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sunshine120 replied to the thread recommended city on the Portugal forum on August 31, 2015:
boomerexpat initially posted:
I'm a single male, early sixties from the USA. Have lived out of the country in 5 countries. Currently, I'm in Asia. I'm thinking of checking out Portugal as a place to retire and so far Porto and Lisbon are on the radar. I'm looking for a place with some cultural buzz - music, art, etc. Relatively inexpensive Good public transport Good medical A decent size and welcoming English speaking expat community since it will take me a while to learn Portuguese. Preferably other single people so I'm not the odd one out with all couples. Thanks
sunshine120 replied on August 31, 2015 with:
Hi Do a google search for long term rental in Algarve or other areas of Portugal. The cost of rental is listed.
boomerexpat replied on August 30, 2015 with:
With rent what do you think a mid-tier COL is per month?
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sunshine120 replied to the thread shell shocked! on the Portugal forum:
Ojaisue initially posted:
Hi everyone, I am a Brit who has lived in California for almost 20 years - I have enjoyed gleaning some very useful info from this site and am now ready to take the plunge and move to the Albufeira area 3rd week of September....YIKES! It really happened suddenly and I feel very unprepared! I am shipping my furniture etc and having problems finding somewhere unfurnished to rent initially......what is the deal with unfurnished? I would like to rent a 3 bed/2bath while I figure things out. I spent April of this year in Vale de Parra/Gale and just fell in love with this area....out of season I know! I would love to return there if possible but open to suggestions. Any help would be so appreciated.
sunshine120 replied on August 31, 2015 with:
Hi Sue Let me know how the cascais is as the tourist season ends. I plan to visit that area and Algarve during Feb to see if there's any life during winter. That will help me make up my mind where to move. Did not know about Cascais getting a lot of rain! That is a concern for me as getting out of rain of England is a primary reason I plan to move.
Ojaisue replied on August 30, 2015 with:
Hi again - I would just like to thank everyone so very much for all the great help and advice I have received. Its only 3 weeks now to my departure and as a result of the many suggestions to check out Cascais, I have decided to fly to Lisbon and spend a month in Cascais before finally making a decision. Properties to rent are more plentiful in Lisboa region than Algarve. The amount of rain in Lisbon region is a bit of a concern - being a Brit, rain doesnt thrill me, however, the cooler temps do! So first job when I arrive is opening a bank account that I can transfer to from US - any suggestions here? BPI has been mentioned on various blogs. OK - back to packing for me today! Sue
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tommaria replied to the thread Moving personal belongings to your new home on the Portugal forum:
StationsEnd initially posted:
I have a question for those of you who have made the move to a new country. After you found your new, permanent residence: (1) What belongings did you have moved to your new home? (2) What was the approximate cost and year of your move? (3) Knowing what you know now, what, if anything, would you do differently? Thank you.
tommaria replied on August 31, 2015 with:
We've bought a home in the Azores, and just sent a 55 gal. drum full of stuff from New Bedford, Ma. for $55. Though not moving permanently yet, sending a crate with some furniture and other stuff soon, will cost a few hundred dollars, charge by cubic feet. Been told also, there are used furniture stores there so we'll buy there in the Azores the other necessities.
tommaria replied on August 31, 2015 with:
We've bought a home in the Azores, and just sent a 55 gal. drum full of stuff from New Bedford, Ma. for $55. Though not moving permanently yet, sending a crate with some furniture and other stuff soon, will cost a few hundred dollars, charge by cubic feet. Been told also, there are used furniture stores there so we'll buy there in the Azores the other necessities.
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craigandmicki replied to the thread Becoming resident in Portugal on the Portugal forum:
Longfella initially posted:
Hello from Ireland, fellow retirees! We're finalising our plans for becoming resident in Portugal - not only for financial reasons but also to avail of its good, Mediterranean weather. Two obvious options for us would have been Malta and Portugal, but, seeing as we lived in Portugal before while motorhoming through it, we'd have a definite preference for it - and especially Lagos, which seems to have everything. It's interesting that so many retirees have pets, like dogs. We're in the "same boat" and, while we'd love to bring our dog we're in the happy position that we can leave him behind with friends. I suppose another fundamental question for retirees in these circumstances is "How long every year will we be resident in Portugal?" I'm guessing many retirees will live in Portugal for approximately 6 months, in order to qualify for Portuguese residency, and then return home, probably in the summer months. Ye, Lagos has everything e.g. long and short sandy beaches, city living, promenade, good golf courses, proximity to other Algarve resorts and about an hour from Faro, the main Algarve airport. I'm wondering what are the English-language newspapers and are there any English-speaking expat groupings in, or around, Lagos.
craigandmicki replied on August 30, 2015 with:
To obtain your Schengen Visa, the first step in living in a Schengen country for more than 180 days, you will need to show insurance that meets the Schengen Agreement regulations, as follows: "NON-EU CITIZENS not working and without contributions to an EU Social Security program will purchase a private insurance plan. This supplementary health insurance is mandatory by law for those applying for either a Temporary Visa or Residency Permit. The plan must cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment or death, during their stay(s) in the territory of the Member States. The insurance shall be valid throughout the territory of the Member States and cover the entire period of the person’s intended stay or transit. The minimum amount of covered expenses shall be €30,000. Extract from Regulation (EC) No 810/2009". The FINANCIAL MEANS test requires you to show you have access to 50k euros annually.
