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Five things every expat needs to know about Portugal

Five things every expat needs to know about Portugal

Wondering what to expect from your day-to-day life in Portugal? Here, one expat gives you a “heads up” on a few Portuguese quirks. When you move to a new country, sometimes it takes a while for you to realise what’s really different about the place, compared to what...

Learning to love a Portuguese heatwave

With Portugal sweltering in a heatwave, take some tips from an expat on how to acclimatise yourself to the heat. The key is to embrace it! Here’s a selection of tips, based on the things I learned after many summers in the country. A little forward planning and...

Golf tourism in the Algarve hits new heights in 2017

The statistics coming out of Portugal are incredible – a huge rise in tourist demand, virtually the cheapest holidays in Europe, and the best golf courses. It’s no surprise that golf continues to drive tourism in the Algarve, as early signs signal another record year...

Madonna buys a home in Portugal

Madonna is moving to Portugal to support her son in a football career – but she’s far from the first celebrity to call the country home. Queen of pop, Madonna, is planning a move to Lisbon, according to a Daily Mail report. She has apparently already chosen a home on...

Being a father in Portugal: legalities and realities

Portugal has the most generous paternity benefits in Europe, and that shows in the way fathers bond with their kids. It’s all a recipe for happy families, says Ben, our writer in Portugal, who recently became a father there! Portugal is an extremely family focused...

Five perfect Portuguese towns for life by the sea

Thinking about a sun-drenched life by the sea in Portugal? Here are five fabulous towns in which to begin your search. If you’re in the market for a place in Portugal and have settled on a life by the sea, you’re spoiled for choice. Here’s a selection of towns where...

Your rights protected, if you live in EU before March 2019

It can be hard to keep up with all the hints and gossip surrounding Brexit in these strange days before negotiations even begin. You have to listen carefully for the real story. But a comment from the EU last week gives real hope that if you are living in Portugal...

How welcoming is Portugal to LGBT lifestyles?

We explore local attitudes if you are moving to Portugal with a same–sex partner. Will you be able to walk hand-in-hand on the beach, is your status as married partners protected, can you change your legal gender? Oh, and where are the best gay bars? Portugal is ahead...

New confidence in Portugal boosts property sales

Everything’s coming up roses for Portugal, with RICS figures showing record sales growth on the property market. Portugal has been enjoying a run of good news over the past couple of weeks. Unemployment in the country is down to 10%, the lowest level since 2009, and...

Five top tips to maximise your rental income

Portugal has always been a first-class holiday destination, but last year the country took things to the next level, smashing all previous occupancy records. Sounds like a great opportunity to make some money renting your home out to tourists, but how can you rise...

Portugal Wins Eurovision!

Portugal hit the headlines on Saturday when we won the Eurovision Song Contest, the first victory for Portugal in the competition’s history. So is it time to take Portuguese music seriously? Portuguese citizens now have two reasons for European pride. Not only is...
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