7 Reasons to Love Living in Portugal
Around 700,000 expats call Portugal their home and it’s not hard to see why! Portugal is a beautiful country to live in, with lots of appeal for pensioners and those escaping colder climates.
1. The Weather
Portugal has a warm, temperate climate. Summers are hot and dry, while winters are moderate. It’s long been a popular destination for people from northern Europe for some winter sunshine and is a popular place to retire.
The good weather makes it easier to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle. So if you enjoy a round of golf, a relaxing walk or a day lounging at the beach, these are things you can make the most of all year round.
2. A More Relaxed Lifestyle
If you come from the hustle and bustle of a big city like London or Paris, the difference in pace here will be immediately obvious to you. Life in Portugal is generally a slower pace with less stress. At Spencer Becks, we love the “Cafe Culture” that forms part of your day here. In fact, we often arrange to meet clients at a cafe, to talk through requirements over a cup of coffee and maybe a lovely pastry too!
3. Landscape all over Portugal
The landscape in Portugal is pretty special. From the well-known coastline of the Algarve to the lush, green hills of northern Portugal.
Here on the Silver Coast, we have incredible scenery. We may be slightly biased, but we actually think there are fewer places more beautiful. The Costa da Prata (as the Silver Coast is known locally) has rugged coastlines, expansive beaches, historic towns with ancient landmarks and a vast, hilly region inland. Even after living here for many years, there is always something new to discover.
The region is home to several historic towns and villages, as well as golf courses and wine-producing areas. The countryside is dotted with traditional villages, vineyards, and lots of fruit trees.
Portugal’s natural beauty and varied landscapes make it a popular destination for outdoor activities and scenic drives.
4. Cost of Living
The cost of living in Portugal varies depending on location, lifestyle, and personal choices of course. But, in general, the cost of living in Portugal is lower than other countries in Western Europe. In fact, according to Expatistan, Lisbon ranks 49th in the Cost Of Living Index – making it a much cheaper capital city to live in than many others in Europe.
Where we are based on the Silver Coast, you can eat a decent meal out for €20. Broadband will cost on average €30 per month and utility bills cost on average €100 per month.
5. Proximity to other countries for travel
Portugal is well-placed within Europe. Lisbon airport is very well connected to the rest of the world. Most airlines, including some budget operators, have direct flights to countless destinations. Europeans with second homes in Portugal often travel back and forth multiple times per year – something that is very easy to do these days.
Portugal is also accessible by car from other European countries. Driving the length of Portugal is a wonderful way to experience the different regions and landscapes.
6. Fresh Produce
Markets are popular in Portugal and almost every town will have a market at least weekly. The stalls have an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh breads and cheeses at very reasonable prices. Fresh fish is readily available, especially if you live near the coast. In fact, the Silver Coast is renowned for its delicious seafood cuisine.
If you like cooking, we think you will find the fresh produce delightful and readily available.
And last (but certainly not least) on our list of 7 reasons, it has to be the beaches. The Silver Coast has some of the best beaches in Europe, if not the world.
Our office is based in São Martinho do Porto, right on the beach promenade – and what a lovely beach it is too! It is extremely popular with families as the park is well-protected from currents, making it an ideal spot for swimming. It might be busy in the summer and difficult to park, but it is definitely worth a visit. Here at Spencer Becks, we think September is the ideal time to visit when the weather is still sunny and warm and prices are more affordable.
Nazare beach is one of the most popular in the area. It will be well known to surfers, as the enormous waves around the headland can reach 30 m high during winter – definitely not for beginners! But, in summer, when the waves aren’t big, it is also popular with families. It’s a long, sandy beach which is actually quite sheltered from winds and currents. The fishing harbour and promenade are charming, so it’s a good spot for a day trip if you want to combine the beach with something of interest.
Other popular beaches include São Pedro de Moel beach in Marinha Grande, Baleal Beach in Peniche, and Praia da Areia Branca in Lourinhã.
Our personal favourite is Foz do Arelho, where the sea enters the land, forming the Óbidos Lagoon. It is truly unique in its shape and size. The lagoon is also ideal for water sports enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Definitely a must-see place if you are ever in the area!
Are you planning a move to Portugal?
With so much to love about Portugal, it’s no surprise that so many people continue to move here. If you are planning a move, we would be delighted to help you find your dream home. Get in touch with our team today.