In the spring I was contacted by Wings magazine to photograph a feature on the Shist Villages of central Portugal. With the help and guidance of the team at Aldeias do Xisto, the writer and editor, Lydia and I spent three days road tripping through this relatively unknown region of the country, which in many places seems to have stopped in time. A region of mountains and rivers, small stone villages and narrow, winding roads, this is a part of the country that I haven´t explored much and this assignment was a revelation for me. I will definitely be back…
Tag: travelling in Portugal
National Geographic Traveller | October 2021
Earlier this summer I was invited by National Geographic Traveller UK to spend a few days in Porto, the capital of the North, to photograph a travel story that has just been published in their latest issue. I love this beautiful city and was thrilled to have the chance to explore her properly as it had been several years since I’d last visited. The article, by Audrey Gillan, is quite food focused which meant I got to visit several of the best restaurants in town (perks of the job!). The people of the north are well known for their hospitality…
Enjoy! Transavia | July August 2018
A few months ago I spent the day in Lisbon shooting the LX Factory for Transavia´s onboard publication, Enjoy! Magazine. You can see the online edition HERE or onboard Transavia over the next few months.
Faial Island | Azores, Portugal
Last summer we took a trip to the Azores islands, more specifically the central group that consists of Faial, Pico and São Jorge. These volcanic islands are absolutely spectacular and still relatively undiscovered… and hopefully they stay that way. Faial is a stopping point on most transatlantic sailboat voyages so in spite of it being a tiny island lost in the middle of the ocean, the vibe here is super international, with the sailing crowd from all over the world in town, fixing boats, topping up supplies and just generally taking advantage of a few days on land. SaveSave
Nazaré | Portugal
A few images from a trip up the west coast to the fishing town of Nazaré, famous for big wave surfing and bad-ass old ladies who wear loads of skirts (all at the same time). I didn´t get any photos of the ladies, but next time I will.
Alcaçovas | Alentejo
Most of my husband´s family is from the Alentejo and half of them still live out there, in various towns scattered across the countryside. This works out perfectly as we are always visiting one house or the other and the Alentejo just so happens to be my favourite part of Portugal. This is Alcaçovas, where we spend our Easters.
Berlenga Island | Peniche
Last summer we hopped on a ferry boat in the fishing town of Peniche to spend the day on Berlenga island, off the west coast of Portugal. The Berlenga archipelago is a nature reserve so the “human footprint” is quite limited… apart from a few houses at the harbour, the lighthouse and the fort, there isn´t much here apart from seagulls and clear blue seas. We only spend the day but I loved the wildness of this place and would definitely like to come back and spend a few days here.
Juncais | Serra da Estrela
Being a freelancer and working from home has it´s pro´s and con´s, like everything else in life. Pro´s include being able to work when the inspiration strikes, whether it´s during the “real world work hours” or at 3am and conversely, being able to take time off on a Tuesday afternoon because the weather is great and you´d really just like to be on the beach right now. It also means that you can spend the entire day in your pyjamas which may or may not be a good thing… I´m on the fence about that one. The crappy part, however,…
Costa Vicentina | Portugal
We visited the Costa Vicentina several times this year and anyone who has been following this blog for more than 5 minutes will have realised that it´s pretty much our favourite part of Portugal… you can see more here and here. These images are from several different trip throughout this summer…
Marvão | Alentejo
Marvão is a small town in the northern region of the Alentejo, very close to the Spanish border. Like many other border towns with ancient origins, the purpose of it´s existence was to protect against invading enemy troops which is why it is heavily fortified and perched on top of a hill with an unobstructed view for kilometres in every direction. It seems I have a bit of a thing for these border towns and it´s fascinating to visit them spread out from north to south along the border… their reasons for existence are all the same but the way they´ve been…