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From finding your dream home to discovering the best local restaurants and cafes, we'll show you how to experience Portugal like a native. Come explore with us!

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Your Life in Portugal is the authority for all things Portugal. We provide high-quality travel guides, unique tips, and expert-level advice to make your life abroad easier. Our mission is to help you craft your own magical story in Portugal, and we hope that our immersive stories, travel photos, and expat tips can help you do just that.

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Whether you’re moving to Portugal or are planning a weekend visit, our expert travel articles will guide the way. Browse through our most popular categories to begin your adventure.

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We started a new life in Portugal, too.

We’re Elizabeth Thorn and Mario Rendón Grisales — an adventurous travel couple and a team of business owners. We packed up our lives and moved to Portugal after years of living and traveling abroad. Now, we’re excited to help you settle into your life in Portugal, too.

We have been traveling and working remotely since 2015. After living in North America, South America, Asia, and Europe, we’ve settled on building a life in Portugal. However, we’re still explorers at heart and love to catch planes to new countries whenever we can.

As we explore more of this world, we find that we’re drawn to unique destinations, local insights, and culturally and spiritually enriching experiences. We hope that our curious spirits shine through all of the guides we create for you. You deserve to live a story as magical as the one we’ve created here in Portugal.

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If you already know where you want to go, start planning your trip here by reading through our Portuguese city guides.

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Lisbon

Explore Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon

This Portuguese capital city has endured centuries of history and was built around seven hills, offering stunning views of the Tagus River estuary. Home to renowned restaurants, museums, and beautiful streets lined with colorful buildings, Lisbon is a city that never ceases to amaze and delight.
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Porto

Explore Porto, Portugal

Porto

Situated along the Douro River in the Northwest corner of Portugal, Porto is home to incredible churches filled with history and art, plus beautiful beaches and lush green landscapes that line the outskirts of the city. It's also home to its own specialities such as port wine and francesinha sandwiches.
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Braga

Explore Braga, Portugal

Braga

Boasting over two millennia of culture, Braga has been a major force in Portuguese and European history since it was founded by the Romans in 16 B.C. The city is also known as one of the oldest Catholic cities in the world, making it a truly special destination to explore for religious and cultural reasons alike.
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Coimbra

Explore Coimbra, Portugal

Coimbra

Coimbra is home to the famous Coimbra University, reputed to be have been an inspiration for J.K. Rowling in her Harry Potter series. Take a meander down narrow medieval streets or just sit back in one of Coimbra's many quaint cafés and savor the atmosphere.
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Faro

Explore Faro, Portugal

Faro

Faro is the beautiful capital of Portugal's southern Algarve region. Thanks to its coastal setting, Faro boasts stunning beaches with clear waters and ample outdoor activities to enjoy on endless summer days. It's also a great starting point for any Algarve adventure.
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Funchal

Explore Funchal, Portugal

Funchal

The natural beauty Funchal, the capital city of Madeira, has to offer is simply astounding, ranging from magical flower gardens to epic views of the Funchal Bay. Funchal truly is a city for everyone to explore, from its exciting history to its magnificent nature trails.
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Recommended Tours & Experiences

Members of our team have tried these tours and loved them. Get in touch if you’re interested in specific tips or recommendations.

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Want to experience life in Portugal through a different lens?

We take every opportunity we can get to explore Portugal. However, we’re passionate adventurers at heart, which means we travel all across Europe in search of hidden gems and unique cafes (we’re always down for a second or third cup of coffee). Follow our adventures on Instagram, where we post inspiring photos and short guides for destinations in Portugal and Europe.

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Experienced Travelers & Expats

What makes us the experts on living in Portugal?

We each ditched corporate life back in 2015 and 2017 and have spent the last few years building businesses and traveling and living abroad. We’re avid travelers and eager explorers, and we definitely understand expat life. But more specifically, we understand what it’s like living in Portugal as a foreigner. Our Head of Content has also been featured in a few top travel publications, so you know we’re delivering quality content.

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