Hello, how are you? My name is Tiago and I am the founder of the blog Go To Portugal and if you have already asked yourself:
- What to visit in Portugal?
- How to visit this beautiful country?
- What do I need to know to avoid some problems during my stay in Portugal?
… Then, know that you are in the right place.
Keep on reading to know how the blog Go To Portugal will help you to prepare and to visit Portugal
As you probably know, Portugal has become a trendy country. You won’t find any difficulties to get articles about tourist attractions of Lisbon or Porto but, as you can imagine, Portugal is much more than these two cities.
In this blog, I will help you to discover the tourist attractions (they also deserve to be visited), but my main goal is to help you to discover the real Portugal.
You will discover amazing places that few tourists know such as Peneda-Gerês National Park, villages frozen in time, beautiful landscapes and the Portuguese traditions. I am not going to show you just these incredible places, you will also get detailed information on how to visit the Portuguese wonders, step by step.
Know that I am not going to keep anything from you, when I visit a place, a company, and if the service provided is not the best, you will be informed. That was the case, for example, of the Douro cruise.
Portugal is a wonderful country but, like all the other countries in the world, it also hides some scams – read this article to get to know some of them and learn how to avoid them during your stay.
In five years of existence, the blog has gained more than:
- 250 750 readers per month;
- 8 398 people receiving emails with my exclusive tips;
- 8 541 followers on Facebook;
- Ten requests for advice per day
As you can see, the blog is here to help you to discover the Portuguese wonders and to assist you in spending great vacation.
Who am I? Here’s my story
Once upon a time there was a boy from a village near Ponte de Lima who dreamt of living in the city. This boy wanted to discover other horizons and stop looking at the same landscapes and people. One day his parents decided to emigrate and took him to one of the best known cities in the world: Paris.
His dream went far beyond what he expected because he just wanted to live in a Portuguese city and not move out from Portugal into Paris… From the airport to the city this boy didn’t look at anywhere else. Used to the countryside, in a blink of an eye he was faced with skyscrapers and 4-lane highways filled with cars. Getting to know Paris had a tremendous impact but the boy got used to his new life and, in a way, his dream came true.
This boy grew up and became an adult still chasing his childhood dream, but, as years went by, along came a feeling that all Portuguese emigrants know: saudade – a feeling stronger than homesickness. Homesick of a country where we were born and, for that reason, it lures us back.
This boy felt lost for some time, feeling like a foreigner in the country that took him in and in his home country – on the one hand he was the Portuguese living in Paris, on the other hand he was the Frenchman going to Portugal on holidays. After some thinking he realised that he needed to know his origins, to truly understand the meaning of being Portuguese.
To know and understand Portugal, he decided to explore every corner of the country, from north to south, east to west, from the big cities to the small villages lost in the middle of nowhere. To record all the adventures and to show the world the wonderful country Portugal is and the meaning of being Portuguese, he thought of creating a blog – that’s how “Go To Portugal” was born.
In 2018, his second dream, his basic need, became true. After 18 years spent in Paris and surrounding area, he returned to Portugal where he lives today, in the authentic town of Ponte de Lima.
I want to take this opportunity to introduce my cousin Paulo to you – he is working with me in the Portuguese and English versions of the blog:
Paulo Martins, 35 years old and a Portuguese, born and raised in this beautiful country! Travelling throughout Portugal is
something I’ve always loved to do and is still a passion. I can say that I’ve travelled a lot but there’s always another place or landscape to discover – despite being a small country, Portugal has lots of hidden treasures waiting to be found.
With a degree in Modern Languages and Literature (Portuguese and English Studies), I’ve gladly accepted Tiago’s proposal to join this project. Since 2015 I’ve contributed with translations of articles into English and I also take part in content management so that our readers can get more and more articles and tips – discovering Portugal is a click away!
Our goal is to help not only the Portuguese but also foreign tourists discover this wonderful country and get to know its amazing monuments, the magnificent cities and the breathtaking landscapes.
Be it in the North or South of Portugal, in the countryside or coastal areas or even in the islands, we travel throughout the country so that the readers of this blog can and want to know more about Portugal – about its traditions, customs, landscapes and, of course, its history.
Come with us and discover everything Portugal has to offer!
Leave your comfort zone and experience unique moments.
You will find in the blog affiliate links. Know that, by clicking these links, your reservations won’t become more expensive and, in some occasions, you can even earn money like in Airbnb.
Why do I suggest these affiliate links?
By suggesting these affiliate links, you’ll have the possibility to save some money while I’ll earn a small commission for each reservation made (around 5 % – this percentage varies according to the number of reservation made in a certain month). These links are meant to pay some of the costs I have with the blog and help me continue to publish free content.
Know that I would have shared these links even if they weren’t affiliate, that’s the case of many other links in the blog. Because I don’t want to keep anything from you, next to each affiliate link I wrote this text: (affiliate link).
Be sure of one thing: every link I share in the blog is used in my daily life, that’s the case with Booking, Airbnb, Getyourguide and Rentalcars that I use when I make a hotel room or apartment reservation or when I book an activity or rent a car.
Very important information: I don’t accept being paid to write about an accommodation, a restaurant, an activity or a rent-a-car company so that my advice is a 100 % honest and objective.
The idea is that I don’t have any financial interests when writing about a certain hotel, activity or rent-a-car company. When I send you to the above-mentioned booking platforms, I’m 100 % sure about my recommendations and, at the same time, it’ll be a way for you to support the blog and help me to continue to offer free content.
In the blog, I write about accommodations / restaurants / activities which I’ve tried before and loved. I also choose the best accommodations / activities of each city according to specific criteria (here’s an example) in the sites of Booking.com, Airbnb or Getyourguide. The idea is that I can help you in making your preparation of the trip and stay in Portugal much easier.
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