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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Feb 03, 2024

Summary: People describe The Algarve, Portugal as a beautiful and sunny destination with stunning beaches, picturesque villages, and a relaxed atmosphere. Expats love the warm climate, friendly locals, and the low cost of living. The weather in The Algarve is typically mild and sunny, with temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,500 to $2,000 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is typically around $500 to $700 per month, while a two bedroom apartment can range from $700 to $1,000 per month. The approximate population of The Algarve is around 500,000 people.

What do I need to know about living in The Algarve?

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

"Before retiring in The Algarve, expats should be aware of the cost of living, which is generally higher than other parts of Portugal. Expats should also research the local healthcare system and ensure they have adequate health insurance coverage. Additionally, expats should familiarize themselves with the Portuguese language and culture, as English is not widely spoken in the region. Finally, expats should research the local tax laws and regulations to ensure they are compliant with all applicable laws," explained one expat living in The Algarve, Portugal.

"If there is any area in Portugal where English IS widely spoken, it's the Algarve, because of all the tourists. We have lived here for a year and as yet speak very little Portuguese but have never had any problems communicating with anyone. In fact if you try in your broken Portuguese they often reply to you in English, as their English is probably going to be a lot better than your Portuguese! Translation apps help also," said one expat in The Algarve.

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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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