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Why do People Choose to Live in Portugal???… My TOP 10 Reasons

Why does it feel like everyone is choosing to move to Portugal right now???… Could it be the delicious pasteis de natas, stunning weather and friendly people???… The famous Portuguese custard tarts do taste better when you’re looking at colourful tiled buildings, watching the sunset over the ocean or eating them warm from the oven as an old yellow tram rattles past. Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, this small southern European nation offers everything from history and culture to world-class wines and fresh seafood. Although I can give you over a hundred reasons to make a move to Portugal I’ll share my TOP 10 reasons with you after living here for more than 20 years…

The sunkissed city of Lisbon Portugal’s sunny capital can’t be skipped. With its cobbled streets, colourful tiled buildings and charming hilly neighbourhoods, Lisbon is a must-visit destination that draws visitors back again and again. One trip to Lisbon will give you just a taste of Europe’s second oldest capital city, after Athens. Yes, Lisbon’s ancient history dates back further than Rome’s (by about 400 years!) and you’ll hear all about how its golden age came to an end with the tragic natural disasters of 1755. But modern Lisbon is a city on the rise again. Its vibrant streets, charisma and enviable climate have drawn a young crowd of cool Europeans who now call the coastal city home. Hop from traditional restaurants and fado shows to natural wine bars and specialty coffee shops all in an afternoon.

The magic of Sintra Sintra’s mystery and magic has to be seen in real life. Centuries ago the royals and rich built grand summer palaces on the hillside, crafting a destination so splendid that it now has UNESCO protection. While it makes the perfect day trip from Lisbon, Sintra is home to so many palaces (and an ancient 10th-century Moorish castle) that you need more than a day to explore this brilliant destination where nature and man combine. Now that sounds like a good excuse to move to Portugal!!!

The relaxed pace of life In picture-perfect Portugal the hard-working locals know the key to a good life is plenty of rest and making time for small joys each day. There’s no need to rise and shine early here. Linger a little longer with your morning coffee and don’t stress if you’re running five minutes late. Of course, there’s always time for an extra pastel de nata.

The charms of Porto Wandering about Portugal’s second-largest city and you’ll see where J.K. Rowling found her inspiration for Harry Potter. From the university students wearing long black capes to the narrow streets and tall skinny houses, Porto is a medieval city full of magic. Explore the steep hills and colourful streets, then cross the river to Gaia where the famous port wine is cellared. You could live in Portugal year after year and taste your way through dozens of port wine houses.

The fresh seafood With 832km (517miles) of coastline, Portugal’s history, culture and food is defined by the sea. Set against the wild Atlantic Ocean, for centuries local fishermen have ventured out in search of fresh seafood, helping define Portuguese cuisine. Book a table at a local seafood restaurant or marisqueira to taste local delicacies like goose barnacles, razor clams and whelks, or order grilled fish and clams cooked with white wine, olive oil and garlic where you can.

The beautiful beaches and World Surf Reserve Portugal has some of the most gorgeous golden sandy beaches in all of Europe. People move to Portugal for stunning days frolicking in the sand or taking brisk ocean swims. The more adventurous can join a surf lesson or hire a stand-up paddle board or sea kayak along the coast. Keen surfers can visit the whitewashed village of Ericeira, an official World Surf Reserve, and Nazaré, which is known for its giant seasonal waves.

The gorgeous smaller Cities Portugal’s smaller cities are packed with charm and history. When deciding where to move to in Portugal, don’t skip over small cities and towns. Make time for medieval Guimarães (once the capital of Portugal), whitewashed Évora (with its bone chapel), or academic Coimbra (home to one of the oldest universities in the world, founded in 1290). Or drop into quaint Óbidos (a walled village given as a royal wedding gift), and the Templar city of Tomar (home to the Knight’s Templar).

The brilliant unknown wines You’ve not heard much about Portuguese wines???.. That’s because the locals are keeping it to themselves!!!… Per capita, the Portuguese are among the top wine drinkers in the world. Once you taste the local vinho you’ll understand why. From table wines that go down like water, native grape varietals you’ve never heard of, to crisp, the fresh and effervescent “Vinho Verde” <green wine>, there’s a whole new wine world to unlock in Portugal. Soon you’ll know the difference between a light red wine from the famous Douro Valley and the hearty rich Alentejo red. But there’s so much more to explore…

The weather Why move to Portugal???… For blue skies and sunshine!!!… Expect warm sunny days almost year-round, especially in the summer months when it simply doesn’t rain. During the shoulder seasons, expect cooler weather and sunny days that are still appropriate for the beach. In winter Portugal gets the majority of its rain, but between showers you’ll find those famous blue skies. In the cold months you can even go skiing at Portugal’s highest mountain, Serra da Estrela.

The great value Your dollar or pound goes much further in Portugal. The cost of living in this small country is less than its neighbours, plus you can enjoy the simple things in life – like sunny days by the beach and a beer or white wine in the sunshine – for very little. From visiting iconic sites or tasting Portugal’s famous port wine or delicious seafood, there’s so much culture to uncover in Portugal. Take a look at the video below for a taste of what you’ll experience…

Video: Oliver Astrologo

“That’s why people decide to move to Portugal!!!” If I can add value to your move to Portugal, based on my experience of more than 20 years of living here, feel free to reach out and schedule a call and I will be more than happy to share my experiences with you.

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