David and Helen Lee are celebrating having just bought their dream home in the village of Alportel in the West Algarve. They’ve just made the move over to sunny Portugal – and we caught up with them to find out how they found the property and their top tips for anyone thinking of doing the same.
Do you have dreams of what it could be like to retire to Portugal? If so, you’ll be pleased to know that such a move has a great chance of thoroughly living up your expectations. While weather can – of course – vary a little from year to year, Portugal’s averages speak for themselves. Portugal enjoys over 300 sunny days every year. That means more sunshine hours than California. You know that sinking feeling when September approaches in the UK and summer has been something of a “write off?” That isn’t something you’ll ever need worry about in Portugal!
A lot has gone on over the last two weeks. A new bill has come into force that places restrictions on short-term rentals and the ‘Golden Visa’ rules are also changing. Brexit discussions continue, while the Portugal 2020 project will see an extra $5 billion of investment into the country. Finally, I was back in the not-so-sunny UK for the last Your Overseas Home show – it was great to be able to meet and help so many Portugal Property Guides readers face-to-face.
If you’re thinking about buying a west Algarve property, you’re giving yourself the chance of a genuine “picture postcard” lifestyle. In fact, if you were to conjure up a postcard image of Portugal, the chances are that it would involve one of the stunning cove beaches in this region.
Moving to Portugal before Brexit’s the only completely certain way to guarantee the current EU rights you hold – residency, healthcare, right to work and pension issues. The press has dubbed this week ‘hell week’, and continuing stumbling blocks are cropping up as he UK attempts to get the EU to budge on its core ‘four freedoms’. Every time it looks like a deal could be close, more issues arise. It’s no wonder that many would-be expats are accelerating their preparation to move to Portugal before the Brexit deadline of 29 March 2019. If you wish to join them