Little villages of colourful houses sit among the rocky, green hills of the island. Small farms, which grow fresh fruits and vegetables for the locals, spread out from the top of the hills on down to the sea shore creating a natural patchwork effect.
I’m going to be completely honest: I’m a little hesitant to write this. I’ve discovered a gem of a destination that has completely captured my soul…and I’m not sure I want to share it with the world. But my experience here has been too incredible to keep a secret. So I’m going to let you in on the spellbinding European country of Portugal—and, more specifically, its second-largest city, Porto.
Portugal’s Atlantic coast is often overlooked in favour of its neighbour’s more famous stretches of coastline. But one town in particular along Portugal’s coast charmed my family and I when we spent some time there.
When Tom and Laine Berning first decided to give overseas living a try, they knew exactly what they wanted: “Good public transport, a lot of culture, walking neighbourhoods and excellent-quality food.” says Laine. They did their research and checked out several destinations but Europe had always been on their radar. Then, when Tom retired a year ago, their planning turned to action.
The Alentejo is a magical part of Portugal. You’ll find walled medieval towns and cliff-hanging villages, which glow a brilliant white.
On the hills, and in the leafy valleys and medieval villages of the Coimbra region of Portugal, you'll find many old properties for sale.