Last updated on Jul 02, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Sagres, Portugal. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know about living in Sagres?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Sagres, they said:
"Expats considering retirement in Sagres should be aware of several key factors. Firstly, the cost of living in Sagres is relatively low compared to other European destinations, but it's important to budget carefully as prices can vary. The official language is Portuguese, so learning some basic phrases or taking language classes could be beneficial. However, English is widely spoken in tourist areas and by younger generations. Healthcare in Portugal is of a high standard, with both public and private options available. Expats should ensure they have adequate health insurance coverage. Sagres has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters, which can be a significant change for those used to cooler climates. The culture in Sagres is laid-back and relaxed, with a strong emphasis on family and community. It's important to respect local customs and traditions. Portugal has a residency program known as the Golden Visa, which allows non-EU citizens to gain residency by investing in the country. This could be a viable option for retirees from outside the EU. Portugal has a double taxation treaty with many countries, meaning you won't be taxed twice on the same income. However, it's advisable to consult with a tax professional to understand your obligations. Sagres is known for its beautiful beaches and outdoor activities, so it's an ideal location for active retirees. However, it's a small town, so those seeking a bustling city life may need to travel to larger cities like Lisbon or Porto. Public transportation in Sagres is limited, so having a car can be beneficial for getting around and exploring the surrounding areas. Finally, it's important to have a clear understanding of the visa and residency requirements before making the move. Consulting with a legal professional can help to ensure a smooth transition," explained one expat living in Sagres, Portugal.
What do I need to know before moving to Sagres?
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 Sagres?
- What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Sagres?
- What is the average cost of housing in Sagres?
- How do I meet people in Sagres?
- What do I need to know before retiring in Sagres?
- What should I pack when moving to Sagres?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Sagres?
- Will I be able to find a job in Sagres?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do people like (and dislike) about Sagres?
- What type of social life can someone expect in Sagres?
- What is the social scene like in Sagres?
- What advice to expats in Sagres have about housing?
- What are medical services in Sagres like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Sagres?
- Is the cost of living in Sagres high?
- What are the visa & residency requirements in Sagres?
- Why do people move to Sagres?