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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 05, 2022

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

What is it like to retire in The Algarve?

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"Portugal is a country steeped in the arts, where many event or show is always going on , whether it be music, dance, visual arts, etc. There is a large British expat community here; I have only met one other American. There are all sorts of groups, from crafting, to card games, to outdoor enthusiasts," explained a retiree in Tavira .

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

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"I just don't want everybody to rush over here and over-populate this beautiful, sleepy country," explained one retiree living in Tavira .

What are the most challenging aspects of retiring in The Algarve?

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"Learning Portuguese and dealing with the bureaucracy," explained one retiree living in Tavira .

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What are the most rewarding aspects of retiring in The Algarve?

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"I love the people, the weather, our beautiful home and my doctor! I have already made some very good friends who have helped me find a decent used car, taken the day to go with us to get our papers, in case there was a language barrier. The people I have met are very helpful," said another retiree in Tavira .

What are healthcare services like in The Algarve?

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

"Very easy access and very good. Rated 11 by WHO forchealthcare. I have never had to wait too long to see a doctor or have a procedure done," said another retiree in living in Tavira , Portugal.

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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