Vila Madeiro Penamacor, Portugal at Christmas Time

There are many Christmas traditions in Portugal, some the same as the UK and some completely different! On Christmas Eve a celebratory evening meal (consoada) of codfish (bacalhau) with potatoes and green peppers is eaten. As is very normal in Portugal, the main meal is followed by a truck load of sugar filled desserts and […]

Our Eco Friendly Christmas Tree by Topsy Turvy Tribe

Our Homemade Eco Friendly Christmas Tree

The past couple of years we have massively changed our thoughts about Christmas, opting for a more simpler approach to gift giving and to Christmas itself. No more evenings spent online shopping, no more endless shopping expeditions and no more useless and unwanted gifts purchased for family members and friends. We have consciously decided only […]

Splash! Penamacaor, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

Rain, Wellingtons, Waterproofs and Puddle Jumping

We have been waiting for rain for a long time here in Central Portugal. To say the land is in need of a good watering is an understatement. Unlike the UK where there seems to be no lack of the odd downpour, in Portugal rain is scarce and welcomed with open arms. There were horiffic fires […]

Tractor ride with the olives!

Olive Picking in Portugal 

Olive picking starts early in Portugal, as the season begins in November. We have now picked olives in France, Portugal and Spain. Each experience has been very different. In France olives are raked with small hand combs into the nets below.  In Southern Spain olives aren’t picked until after Christmas, and generally involve tree shakers […]

Medieval Music at Idanha-a-Velha Festa, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

Medieval Festa in Idanha-a-Velha

Last weekend we went to a Medieval Festa (festival) in the nearby historic village of Idanha-a-Velha. There are a network of villages throughout Central Portugal that have been designated as historic (Aldeias Históricas de Portugal). The twelve historic villages host annual festas to celebrate their rich history. Idanha-a-Velha’s event celebrated the life of their very […]

Casa do Ramalho, Penamacor, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

Walking in Penamacor Central Portugal

We have discovered some wonderful walking trails in Penamacor, Central Portugal. Penamacor itself is very remote, you are free to wander without interruption. Penamacor is so far inland that you are almost in Spain, only 12km from the border.  Portugal is fantastic for walking, particularly inland in Central Portugal due to the more temperate climate, […]

Atmospheric Skies, Penamacor, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

Stunning Sunrises and Sunsets

Living on the land provides some rich rewards and reminds us daily that there is nothing more beautiful and good for the soul than nature itself.  Mother nature’s greatest achievements must be the gorgeous sunrise and sunsets that we are able to witness regularly in Portugal. 

Caravan in the Woods, Penamacor, Castelo Branco, Portugal

Cork Oaks in Portugal

The cork oak tree is a beautiful statuesque tree that is Portugal’s national tree.  Before living in Portugal we had no idea how cork was produced, or that it was Portugal’s main industry.  Fossilised remains of these ancient trees have been found dating back over ten million years!  The oldest cork oak in the world, […]

Archidona, Malaga, Andalucia, Spain

Archidona, Spain

In the very centre of Andalucia you will find the rural town of Archidona.  Set  amongst olive groves of the Sierra de Gracia, with amazing views of the surrounding countryside.  Archidona once had an impenetrable Moorish Castle and was designated a historico-artistic site in 1980 for baroque, urban and architectural heritage.  At the centre of […]

Castelo View, Castelo Novo, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

Castelo Novo, Portugal

The picturesque historic village of Castelo Novo (New Castle) is in the heart of Central Portugal, set within a natural amphitheatre enclosed by the Gardunha mountain range (Serra da Gardunha).  This incredible looking village has Baroque, Roman and Medeival influences.   The drive towards the historic village of Castelo Novo gave us a shocking taste of what was […]