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What do I need to know before retiring in Portugal?

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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Portugal, they said...

"It is basically an industrial town, so I do not live around Central. 20 minutes to Sao Pedro do Moel, which is a nice village on coast. Gets cold in winter months, amount of rain is okay," remarked another expat in Marinha Grande , Portugal.

"If there is any area in Portugal where English IS widely spoken, it's the Algarve, because of all the tourists. We have lived here for a year and as yet speak very little Portuguese but have never had any problems communicating with anyone. In fact if you try in your broken Portuguese they often reply to you in English, as their English is probably going to be a lot better than your Portuguese! Translation apps help also," said a member in The Algarve, 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.

Along the Tagus Waterfront in Lisbon

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