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Welcome to "This IS Portugal"

Here you can find a range of useful information about Central Portugal, one of the most beautiful, tranquil and unspoilt regions of Europe. If you want to find a holiday venue, purchase a holiday home or to relocate permanently for a new life in the sun this site will assist you.


We have found Portugal to be a place of infinite, unspoiled beauty, with an incredibly kind and gentle population, and a surprising variety of activities available. All this to be found under blue skies and all the sunshine you could want. After travelling to all corners of Portugal it became obvious that the inland central area of Portugal is a very special area.

Central Portugal is a place of pure air, a myriad of clean, beautiful rivers full of fish, and thousands of square miles of forested hills dotted with pretty villages. Driving is a pleasure as one is able to amble through the countryside on mostly quiet roads. Much has been written about the reckless local drivers, but in reality you can often drive for hours in the Centre of Portugal and see only a few cars.

Depending on whether you are considering buying a holiday home or a permanent home, you may have a shopping list of the type of property you would like. Perhaps you would like lots of land, a renovation project, a ready-to-live-in house or a grand Portuguese mansion. All of these and more are available. Why not browse our Property Page where home owners and estate agents choose to advertise their properties.

Those of us used to high property prices will be astounded at what your £’s and €'s can buy at the moment. Due to the economic situation in Europe generally, and in Portugal in particular, there are thousands of properties for sale, but prices are gradually rising again, so now is the time to buy.

Almost every town and many villages has a market. Some are monthly but many, such as Ourem, Tomar and Torres Novas, are weekly and are extremely popular and busy. There are very fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruits for sale. Meat and fish are on sale of course, and some wonderful cheeses, and lovely fresh artisan breads and cakes. New tastes galore.

We are always happy to hear from people who are considering a move to Portugal and if you have any questions please use the contact form on the “Contact Us” page.  

Welcome to
This is Portugal
Where you CAN afford to make your dreams come true
and the only question is .. Are YOU ready to?