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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.

12 Best Places to Live in Portugal

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.

Living Abroad: Digital Nomads in Portugal

The ranks of digital nomads are swelling across the globe, and Portugal, Lisbon in particular, is one of the hottest locations anywhere.

9 Expats Talk About What It's Really Like Living in Portugal

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.

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.

Moving to Cascais and Estoril, Portugal

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.

Moving to Braga, Portugal

An expat in Braga, Portugal talks about what it was living moving there - advice on building a home, best neighborhoods and more.

Culture Shock in Peniche, Portugal

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.

Culture Shock in Cascais, Portugal

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.

Dream vs Reality of Living in Lisbon, Portugal

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.

Retirement in Cascais, Portugal

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:
Submit a Living Overseas Report

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:
Submit a Moving Overseas Report

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:
Submit a Retire Abroad Report

Having a Baby Abroad Report

How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Portugal? Help other expats who are preparing to have a baby in Portugal by filling out our Having a Baby Abroad Report.

Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report

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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Additional Articles
Moving to Portugal: 7 Things to Know Before You Move to Portugal

Expats moving to Portugal are drawn by a variety of places to live, a rich history and so much more. Here are some tips on what it means to move there, and how to make it happen.

6 Important Tips about Health Insurance for Expats in Portugal

Expats living in Portugal discuss health insurance options for expats in Portugal, the health letter needed for a residency application, pre-existing conditions, the cost of health insurance in Portugal and more.

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 Neighborhoods to Consider in Lisbon, Portugal

There are a lot of options when picking a neighborhood in Lisbon. Find a few of the many possibilities for living and just exploring.

Renewing Your Portuguese Residence Permit

Expats in Portugal need to periodically renew their residence permit. Susan Stults Korthase offers up the information you'll need to get it done.

How to Get Your First Residence Permit in Portugal

Wondering how to obtain your first residency permmit in Portugal? Susan Stults Korthase provides the information that you'll need to make it happen.

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.

United States Citizens Moving to Portugal: Demystifying the Paper Trail

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 December 2018.

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.

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Culture-Shock-in-PenicheAn Expat Talks about Culture Shock & Living in Peniche, Portugal

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 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, see...

Living-in-LisbonAn Expat Discusses Living in Lisbon, Portugal

An expat in Lisbon talks about learning Portuguese, the warmth of the Portuguese people and living in Lisbon.

An expat in Lisbon talks about learning Portuguese, the warmth of the Portuguese people and living in Lisbon....

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.

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 a...

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!

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 ...

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.

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. ...

9 Expats Talk About What It's Really Like Living in Portugal

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.
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 liv...

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