About me

My name is Cátia and I’m the person behind this blog. Travel has been a love of mine ever since I was a kid. Growing up I found out that travelling also involves food, drink and a whole array of experiences. The way I see it travelling gives us new perspectives.
A few things about me:
– I started this blog as a way to show people that Portugal is more than just its capital city, Lisbon, while sharing some personal views and experiences.
– Besides my native Portuguese I also speak English, German, French, Italian, enough Spanish to keep me from getting lost in Spain and a few not-essential-kind-of-embarrassing words in Hungarian.
– Education and publishing have been my working fields.
Personal achievements – I once got my family to do a one month camping and road trip holiday going around in Portugal. It involved a lot of old churches and half forgotten monuments, with plenty of history and art. Needless to say nobody else seemed to be thrilled about it! 😀

I don’t bite! For questions, partnership proposals and the occasional ‘hello’ just send me an email: beyondlisbon@gmail.com

Oh, one more thing! You can also find me here: http://www.beyondlisbon.pt/FacebookPinterest, TripAdvisor, Youtube and Instagram.


52 thoughts on “About me

  1. I have always wanted to travel to Portugal. I shall enjoy following your blog.

  2. Getting better and better with each new entry…

  3. Thanks for visitng my blog. Obrigada, I have been to Lisboa y alrededores.I particularly enjoyed the part you already have in your gravatar pic!

  4. Ajaytao2010

    Nice reading about you.

    Thanks for following m my blog Ajaytao2010@wordpress.com. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may definitely find something of your interest.

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog. Portugal is on my wish list – looks beautiful.

  6. What a lovely blog you have. I love looking at Portugal through your eyes, and have awarded you with the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, which is a simple, fun way of building community: http://dreaminginarabic.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/a-great-way-to-build-community/

  7. Love Portugal, but for me it would be “Beyond the Algarve” and I would have to include Lisboa. So many places to see. Love Monsaraz and many of the Alentejo marble towns. So many top places. Thanks for sharing MM 📷

    • I know what you mean, but the fact is that the Algarve is more than just one long beach on the South coast – which is why this blog isn’t called ‘Beyond Algarve’ 😉
      And don’t get me wrong: I love Lisbon! I just want to share what’s *beyond* it because so many people focus on Lisbon alone – and even then they don’t properly explore the city. I like to think of myself as some sort of masked blogging avenger. Ah!
      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  8. Thanks for the follow, I just hope that you don’t show too many photos of what I might have missed in my times in Portugal. MM 🌳

  9. Thanks for liking my blogpost earlier today! Much appreciated.

  10. Just thought I should pop over and advise you that I have just nominated you for the “Versatile Blogger” award. Details can be found at:


    Best wishes, MM 🏆

  11. Congratulations! I have just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Please click below to accept or simply enjoy the moment if you wish not to accept. Either way, I thank you for your awesome blog full of inspiration! http://hakescafe.com/2013/11/28/very-inspiring-blogger-award/
    White Rabbit

  12. Thank you for following my blog! Happy that you like it 🙂 what an interesting blog you have 🙂 for sure will be back here 🙂 have a nice day! 🙂

  13. Unfortunately my travels have only gotten me out of Lisbon once, to Sintra, but I hope to travel back to Portugal one day to see everything. 🙂

  14. Beautiful Blog.

    Thanks a lot for taking us beyond Lisbon and hope to see more of Portugal through your posts.

  15. Great blog! Everyone should have a chance to spend at least 2 months exploring Portugal. Such a beautiful place!

  16. Superb new cover photo! 🙂

  17. wonderful blog ^^ Truly inspiring.

  18. Hi 🙂

    (I didn’t find your email so here it is :/)

    I am thinking of moving from wordpress.com to a self-hosted wordpress but sadly I will lose the WordPress Reader and my followers :/
    So if you still like my stories ( I hope you do :)), could you please sign-up via email?
    My email sign-up link : http://eepurl.com/WPz5H

    Thank you very much and I hope to hear from you soon

    Myriam @OffTWanderland

  19. Thank you for liking the post!!!

  20. Ian

    Partnership proposals????
    Does that mean you want to marry me?
    Have I misread that in some way?…….;-)

  21. Samjoth Sashidharan

    You are taking us with your eyes..!!! 🙂
    I have been enjoying the blog..!!
    Good work..!! 🙂

    • Thank you so much! Glad you liked it! 🙂

      • Samjoth Sashidharan

        You are welcome 🙂
        I would appreciate if you could drop by and give a visit to my blog 🙂 .. Your opinions are mostly welcome 🙂
        Till then…
        Keep smiling 🙂

  22. Well this all looks rather great!
    I just moved to Lisbon and love it (while also being entirely aware of how interesting much of the rest of the country is/will be to me.

  23. Thanks! And yes, there’s a lot to see – I just discovered a waterfall today in Sintra and I’ve lived in Portugal all my life!

  24. Cátia, parabéns por mostrares lisboa 🙂 continuação de bom trabalho! cumprimentos PedroL

  25. I just happened upon your blog and it’s great to see someone with similar ideas to my own with regards to showing the world parts of a country outside of the capital. I look very forward to spending time exploring your site:

    If you’re interested, I do the same thing for the Czech Republic:


  26. Hope all is well as noticed you have not posted for a while.

    • Hi, Becky! I had a baby recently, so I’ve slowed down a bit. I’ve done a few posts on Instagram but the blog will be back again on its feet before you know it. Thank you so much for caring and hope all is well with you, too! 🙂

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