Eat Like a Local in Portugal with ESFW

We’re all about exploring foreign countries and indulging in worldly cuisines. There’s no better way to get to know a destination than through its food, learning how to really Eat Like a Local and maybe even picking up a few cooking tips while you’re at it. To help uncover Portugal’s foodie scene, we’ve enlisted the help of some of the […]

Eat Like a Local in Portugal with Billingsgate Seafood Training School

Portugal and fine cuisine go hand in hand. When you’re visiting sun-kissed regions like the Algarve, you’re immediately struck by the range of dishes on offer – think Atlantic seafood and marinated meats, with a whole dose of Mediterranean influences thrown in for good measure. As part of our ongoing Eat Like a Local project, we’re on a mission to […]

Eat Like a Local in Portugal with The Bertinet Kitchen Cookery School

Portugal isn’t just golden sands and stunning Algarve coastlines – it’s also home to heavenly cuisine renowned across the globe. We’re all about immersing ourselves in foreign cultures and trying new recipes, so we’ve decided to focus on Portugal for the next instalment of our Eat Like a Local series. To help us get to know Portuguese food, we called […]

Portugal: mountain biking routes for adventurous holiday makers

Sun, sea, sand, and a whole new world of culture and cuisine – Portugal certainly has a lot going for it. Many people dream of jetting off to the Portuguese coast to sunbathe and sip cocktails, and really, who can blame them? But it’s also a fantastic destination for activity holidays, especially if you’re a keen cyclist. In Portugal, mountain […]

Good snorkelling holidays for villa-loving travellers

Holiday rentals provide the perfect basecamp for snorkelling getaways. Hiring a villa gives you the freedom to prepare your own packed lunches and dinners, and you’ll have plenty of room to store your snorkels, flippers and wetsuits. Image by Lance, used under CC License (CC by 2.0)  Good snorkelling holidays unlock a country’s most enthralling secrets. Pack your underwater camera […]

Two easy Portuguese pork chop recipes to make in your villa

Few places do pork chops like Portugal. If you’re thinking of taking a self catering getaway, or are just wanting to whip up a few holiday meals of your own, consider opting for a self-catering villa. Having your own space gives you the freedom to relax, dictate your schedule and – most importantly – cook! With these easy, delicious Portuguese […]

Best drinks for your self-catering holiday to the Algarve

A huge advantage of self-catering holidays is that you can get a real taste of local culinary offerings. And this is just as true with local drinks as local cuisine. Take a trip to a nearby shop or market and see what delicious tipples you can find to bring back to your villa. After dinner, sip wine on the balcony, […]

Your guide to the Algarve

The southern Portuguese region of the Algarve is one of Europe’s most glittering jewels. Despite remaining unspoiled by mass tourism, the region is awash with first-rate facilities and tourist amenities. It’s clear why millions of holidaymakers travel there each year – they flock for the sheer number of beaches, dramatic seaside rock formations, charming villages, nearly endless sunshine, and friendly […]

Algarve self-catering: recipe for Clams in a Cataplana Casa Velha

Self-catering doesn’t mean skimping on luxury, and it means you get to try out the best local cuisine. To make sure you enjoy the full flavour of the Algarve while in a holiday let, here’s a delicious recipe that you need to try if you take a break to southern Portugal. Image by suchiorg, used under Creative Commons license (CC BY 2.0) Portuguese Self-Catering […]

The Algarve- more than just great beaches!

Of course, no trip to the Algarve would be complete without exploring the stunning sandy beaches that this destination has to offer. The shorelines are certainly sun drenched and hard to resist! Ranging from the expansive sands of Fisherman’s Beach in Albufeira to smaller coves such as Castelo. However, the Algarve has much more going for it than just its’ […]