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Aveiro, Portugal

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Aug 02, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Aveiro, Portugal. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Aveiro?

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

"Aveiro, often referred to as the "Venice of Portugal," is a popular retirement destination for expats due to its beautiful canals, charming old town, and pleasant climate. Before retiring in Aveiro, it's important to understand the cost of living, which is generally lower than in many other European countries, but higher than in some parts of Portugal. Healthcare in Portugal is of a high standard, with both public and private options available. Expats retiring in Aveiro should ensure they have adequate health insurance coverage. Portugal has a favorable tax regime for retirees, known as the Non-Habitual Resident (NHR) scheme, which can provide significant tax benefits for a period of ten years. Expats should also be aware that while English is widely spoken in tourist areas and among younger generations, it is less commonly spoken among the older population, so learning some Portuguese will be beneficial. Portugal has a relaxed pace of life, which can be a significant change for those used to a fast-paced lifestyle. This slower pace is part of the charm of retiring in Aveiro, but it can take some adjustment. Aveiro has a Mediterranean climate with mild, rainy winters and warm, dry summers. It's important to consider how this climate will suit your lifestyle and health needs. Portugal has a high level of safety and is considered one of the safest countries in the world. However, like anywhere, it's important to take standard precautions to protect yourself and your property. Public transportation in Aveiro is reliable and affordable, with a network of buses and trains connecting the city to other parts of Portugal. However, having a car can be beneficial for exploring more remote areas. Finally, it's important to understand the process of buying property in Portugal, which involves several steps including obtaining a fiscal number, opening a Portuguese bank account, and hiring a lawyer," commented one expat who made the move to Aveiro.

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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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