Central Portugal – Off the Tourist Trail

About me

I discovered this wonderful unspoilt area of Central Portugal completely by accident when on holiday from Lanzarote back in 2006 . I was working in  the tourist industry, surrounded by big hotels , Irish bars and places serving a  Full English breakfast. When it was time for my holidays I wanted to get away from all that . I wanted  to experience traditional foods, to recharge my batteries in a warm relaxed place, surrounded by nature. I wanted a get away from mass tourism. 

This area in the Beiras had everything I needed . Beautiful scenery; rivers,streams, wild flowers, forests and quaint villages. The people were friendly and helpful . The weather was warm and sunny ( a lot of the time), and it felt like a place that time had forgotten . All these things meant that within hours I was feeling relaxed, and all my cares had disappeared.

I fell in love with the area so much, that after a second visit I bought myself a tiny property (without electricity or water )and myself and my partner would visit for house renovation holidays whenever we could. 

In 2011 I decided to leave Lanzarote and moved to the area permanently. Since being here I have been trying to get to grips with the language, and work out a way to make a living here. Working in tourism is not an option, so I am trying to find other ways to survive. I have always loved art and crafts , and so I am trying to find a way to turn my love into my living.

I will be sharing with you what I get up to with my arts and crafts, places I discover, and an insight into my daily life as a 50 something English woman living in a village with 9 Portuguese peoples AND 20 goats.

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4 thoughts on “About me

  1. It sounds wonderful !

    Jane : )

  2. Hi, I found your post on BeyondLisbon. Interesting to hear about all the places to visit and things to do in Central Portugal, we moved here at the beginning of the year, It’s such a beautful area.

    • Hi , Nice to hear from you . I have just got back from a quick trip to England, so sorry for the delay in replying. it is a beautiful area, very natural and unspolit. It is even better now the sun is shining again ! Where abouts are you ? I live about 5 kms from Gois, and love it.

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