A comfortable climate, with plenty of sunshine, friendly welcoming people, and a healthy actively lifestyle… what more could a person want? Popular with tourists, expat families and retirees - Portugal makes a great lifestyle destination, hitting many markers for a great quality of life. The country can also be highly affordable, with low utility costs and low entertainment costs. The weather in Portugal is very pleasant, with around 300 days of sunshine throughout the year.
In Portugal, time doesn’t function according to the clock. There is a remarkable relaxed pace of life that encourages residents to slow down and appreciate the little things. Unlike neighbouring country Spain, Portugal doesn’t have a siesta culture – business continues throughout the day. The Portuguese are kind and helpful, proving friendly to other locals and foreigners alike.
Portugal boasts a very high quality of life and a very low crime rate. There are excellent schools and a huge variety of outdoor activities. The property market in Portugal has reached a stable level, without significant fluctuations in price levels. The economy hasn’t performed too well of late, suffering through multiple recessions. Wages are low compared to EU standard, with a falling average GDP. This makes Portugal a good real estate investment option. Additionally, low interest rates and an attractive Golden Visa scheme are enticing overseas buyers who can gain residency with €500,000 spent on property.
Here are some of our top picks for where to live in Portugal.
The capital city, Lisbon, charms visitors with its trundling trams, cobbled alleyways, and bougainvillea-draped houses. There’s always plenty to do here between the fashionable restaurants and charming shops. Much more affordable than other European capital cities, Lisbon offers a surprise around every corner.
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The southernmost region of Portugal is known for its golden beaches on the Atlantic, traditional fishing bays, and a slower pace of life. The natural beauty of the unspoilt south is hard to come by. Popular with retirees, this region is rather affordable and offers a good mix between action and a peaceful life.
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Dating back to the 7th Century, the town of Alcochete is home to the Tagus Estuary Nature Reserve – an important part of the area’s salt industry. A variety of property types are available in this quiet residential town, which is more affordable than Lisbon.
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For those considering a move to Portugal, there are locations to suit all tastes. Seaside, deep country, bustling city. As a mish mash of old and new, little treasures can be found all around. Speak to our Portugal property specialists to get started.