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Tips for Buying Property Overseas

If you’ve been viewing lots of beautiful houses and have finally found the perfect place, you may be keen to put a deposit down, get the keys and start decorating. However, when you’re buying a property abroad, it’s important to do your research to ensure you know exactly what the overseas purchase process is like, and are aware of any obstacles that may come up. Our currency partner FC Exchange share their top tips to consider when you’re looking to ...Read more

Chestnuts and St Martins Summer

Castanhas e Verao de Sao Martinho  Chestnuts and St Martins Summer   In Portugal, harvest festival, called ‘Magusto’, is celebrated on St Martins day, 11th November. Traditionally the whole family sat around an open fire, celebrating a bountiful harvest by eating roasted chestnuts, drinking new wine and other regional delicacies. For example, In Lousã, they celebrate the honey harvest at the same time as the chestnut harvest “Feira do Mel e do Castanha”. Everyone gets involved, restaurants produce special dishes ...Read more

Pure Portugal’s top 5 ways to learn Portuguese (but please, not like Bobby Robson)

Brits abroad Learning the language is the preferable way to integrate in any foreign country. Most of mainland Europe appears to be able to communicate easily. Portuguese can understand Spanish. Dutch speak good English. The Germans, Swiss and Austrians speak each other’s languages. But English people are well known for not making an effort to bridge the cultural divide. Stereotypically, we will learn enough to get by and if needed, rely on shouting louder to make ourselves understood. Or we ...Read more

Rocket Stove

Nice and comfy, nested on the heated sofa-bench… The house is warm, the water hot, and the stove gently crackling as it finishes hits burn for the day. Temperature meant to go down to 1°C tonight. Right now it’s 4.7°C out there, but 20.2°C in here. Our rocket stove is now in its second week of its second season. Only 2 blow backs so far ; once after I rushed putting a big log in shortly after starting it, the ...Read more

Mortgages for Portugal

Arranging any mortgage abroad can be a daunting prospect and Portugal is certainly no exception. For the uninitiated, it’s difficult to know where to start and whether information you see or receive is correct. This is complicated by the fact that banks lending in Portugal do not always offer the same conditions to clients, even if they have similar profiles. The mortgage market in Portugal is quite traditional in the sense that having the right contacts is crucial if you ...Read more

7 things you should know about travel insurance

Trusted reliable underwriters WorldNomads.com is backed by a suite of strong, secure, specialist travel insurers who provide you with great cover, 24 hour emergency assistance and the highest levels of support and claims management when you need it most. Value for money with the cover you need WorldNomads.com provides cover for what’s important for travellers from over 150 countries. By focussing on what you need and leaving out what you don’t, World Nomads prices are some of the most competitive ...Read more

How to Fit a Family’s Clothes in One Suitcase

Knowing what to take and how to make the most of your luggage space can seem daunting especially if you have your family in tow. Below is a fellow traveller’s guide on items to take, how to pack a family’s worth of clothes in one suitcase and other useful baggage related tips. Choose your suitcase carefully! The first and most important decision to make is what suitcase to take. Some suitcases can weigh 3.5KG before you have even put your essentials in! ...Read more

The Ultimate Car Hire Checklist

Affiliate Blog Post by Economy Car Hire For many people, renting a car is a nightmare but that’s not the way it should be. We’ve put together this handy car hire checklist that will guide you through the things you need to do once you’ve booked your holiday car hire. From the DVLA code to protecting yourself from unexpected charges, you’ll find all the information you need here. Before You Leave Book your rental car through Economy Car Hire! Research ...Read more

Driving in Europe – what you need to know

New laws for driving in Europe Let’s face it, driving in Europe can be tricky if you don’t know the rules. When you’re driving at home you know the laws of the road.  When you reach the continent, each country has a different take on things, and 2016 is going to make things even trickier. In an attempt to crack down on law-breaking foreigners and improve road safety across the continent, the European Commission is in the process of finalising several ...Read more

FREE TREES: Kim & Nick

Kim and Nick are the latest recipients of free trees for their property purchased via Pure Portugal.    We are both in our early 30’s and seem to have different dreams than our friends of the same age, we didn’t want to be stuck in our home country, Belgium, in a life full of stress, work and little time for each other. A couple of years ago we sold our house in Belgium and started travelling, we went to Southeast Asia, ...Read more

Top Travel Apps for 2016

Post by Zest Car Rental Whether we like it or not, smartphones have become invaluable tools for planning and booking holidays. They’re also fast replacing guide books and maps once we arrive at our destination, thanks to the power of the internet. These days, travel apps are a rapidly growing business and whilst many of them are poor, there are some great ones too. So with that in mind, what are the top travel apps for 2016? Photo by: georgejmclittle/Fotolia ...Read more

Pet Passport – Taking Pets Abroad

If you’re moving abroad or looking to purchase a 2nd home, the process of taking your pets with you may not be something you’ve really thought about in detail. In theory it’s simple but quarantine regulations have made it trickier than you’d first think. Pet passports are a real thing! Taking Pets Abroad Why is taking an animal abroad so carefully regulated? In short, rabies. Photo by: tashatuvango/Fotolia What is Rabies? Responsible for around 60,000 human deaths a year. Affecting ...Read more

Fermented / Pickled Olives

Hello Guys, I just would like to share this amazing recipe of fermented/pickled olives. It is easy and 100s of years old. I always ate it at my friend’s houses but never made it. This year we have a great harvest of olives and I made two jars and will do a lot more in the coming days. It is easy and there is no need to soak th oilves in water and change the water, etc. PART ONE Wash ...Read more

Perfect Greek Yoghurt

Rise and shine – it’s a new day, and it could begin with glorious Greek yogurt, bananas and honey for breakfast. How To Make Perfect, Creamy Greek Yogurt I owe a lot to Greek yogurt. Once, years ago, while living in the UK, I entered a competition promoted on the top foil of a Greek yogurt called “FAGE” – pronounced “fáh yeh”. To my amazement, my slogan was one of six winners, and my then spouse and I were whisked ...Read more

Car Hire Tips for Older Drivers

Recent research carried out by Economy Car Hire has shown that a number of car hire suppliers penalise older drivers simply because of their age. And it doesn’t matter how many years no claims or how much experience you have. In one instance, we discovered RecordGo charges drivers aged 70 or older an additional €58 per day up to a maximum of €192, including 21% tax. At current exchange rates, this adds around £136 to the cost of your holiday. ...Read more

Guide to Driving in Portugal

Portugal offers the perfect mixture of traditional villages and lively cities. Why not visit a vineyard, drive along the awe-inspiring coastline, through the spectacular Douro valley (pictured) or immerse yourself in some Portuguese culture. Hiring a car and driving around Portugal is simply the best way to discover it. There are lots of hidden beaches and beautifully set villages hidden in the Portuguese countryside that simply need to be uncovered. Currently, there are some toll roads throughout the Porto and Lisbon ...Read more

Eating Invisible Flowers: the Delicious Mystery of FIGS

© Keith Irwin Their skins are golden or leaf green, delicate cream with a pale pink blush, amber, mauve, royal purple shading into eau de nil, or inky violet tinged with midnight. There are dozens of varieties in Portugal, and their names echo like the words of a song – surely a love song in praise of the beloved’s beauties: Olho de Perdiz, Douro, Pingo de Mel, Paraíso and Princesa. Every year, millions of people around the world watch 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

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

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

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