boomerexpat replied on August 23, 2015 with:
Hi, I'm also from the USA. What was involved with your joining the healthcare system as residents. On one site, I read that Non-EU can join. Then I read they can't. Since you are first hand doing it I would appreciate knowing how much it costs and what the public covers. What all do you have to use the private to cover that public doesn't. Just for faster care or??? Also, what were the income requirements you had to meet. I've read multiple things about this. Thanks
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sunshine120 replied to the thread Cost of Living in the Algarve on the Portugal forum:
LovetheBeach initially posted:
Anyone on the forum who lives in the Algarve? I'd like to know if the cost of living information on www.Numbeo.com is accurate? If it is, or is even pretty close, I'm thinking of taking an extended visit to see if I might want to relocate. I don't want to spend the money to travel there if, when I get there, it costs a lot more than I thought, and I'd have to leave much sooner than planned. Thanks!
sunshine120 replied on August 25, 2015 with:
Hi Curtis 4Par There are a lot of good spots in the Algarve. Some of my favourite are: Vilamoura - Upmarket trendy town with a beautiful marina. Good night spots with music and food all night by the marina. Town has some good shopping places. Amacao de pera - Beautiful beach town! The beach runs the lengths of the tTown Centre. You have beautiful beach on one side the street and outdoor cafes and shops on the other side of street. People very friendly (like all the Algarve). Its a town the Portugese take their holidays. Have an excellent Holiday Inn right on the beach. You can eat in restaurants overlooking the beach. Albufreida - Big enough to be a city with beaches. A lot of tourist. Have a 2 mile long street which people name 'The Strip' One end of the strip is the beaches. The strip have numerous bars, clubs and restaurants for the 2 miles. The town also have an area called 'Old Town'. Old town have many outdoor cafes and bars. You can listen to live music at the outdoor bar and watch thousands of people walk up and down the street. All the areas I mentioned above is not far from the airport in Faro. In the western Algarve (about 50 miles from Faro) is a town called Lagos. Have an okay marina, outdoors restaurants and bars. There are also some good towns for a day trip like Silves and Guia. You also want to drive into the mountains Mochnique (I may have misspelled this). You can see the complete valley of the beaches in the mountain (similar to California). You can also get some of the best piri piri chicken in the world from a restaurant in the mountains. Driving is not a problem in Portugal. Traffic is not congested like America and England. Difficult to get lost and roads in good condition. In summary, if I was visiting from America I would spend half my vacation time in Amacao de pera at the Holiday Inn. That gives you a flavour for the town. I would take a bus to Albufreida (around $5). Would take a taxi back for around $30. Or drive (if not drinking) I would spend the other half of my vacation in Vilimoura staying at the Trivoli Marina Hotel next to the Marina.
curtis4par replied on August 25, 2015 with:
Hi Sunshine 120...i ( am American, live in Ohio ) am very interested in visiting the Algarve Region sometime in the near future...is there a specific place i should look to visit ( maybe a specific locale ? ) where i can drive & get an overall feel for the Algarve ? Thanks Curtis
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sunshine120 posted Cars in Portugal on the Portugal forum on August 24, 2015:
I plan to retire from England to Portugal soon. I pretty much researched everything. The only concern I have is getting a car. Everything I read says cars are very expensive. That you pay thousands for a used car which is junk. I imagine its best to ship a car from England but unsure how much shipping is (for car and furniture). Also an English car has steering wheel on wrong side. Anyone have any thoughts on this??
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Expat ArticlesArticle Summary: Thanks to Susan Stults Korthase for this helpful overview of current requirements to begin the process of obtaining a Residency Visa when moving from the US to Portugal. Note: Information Updated January 2015. (Continue)
gypsy1951 replied most recently with:
oh, one question at this time. do you also apply for the Schengen visa as well?
gypsy1951 replied recently with:
I hope to move to Portugal in 2016 probably the last half of year. If I order a back ground check now how long is it good for? I currently live and am a resident of Ecuador (US citizen), so I will use the consulate here. should I start now or wait?
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boomerexpat replied to the thread Retirement Visa on the Portugal forum:
skye22 initially posted:
I have been finding it difficult to get information on the monthly, financial requirement for a retirement/residency visa. I did read on a blog that it was 3K Euros but was not sure. As well, does the Portuguese government take investments into account in lieu of such a high monthly income which is the case in Mexico where I spend half the year. I was also wondering if it is possible to receive a 3 month visitors visa on a regular basis or whether that is can change depending on the immigration officer that one meets at the border. Thank you!
boomerexpat replied on August 23, 2015 with:
Hi I read in an article where you quoted that it costs you 4K each time you renew the residency visa. Correct?
SWIRLZ replied on August 09, 2014 with:
Craigandmicki....Thank you for your prompt and helpful response. We are "planning" our 2015 trip itinerary (including Portugal) in the very near future and until we see and get a feel for the country I think I have all I need at this time. We really love Spain and have been there several times but I have had an interest in Portugal so thus the visit and thus the questions. Thanks again!
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boomerexpat posted cost of living in Porto and Lisbon on the Portugal forum on August 22, 2015:
Hi all, What would you estimate the COL is for a single person in either city: - nice size studio or small one bedroom. need central area since I won't have a car - eat out 1/3 time. nothing fancy but like to eat food from around the world such as Chinese, Italian, Mediterranean. - not an extravagant lifestyle but not a student either. - some entertainment to meet others at events and gatherings. Thoughts?
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