Portugal Information Guide

Portugal

Portugal - Whether enjoying wine and seafood by the beach, listening to fado in Lisbon or exploring hill-top castles and palaces, Portugal has an authentic charm that has survived into the modern day. The climate is mild and local produce is delicious.

Portugal - An Expatriate Guide

Overview
Climate and Weather
Getting There
Getting There
Speaking the Language
Visas, Residency, Immigration & Documentation
Currency and Cost of Living
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Banking
Taxation
Insurance
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Business Culture
Healthcare and Medical Treatment
Social Security
Employment
Renting Property in Portugal
Buying Property in Portugal
Education and Schools
Utilities (Electricity, Water, Gas)
Communications (Telephone, Post, Internet, TV)
Driving and Public Transport
Food and Drink
Leisure, Entertainment and Sports
Retiring to Portugal and Pension Issues
Taking Your Pets
Expat groups in Portugal

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Portugal - Administrative Divisions

Aveiro
Azores
Beja
Braga
Braganca
Castelo Branco
Coimbra
Evora
Faro Guarda
Lisbon
Leiria
Madeira Portalegre
Porto
Santarem
Setubal
Viana do Castelo
Vila Real
Viseu


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Expat Focus Recommended Website Award - Portugal

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Piglet in Portugal

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Tales of everyday life and travel in Portugal with a humorous twist

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Expat Experiences of Life in Portugal (submit yours here)

Derek Harper, Tomar

Derek and Nicky

My name is Derek Harper, I am originally from Scotland and now live in Central Portugal with my girlfriend. We never set off to move to Portugal it just sort of happened, you know the way these things do. Way back in 2002, New Year's eve to be exact, my girlfriend Nicky Carter and I were having a conversation over a few drinks about the coming new year and our future plans. This conversation eventually got round to talk about places we would like to visit for our holidays in the coming year...

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Wendy Manning

James and Daniel

I am Wendy Manning and I live in Central Portugal with husband Paul and Children James (9) and Daniel(6). We moved from the UK towards the end of 2007, like many others it seems. We just decided that we had had enough of working to live and keep a very expensive house and mortgage so we sold up and decided to move to Portugal. Portugal was an easy decision as we had been visiting The Algarve for a few years...

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Robin and Shirley Hepworth

Robin and Shirley's House

In 2007 we sold up and moved to the Western Algarve, Portugal. Why? Many reasons - better quality of life, less stressful living, nice people, good food, wine & Medronho! We first visited Portugal in 2001 to take part in a sponsored ride from Alcoutim on the Spanish Border to Cape St Vincent in aid of RDA & PSP. I was riding and Shirley part of the support crew and as a result we saw parts of the Algarve most Algarveans never see. We came home feeling that the Lagos area would be a great place to live...

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Eric and Diane

Portuguese view

Our original intention was to buy a home for us and a second property to let to supplement our pensions. We looked at our options, which included Croatia, Bulgaria and Turkey. We had never visited Portugal but we had English friends who had moved to the Portimao area. So in the late 2007 we made our first visit. Like so many others, we loved the area, the people and the climate....

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Emma

Emma outside her house

Emma from Australia here. After 20 years in the film industry in Sydney I had had enough of 80-hour working weeks and wanted to get a life. I had planned to be travelling for a few years but I fell in love with Portugal as soon as I arrived. When I saw charming ruins for sale at my kind of price, I decided to buy here...

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Dave

Dave's house

I'm Dave. An aged hippy who managed to pretend to be a successful I.T. consultant for much of my working life before I morphed into Mr Odd Job for three years before moving to Portugal. Nowadays I am much happier playing with lumps of wood than with computers, so no techie questions please. In July 2008 I moved to Aveiro, just south of Porto from Southampton...

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