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


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.


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

Updated: This post has now been updated since January 1st 2021 when the UK left the EU. The UK has now left the EU and the withdrawal period is over….

The D2 or “entrepreneur visa” is aimed at those from outside of the EU/EEA/Switzerland that want to start a business or startup in Portugal. It isn’t as well-known as the…

Apartments and houses in Portugal lack insulation. This means that not only can they be absolutely freezing during the winter months, but noise travels between apartments very easily as well….

While prior to March 2020 it was possible to move to Portugal and pay 0% tax on a pension through Portugal’s Non-Habitual Resident Tax Regime (NHR), that amount has now…

The Algarve, Portugal’s southerly, coastal region, has always tempted a few digital nomads and travelling entrepreneurs, particularly those visiting Lisbon, but it’s never really taken off as a digital nomad…

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…