About Portugalist

Portugalist is all about making Portugal simple. So, whether you’re planning a trip to Portugal or considering moving here, we’re here to make simplify Portugal for you.

Portugalist was launched in 2016. At the time, there was a lack of good-quality information about Portugal, particularly helpful (and accurate) information about moving here. So, we decided to change that!

Since launching, Portugalist has been referenced in countless international publications like Forbes, Skyscanner, and The Culture Trip, and The Wall Street Journal as well as a number of Portuguese publications, including Diário de Notícias and Jornal de Notícias.

Every year, millions of people visit Portugalist.com and use it to plan their trip or move to Portugal.

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Portugalist is dedicated to bringing our readers authentic, reliable, and captivating content about Portugal. We collaborate with experts and enthusiasts for many of our articles and guide, whether that’s a Lisbon local revealing hidden city gems, or a seasoned expat offering advice on relocating. Our writers have travelled the length and breath of Portugal, and so are able to write about Portugal from a first-hand point-of-view. Knowledge and authenticity are at the heart of our platform. Our featured destinations and highlights undergo a thorough research and verification process. Every piece of information, photograph, and recommendation is reviewed and curated by our editorial team to ensure an accurate representation of the Portuguese experience.

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Our reviews and writeups of products, such as language courses, are grounded in meticulous research and first-hand experience. Should you click on links within our content, we might earn a commission from your purchases. However, we never accept compensation to influence the content of our recommendations.

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Portugalist appreciates and values your input and reflections on the content we share. We foster an environment that promotes respectful, constructive, and relevant conversation. However, we will not tolerate any comments that are threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, or libelous, or those that make derogatory, hateful, or offensive remarks about an individual or group. Portugalist holds the right to delete comments that do not align with our standards. The decision to remove any comment will always be at the sole discretion of Portugalist. Users who repeatedly or gravely breach our commenting policy may face prohibition from commenting on Portugalist and our associated social platforms.


James Cave

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Graduating kindergarten in Penafiel in the North of Portugal

I’ve spent a lot of time in Portugal, and during that time I’ve managed to visit just about every single part of it. That includes Madeira and all nine islands of the Azores.

I’ve also spent time living in Portugal. As a child, I spent several years living in the North of Portugal and I’ve since spent time living in Lisbon and in the Algarve.

I’ve also visited Portuguese communities around the world (like Little Portugal in London, Fall River in Massachusetts, and the Kudeejeen neighbourhood in Bangkok).

Finally, I’m the author of several books, including one about moving to Portugal: Moving to Portugal Made Simple.


From lawyers and accountants to telecommunication experts, there are a number of people who have contributed to Portugalist to provide helpful content about living in Portugal.

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