Portugal is the most welcoming country on the planet!
Ex-Pats from around the world have named Portugal as the best country to move to in the world. Portugal won the honor through InterNations’ annual Ex-Pat Insider Survey.
InterNations surveys the best destinations for expatriates to live and work abroad each year. Portugal was in 9th place just two years ago but is now on the top of the list, followed by Taiwan and Mexico.
The survey is based on data on the friendly attitude of locals towards foreigners, the likelihood of the expats to wish to live in the country their whole life, and the ease of making local friends, together with the cost of living and safety in the country. Almost every expatriate living in Portugal (94%) says they feel welcomed by the local population and includes many Portuguese locals in their circle of friends.
Eurovision Festival Heads to Lisbon
The famous European song competition — which started in 1956 and made stars of ABBA, Celine Dion and Olivia Newton-John along the way — comes to Portugal following last year’s victory of Portugal’s Salvador Sobral singing “Amar pelos dois.” Some 43 countries participate in the event, but only 26 songs will make it to the Grand Finale in Eurovision’s 63rd edition – its first time in Portugal.
May 12, Altice Arena, Lisbon
There’s a new Beer Factory in Porto – and you can tour and taste it
Nortada is a new beer produced in Porto and now its factory its open to visitors. At Fábrica de Cervejas Portuense (FCP, sound like another Porto legend…), you can taste the beer, but also then have a meal at the restaurant or check out the production line and take some bottles home.
2 Portuguese Regions Named in World’s Top 10 Sustainable: Azores and Oeste
The Azores led the World’s Top 10 Sustainable Destinations as the Best of the Atlantic. The award was given recently at ITB Berlin. The Azores and the Oeste Region (as best of Europe) were selected to the top ten from 100 sustainable destinations. An international jury picked 32 finalists before naming two regions in Portugal to the Top 10 Sustainable Destinations list.
Arrábida Natural Park becomes more Sports-Friendly
For those who enjoy sports but can’t skip nature, the Arrábida National Park (just south of Lisbon) has a new hub to help guests exploring the white cliffs of the park by trekking, climbing or mountain bike. GOArrabida will help adrenaline seekers to better explore the mountain in a sustainable and healthy way.
‘Pitaria’ is the new Avillez Middle Eastern-inspired eatery in the heart of Lisbon
Lisbon’s Chiado is now the place for the Middle Eastern pitas. There are many types of them to taste, along with a nice cocktail and good conversation. The new concept by Chef Avillez offers a small and cozy space for relaxed meals that you can share with friends or even do take out.
Rua Nova da Trindade 11, Lisbon
Sangue na Guelra at the Ritz Four Seasons Hotel Lisbon
The famous Ritz Four Seasons Hotel opens its Presidential Suite to “Sangue na Guelra” in a series of private dinners throughout the year. From the city’s street to the Ritz’s 10thfloor, this suite will become “Ritz’s Secret Room by Sangue na Guelra,” the next dining room for artists and chefs from all over the world to cross cultural and culinary experiences.
R. Rodrigo da Fonseca 88, Lisbon
Vale da Tua River Museum opens
At the new Vale da Tua interpretative museum in Miradela (Norte de Portugal), you can go back in time and take a virtual trip through the Tua River Valley, exploring local villages, the delicate environment and the people of this rugged Northeastern region. The new museum is set in a former railway station. The Tua railway line that connected Tua to Bragança was suspended in the 90’s, the old station has been restored and now is a natural history interpretative center.
There’s a store in Guimarães just for Organic Olive Oil
Oliva da Praça is the new olive oil store in the heart of Guimaraes (north of Porto). On its shelves you can find only organic olive oil from the Terras Dazibo brand, recognized internationally. From the strongest to the lightest, there are four types available, signed by a specialized ‘azeitólogo.’ You can also taste some homemade chocolate and cookies and take home your own olive wood tray. This is all in the birthplace of Portugal, and in land where people really care about their olive oil.
Rua Dr. António Mota Rego 13, Guimarães
Dinosaurs are back to the future in Lourinhã
A new outdoor museum takes visitors from the Palaeozoic to the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods through its walking trails where ancient creatures once roamed. Today, full size replicas of these dinosaurs, along with the museum exhibitions and paleontological activities for the whole family take any visitor back to the ancient past.
Rua Vale dos Dinossauros, 25 – Abelheira
Cherry Blossoms Season is officially open
This is the time of the year for cherry blossoms to decorate the valleys at Beira Baixa (Centro). A journey to Fundão, the Portuguese cherry capital, becomes particularly beautiful, especially by train, from which you can appreciate the sightseeing of Serra da Gardunha, an extension of the Serra da Estrela. This is the best place to explore the orchards, taste cherry bake and jams, that will decorate with pink and reds the local tables until early June, the time of the Cherry festival.
Pataniscas is the name of a crispy salt cod fritter that is tasty goodness.
Pataniscas are made from pieces of shredded salt cod fried in wheat flour, seasoned with salt, pepper and parsley. They have an irregularly flattened or spherical shape. They are often accompanied by red bean rice or tomato rice, or in a sandwich.