Finding Local Information When Living In Portugal

"Living in portugal local information"If you are living in Portugal and what to find out about local events and news then there is a wealth of information available but to make it easier we have some key hints and tips to make finding out information as easy as possible.

If you are living in the Algarve then we publish a list of events and activities that are taking place every week in the region every Monday. This is a good way to get an idea about some of the local events that are about in the area and all the information is in one place with prices, contact details and a little information about each one.  You can find our What’s On In The Algarve events guide by looking at the home page of the main site.

This blog also gives details about sporting events, cultural events and wider news in the Algarve and Portugal in the news section and is a good place to start if you want an idea about what is going on.

There are several different English language publications that are available in Portugal with the newspapers being published weekly and many monthly and bi-monthly magazines also.  These newspapers have their pros and cons with some foreign residents in Portugal questioning their news but on the whole this is another easy way to get information about what is going on in Portugal and the Algarve.

The best information about your local area will of course be found in Portuguese with most Portuguese local and national newspapers having comprehensive websites containing information that you can use a translation tool to help you read if you are not confident in reading Portuguese.  The only problem with this is that it is very hard to search subjects if you don’t know the key words in Portuguese but if you are only interested in a specific area then the name of the region or the town should be enough to dig up some of the best sources.

Increasingly local councils (Câmaras) in Portugal have their own websites with even a few of the parish councils also having sites, although how regularly they are updated varies massively.

All councils have websites following the same format and will have the web address www.cm-XXXXX.pt (insert the name of the area).  These sites are only available in Portuguese but they contain a wealth of information from opening times of specific council offices, to useful numbers to details about upcoming events.

If you want to know what is going on in your local area then the very best way to find out is to go out and speak to the local people who will have all the information you need whether you are looking for fitness classes to details about an upcoming ballet performance but looking at council websites and combining this with news in English and Portuguese you should be able to gain all the information you possibly need about your local area.