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CB63STL64
5/9/2019 01:50 EST

Three questions--
Q 1 . I have been reading about the visa process and it seems to be a bit of pain no matter where you go to apply. I am an international school teacher in Seoul, Korea and was wondering if anyone would know about the possibility of applying at the Portugal embassy/consulate here. Any ideas?
Q 2 My first visit to Portugal will be this summer as I look for a possible retirement spot. I fly into Faro and will be spending a week in the Algarve region. Any suggestions about what to do/see from the perspective of touring and from the perspective of future living?
Q 3 . How important is it to speak Portuguese, or at least attempt? I have a most terrible 'ear' for language and was wondering if I would do more harm than good trying to speak the local language.
Any and all advice/suggestions will be most appreciated.

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dancebert
5/9/2019 06:22 EST

Q1 Embassies issue visas. It's one of the reasons they exist. Only question is have you been present in Korea, or non-resident of the US long enough for whatever is their criteria. Ask. FWIW several US citizens living in Thailand have been issued visas by the Bangkok embassy.

Q3 Scientists have found it is MUCH easier to hear sounds in a foreign language after you have learned to make those sounds. Was true for me. https://www.mimicmethod.com/ teaches how to manipulate tongue, mouth, and breath to make the individual sounds of a language. Their European Portuguese offering is not as complete as their other languages, but it's been a great start. Expensive, but who else offers such a course? Also there is a money back guarantee if not satisfied.

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JephreyScott
5/9/2019 08:03 EST

I cannot answer about the visa, as I’m in the same confused situation. However, you will be hitting the Algarve at the height of season. I was there in Jan. For 14 days as was the population triples and prices skyrocket as well. We worked with a real estate couple from Britain and they were a wealth of knowledge. The further away from the coast the cheaper it is obviously. Check out Estoi, my favorite Tavira, Pria do Luz...all are beautiful places. Hit the Hotel Faro roof top for an incredible sunset over the Ria Formosa.

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CB63STL64
5/9/2019 20:58 EST

Thanks for the info!
Appreciate your time and effort.

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CB63STL64
5/9/2019 21:00 EST

Thanks for the quick response and info about places to visit. The rooftop visit is on my list of things to do.

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drewmckee
5/11/2019 06:01 EST

Q1. Not sure

Q2. The Algarve has a lot of variety to offer and it really depends on what you are looking for and your budget. My recommendation would be to go East or West and avoid the more crowded central area. We ended up in Lagos area and find it rather nice. If you want to be near the beach, it is going to cost more. One thing to watch in that some towns "close" during the off season. For beach, I would check out Alvor, Lagos, Praia da Luz and Burgau. I will say that Burgau is much more of a seasonal town...visit in the off season too before deciding to settle, For non-beach towns, I would visit Silves (my favorite), Loule, Vila da Bispo and Espiche (actually not far from the beach). If your on a budget....I personally think Silves offers great value in real estate prices, is well situated near A22 and has a year-round population.

Q3. Knowing a few words of Portuguese would be helpful....but you can 100% get by on English. Where you might run into some small difficulty is at a farmer's market or such.

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CB63STL64
5/11/2019 10:04 EST

Thank you!
Your information is greatly appreciated and cannot express how much it helps in my planning for my trip.

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drewmckee
5/12/2019 23:16 EST

This might help too. I made a map of some places we frequent for eating/shopping/hiking. I put some notes in the description of each location.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1uERCT3zHeSJ8xH72pSdEwkm1plA&ll=37.18209087331637%2C-8.20262009999999&z=10

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drewmckee
5/12/2019 23:16 EST

This might help too. I made a map of some places we frequent for eating/shopping/hiking. I put some notes in the description of each location.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1uERCT3zHeSJ8xH72pSdEwkm1plA&ll=37.18209087331637%2C-8.20262009999999&z=10

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