Guincho beach in Cascais, Portugal
Guincho beach in Cascais, Portugal
Guincho beach in Cascais, Portugal

Retire in Portugal

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Retirees share their experiences living in Portugal. What are the challenges and rewards of retiring in Portugal?

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What is it like to retire in Portugal?

"Cascais is a very vibrant city. There are many things going on all the time, and there is a lively expat community in Cascais. There are international people from all over the world, and there are many networking opportunities. There is music, sports, you name it. Lisbon is just a 30 minute train ride away and the list of things to there is endless and enticing," said a retiree who moved to Cascais, Portugal.

"Portugal is a country steeped in the arts, where many event or show is always going on , whether it be music, dance, visual arts, etc. There is a large British expat community here; I have only met one other American. There are all sorts of groups, from crafting, to card games, to outdoor enthusiasts," said another retiree in Tavira .

"There is a very active expat community, especially for women. There are many cultural attractions in the Lisbon area with lots of recreation. Lisbon has a lot of nightlife opportunities and transport to Lisbon is very easy from Cascais," commented one retiree living in Cascais, Portugal.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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