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Considering Retiring To Vale Da Telha

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Considering Retiring To Vale Da Telha

Post Posted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 4:15 pm

My husband and I have been to Portugal for lots of holidays and recently visited the Vale Da Telha area...we were only there for two days but thought it was beautiful...we are considering selling our home in the UK and retiring to the area. We would be grateful for any advice on the Pros and Cons of living in the area for example.....

Property prices.....reliable agent/builder

Cost of living compared to Central Algarve

Practicality of shopping for groceries, meat, veg...nearest supermarket ect

Broadband internet connection and monthly charges

Is it possible to get English Speaking radio programmes ?

Social Life...are there any nice restaurants in the area for the occasional night out.

Are there many English speaking residents ? ... as yet we don't speak the language.

Thanks for your help.

Regards Barbara


Re: Considering Retiring To Vale Da Telha

Post Posted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 9:30 pm

Hi Barbara

For us it was love at first sight when we arrived in VDT. However, we had to have 2 attempts at buying a property and a very lucky escape. Bit of a long story I better not put into print Laughing

Still we made some lovely Portuguese friends in VDT and now some lovely English friends through this site, as well, who are in various stages of moving to we are all in the same boat.

We have learnt a lot about building.....and builders and agents, we can pass on our experiences and contacts to you, if it will be of help.

Restaurants...many good ones in both VDT and Aljezur.

Some English is spoken + there are many English people moving to VDT

Yes you should be able to get broadband I was told BB is available in VDT and indeed we will be having it installed

Yes you can get Sky for English TV and there are other channels. Depends what you want. I have some contact details of people to install

Yes, there is English Radio programmes..but dont forget you can get English radio channels on your PC

Supermarkets there is a small supermarket in VDT near the pinetrees roundabout. + a couple of larger super markets in Aljezur, they would sell everything you need.+ there is a local market selling fresh produce...absolutely delicious...the lettuce came complete with caterpillars!
Also sell fresh fish. the one I looked at was still breathing Shocked
Nearest Hyper style supermarket..Lagos(about25-30mins) away

Dont worry to much about social life...there will be alot going on and plenty of opportunities to make new friends. I am told there is also a VDt residents association

There are lots of things I dont know..and I learn something new every I am like a sponge myself at the moment, but willing to pass on what I have discovered over the last year.

I cannot comment on Cost of Living in Central I have never been Embarassed but something we intend to rectify.

You are welcome to email me off forum and I will answer your questions as best I can...and as I always say what I dont know I will do my best to find out Cool

Kind Regards


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Re: Considering Retiring To Vale Da Telha

Post Posted: Tue Jun 07, 2005 2:54 am

Hi Piglet
Thanks for your speedy reply and all your help....we are definitely getting more interested and excited about the prospect of moving to Vale Da Telha
I will keep in touch and hope you don't mind if I pick your brains again soon....The weather is awful here at the moment....don't know why we are hesitating about spending our retirement here !



Re: Considering Retiring To Vale Da Telha

Post Posted: Tue Jun 07, 2005 10:42 pm

Well, I reckon that nice little Piglet has encapsulated all there is to know about VdT!! In my opinion it is a 'up and coming' area; it will never be as cvommercialised as [e.g.] Luz and there is eoough space for all.

A bit more re. tv and radio though; You can get all BBC TV networks[1 2 3 and 4 as well as news 24]and all their radio networks [1 2 3 4 5 6 7 as well as every commercial radio station there is] for free with a BSkyB dish and receiver; not desperately expensive to buy; you may not get ITV programmes but it is posible, I gather.

Cheaper than here to buy food etc. You also pay for water elec and gas [bottled] of course on top of your rates. water becomes dear if you consume really vast quantities i.e. if you fill a pool.

Car hire can be quite an expense; could drive over quite quickly, I am told, but flying is certainly quite quick. Then again, it takes about 7 hrs door to door, doesn't it? But i suppose you'd hardly get tpo france in that time... and then you've got the ferry, road tolls, wear and tear and fuel costs..

We bought 2nd hand; good idea but watch out for lack of damp course in the walls of the building!

Chat more on '''''' if you like.. bets regards

PS what ever wenbt wrong with your purchase[s], Piglet??




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Re: Considering Retiring To Vale Da Telha

Post Posted: Tue Jun 07, 2005 11:26 pm

Hi Vale Da Telha fan...

Wont print what happened to us re first attempt....just say it made us a lot wiser...but even then nothing is fool proof. Laughing

/have some ideas about recieving ITV channels... Wink

Barbara Word to the wise re water... it is very very expensive. SO if you are thinking of having a nice "English lawn" comes at a price. Also Swimming pools again nice but evaporatin will mean you have to top up regulary

Central heating is also another issue to bear in mind. The large gas bottles are about 55 euros each and you can easily whip through these in the winter I am told 1 or 2 esily a week (I am yet to test this theory). Last winter was absolutely "b" freezing and even when we were out JAn March and April the nights were so very cold. It was the coldest winter for a long long time but you just need to be aware when buying a house.

High ceilings may look nice...but its lot to heat in the winter Laughing

We had a logburning fire installed with heat exchanger in to the bedroom...kindly recommended by a Portuguese friend who I have plagued senseless with Questions over the months.

Anyway we will all have to have a big BBQ around Sept time as I know some other members will be out there then we will have to have a forum get together. Laughing

Kind Regards Piglet
PS VDT fan when are you out in VDT again, I desparately need a favour


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Re: Considering Retiring To Vale Da Telha

Post Posted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 12:11 am

by the looks of it, Piglet, we will not be there til 9 sept! martyn




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Re: Considering Retiring To Vale Da Telha

Post Posted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 6:17 pm

Hi everyone

Welcome to the family Barb. We are just about to take possession of our villa in Sector E in Vale da Telha in July and will be out also from 12 to 22 September, so get that barbie going piglet!!!

I wish we could retire out there, but not quite ready yet, but it will be great to have all you folks there when we visit.

Much love




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