FAQs

Can you help me organise my trip to Portugal?

graphic arrow, to show that this content expands

We don't provide bespoke travel advice, nor we work as a travel agent. Our top recommendations are all available for free on this website to make it as easy for you to plan your trip.

For more insider tips and easy-to-digest formats such as PDFs and Google Maps check out our shop.

If there’s an article you would like us to write about please let us know. All feedback is very welcome!

Can you recommend family-friendly boutique hotels in Portugal?

graphic arrow, to show that this content expands

Can you recommend restaurants in Portugal?

graphic arrow, to show that this content expands

Under each hotel review we always recommend a couple of restaurants, just scroll down or select 'Local Tips' from the sub-menu. Sometimes in our articles (in the Journal) we also mention our favourite places to eat. Also check out our Lisbon TipMap, Porto TipMap and our paperback book 'The 500 Hidden Secrets of Porto'.

We love the places that you feature but can you recommend a villa with a pool in Portugal?

graphic arrow, to show that this content expands

We mostly feature boutique hotels and guesthouses but we also include some villas. We have written about what we consider the best holiday rentals in Portugal, you can check it out here: Where to Stay in Portugal: Handpicked Holiday Homes, Apartments and Villas.

Do you stay at all the places that you feature?

graphic arrow, to show that this content expands

We personally try and test all the places marked as <joandso-fontello><joandso-fontello>Visited. We want to experience everything first hand to ensure that we only recommend places that we would suggest to our friends. We also want to be able to showcase the soul of the places, and that could never happen if we didn’t stay there. We also feature places that are on our <joandso-fontello><joandso-fontello>Watchlist and that we look forward to visiting.

Do you only feature luxury hotels in Portugal?

graphic arrow, to show that this content expands

We feature all kinds of places to stay, be it luxury, a boutique hotel, a simple guesthouse or even a tent in the middle of nowhere. We look for beautiful design, thoughtful service and good energy.

How do you find the places that you feature?

graphic arrow, to show that this content expands

Growing up we were fortunate to travel a fair bit around Portugal, and we have never stopped exploring, so we know our beautiful country pretty well. When we started JO&SO, we first focused on those places we already knew of and loved. We also talked to our friends and family to try to get as much inside info as possible. We keep a list of places we want to visit, we call this our <joandso-fontello><joandso-fontello>Watchlist .

Do you charge an extra fee if we book through you?

graphic arrow, to show that this content expands

No, we don’t charge you any booking fee for any service offered on joandso.com. Sometimes we use affiliate partner links and receive a small referral commission from sales at no additional cost to you. Everything we recommend on our website is 100% because we like it. In addition, by booking through JO&SO you are supporting what we do, helping us to keep running the website free of ads or paid content.


Will you feature a hotel if they invite you?

graphic arrow, to show that this content expands

We sometimes accept invitations, but we will only feature a hotel if we love it. Our rule of thumb follows these two questions, “would we come back?” and “would we recommend it to our best friend?”.

Do you visit places anonymously?

graphic arrow, to show that this content expands

Yes, many times.

What’s your favourite region in Portugal?

graphic arrow, to show that this content expands

We genuinely love all of them. Lisbon and Porto are the cities where we spend most of our time, and they’re both amazing in different ways. The region we visit the most on a regular basis for a holiday or weekend break is the Algarve. We love the beaches and the laid-back nature of this region, and it smells wonderful! But then we are also very passionate about sleepy Alentejo (South) and the stunning Douro (North). The Azores are magical. It’s hard to pick 🙂

When’s the best time to visit Portugal?

graphic arrow, to show that this content expands

It depends on what you’re looking for. Our favourite months are May, June, September and October because it’s quieter and the weather is still great. Note that July and August can get busy and hot. However, there are plenty of sunny and warm days in the winter in the Algarve which can be lovely especially if you come from colder countries.

Can I recommend you some places in Portugal?

graphic arrow, to show that this content expands

Sure, we’d love to hear from you. Feel free to get in touch.

Can I pay you to feature my hotel?

graphic arrow, to show that this content expands

We strictly don't let a place pay their way to be featured on our website. Everything we feature has to be 100% because we like it. We also review our lists on a regular basis. We only feature what we consider to be the best boutique hotels, guesthouses and holiday rentals in Portugal. You can submit your place for us to review here.

What are your favourite hotels worldwide?

graphic arrow, to show that this content expands

We love travelling and between the two of us, we have visited over 30 countries. We always try to find special places to stay. Below are the hotels that hold a special place in our hearts:

Papaya Playa Project – Tulum, Mexico

The Siam – Bangkok, Thailand

Zeavola – Phi Phi, Thailand

Bann Makok – Koh Kood, Thailand

Bambu Indah – Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Villa Jacaranda – Varkala, Kerala, India

HOSHINOYA Tokyo – Tokyo, Japan

Hudson Central Park – New York, USA

Soho Beach House – Miami, USA

Home Hotel – Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Soho Hotel – London, UK

Babington House – Somerset, UK

Please note we aren't able to offer bespoke travel advice or recommendations, nor we provide these type of service. If you have a question that is not listed above, you can message us here.

From the Journal

No spam, we promise ✌🏽. By subscribing you agree to receive emails from JO&SO and accept the terms of our Privacy Policy.

Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form. Please try again later.

Be the first to know

Follow us on Instagram