of Agriculture (DGAV). You need a permit to grow hemp! Anything medical is regulated by INFARMED – ...Read more

Agriculture – Buying Agricultural Supplies

Rachel from WIKID Farms shares some top tips for finding agricultural supplies in Portugal. Where to find agriculture materials. The best option is to look on google maps for the closest AGRILOJA or CASA AGRICOLA (as a business category). Every town has at least one local shop. AGRILOJA is also a big, national retail store name but I find them very expensive. Most of these shops will sell everything from planting soil, seed, water fittings, fencing, shade net, greenhouse plastic, ...Read more

Agriculture – Buying A Tractor (Used vs New)

This is a major purchase for any farm operation. I hope to cover the major points in helping you make a smart equipment investment. This is just an intro on the BIG issues so questions welcome ! Why do you need the tractor? What chores or work do you need this equipment to accomplish? Every village will have someone who also offers tractor work and will either charge (an average) of 30E/Hour or you can negotiate a fixed price. If ...Read more

‘Halloween’ In Portugal

Not so long ago, Halloween, 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’ is celebrated on the 1st of November, which is a public holiday, and is followed by All Souls Day on the 2nd of November, which is not a public holiday. *During a public holiday Banks, post offices and other public services are closed (this includes ...Read more

Devilish Pumpkin Bowl 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

Vote & be in with a chance of winning £1000!

Our currency partner Global Reach are shortlisted in the Moneyfacts Consumer Awards, and you could win £1,000 by casting your vote! We’re thrilled to announce that our trusted currency partner, Global Reach, has been shortlisted for International Money Transfer Provider of the Year in the Moneyfacts Consumer Awards 2022. Global Reach pride themselves on their personalised service, and so being recognised in respected consumer awards like this is a great achievement. If you’ve used Global Reach to make a currency ...Read more

Pumpkin Spice Golden Syrup Oatmeal Crunch

Pumpkin Spice reminds us all of the loveliness of autumn and the changing seasons. This recipe includes a lovely warming spice mix to make a lovely syrup crunch. Especially nice when eaten warm! INGREDIENTS; 100g butter 100g golden brown sugar 2 Tbsp Golden Syrup 100g Self Raising Flour 100g porridge oats 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda Pumpkin Spice mix 1tsp Nutmeg 1/2tsp each of cinnamon, all spice, ginger and clove For an added kick pop in another 1/2 tsp ginger ...Read more

What to Do When Visiting Serra da Estrela  

Spend one of the most amazing trips in Serra da Estrela of Portugal. Experience the mesmerizing tall mountains and scenic places to visit in this region. Apart from its love for football, Portugal is well known for its vibrant culture, sandy beaches, and port wine. It is one of the oldest countries in Europe that boasts captivating sceneries and historic aesthetics like the azulejos tiles. One of the most mesmerizing places in Portugal is Serra da Estrela. It is a ...Read more

Living In Portugal – Settling In

Moving home is exciting and stressful at the best of times, moving country and home is often an even more unnerving experience, regardless of how sure you are that making a move is the right thing to do! All of the members of the Pure Portugal team have moved country (some more than once!) so we thought we would put together a guide with some of our top tips to help you feel at home as soon as possible. Before ...Read more

PURCHASING A HOUSE VIRTUALLY: A DANGEROUS GAME?

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

The Pure Portugal Guide To Portuguese Public Holidays & Celebrations 2021

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

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

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

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

Getting Your Home Sparkling Clean to Rent Out

Whether your property is in the UK, the US, or Portugal, if you want to rent it out, it needs to be presentable. With so much choice on the market, you need to make sure your rental property is absolutely spotless if you want to rent it quickly. The financial website Investopedia points out that renters today have high expectations and will want the home thoroughly cleaned. This means perhaps to a much higher standard than was expected in the ...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