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craigandmicki replied to the thread GunSelf Defense laws on the Portugal forum on October 23, 2014:
JohnCreasy initially posted:
I'm considering moving out of the US within the next couple of years, and need some answers about firearms, as well as the laws pertaining to the use of guns in self-defense. What types of firearms are allowed? Any restrictions on types, capacity, etc? Are you allowed to act in defense of your life? I have several other questions, but these should do as a start.
craigandmicki replied 10 hours ago with:
It's exciting to plan a move overseas, and I'm delighted to tell you to cross Portugal off your list. We need no self-defense here, with crime being low and personal safety confidently high. This is due to the lack of personal fire-arms and laws to keep it that way. Please try Central and South America, where is crime is much higher and you'll befriend like-minded people.
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Expat Report Living in Cascais, Portugal was published
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What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
Americans in Portugal (americansinportugal@gmail.com and on facebook) offers social activities to mark the US holidays and some informational meetings on taxes or similar topics during the year; International Women in Portugal and InterNations Cascais are also helpful, the first on a broad basis related to settling in, the second as a networking organization of global business people. (Continue)
cheftech posted Azores on the Portugal forum on October 18, 2014:
Any expats in the Azores? Terceira perhaps. Was there on a layover back in '97. Would like to return for a holiday. Looking at possible rentals. Cheers.
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property in PortugalVery comfortable, cozy and light apartment with lovely sea views, not far from the centre of Cascais and with local shops on your doorstep (between 300 and 500 meters). Bus connection available to centre of Cascais if you don't want to walk.
jordan6223 posted Considering a move to Portugal on the Portugal forum on October 16, 2014:
Hello all....new here. I will be getting a pension in July 2015 and my wife and I are looking to rent in Portugal. What are we looking for: -My wife loves the sea, there's more light there she says, so, near the sea (preferably a sea view) -A town or city which can be bustling but also quiet and relaxed. -My wife is english and would like to be around english (speaking) people, I don't mind either but I'm dutch. -We're bird and animal lovers. -We like warmer weather, but not too hot. -Not too far from an airport to England Any suggestions as to where we should look? Everything is welcome and thank you. Ben
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cmanner replied to the thread Scouting trip to Portugal...help please? on the Portugal forum:
Charliegirl7 initially posted:
Hello to everyone! My husband and I are going to visit the Algarve region of Portugal next month. We are young (early 50's), very active, retired and will be bringing our 2 dogs. My questions are numerous, but I'll start with just a few now and hopefully, as I continue to read through the forum topics here, I'll discover more answers to my many others. We are currently living in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. My husband likes to play golf and we both enjoy playing tennis, hiking, biking, and swimming. We thought the Algarve region was a good choice because of the golf and beaches. We've also heard (translated-read) that we could possibly get a home there (in Silves or Lagoas I believe) with some land (for our dogs) and for gardening. And we really want a place with privacy. That is a must. We are very social people and I know we'll enjoy the hospitality of the Portuguese people, and we'll make many new friends, but we like to have our own space and time when we get home. Is that possible in those areas? Are there other areas that we should look at when we arrive? We are looking to spend about $1500-2000 a month (USD). Should we reach out to a realtor (or two!) before our trip to arrange looking at a few places while we're there next month? If so, do you know of any good recommendations? Also, has anyone moved with their dogs from the US? How hard was that? Our scouting trip (this October) is about a year out from when we'd actually like to relocate. Our thoughts were to come visit, spend our 'vacation' time acting a little like we live there already, and just try to get as much of a 'real' experience as possible. Then sell our house here and start REALLY living there! I'd appreciate any suggestions, comments and of course, answers to these questions that you can provide. Thank you in advance for all of your help with us!! And I'm so glad I found your forum. Everyone here genuinely seems to want to help others and that's a great feeling when all you've got is a keyboard and a dream! :)
cmanner replied on October 13, 2014 with:
Interested in splitting the cost of an empty leg cherter on a pvt jet? The 2 of us are considering a winter place in Portugal.
Charliegirl7 replied on October 13, 2014 with:
To everyone, We are excited to get ready for our trip to Portugal at the end of this week! I want to thank everyone again for their helpful words and advice here and I am looking forward to experiencing everything that we can fit in while we're there! I will let you know our thoughts upon our return, and after a good nights rest! I think we'll need it by then! Thanks again!
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property in PortugalIn a beautiful rural location with stunning views, very quiet and secluded, with the most welcoming of hosts, helpful and friendly.
In a beautiful rural location with stunning views, very quiet and secluded, with the most welcoming of hosts, helpful and friendly.
craigandmicki replied to the thread Social Health Care Coverage on the Portugal forum on October 10, 2014:
craigandmicki initially posted:
I am researching access to the public/ social health care system in Portugal for US Citizens holding either temporary or permanent residency visas. If you have information, personal experience, recommended resources, please respond to this post. Many thanks!
craigandmicki replied on October 10, 2014 with:
Portugal doesn't offer public dental, so your lack of that makes sense. I presume you have private health coverage, as well, to fulfill the requirements of Portugal's temporary residency requirement? How did you register for public health care (where did you go, what documents were required, etc)? Thanks for your input.
ProfBren replied on October 10, 2014 with:
We have tempory residency and because of that we get discounted health coverage from the public hospitals and clinics. No dental or prescription.
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property in Portugal2,750 sq m of land, walled property, BBQ, automatic sprinkler, 12 m long pool, barn (garage for 2 cars) with mezzanine, own well, electricity, Views of surrounding landscape and the castle of Estremoz, with all the necessary amenities.

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