We've House Sat in Portugal twice, both times in the Algarve near Albufeira and Lagos. This is a popular place to have a holiday in Portugal, but an advantage of House Sitting is it will take you just outside those tourist hot-spots to show you the authentic places natives really live in.
We loved House Sitting in Portugal and we'd love to help you House Sit there too, so here is:
What you will learn in this post:
- 7 tips that will prepare you for House Sitting in Portugal
- 3 tips that will prepare you for Pet Sitting in Portugal
- Useful Portuguese words to know as a House Sitter
- Our personal experiences of House Sitting in Portugal (giving you a taster of what it's really like).
Our House Sit in Portugal had over thirty fruit trees, which needed a lot of water, but luckily for us they were watered on a timer and all we had to do was enjoy the fruit. However, on some House Sits you might not be as lucky and will find yourself watering all day - check with the Home Owner first.
If, like us, you love sunshine then you'll find the Portuguese weather sublime. On average the Algarve has over 300 days of sun a year. As a House Sitter there are some things that come with this of course: ants (see above), keeping the car out of the sun where possible, and perhaps turning it on every now and again to make sure that the battery doesn't go flat. And in general making sure that both you and the animals you're looking after drink enough water.
4. The cold weather in Portugal
8. There are scary dogs
|this is not one of them|
9. There are feral cats
10. You might have to look after an exotic animal or two
You do of course get House Sits in Australia and the UK that come with a reptile or too, but it's not the norm. However, for almost every House Sit we've seen advertised in Portugal, they've all come with an exotic animal (or two)! Actually, when I say exotic I'm including donkeys in this - there seems to be a lot of Portuguese House Sits with donkeys!
Oi - hi
or if you're super British like me and can't bring yourself to say 'oi' to someone, then try:
Olá - hello
Por favor - please
Obrigado/a - thanks (with an o at the end if you're a boy, and an a at the end if you're a girl)
Desculpa - sorry
Tchau - goodbye
Cão - dog
Gato - cat
Tartaruga - turtle
Veterinário - vet
We got by with an embarrassing mix of Spanish, Italian and enthusiastic nodding.
[ On a side note, if you'd like to see some of my very best enthusiastic nodding, check out the time we were filmed by a tv crew!]
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Our personal experience of House Sitting in Portugal
To end this post, I will tell you about our own personal experience of House Sitting in Portugal - this should give you an idea of what it's really like to House Sit in Portugal.
- Location: Near Lagoa in Portugal's Algarve (i.e. the South).
- Animal: One lovely mutt and a turtle
- House duties: Nothing out of the ordinary, just feeding the dog, watering the plants and dog, feeding the turtle and cleaning out its cage
- House benefits: Location! Really sunny and beautiful location near the beach. And the garden! Lots of fig, orange, lemon, pomegranate and apple trees to enjoy.
This is one of our absolute favourite House Sits - we love it so much we went twice in one year.
Another great thing about this House Sit is the family who own the house - they are some of our favourite people ever!
Where to find House Sits in Portugal
So there you have it, everything you need to know before House Sitting in Portugal.
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