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An Expat Talks about Living in Foz do Arelho, Portugal

Sep 17, 2021


Foz de Arelho, Portugal

Foz do Arelho is beautiful village located on Portugal's silver coast. It's conveniently located 10 minutes from Caldas da Raihna where there are big grocery stores and a mall. An expat talks about what life is like in Foz do Arelho.

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Foz do Arelho

How long have you lived there?

six months

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

Volunteer with dog/cat shelters Join local groups on FB Become a regular at a coffee shop

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

There is a diversity in Foz of both Portuguese and immigrants. There are Brits, French, Brazilian, and America. There are all shades of skin color here and the towns people are all very low kep and accepting of differences.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

The restaurants are probably the largest employer here. it is a small town and attracts people to the beaches. I would not think that there a lot of strong career opportunities here, unless you are in the restaurant/bar business.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Foz is a quiet town on the Atlantic, or Silver Coast. It also has the benefit of the huge Lagoon which offers a variety of water sports from kayaking, paddle boarding, wind surfing, sailing, and swimming. The water in the Lagoon is calm and shallow which make it warm enough for families to swim. The beach itself is very wide and has a good offering of restaurants right on the sand. In town there are also a good selection of restaurants, a butcher, two small grocery markets, a bank, hair salon and doctor.

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Foz do Arelho is small, quiet and beautiful. It is only 8-10 minutes from Caldas da Raihna with all of the big grocery stores as well as a decent size mall. The weather here is very much like Newport Beach, CA - mild with some foggy mornings, a little sea mist late at night and lots of sunshine. I arrived in the winter which was very mild - I didn't need my puffy coat at all. It rained in mid March and in April. Not every day, and not all day. Enough to give spring flowers their needed water. I enjoy living here for its charm, tranquility and proximity to the beach, Caldas and then Lisbon is only 55 minutes away. It is an excellent place to live!

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