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

A Seasonal Guide to Nurturing Your Garden By Area

Portugal, with its vast array of climates and fertile soil, beckons to gardeners both new and experienced. The land holds a promise of abundance and variety, inviting you to understand its agricultural heartbeat and rhythm. With this understanding, you can create a garden that blossoms throughout the year. Here’s our guide to growing your own food in Portugal. Portugal’s Farming Canvas North Portugal Climate: A bit cooler, kissed by the rain – a home for leafy greens and root vegetables. ...Read more

Sustainable Living in Portugal: A Neighbourly Guide to a Green Home

With its captivating landscapes and inviting climate, Portugal welcomes not just tourists but those who are keen to embrace a sustainable way of life. If you were to walk through the beautiful streets of Lisbon or the rustic countryside, you might find neighbours sharing tips on water conservation or proudly displaying solar panels on their roofs. Here’s a neighbourly guide on how to join the growing trend of green living in Portugal. Portugal’s Friendly Approach to Sustainability People in Portugal ...Read more

Permaculture: A Sustainable Approach to Living and Its Implication in Portugal

Permaculture, is a combination of ‘permanent’ and ‘culture’, also seen as a holistic design system for creating sustainable human habitats. This approach is not merely about growing plants; it encompasses energy-efficient building design, integrated water resources management, and even community development strategies. With an emphasis on the principles of ecology and the interconnectivity of life, permaculture strives to work with nature, rather than against it, in a self-sustaining manner. Permaculture in Portugal Portugal is a country with varied landscape, abundant ...Read more

Living the Good Life: Growing Food in Portugal

If you’re looking for a more sustainable and fulfilling lifestyle, growing your own food is a great place to start. And if you’re lucky enough to live in Portugal, you have the perfect climate and soil to make it happen! We thought we would share just a few of the benefits of growing your own food in Portugal and living the good life. Fresh, Healthy Produce One of the biggest benefits of growing your own food is being able to ...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

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

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

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

Moving To Portugal – Tipping Point

  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


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

Tiny Homes – Tipi Living

  The Pure Portugal team thought we would share a blog for each of the different types of Tiny Homes we have on offer. The first one is about tipi-living and was written by Clare Monson, a Pure Portugal team member and founder of MyTipis. The other tipi provider we work with is Tartaruga. The Sioux word tipi is formed of ‘ti’ meaning to dwell or live, and ‘pi’ meaning used for – thus tipi means used to live in. ...Read more

Sharing their love of food & adventure: the couple behind the francophone version of Pure Portugal

We are the newbies on the Pure Portugal team and the ones taking care of the new website in French, Pur Portugal, as well as the French-speaking Facebook group. This video gives you a first taste of what we are all about: Living in Portugal since April 2017, we are in the process of buying a property near Guarda. Our hope is to be as self-sustainable as possible and to set up a small ecotourism project. We love to travel ...Read more

Discover Portugal: The Côa Valley

Looking for a day excursion somewhere different, where nature, culture, and gastronomy intersect? Then this itinerary might be for you. The Foz Côa Valley has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998, and is considered the biggest open-air site of paleolithic art in Europe, if not in the world. We recommend starting your day by visiting the Faia Brava nature reserve, right on the border between the Center and the North of Portugal. It is the first ...Read more

Fabulous recent listings #1

If you are a regular follower of Pure Portugal`s website, I am sure you`ve seen all those fabulous properties we`ve been adding to our listings lately. If you didnt.. you dont want to miss it! There is all kind of interesting properties and I am sure you will fall in love with a few.. A small paradise in the mountains, or a wide property with green fields and meadows where I imagine horses running free. Pure and fresh water running ...Read more