About me

First a bit of history about this blog – My husband and I first discovered the wonderful Portuguese approach to food and life in 2004 on Madeira. After many Madeirian holidays, we decided in 2013 it was about time we discovered mainland Portugal. Looking for Winter sunshine, nature on the doorstep and good public transport which was also away from the main tourist areas led us to the east Algarve. After a few repeat visits I realised that I was taking so many photographs of this beautiful region that I could never fit them all in a photobook and as I did not want to stop taking photographs, I decided the only solution was to have a Portuguese blog!

Our Portuguese base – To date our Portuguese sojourns have all been in the winter, and so our base is in the south – Olhão in the Algarve. There are wonderful restaurants in the town, it probably has the best fish market around and there is excellent bird watching just a few minutes walk from the centre.

Olhão is a great location from which to explore the rest of the Algarve and southern Alentejo, and going further afield is not difficult as there is a railway station in the town and the airport is a 20minute drive away. Consequently we do go further afield and have so far explored Aveiro, Lisboa and Porto.

Finding Out More – If you like my photographs then I also keep another blog for photo challenges and random things, it is called Life of a 40 Something.  And if you are have got this far on this page then you are probably here because you are planning to shortly visit or are already in the Algarve. Congratulations on making a brilliant decision! Now you’ll probably want more information on places to stay, public transport and great blogs if so then I recommend you now visit my useful links page.

If you have any questions or just want to say hello simply fill out the form below, and if you are wondering how to pronounce Olhão check out this!

 

39 comments on “About me

  1. You lucky ones living in Portugal! We love Portugal and we have visited there few times (Lisbon, Praia da Rocha, Sintra, Estoril, Azores and Madeira). That is why we learnt us Portuguese.

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    • Hi my apologies that I missed your comment back in February, for some reason wordpress never told me it had arrived 😦
      Very envious that you have been to the Azores, would love to go one of these years. Any tips?

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  2. Portugal was my destination of choice this winter – and specifically the Algarve, but sadly it’s not going to happen as planned since other commitments have gotten in the way. Hopefully next year! I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about this beautiful country.

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  3. Wonderful – a great blog.. c

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  4. I love Portugal, have been several times and each time I live it more!

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    • Apologies it has taken me 6 months to find your comment, I have no idea why! So glad to meet you especially as you love Portugal as much as we do. Where do you go mostly?

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  5. I love Portugal, so I’m happy to find you here. Where are you from originally? I have a friend who will be visiting Madeira on Monday for a week. 🙂

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    • oh I’m very envious of your friend I’ve not been to Madeira for a few years now . . . . I’m from and am in England when not in Portugal 🙂

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  6. thewalkerswife

    Hi Becky, like you we ‘found’ mainland Portugal after lots of trips to Madeira. After much prevarication, we are finally biting the bullet and spending three months in Albufeira this winter. My partner will be working remotely Monday to Friday and we’ll be exploring at weekends. Despite walking the Via Algarviana and returning to walk several link routes and the alternative finish (west coast via Aljezur) we’ve not yet had the opportunity to visit Olhao. Your blog will definitely help us determine the nicest places to explore. Keep up the good work. Tracy

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    • Hi Tracy I am so so sorry for my tardy reply. For some reason I have only just been alerted to your comment?! Hope you enjoyed your three months in the Algarve, how was Albufeira? Did you manage any more walks? Hope the book is selling well.

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  7. Hi BeckyB, thanks for stopping by my blog! If you are ever up in the Western Algarve pleae contact me and perhaps we can meet up for a coffee 🙂

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  8. In the 1960s my family shared a house in the Algarve, in Lagos. We went there many times over a 10 year period and your blog is bringing back wonderful memories and making me delightfully nostalgic – I might just have to go there again – soon!

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  9. Hi Becky, have never been to Portugal but it’s on the wishlist and your lovely photos provide further inspiration! Best wishes Rosemary (Le Chic En Rose)

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  10. Awesome blog and wonderful photos. Congratulations. I have always said that blogs are best ones to get inside information about countries. I appreciate Your devoting to Portugal. This beautiful country offers its nature beauty and historic targets to be explored widely. Thank You. I have devoted only to one country in my posts, Finland.

    I have to be curious, have You learnt to speak Portuguese?

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  11. Amazing snaps. Glad I made the trip over here. Following ya already. Look forward to your posts!

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  12. Hi Becky
    I’ve just found your blog via I love Ohao on Facebook. We are on our third visit to Olhao since buying an apartment in October. We love it here – just need to find a way to work from home here instead of at the office in Leeds! Looking forward to exploring more of your blog, the other links and of course the area.
    Sue

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    • Hi Sue, so pleased you have found it and congratulations on buying an apartment. We still haven’t, and this must be our 6th or 7th visit and it has been a long one this latest visit so far 4months and still going! Really hope you find a way of managing remote working, Leeds is lovely (lived there for three years) but Olhão has sunshine, sea and fewer people. Enjoy exploring.

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  13. Hi Becky, my Christmas present is to have wifi all the way to our Finca, finally we took the plunge so it has been good to brows your blog at leisure and some wonderful links too. Happy Christmas and happy blogging for 2016.

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  15. lovely blog – welcome to the Algarve!

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  16. Hello Becky, How fascinating to have discovered you! Before Jo and her Monday Walks I had no idea – and no interest to be honest – that Portugal coast is such a lovely place to discover! Now I have two of you! This Algarve syndrome is becoming contagious 🙂

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    • Hi . . great to meet you and so pleased that you are finding the Algarve catching! I’m hoping to explore more of the coast this winter, Jo is inspiring me to go further afield 🙂 Maybe one day you might join us.

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  17. I enjoyed looking at your lovely photos! Thank you for sharing!
    –Joan 🙂

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