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Moving to Portugal

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Feb 05, 2024

Summary: Expats and digital nomads move to Portugal for its warm climate, low cost of living, and relaxed lifestyle. The most popular cities for expats and digital nomads in Portugal are Lisbon, Porto, and the Algarve. People looking for a place to live in Portugal can search online for rental properties, contact a real estate agent, or look for postings on local expat forums.

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What do I need to know before moving to Portugal?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Portugal, they said:

"I would recommend Gualtar or Trofa as an area of Braga to live in. It's part of the city, yet doesn't have the "city" feel. It's atmosphere is more "suburban" than anything. The city has everything you need to live a life that you've been accustomed to in the US. Additionally, it's location is spectacular because you have the beach 30 minutes to the west, (awsome) Geres mountains 15 minutes to the east and Spain 40 minutes to the North.... you can't go wrong. :)," remarked one expat in Braga, Portugal.

"Rent a small property first do not buy as there are too many hurdles to cover without knowing the Portuguses system. There are also at present unscrupulous estate agencies and unless you know who they are you could be on a hiding to nothing," said one expat in Tomar.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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