Last updated on Jul 02, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Estoril, Portugal. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know about living in Estoril?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Estoril, they said:
"Estoril is a popular retirement destination for expats due to its warm climate, beautiful beaches, and affordable cost of living. Before retiring in Estoril, it's important to understand the local culture, language, and lifestyle. Portuguese is the official language of Portugal, so learning some basic phrases can be beneficial, although English is widely spoken in tourist areas and by younger generations. The cost of living in Estoril is generally lower than in many other European countries, but it's still important to budget carefully and consider all potential expenses, including housing, healthcare, and daily living costs. Healthcare in Portugal is of a high standard and is relatively affordable. Expats are eligible for public healthcare after becoming residents, but many choose to also have private health insurance for more comprehensive coverage. The property market in Estoril offers a range of options, from luxury villas to more modest apartments. Renting is a popular choice for many expats, but buying property can also be a good investment. Portugal has a favorable tax regime for retirees, known as the Non-Habitual Resident (NHR) scheme, which can offer significant tax benefits for a period of ten years. It's advisable to seek professional tax advice to understand the implications and benefits of this scheme. Portugal is known for its relaxed pace of life, which many retirees find appealing. However, it's worth noting that this can also translate into slower customer service and bureaucracy. The food and wine in Portugal are exceptional and very affordable. The local diet is Mediterranean, with a focus on fresh fish, meat, vegetables, and olive oil. Portugal is a safe country with low crime rates. However, like anywhere, it's still important to take common-sense precautions, particularly in tourist areas. Public transportation in Estoril is reliable and affordable, with regular train services to Lisbon and other parts of the country. However, having a car can be beneficial for exploring more remote areas. Finally, it's important to remember that moving to a new country can be challenging, even if it's a dream retirement destination. It can take time to adjust to a new culture, language, and way of life, so it's important to be patient and give yourself time to settle in," said one expat who made the move to Estoril.
What do I need to know before moving to Estoril?
About the Author
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.
- What do I need to know before moving to Estoril?
- What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Estoril?
- What is the average cost of housing in Estoril?
- How do I meet people in Estoril?
- What do I need to know before retiring in Estoril?
- What should I pack when moving to Estoril?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Estoril?
- Will I be able to find a job in Estoril?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do people like (and dislike) about Estoril?
- What type of social life can someone expect in Estoril?
- What is the social scene like in Estoril?
- What advice to expats in Estoril have about housing?
- What are medical services in Estoril like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Estoril?
- Is the cost of living in Estoril high?
- What are the visa & residency requirements in Estoril?
- Why do people move to Estoril?