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Vila do Bispo, Portugal

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Aug 14, 2023

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

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What do I need to know about living in Vila do Bispo?

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

"Vila do Bispo, is a popular retirement destination for expats due to its warm climate, beautiful beaches, and relaxed lifestyle. Before retiring there, it's important to understand a few key things. Firstly, you should know that the cost of living in Vila do Bispo is relatively low compared to other European countries, but it's still higher than in some parts of the world. This includes costs for housing, groceries, healthcare, and other daily expenses. Secondly, while many locals speak English, particularly in the tourism industry, it's beneficial to learn some Portuguese to help with day-to-day interactions. This can also help you integrate more easily into the local community. Healthcare in Portugal is of a high standard, with both public and private options available. As an expat, you'll need to secure health insurance, either privately or through the Portuguese healthcare system. Portugal has a favorable tax regime for retirees, known as the Non-Habitual Resident (NHR) scheme. This allows for significant tax reductions or even exemptions on certain types of income for a period of ten years. The climate in Vila do Bispo is Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. It's important to prepare for this, particularly if you're used to a different climate. Portugal is generally a safe country with low crime rates. However, like anywhere, it's important to take basic safety precautions, particularly in tourist areas. Finally, it's worth noting that while Vila do Bispo is a tranquil and peaceful place, it can get busy during the peak tourist season. If you prefer a quieter lifestyle, you may want to consider this when choosing where to live," explained one expat living in Vila do Bispo, Portugal.

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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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