Did you know that Portugal is much more than just Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve? Portugal is magical. It has beaches, mountains, rives, waterfalls and so much more. The Portuguese people are innovative, kind and hospitable. The country is filled to the brim with businesses that make ceramics, clothes, carpets, furniture and so much more. But how can you find these unique people and places?
That is where Now in Portugal comes in.
This website came from a yearning to learn more about the beautiful country that we call home. When COVID hit, and borders closed, we wanted to travel slow and travel local, but we didn’t know what to do or where to go.
But this website is not a travel blog. It is so much more than that.
It is a place where you can learn about Portuguese history, understand the culture, learn about regions and discover new people and places. Now in Portugal also wants to highlight local artisans and entrepreneurs that are doing new and innovative things within the country.
So are you ready to discover a new side of Portugal? Let’s get to it.
Hi, Im Yvonne Ivanescu
Co-founder of Now in Portugal
I moved to Portugal in June 2020. In reality, I never thought I would end up here. But it seems like the universe had other plans for me. After learning Portuguese in Brazil and marrying a Brazilian, my family and I decided to move to Portugal. That was also because I launched an ethical and sustainable swimwear company, Now in Rio Swim. If you didn’t know, the textile industry in Portugal is one of the best in Europe.
And so we packed our bags and moved from Belgium to Portugal. And it was the best decision I’ve ever made.
As I started to explore Portugal, I realized that there is so much to see and do in this beautiful country. So I wanted to start a website to talk about it and share Portugal with the world. Want to learn a little bit more about me? Well, let me answer some common questions I get:
Where do you currently live?
I live in Costa da Caparica. I originally lived in Lisbon, but I was craving the ocean, so I moved to the other side of the bridge. I love that I can walk to the beach every morning.
My husband and I already speak Portuguese, and it seemed like a logical step. Before moving here, we lived in Belgium as I finished my Ph.D., but we didn’t want to stay in Belgium. I was also launching my swimwear company and felt like Portugal would be the perfect place for our headquarters.
Favourite place in Portugal?
Ah, this one is hard. I actually have fallen in love with every place I have visited in Portugal. Lisbon and Porto are beautiful cities, and I love just walking down different streets and getting lost. I also have explored a lot of the silver coast; I loved Obidos and Peniche. Algarve is breathtaking, the first time I saw those cliffs, I fell in love. However, I feel like I am still searching for that perfect place in Portugal, so I’ll get back to you on that.
Favorite dish in Portugal?
So I am a sucker for sweets, and on a recent trip to Sintra, I tasted the famous Travesseiro puff pastry filled with sweet, eggy almond cream and dusted with caster sugar on top. It was delicious. I also LOVE a good pastel de nata. In terms of main dishes, I can’t say no to a bolinho de bacalhau.