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Retire in Cascais, Portugal

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 05, 2022

Summary: Retirees share their experiences living in Cascais, Portugal. DATASENTENCE What are the challenges and rewards of retiring in Cascais?

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What is it like to retire in Cascais?

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"Cascais is a very vibrant city. There are many things going on all the time, and there is a lively expat community in Cascais. There are international people from all over the world, and there are many networking opportunities. There is music, sports, you name it. Lisbon is just a 30 minute train ride away and the list of things to there is endless and enticing," said another retiree in living in Cascais, Portugal.

"There is a very active expat community, especially for women. There are many cultural attractions in the Lisbon area with lots of recreation. Lisbon has a lot of nightlife opportunities and transport to Lisbon is very easy from Cascais," explained a retiree in Cascais.

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What advice do overseas retirees have for others considering retiring abroad?

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"Have an adventure while you still can. Experience a different pace of life. See some new sights. Live to the fullest while you still can - It's a big old wonderful world," remarked another retiree in Cascais.

"I'm very new to this, but, so far, it's wonderful. It's everything I hoped for - and more. I would encourage anyone with a sense of adventure and desire - to go for it," said a retiree who moved to Cascais, Portugal.

What are the most challenging aspects of retiring in Cascais?

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"Certainly the bureaucracy in Portugal is daunting, although we have found most people very helpful - Having learned some Portuguese has come in very handy - People are very appreciative to hear you try to speak and understand," said a retiree who moved to Cascais, Portugal.

"Adjusting to using public transportation instead of a car, setting up a household in a country where I don't speak the language, and starting the process of making friends and learning the language," said another retiree in Cascais.

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What are the most rewarding aspects of retiring in Cascais?

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"I love living by the sea, utilizing the Mercado for shopping, learning new things almost every day, being challenged and energized by my new home. I'm really enjoying getting to know people from many countries and seeing the similarities and differences. I'm also enjoying all the walking I'm doing since I've chosen to not have a car," remarked another retiree in Cascais.

What are healthcare services like in Cascais?

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We asked retirees if they have access to good medical care in Cascais. They wrote:

"Yes, we have access to Portuguese National Health which is quite good depending on where you go. And we have a supplemental at 48 Euros per month which gives us choices and pays out quite a lot of the out of pocket expense. If we see doctors and dentists and opthalmologists who belong to our plan, costs and copays are controlled and quite low. The care has been excellent," explained one retiree living in Cascais.

"There is a CUF private hospital in Cascais. So far, the care is excellent and the prices are a fraction of what they would be in the US," said another retiree in living in Cascais, Portugal.

How do I meet people in Cascais?

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When we asked people living in Cascais about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"International Women in Portugal, Women's Royal Volunteer Service and Royal British Club," added another person in Cascais .

"Americans in Portugal ( and on facebook) offers social activities to mark the US holidays and some informational meetings on taxes or similar topics during the year; International Women in Portugal is also helpful on a broad basis related to settling in," remarked another retiree in Cascais.

What is life like in Cascais?

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When we asked people living in Cascais what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"All of the things you mention. There is a wide range of social activities and sports but a lot of young families with children. The city provides many fun activities and festivals during the year," said another retiree in living in Cascais , Portugal.

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What do I need to know before retiring in Cascais?

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

"Don't live in the old town unless you want to deal with an influx of tourists in the summer. Be aware that housing is expensive. Get involved with clubs and organizations as soon as you can. Be aware that living here may spoil you because it's so beautiful and wonderful," commented one retiree living in Cascais , Portugal.

"After basic research using internet sites, so you understand the cost of living and ease of speaking English, spend time here--two weeks or so--before making any commitment. Renting for a few months or longer is most common and affords the flexibility to try other towns, as the life style varies quite a bit between city and village or rural life. This is not a dirt-streets beach town; it is historic, relaxed, casual yet chic," explained one retiree living 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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