Using A Buyer’s Agent To Buy a Property in Portugal

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Buying agents (sometimes called buyer’s agents or a buyer’s advocate) aren’t traditionally that common in Portugal*, but it’s a service that’s growing in popularity. And, it’s easy to see why.  A lot of people want to buy property in Portugal, whether to live in or to invest in, but quickly realise that buying in Portugal … Read more

Removals to Portugal: How to Ship Your Stuff to Your New Home

Removals to Portugal

One of the big costs of moving to Portugal – both financially but also emotionally and mentally – is the cost of moving all your stuff here.  The cost will depend on how much you want to ship, and where you’re located. Naturally, someone located in Spain, for example, would pay a lot less than … Read more

Books for Learning European Portuguese


These days, most people who are learning European Portuguese will want to do so via a course or an app. We all have our phones on us all the time, making it easy to study whenever we want, and, besides, most apps or websites offer a lot more functionality than a book.  That said, there’s … Read more

FIRE & Living in Portugal: The Perfect Retirement Combination?

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Over the past few years, the FIRE movement (Financial Independence, Retire Early) has grown in rapid popularity in the US and, increasingly, in other parts of the world like the UK and Europe.  FIRE is about deferment. It’s about saving and investing as much of your income as you can while you’re in your 20s … Read more

Portugal’s D7 Visa & Residence Permit

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Portugal has a number of attractive visas and schemes that are designed to entice people from outside of the EU, particularly affluent or self-sufficient people, to Portugal. The most famous two are probably the Golden Visa and the Non Habitual Residency (NHR) tax incentive, but equally enticing for many is Portugal’s D7 Visa & Residence … Read more

Taking a “Scouting Trip” to Portugal

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Many people who are thinking about moving to Portugal take a “scouting trip” to see if Portugal is the right country for them.  A scouting trip is a chance to visit a few different towns and cities to see which one you might want to live in. It’s also a good opportunity to see if … Read more

Portuguese Sim Cards – A Guide to Getting Your Portuguese Mobile Number

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If you’re living in Portugal, you will need to get a Portuguese phone number at some point. You’ll probably need it to access you Portuguese bank account and you’ll need it when you register for anything, whether that’s registering for government services or at your local dentist, as most people won’t want to call an … Read more

Sam Vargas: From Naval Officer to Portugal-Based Web Developer

Sam Vargas

Sam Vargas had a very unique journey to becoming a web developer, and especially one living in Portugal. An opportunity at a coding bootcamp in Lisbon gave him the opportunity to switch careers, and eventually lead to him making a permanent move to Portugal. Tell us a little bit about yourself I’m originally from London … Read more

How to Find A Clean & Safe Hotel in Portugal

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Recently, I decided to take a mid-week trip to Lisbon. I was already in Portugal, so there was no need to look at flights or travel insurance. I mainly just needed a place to stay. When booking a hotel, my main focus is normally price. This time, however, I was more interested in cleanliness. Specially, … Read more

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