About Us

Our story

A Journey from Modest Roots to a
Thriving Community

Established in 2022, with its operational base in Lisbon, “Black in Portugal” has steadily transformed into a reliable hub for visitors, potential relocators, and residents of Portugal. Our esteemed founder, Heather Courtney Proctor, commonly known as Heather Courtney, perceived the pressing need for a nurturing community. Before her Portuguese journey, Heather resided in Merida, Mexico, which boasted a thriving black expatriate community. Upon considering relocation to Portugal, she recognized a stark void: there were no dedicated events or meetups to facilitate community discussions or even a platform like the Facebook group “Black 2 Portugal” where one could seek advice on assimilating into Portugal’s culture or navigating its terrains. Heather’s relocation to Portugal on August 27, 2021, marked the inception of a profound mission. Echoing the words of a dear friend, “If the community doesn’t exist, you have to create it”, she commenced her endeavor to weave a tight-knit community. Just a week post her arrival, Heather orchestrated a brunch—a modest gathering of 11 women. This intimate meetup was the catalyst for what burgeoned into a robust community, which is now boasting over 20,000 members and followers including representation of over 21+ countries. The exponential growth, realized between September and December 2021, eventually led to the christening of the name “Black in Portugal” with a previous co-founder.

In the heart of Portugal

Featuring...

Historical and
Cultural Tours

Travel over history with our cultural experiences

Beach and Relaxation
Retreats

Exquisite views and relaxing abiance will allow you to relax and enjoy the moment

Giving to the
community.

Be a part of our community through volunteer opportunities and, social events and parties.

Food and Wine
Experiences

In a city with exceptional wineries and mysteriously delicious and well-balanced culinary science, you’re sure to enjoy many culinary experiences

Music and
Festivals

Follow the entertainment trends. Visit our music and festivals.

See our past
pictures and videos.

Curious about what your trip experience would be like with us?

Check out these pictures showcasing our community.