Portugal: A Paradise to Live and Enjoy Retirement

17 January, 2024

More and more foreigners are choosing Portugal to spend extended periods, especially after retirement.

Do you know why?
The Exclusive Algarve Villas team explains everything!

In addition to the mild climate all year round and the fantastic Atlantic coast that bathes half of the country's border, Portugal is one of the most accessible European countries.
In most cases, such as for North American citizens, the visa process is straightforward, there is no need to take the local language driving test, as in other countries, since a simple exchange of the current driver's license for a Portuguese one is suffices, the healthcare system is one of the best in the world, offered at affordable prices, and many locals, especially the younger generation, speak English.

The Portuguese people, often characterized as one of the friendliest and most genuine in the world, the natural beauty of the country and the easy access to the rest of Europe are other features that captivate those who visit the country and decide to stay.


What Portugal lacks in size, it makes up for in diversity. From lively cities to picturesque medieval villages, this small country has something for almost everyone:

Lisbon, the vibrant capital of Portugal, is an energetic mix of museums, concerts, restaurants, historic houses adorned with tiles, and ancient charm.


Nearby, the town of Cascais has long been a popular refuge for expatriates, where friends gather in local cafes to drink wine, take coastal walks, or practice yoga together.


An hour north of Lisbon is the Silver Coast, with charming smaller towns like Caldas da Rainha, Nazaré and Aveiro. Here, coastal villages meet hills covered with farmland and grazing animals.


Further north is the country's second-largest city, Porto. Famous for its Port wine region and terraced vineyards along the Douro River, its colorful riverside is a popular spot for locals and expatriates alike.


South of Lisbon lies the Alentejo region, including Beja and Évora. In spring, the country's largest and most rural region is covered with fragrant wildflowers blooming around imposing cork oaks and olive groves.


In the south is the Algarve, with one of the best climates in Europe. Cities like Tavira and Lagos offer a blend of ancient charm, modern amenities and breathtaking natural landscapes.


Mild temperatures in winter, with little rain, make the Algarve the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts and activities such as golf and water sports.
If English is spoken throughout the country, in the Algarve, it is common everywhere, due to the influx of tourists, mainly from the United Kingdom.

With three airports - Lisbon, Porto and Faro - it's easy not only to arrive in the country but also to explore its entire 92 000 square kilometers.

Most foreigners who choose Portugal for retirement can do so with about $3 000 per month, depending on lifestyle and whether they are homeowners or renters.
Properties near the coast have a higher price, but the quality of construction and the stunning views they provide are priceless.

For most Americans, for example, the greatest economic benefit comes with healthcare in Portugal, without sacrificing quality.
Portugal continues to be ranked 12th according to the World Health Organization's ranking, and residents in Portugal have access to both the public and private healthcare systems. The public system is free and covers all ages, with small fees for seeing a doctor or being hospitalized. However, most expatriates have private health insurance, a requirement for a resident visa, and prefer to use the low-cost private healthcare system, as it more closely resembles what they are accustomed to in the USA.

Many hospitals and clinics in Portugal proudly display the Joint Commission International's gold seal of approval, a recognition that they are among the best in the world.

In addition to all this, and according to the Global Peace Index, Portugal continues to be ranked as one of the safest countries in the world. The crime rate is low, gun violence is nonexistent, and even the elderly live without fear, walking at night without worry.

If you are considering Portugal as the ideal place for your retirement and are looking to invest or buy property in the south of Portugal, the Exclusive Algarve Villas team is fully available to assist you throughout the process.

We guarantee access to the best locations, a direct, fast, and efficient approach, respecting your privacy and conducted in your language, based on a highly specialized team with almost two decades of experience.


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