Portugal’s Atlantic coast is often overlooked in favour of its neighbour’s more famous stretches of coastline. But one town in particular along Portugal’s coast charmed my family and I when we spent some time there.
Warm, clear blue-green sea lapping long, sandy beaches… Families eating and laughing together over slow, relaxed dinners with good food and even better wine… Markets packed full of fresh-caught fish, locally made cheeses and a rainbow of delicious produce… When you live by the beach in Europe, life is simpler, happier and healthier.
When Tom and Laine Berning first decided to give overseas living a try, they knew exactly what they wanted: “Good public transport, a lot of culture, walking neighbourhoods and excellent-quality food.” says Laine. They did their research and...
The Alentejo is a magical part of Portugal. You’ll find walled medieval towns and cliff-hanging villages, which glow a brilliant white.
On the hills, and in the leafy valleys and medieval villages of the Coimbra region of Portugal, you'll find many old properties for sale.
If you’re thinking of checking out these deals (should they still be available at the time of press), be advised: there’s a catch. Though this pretty village of stone houses with colourful wood shutters sits between a forest and a lake, boasts a golf course nearby and some great local foods, the town’s population is in decline. Currently, it’s estimated at only 388 people.
When buying for a short-term rental, understand the local rules and build a cushion into your numbers. How would the opportunity look if the local government decided to charge a 10% tourist tax? What’s the current law relating to short-term rentals? What are the rules in the building you’re buying in? Are these rules set to change and how could the enforcement of these rules work?
Mexico taught me to add flavour and spice to my life...to live bigger. I loved the colourful surroundings, passionate people, and many festivals. At the end of my teaching day in Sayulita—one of the prettiest towns in Mexico—I would often go to the beach for shrimp quesadillas and the most fantastic piña coladas.
At ages 67 and 72, respectively, we became retirement nomads. We had taken stock of our lives and realized that we were happier on the road than anywhere else.