I’ve been living in various areas of Portugal for the last six years and find it incredibly safe. In fact, the Global Peace Index, which rates 163 countries for safety, ranks Portugal number three. The U.S. State Department rates Portugal a Level One, meaning take normal safety precautions. Some of this is obvious: don’t leave Read more...: Is Portugal a Safe Place to Live
Mellow port wines nurtured in northern vineyards. Sun-kissed, sandy beaches with world-class surfing. A capital city whose cable cars clatter over hilly, cobblestoned streets sweeping down to the bay.
An elderly gentleman wearing a Panama hat and carrying a walking stick strolls leisurely down a cobblestone tree-lined street in a suburb of Lisbon. “That’s what I’m talking about,” says expat Dave Dougherty as he snaps a photo to preserve the moment. “Old World elegance is alive and well here in Estoril.”
Michael J. Day zeroed in on Portugal as his overseas retreat because it offered him much of what he loved about living on the U.S. West Coast. “It has hiking, mountain biking, surfing, and sunny weather,” he says. Portugal also offered him a new language to learn...
I like to be on the cutting edge. It thrills me to share the latest thing with friends and family, like a great book pre-publication, or a report on the sneak...
The winter sun is toasty warm at the bayside outdoor café. Fisherman bring in the morning catch as steaming cups of coffee arrive, along with custard tarts known as pasteis de nata. “I love the food...
“Thailand and Taiwan, Germany and Japan, Spain, Italy, and Albania.” Molly Ashby is ticking off the foreign countries she’s lived in. “Best of all…Portugal,” she says.
When I moved to Portugal five years ago, it was all about the countryside: goats grazing on kelly green meadows, church bells pealing across the valley, and picking grapes at harvest time with close neighbors. I traded that for a city with bright yellow tram cars, a Moorish castle, a dizzying array of museums, galleries, Read more...: Where is Lisbon on the Map?
Seated in the Jardim de Estrela, Molly Ashby sips a latte-like beverage known as meia de leite. She smiles as she listens to a young man playing a guitar on a nearby bench. Joggers pass by, some with dogs on leashes. A turtle basks on the edge of the pond.
People often group Spain and Portugal together. After all, they share the same land mass, right? In fact, they’re quite different. I’ve traveled a lot in Spain, but choose to live in Portugal. With the disclaimer that the following is purely my personal take on it, here’s why.