Portugal has fast become one of our favourite European destinations. For a start, did you know that it’s the sunniest country in Europe? Even in late October we experience endless blue skies and sunshine. We loved Portugal so much during our 2017 stay that we returned a year later to live and work in the Algarve. On our initial trip, we completed a house sit near Lagos, where we  fell in love with the country’s sandy beaches and explored coves bordered by red, yellow and orange cliffs. We watched the sunset whilst walking the dogs along flat, almost-deserted sands.

We’ve also discovered how great Portugal’s cities are with a whirlwind few days exploring the capital Lisbon where we hopped from Cathedral to museum to historic tower. Ancient Sintra is just a train journey away from Lisbon, so we also took a trip there to visit its Old Town, castle and yellow palace. We also enjoyed a month-long stay just outside of Porto, a city we fell hard for. As well as wandering along Porto’s colourful riverfront and steep cobbled streets, we took day trips to nearby cities like Braga and Guimaraes, as well as walks along forested walkways in the Passadicos do Pava.