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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 16, 2023

Summary: Moving to Braga, Portugal? Expats talk about what you need to know before moving to Braga.

What do I need to know before moving to Braga?

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

"Braga is a city rich in history and culture, with a vibrant social scene and a high quality of life. Before moving to Braga, expats should know that the official language is Portuguese, and while English is commonly spoken in tourist areas and by younger generations, it may not be widely understood by older locals. The cost of living in Braga is relatively low compared to other European cities, but it's still important to budget carefully. The city has a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild, rainy winters. Braga is known for its stunning architecture, including numerous churches and other historic buildings. The city is also home to a number of festivals and events throughout the year, which can be a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture. Public transportation in Braga is reliable and affordable, with a network of buses serving the city and surrounding areas. However, many expats choose to drive, and it's worth noting that Portuguese driving laws may be different from those in your home country. Healthcare in Portugal is of a high standard, and expats living in Braga will have access to both public and private healthcare facilities. It's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance to cover any medical costs. Portuguese cuisine is a highlight of living in Braga, with a focus on fresh seafood, locally grown fruits and vegetables, and delicious pastries. Finally, it's important to note that while Portugal is generally a safe country, it's still necessary to take common-sense precautions to protect yourself and your belongings," said one expat in Braga.

"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 who made the move to Braga.

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About the Author

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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