Expat Guide to Living in Portugal
Whether you're already living in Portugal or preparing to move to Portugal, our Expat Guide to Living in Portugal offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Portugal. For answers to specific questions, visit our Portugal Forum to talk with expats in Portugal.
Our Living in Portugal Guide is a primer on everything about living in Portugal: best places to live, cost of living, pros and cons, healthcare and insurance, obtaining a driver's license, how to bring your pet with you and more.
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With it's beautiful beaches, historic cities, lower cost of living and welcoming Portuguese people, Portugal continues to be a popular expat destination. 9 expats talk about what it's really like living in Portugal.
Not surprisingly, expats in Portugal are very happy with the quality of the expat experience they enjoy on the Iberian Peninsula. Read on to see how satisfied and read some quotes about what it's like to live there.
Lisbon is the capital and largest city in Portugal, which is one of the most popular countries for expats in Europe. You'll find basic information to help you get acquainted with Lisbon and what it has to offer.
An expat talks about moving to Porto, Portugal - moving costs, renting a condo, the lower cost of living in Porto and more.
One expat couple fell in love with Cascais, Portugal while touring Portugal. They love the generally reliably nice weather, pristine beaches, restaurants all over the narrow streets and squares as well as along the pedestrian esplanade along the ocean.
An expat in Peniche, Portugal talks about moving to Peniche and the culture shock he experienced. He never experienced "shock" as such. However, little things, experienced over months and months, seeped in and made him realized the cultural differences.
An expat who moved to Cascais, Portugal has enjoys the kind, helpful and genuinely friendly Portuguese people. And, he appreciates the beautiful and, mainly, pristine beaches, forests, villages, towns, rivers and ocean.
An expat living in Lisbon offers advice to others moving to Portugal about learning Portuguese, meeting people and enjoying expat life in Lisbon.
An expat in Cascais, Portugal talks about life in the casual, yet chic coastal town of Cascais. Locals are very accepting of most foreigners. If you're thinking of moving there, spend some time there before making the move.
A New Yorker talks about moving to Lisbon in hopes of finding a slower pace of living, shorter commutes, more friends, better food, better weather and access to more affordable culture events.
Here is a wonderful, detailed report about what it's like to retire in Portugal. Written by a woman with dual US/Dutch citizenship, she has left no stone unturned!
More Culture Shock Reports for Portugal
Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Portugal handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Portugal:
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More Living in Portugal Reports
What are people's priorities in Portugal - work? family? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Below are some of the responses from expats in Portugal:
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More Moving to Portugal Reports
What should you take with you when you move to Portugal? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Portugal? Below are some of the responses from expats in Portugal:
Reviews of Schools in Portugal
Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in Portugal. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in Portugal:
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Dream vs. Reality of Living in Portugal Reports
Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Portugal. If you are already living in Portugal, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not. Below are some of the reports from expats in Portugal:
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Retiring in Portugal Reports
Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Portugal, by filling out our Overseas Retirement report. Below are some of the reports from expats in Portugal:
Working Abroad Report
What's it like to find a job in Portugal? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Portugal? Help others following in your footsteps by filling out our Working Abroad Report.
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Best Places to Live in the Algarve
If you're interested in the best places to live in the Algarve, Portugal's sunny southern-most region, here are some great options to consider. Also find information on why some like the region, and others choose to opt elsewhere.
Healthcare in Portugal
Expats in Portugal with a residency visa can participate in the national health care system. Here's what you need to know about the SNS and the combination of public and private services you'll need to manage your health in Portugal.
12 Best Places to Live in Portugal 2021
Portugal is a safe, expat-friendly country with stunning beaches, cities, popular beach towns and sleepy fishing villages. We've compiled a list of 12 of the best places to live based upon expats' recommendations. They include Lisbon, Cascais, Lagos, Tavira, Ericeira, Caldas da Rainha, Tomar, Nazare, Coimbra, Porto, Guimaraes and Braga.
Expat Banking: Tips for Expats in Portugal
All expats in Portugal contend with managing their finances while living there, and that always starts with finding a bank. Here are some tips from expats already living in Portugal on how to navigate that process.
Expats in Portugal: Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal
Expats in Portugal discuss the pros and cons of living in Portugal. Topics covered include where to live, the bureaucracy, the people and more. Expats in Portugal seem to all agree that their little piece of paradise is still in many ways a hidden gem.
Portugal Health Care Climbs in EU Ratings
Expats in Portugal live in a country with a health system designed to provide universal coverage. Susan Stults Korthase offers information about how the system fared in a recent international survey about European health systems.
5 Tips for Living in Lisbon, Portugal
Expats living in Lisbon, Portugal enjoy a historic cross-roads that has become an economic hub in Western Europe. Expats from all over the world enjoy the Mediterranean climate and diversity of people and culture.
5 Tips for Living in Cascais, Portugal
Expats in the beautiful seaside city of Cascais, Portugal discuss how they chose to move to Cascais. They share information about expat life in Cascais - cost of living, international schools, housing and more.
The 8 Best Countries for Brits to Retire Abroad
Many Brits choose to retire to Australia and the United States. In addition to these popular locales, Ryan Smith recommends several other great retirement destinations for British retirees.
5 Best Places to Retire in Portugal
Expat retirees love Portugal for its welcoming people, gorgeous beaches, quaint towns and wonderful restaurants. In this article, we cover 5 great places to retire in Portugal.
5 Great Places to Retire in Western Europe
We asked expats about great places to retire in Western Europe. While many Western European countries have prohibitively high living costs, there are a few areas that fit the retirement bill. These are some of the recommendations!
Working In Portugal
Whether you are searching for jobs in Portugal or considering self employment there, this article offers insight into the various types of employment contracts, self employment methods, tax issues and paid holidays.
10 Tips for Living in Portugal
Expats in Portugal enjoy the Portuguese lifestyle, the beautiful landscapes, and the variety of places to visit and live. Find information about where to live, health care, residency visas and more as you delve into how to live well in Portugal.