Anyone who travels through the Andalusia region of Spain will notice a peculiar similarity in the names of many of the towns and cities. Jerez de la Frontera, Arcos de la Frontera, Vejer de la Frontera, Morón de la Frontera, and others all have the words “de la Frontera” attached to their names.
The coastline in Quarteira is stunning with crystal-clear, calm water, golden sandy beaches, and year-round sunshine. A flat, tiled promenade runs parallel to the waterfront and offers an array of restaurants, shops, and bars. Green spaces, exercise parks, and playgrounds lead to rows of high-rise condos overlooking the sea.
Portugal has become one of the most popular destinations in Europe for retirees from North America, and for good reason. Boasting over 300 days of sunshine each year, affordable living and heath care, a large expat network, stunning scenery and beaches, an easy visa process and English is widely spoken. But where is the best place to live in Portugal?
From medieval villages where castles stood proud to quaint mountain hideaways where no tourists were found. The ravishing Douro where terraced vineyards surround Roman ruins, baroque churches, and cute cobbled towns. There were so many special delights to see, and although it was challenging here’s our favorite three.
The Estrada Nacional 2, or just N2, is the longest national road in Portugal at 739 kilometers. One of the longest national roads in the world, it is outdistanced only by Route 66 in the U.S. and Route 40 in Argentina. It begins in the far north, below the Spanish border in the city of Chaves, and ends at the city of Faro in the Algarve.
If you’ve fallen for Portugal’s many charms and are looking to take expat life here for a trial run then one of the items top of your list will be finding a place to call home. So, to that end, let’s have a look at how the whole rental market works here…While some real estate companies do offer property management services, most rentals are found online.
Often, I get asked why we left Panama and which country is better. Comparing two, totally different countries is like comparing night and day, but I will attempt to give a brief rundown of each, according to my opinion…
The town of Nazaré, on Portugal’s Silver Coast is a mecca for daredevil surfers from around the globe. Waves as tall as 78-feet have been recorded here, some of the tallest in the world. Crowds gather to watch the impressive waves breaking along the coast or just to chill out on the beach...
Would you believe that not everyone knows that Portuguese is the official language of Portugal? Some think that Spanish is spoken here, and although both languages do share many of the same words, pronunciation of European Portuguese resembles more of a Slavic language...
Although compact in size, Portugal offers something for almost every budget. With such diversity among its expat population, there are those who relocate from expensive areas of North America like New York City, Los Angeles, or Montreal, and others who migrate from simple, small-town life.