Living in Portugal

Expat guide to where to live in Portugal

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From the country's varied regional offerings to what kind of housing suits you best, our guide helps you explore where to live in Portugal.

One of the most important decisions you’ll make upon arriving in Portugal is where to live. Cost of housing, proximity to work, schools and amenities should be considered as well as your preferred area to live in. Some expats prefer to stay in neighbourhoods popular with other internationals, while others may choose to live in areas popular with the locals.
An Expatica poll revealed that when looking for a home the most important factors considered by expats across Europe were a good neighbourhood (54 percent) and then price (24 percent). Plus, a recent study on how expat housing is tied to job success found that homes in a good neighbourhood with an open floor layout and tasteful décor have a surprisingly large positive effect on an expat’s wellbeing.

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Urbanized center of Lisbon, showing Praça Marquês de Pombal along Avenida da Liberdade

Which region, city, town or neighbourhood to live in

Expatica’s ‘Where to live’ channel carries articles providing details of key places in your new country or city of residence to help you start your search. In our article, Where to Live in Portugal a local blogger guides you through the country’s varied regions, highlighting the pros and cons of each area with a special section on living in the Algarve. For those seeking to build or renovate a dream home in the countryside, check out our expert advice in Building and renovating houses in Portugal. Finally, follow the adventures of one couple building a home in the Minho region of northern Portugal in an insightful and often comic blog series beginning with Jungle for Sale.


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