Seeking Life in The Sun? Here Are The Best Places To Live In Portugal

What’s not to love about Portugal? Whether you’re looking to emigrate to chase the sun, enjoy the beautiful beaches or just simply soak up a rich new culture, Portugal has it all.But where are the best places to live in the country? From the areas with the lowest crime rates, highest number of blue flag … Read more

Quality Of Life In Portugal: What To Expect As An Expat

No matter where you live in the world, you may find yourself comparing your home country to your new destination each time you travel. After all, it can be fun to compare the differences between places as a way to see what’s unique; and whilst you can’t ultimately judge a destination by an initial list … Read more

Interview With Louise Ross, Author, Women Who Walk

Louise, tell us a bit about yourself and your interest in expat life. I’ve lived outside of my country of origin, which is Australia, for more than three decades. I moved to Portugal from Colorado and there, I didn’t think of myself as an expatriate.All my friends were American – bar a couple of Australians … Read more

How Long Does It Take To Become Fluent In Portuguese?

This is a question that every new learner of the language tends to ask themselves before they begin. After all, timelines are important. They help us to set targets, stay on track and ensure we meet our goals by a specific date. Which, if you’re learning a new language because you’re relocating, can be incredibly … Read more

Portugal Or Spain – Which Would Suit You?

The world is brimming with possibilities; you can make a home anywhere you desire. From finding comfort in an unknown land to exposing yourself to a cultural shock and learning to empathize with the differences that unite us, expat life can be both exciting and challenging. Travelling to and settling down in another country brings … Read more

Portugal Facebook Group Round-Up September 2017

Welcome to this month’s round-up of discussion topics in our Expats In Portugal Facebook group.Adjustments and comparisons Eight days into her stay, one member has already noticed several differences between Portugal and her home country! Notable items include the sunshine and heat; the variety and affordability of excellent food; and how everything gets done on … Read more

Interview With Zara Quiroga, Author, Lisbon In 100 Bites

Zara, tell us a bit about yourself. What does a typical day in your life look like? I’m a Portuguese world traveler and I make a living as a travel and food writer.I was an expat in Dubai for almost five years, until late 2011. Since then and until a few months ago, I was … Read more

The Best Beach Property Locations In Portugal

With expansive stretches of white beaches and towering mountains, Portugal, located on the west of the Iberian Peninsula, is a haven for expats who love plenty of sunshine. Surrounded by Spain and the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal has a population of nearly 10 million, and is especially known for its long hot summers.Apart from the abundant … Read more

Portugal – Recommended Social Media Accounts

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Portugal and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.Visit PortugalFacebook Page | Twitter | Instagram … Read more

Nine Traditional Portuguese Foods You Should Try

Portuguese cuisine varies by region, although foods such as fresh fish and shellfish are found across the country. The country’s national dish is ‘bacalhau’, which is dried and salted cod. The dish dates back to the early 16th century. When fishing boats reached Newfoundland, the sailors sundried their catch and salted it to preserve it … Read more

Portugal – Recommended Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Portugal and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.Um Lisboeta Ingles – An Englishman In Lisbonhttps://umlisboetaingles.wordpress.com/ A travelling teacher with … Read more

How Does Being An Expat In Portugal Differ From Holidaying There?

Clinging onto Spain on the Iberian Peninsula, facing the vast expanse of the Atlantic, Portugal is often forgotten about, a small country with a smaller economy. This wasn’t always the case. Portugal had a mighty empire that stretched across oceans and gave the kingdom a foothold in Asia, Africa and South America. Where Portuguese traders … Read more

Interview With Allana Da Graca, Expat Author

Allana, tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to be an expat. My name is Dr. Allana Da Graca and I relocated to Portugal in 2014 to experience the lifestyle and culture of this beautiful community. I also have in-laws who reside in Europe so the thought of living in Portugal was … Read more

Interview With Elisabete Soares, Director, Portugal Au Pair

Elisabete, you're Director at Portugal Au Pair. Tell us a bit about your role: what does your day-to-day routine look like? My everyday life has been really amazing and the au pair world has been so interesting. My job is to promote the au pair cultural exchange program among young people in Portugal and throughout … Read more

Are These The Best Golf Courses For Expats In Portugal?

Tourists and expats alike quickly fall in love with the pleasant buzz and the warm natives of Portugal. The warm climate, economical property prices and modest cost of living make it an attractive destination. A big advantage is that Portugal has a diverse and thriving expat community, which makes it easy for foreigners to adjust. … Read more

Is the Algarve a Good Choice for Expat Professionals?

The Algarve’s name originates from the Arabic Al-Gharb, meaning “The West”, though travelers from the Western world will recognize it as the southernmost portion of Portugal. When placed on the world stage, the region has plenty to be proud of. For one, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations within Europe: this is … Read more