Smoking the chouriço,Proença-a-Velha, Portugal

Festival of Azietie e Fumeiro, Proença-a-Velha

Festival of Azietie e Fumeiro Proença-a-Velha Portugal is rightly proud of it’s rich history, food, drink and traditions and takes every opportunity to celebrate them by throwing a party. Here in Portugal you can visit a different Festa (festival) every weekend, we have visited so many already this year. The latest festa in our nearby village […]

Cidade Antiga, Old Town, Penamacor, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

Penamacor Old Town and Jewish Quarter

Penamacor is a small town with many historic gems at the heart of it’s Cidade Antiga, the Old Town and Bairro Judeu, Jewish Quarter.  As Penamacor is a border town, only 12 km from Spain, a large number of Jewish people settled here after the Spanish expulsion of 1492 and their influence on this Portuguese town […]

Smoked Sausages on Sticks, Festa das Varas do Fumeiro, Aranhas, Penamacor

Festa das Varas do Fumeiro, Aranhas Portugal

Festa das Varas do Fumeiro or Festival of the Smoking Rods is held annually in the small village of Aranhas, or Village of the Spiders, in Central Portugal.  The festa is a celebration of all things smoked. Cheese and meat take pride of place in this culinary extravaganza. This usually sleepy village opens it’s doors, […]

Choosing the Perfect Road Trip Vehicle

 sponsored post We love to travel and have been on some epic road trips in our time, so we thought that we’d share our tips for choosing the perfect road trip vehicle. Before the boys came along we toured around New Zealand and Australia in various camper vans. As a family our longest road trip […]

Sorthela Castle and Village, Sortelha, Central Portuga

Sorthela Castle and Historic Village, Central Portugal

Sorthela Castle and historic village is one of Central Portugal’s 12 historical villages or Aldeias historical de Portugal. Sorthela is one of Portugal’s oldest and most beautiful villages. The walled village is guarded by the towering 13th Century castle, built in 1228 by order of King Sancho II. You can walk along the castle walls, […]

Monsanto Castle, Monsanto, Central Portugal

Monsanto Castle

Monsanto Castle (Monsanto Castelo), is an impressive fortress strategically located on the top of the mountain overlooking the hillside village of Monsanto. We have visited Monsanto before, it is renowned for being one of the most Portuguese villages in Portugal and is also one of Portugal’s twelve historical villages. A beautiful and picturesque village with […]

Abundant Avocados

Fruit picking in Southern Spain

After the festivities of Christmas and the New year’s celebrations it was time head back to Portugal. Before we left we made time to gather some fantastic fruit. Southern Spain offers the best climate in Europe and the sunshine helps to produce an abundance of oranges, lemons and avocados at this time of the year. […]

Scary Queen of Heart's Guards, Three King's Parade in Nerja, Andalucia, Spain

Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos – Three Kings parade in Nerja, Spain

After spending Christmas and the holidays in Spain we thought we’d stay on a little longer to catch the Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos, the three Kings Parade. Last year we were living near Loja, in the hills above Granada and saw the three kings parade there, so knew what to expect. The parade marks […]

Topsy Turvy Tribe

Goodbye 2017, Happy New Year

Goodbye 2017 and hello to 2018! This year has been amazing, living in the Granada region of Spain, deep in the Spanish campo has been totally inspiring. We have travelled all over Andalucia and been outside every single day, walking, hiking, playing and exploring. At the end of the very, very hot summer we moved […]

Christmas Sunset, Costa del Sol, Andalucia, Spain

Christmas Sunsets in the Costa Del Sol

You really can’t beat a good sunset. The Costa del Sol, where we are visiting for the Christmas holidays, has some stunning sunsets. Especially when looking over the mountains, across the Mediterranean sea to Morocco. Maybe it’s the expanse of sky, or the very bright and sunny days, or a combination of both that produce […]