Living in Portugal

Here, you’ll find all the articles related to living in Portugal – everything from the cost of living, to buying furniture, to making new friends.

Is Portugal Right for You?

Praia da Falesia

Beautiful beaches, great weather, and a low cost of living. What’s not to love?

When it comes to living, Portugal suits lots of people but it also isn’t for everyone. It’s important to be realistic and decide if the pros of living in Portugal will outweigh the cons.

Learning Portuguese

Portuguese grammar book

Although English is widely spoken in Portugal, it definitely makes sense to learn Portuguese if you’re serious about living here.

Learning Portuguese definitely comes with a few challenges, particularly in terms of pronunciation and grammar, but it’s definitely not unachievable.

Read the big guide to learning Portuguese


Property

Algarve house

Whether you’re looking to rent, buy, or even sell, property can feel like a complicated issue when you move to a new country.

It’s something we’ve written about a lot, particularly renting: We have guides to renting in Lisbon, Porto, and the Algarve.


Shopping

supermarket trolley

Shopping is always a big part of life but, when you move to a new country like Portugal, it can be challenging to know where to shop.

Regardless of whether you’re buying furniture, shopping online, at the supermarket, or trying to get your Amazon orders delivered, we have plenty of guides to help you out.


ALL the latest Articles

Parts of Portugal like the Algarve, the Alentejo, and Lisbon are blessed with some of the mildest winters that Europe has to offer. Outside, that is. Inside a Portuguese house is…

In Portugal, estate agents typically charge 5% (or more) commission + VAT. For many expats living in Portugal — and an increasing number of Portuguese — that’s just too high…

Renting a house or apartment in Portugal can be complicated for non-Portuguese as most landlords not only request a deposit and at least one month’s rent in advance but a…

Most people who move to Portugal end up renting for a period of time, even if their ultimate aim is to buy a place here. Others end up renting for…

As remote work becomes more and more of a possibility of people, more and more people are looking at Portugal as a destination to work remotely from.  And, why wouldn’t…

With a well-educated workforce that speaks English to a near-native level, as well as Portuguese, obviously, and near-fluent Spanish in many cases, Portugal potentially has a lot to offer the…

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. …

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…

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,…

I’m a UK citizen. Will I still be able to move to Portugal after Brexit? Portugalist usually receives this question a few times per week — sometimes a few times…