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Moving to Estoril, Portugal

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 06, 2023

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

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What do I need to know before moving to Estoril?

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

"Estoril is a popular destination for expats due to its pleasant climate, beautiful beaches, and high standard of living. Before moving to Estoril, it's important to understand the cost of living, which is generally lower than in many other European countries, but higher than other parts of Portugal. The official language is Portuguese, and while English is widely spoken in tourist areas and among younger generations, it's beneficial to learn some basic Portuguese phrases. The healthcare system in Portugal is of a high standard, with both public and private options available. Expats should ensure they have adequate health insurance coverage. Estoril is known for its safety and low crime rates, but like any place, it's important to take basic precautions, especially in tourist areas. Public transportation in Estoril is reliable and affordable, with a good network of buses, trains, and trams. However, many expats choose to drive, and it's worth noting that Portugal has strict driving laws and high fines for violations. The cuisine in Estoril is heavily influenced by the sea, with fish and seafood being staple parts of the diet. The local wine is also highly recommended. Portugal has a relatively relaxed pace of life, with a strong emphasis on family and leisure time. This can be a significant cultural adjustment for expats from fast-paced, work-oriented cultures. Portugal has a high standard of education, with a range of both public and private schools. There are also international schools available, which may be a good option for expat families. The climate in Estoril is Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. It's important to prepare for this, especially if moving from a cooler climate. Finally, it's important to understand the visa and residency requirements for living in Portugal. EU citizens can live and work in Portugal without a visa, but non-EU citizens will need to apply for a residence permit," said one expat in Estoril.

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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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