Where to live in Portugal

Porto & Northern Portugal

view of Porto from Vila Nova da Gaia

Home to Portugal’s second (and some would argue better) city, Porto, as well as smaller and less touristic cities like Braga, Guimarães, and Barcelos, Northern Portugal has a lot to offer.

Those are just the cities, of course. Northern Portugal also includes beautiful beaches, stunning natural parks like Peneda-Gerês, and the beautiful River Douro.

Central Portugal

Lisbon & Nearby

The Alentejo

evora roman ruins

Portugal’s largest region, The Alentejo, is an incredibly varied one, with both a rustic coastal region and an inland farming region.

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Although most people only ever go to Évora, there are lots of other towns and villages that are just as worthy of your time.

And while tourism to the Alentejo has grown in recent years, particularly in the form of eco and vineyard tourism, the region is still relatively untouched by tourism.

The Algarve


Home to Portugal’s best weather and best beaches, the Algarve is an incredibly popular place for people to both visit and to live in.

Made up of two small cities and lots of little whitewashed towns, the region is a popular destination for surfers and, in recent years, is becoming an increasingly popular destination for walkers and cyclists as well.

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The Azores

lagoa do fogo

Nine islands make up The Azores, the group of islands that sit between Portugal and the United States.

Most people, if they visit The Azores at all, only visit São Miguel but, whether it’s whale watching, lakes, or underground caves, each of the islands has something unique to offer.

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  1. Your site is so informative, best I’ve read. I would really appreciate some info on areas especially in the Algarve that are wheelchair friendly, I am finding this additional info hard to find on any websites that are impartial and not just a hotel sales pitch. Any help would be appreciated for travel after the current restrictions are lifted. Thank you

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