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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 02, 2023

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

What do I need to know about living in Braga?

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

"Expats considering retirement in Braga should be aware that the cost of living is relatively low compared to other European countries, making it an attractive option for retirees. The city offers a high quality of life with its rich history, beautiful architecture, and vibrant culture. The official language is Portuguese, so learning the basics of the language would be beneficial, although English is widely spoken in tourist areas and by younger generations. Healthcare in Portugal is of a high standard and is affordable. Expats can access the public healthcare system, but many choose to take out private health insurance for more comprehensive coverage. Braga has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters, which can be a significant change for those used to colder climates. The city is known for its safety and low crime rates, but like any city, it's always important to be aware of your surroundings and take basic precautions. Portugal has a favorable tax regime for foreign retirees, known as the Non-Habitual Resident (NHR) scheme, which can offer significant tax advantages for the first ten years of residency. Braga has a well-developed public transportation system, but owning a car can be beneficial for exploring the surrounding countryside. The food in Portugal is fresh and diverse, with a focus on seafood, and Braga is no exception. The city also has a thriving cafe culture and is known for its locally produced wines. 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 often one of the most significant adjustments for new expats. Finally, it's essential to understand the legal requirements for moving to Portugal, including visa requirements. It's recommended to seek advice from a legal professional to ensure all paperwork is correctly completed," explained one expat living in Braga, Portugal.

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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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