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Moving to Portimao, Portugal

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 02, 2023

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

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What do I need to know before moving to Portimao?

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

"Portimao is a popular destination for expats due to its warm climate, beautiful beaches, and affordable cost of living. Before moving to Portimao, it's important to understand the local culture, lifestyle, and legal requirements. Portuguese is the official language of Portugal, so learning some basic phrases can be beneficial. However, English is widely spoken in tourist areas and by younger generations. The cost of living in Portimao is relatively low compared to other European countries. This includes rent, groceries, dining out, and public transportation. However, it's important to have a clear understanding of your budget and financial situation before moving. Portugal has a universal healthcare system, but it's recommended for expats to have private health insurance. This is because public healthcare can have long waiting times and may not cover all medical services. Portugal has a high standard of education, with public, private, and international schools available. If you're moving with children, it's important to research the different options and decide which is best for your family. Portugal has a warm Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters. The weather in Portimao is generally sunny and dry, but it can get quite hot in the summer. Portuguese cuisine is diverse and delicious, with a focus on seafood, meat, and fresh produce. Portimao is particularly known for its fresh fish and seafood dishes. Portugal is a safe country with a low crime rate. However, like any place, it's important to take basic safety precautions, especially in tourist areas. Portugal has a relaxed pace of life, especially in coastal towns like Portimao. This can be a big change if you're used to a fast-paced lifestyle. Portugal has a straightforward residency process for EU citizens. However, if you're from outside the EU, you'll need to apply for a visa before moving. Portugal has a strong sense of community and family is very important. It's common for multiple generations to live together or nearby. Portugal has a rich history and culture, with many festivals and events throughout the year. Participating in these can be a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture. Finally, it's important to have a plan for staying connected with family and friends back home. This could involve regular video calls, visits, or finding a community of other expats in Portimao," said one expat in Portimao.

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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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