Last updated on Jul 02, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Portimao, Portugal. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know about living in Portimao?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Portimao, they said:
"Portimao is a popular destination for expats due to its warm climate, beautiful beaches, and affordable cost of living. Before retiring in Portimao, it's important to understand the local culture, language, and lifestyle. Portuguese is the official language of Portugal, and while English is widely spoken in tourist areas, it may not be as common in residential areas. Therefore, learning some basic Portuguese phrases can be beneficial. The cost of living in Portimao is generally lower than in many other European countries. However, it's important to budget for expenses such as housing, healthcare, and daily living costs. Portugal has a universal healthcare system, but private insurance is also available. Expats should research their healthcare options and ensure they have adequate coverage. Portugal has a relatively high standard of living, with good infrastructure and public services. However, expats should be prepared for a slower pace of life compared to many other countries. Portugal has a warm Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters. However, it can get quite humid, which may not be comfortable for everyone. Portugal has a residency program for retirees known as the Non-Habitual Resident (NHR) scheme. This offers tax benefits for a period of ten years, but it's important to understand the requirements and implications of this scheme. Portugal is part of the Schengen Area, which allows for free movement between member countries. However, for long-term stays, a residence permit is required. Portuguese cuisine is diverse and delicious, with a focus on seafood. The local wine is also excellent and very affordable. Portugal is a safe country with a low crime rate. However, like anywhere, it's important to take common-sense precautions to protect yourself and your property. Finally, it's important to understand that while Portugal is a welcoming country, it can take time to fully integrate into the local community. Patience and an open mind are key to enjoying your retirement in Portimao," commented one expat who made the move to Portimao.
What do I need to know before moving to Portimao?
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.
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