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Pros and Cons of Living in Cascais

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 05, 2022

Summary: Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what expats and digital nomads have to say about the pros and cons of living in Cascais, Portugal.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Cascais?

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Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Cascais responded:

"We love Cascais. We can get into Lisbon in about 30 minutes...so we have all the culture we could hope for. The city has dozens of museums, and concerts are also available in Cascais and Estoril only a 4-minute train ride away. We live in Centro so we are just a 6-minute walk from the Mercado da Vila where we get fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, and fish for a lot less than in the states. Also, the quality of the food is so much better! Once you have a fresh egg from a happy hen you can never go back to the supermarket fare we were buying in the states. Though we live in the "city" it Is very safe and clean. (except for dog poop) and we are just minutes from the beach. We love our 1-2 hour walks on dedicated paths that run along the beach. Cascais also offers many benefits to residents ...like free use of the 31 bus routes. We also bought a discounted train pass because we are over 65. Finally, this is an easy place for an American with limited Portuguese language skills to land as nearly all of the population speaks English," explained one expat living in Cascais.

"Cascais is that unusual combination of a picturesque village and vibrant community, a mix of old and new architecture, of cultures, of nationalities and ages. Museums, parks, concerts and restaurants attract us night and day, along with international sailing and equestrian competitions almost all year long. We have single men and women, a welcomed LGBT community, students to seniors who mingle and form life-long friendships.," said another expat in living in Cascais, Portugal.

"Love the location, beauty of the city, sea, etc. Love that it's so easy to assimilate without knowing the language. Very easy to meet people and make friends. Pre covid - lots of fun activities sponsored by the city of Cascais and in Lisbon. Public transport is great here in Cascais and in Lisbon. Train is easy and inexpensive to get between the cities. Lots of cultural activities here and even more in Lisbon. Good medical services with English speaking doctors. Love that Cascais is small enough to get acquainted with shop keepers and restaurant staff and owners. The climate is quite good a significant portion of the time. Easy to fly to other parts of Europe inexpensively and quickly. Lots of places within Portugal to explore. The seafood and wine. Movies and TV programming in English. Portuguese people are welcoming and tolerant of expats. Shopping at the Mercado for fruits and veggies - and fish, is great. Fruits and veggies taste so much better than in the States. The city of Cascais goes to great effort to keep the city clean, flower beds fresh and everything looking beautiful. Free bus service for residents. Negatives - in normal times the tourist density is bad during the summers. Women's clothing that I like is very scarce. Vitamins and minerals are very expensive. OTC medications are only sold in very small amounts," added another expat in Cascais.

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What do expats in Cascais appreciate most about the local culture?

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"The slower pace of life, the rich history, the kindness of the Portuguese people, lack of guns, safety, frequent farmer's markets and heritage festivals (pre-Covid-19)," said another expat in Cascais .

"Kind, helpful and genuinely friendly Portuguese people. The beautiful and, mainly, pristine beaches, forests, villages, towns, rivers and ocean," remarked another in Cascais.

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What do expats find most challenging?

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"Pace of life and government bureaucracy. Pace of life is easy to adjust...slow down and enjoy. When dealing with government agencies just be prepared for extreme bureaucracy," remarked another expat in Cascais.

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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