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Moving to Faro, Portugal

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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Oct 23, 2023

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

What do I need to know before moving to Faro?

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

"Faro is a popular destination for expats due to its warm climate, beautiful beaches, and rich history. Before moving to Faro, it's important to understand the cost of living, which is generally lower than in many other European countries, but can vary depending on your lifestyle and where you choose to live in the city. Portuguese is the official language of Faro, so learning some basic phrases can be very helpful. However, English is widely spoken in tourist areas and by younger generations. Faro has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. It's important to prepare for the heat, especially if you're not used to such climates. The healthcare system in Portugal is of a high standard. Expats living in Faro can access both public and private healthcare, although many choose private health insurance for more comprehensive coverage. Faro is a safe city with a low crime rate. However, like any other place, it's important to take basic precautions to protect yourself and your belongings. Public transportation in Faro is reliable and affordable. The city has a good network of buses and trains, and it's also easy to get around by bike or on foot. Portuguese cuisine is a highlight of living in Faro. The city is known for its fresh seafood, and the local wine is also excellent. Faro has a slower pace of life compared to many other cities. This laid-back lifestyle is one of the things that many expats love about living in Faro, but it can take some getting used to if you're from a fast-paced city. The city is also home to a number of festivals and events throughout the year, which provide great opportunities to immerse yourself in the local culture. Lastly, it's important to understand the visa requirements for living in Portugal. Non-EU citizens will generally need a residence visa to live in Faro, and the process can take some time, so it's best to start this process well in advance of your planned move," replied a member in Faro.

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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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