Last updated on Jul 06, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Carvoeiro, Portugal. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know about living in Carvoeiro?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Carvoeiro, they said:
"Carvoeiro is a popular 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 Carvoeiro is relatively low compared to other European countries, but it's higher than in other parts of Portugal. This is due to its popularity as a tourist destination. You should also be aware that while many locals speak English, particularly in the service industry, it's beneficial to learn some Portuguese to help with day-to-day tasks and to integrate into the local community. Healthcare in Portugal is of a high standard, with both public and private options available. However, it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance to cover any potential medical costs. When it comes to housing, there's a wide range of options available, from apartments to villas. Renting is a popular choice for expats, but if you're planning to stay long-term, buying a property could be a good investment. Portugal has a favorable tax regime for retirees, known as the Non-Habitual Resident (NHR) scheme. This allows for a tax-free pension for ten years, but it's important to seek professional advice to understand the specifics. The lifestyle in Carvoeiro is laid-back and leisurely, with a focus on outdoor activities such as golf, tennis, and water sports. The town also has a vibrant expat community, making it easy to meet new people and make friends. Finally, it's important to understand the visa requirements for living in Portugal. If you're from a non-EU country, you'll need to apply for a residence visa before you move. This process can take some time, so it's best to start as early as possible," commented one expat who made the move to Carvoeiro.
What do I need to know before moving to Carvoeiro?
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 Carvoeiro?
- What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Carvoeiro?
- What is the average cost of housing in Carvoeiro?
- How do I meet people in Carvoeiro?
- What do I need to know before retiring in Carvoeiro?
- What should I pack when moving to Carvoeiro?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Carvoeiro?
- Will I be able to find a job in Carvoeiro?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do people like (and dislike) about Carvoeiro?
- What type of social life can someone expect in Carvoeiro?
- What is the social scene like in Carvoeiro?
- What advice to expats in Carvoeiro have about housing?
- What are medical services in Carvoeiro like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Carvoeiro?
- Is the cost of living in Carvoeiro high?
- What are the visa & residency requirements in Carvoeiro?
- Why do people move to Carvoeiro?