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Featuring guides to the Algarve, Lisbon, Porto and the Azores, Portugalist covers everything you need to know about Portugal.
2022-08-12 14:45
If you’re an EU citizen (you hold a passport for an EU member state like Germany or Ireland) the good news is that moving to Portugal is significantly easier than it is for those comin… Read More
2022-07-25 15:23
A lot of people that dream of moving to Portugal dream of ditching the car and relying on public transport instead. And you can do this with varying degrees of success, depending on where yo… Read More
2022-06-20 13:38
Good news for those considering applying for Portugal’s golden visa: SEF, the Portuguese Borders and Immigration Service, has begun taking new applications. This ends a hold on new gol… Read More
2022-06-13 19:57
As with anywhere, renting a room can be very hit or miss. Finding a nice room in a good location is hard enough, but it’s hard to also find a decent landlord, and clean, considerate fl… Read More
2022-06-01 17:41
Buying books, especially foreign-language books, can be a challenge in Portugal. And, if you can find the book you want, it often costs a lot more than you’re used to paying for a book… Read More
2022-05-27 14:51
If you’re arriving into Faro before you can check into your accommodation, the last thing you want to do is wander around the city with suitcases and backpacks. While Faro isn’t… Read More
2022-05-17 11:04
Online shopping is great, but the process of getting your order is still a little tricky. Amazon Lockers are ideal for those that work or who have trouble getting their orders delivered, but… Read More
2022-04-12 16:32
WARNING: unbalanced footnote start tag short code found.If this warning is irrelevant, please disable the syntax validation feature in the dashboard under General settings > Footnote star… Read More
2022-04-11 14:37
Yes, foreigners can buy property in Portugal even if they don’t live in Portugal. So if you’ve been thinking about buying a villa in the Algarve, an apartment in Lisbon, or a cot… Read More
2022-03-29 15:34
With its warm weather, laid-back lifestyle, and great selection of fresh, locally-produced fruit and vegetables, Portugal is a popular destination for those seeking a greener, more conscious… Read More
2022-03-25 18:31
The last big step in the buying process is the signing of the Deed of Purchase and Sale or Escritura de Compra e Venda (commonly referred to as the escritura). This is the point where you ha… Read More
2022-02-02 11:12
Adults who are resident in Portugal need a Número de Identificação Fiscal (or NIF for short). This number is used for most transactions in Portugal. It’s optionall… Read More
2022-01-31 16:07
It’s not unusual for long-term couples, particularly married couples, to share things, such as a joint bank account. What’s mine is yours, after all. Some couples also share an e… Read More
2022-01-31 15:17
A common question people ask about the NIF or Portuguese fiscal number is whether or not it can expire. Often this question is asked by people who have lived in Portugal before, and held a N… Read More
2022-01-31 13:31
If you’re thinking about moving to Portugal, and you’ve done any kind of research, you’ve probably come across the word ‘NIF’. It’s a word that comes up a… Read More
2022-01-28 10:35
Known as the “Venice of Portugal”, Aveiro is a small, but beautiful Portuguese city. It’s famous for its canals (hence the Venice nickname) and the ovos moles sweets that c… Read More
2022-01-21 18:48
Known for its university, Coimbra is a popular destination for tourists and, increasingly, people moving to Portugal. It is packed with history and character, particularly thanks to its univ… Read More
2022-01-21 18:42
If you’re visiting Coimbra, or lucky enough to live there, the big question you’ll be asking yourself is: what should I eat? You’ll find all the most common Portuguese dish… Read More
2021-09-20 07:01
There are lots of great blogs and YouTube channels that have great information about moving to Portugal, but there’s something nice about just picking up a book and reading it through… Read More
2021-09-03 13:10
One of the most frequently asked questions on Portugalist is: how widely is English spoken in Portugal? Can I get by with English or do I really need to learn Portuguese?  You may have… Read More
2021-09-02 09:21
Over the past few years, Portugal has become a very popular place to move to. The selling points are obvious: great weather, beautiful beaches, and fantastic food. But another big selling po… Read More
2021-08-21 09:31
Portugal, and especially Lisbon, is a popular destination for digital nomads. It has great weather, good internet, it’s safe, and it’s affordable-ish: rent in Lisbon is very expe… Read More
2021-08-20 08:14
A major step in the property buying process is putting down a deposit and signing the promissory contract. You’ve already made an offer, but the promissory contract confirms you want t… Read More
2021-08-05 09:52
Although Portugal has a good public healthcare system, many people, both Portuguese and expats, choose to take out private health insurance as well. Health insurance isn’t expensive in… Read More
2021-08-02 09:57
One of the challenges of obtaining a visa like the D7 and D2 is the need to already have accommodation in Portugal before you move to Portugal. You can’t just arrive in Portugal and th… Read More
2021-08-01 12:39
Over the years, there have been lots of different ways to watch British television from Portugal whether through satellite dishes, VPNs, or just about any other method. Despite attempts from… Read More
2021-07-30 09:57
When you move into a new home, whether it’s somewhere you’ve rented or bought, you’ll most likely need to arrange utilities such as water, electricity, and, depending on wh… Read More
2021-07-20 08:40
There are a few words that help explain Portuguese culture. One of them is saudade, a word that’s considered to be untranslatable but the closest interpretation is a feeling of longing… Read More
2021-07-18 12:20
While many companies and government departments will accept a utility bill or rental contract as proof of address, that’s not enough for some and they make ask for an Atestado De Resid… Read More
2021-07-15 12:01
Parents thinking about moving to Portugal will have lots of questions about Portugal’s education system.  There are three main types of schools, especially at a secondary level: p… Read More
2021-06-15 11:12
Being resident in Portugal normally means being tax resident here as well, especially if you spend more than 183 days per year here. Residency and tax residency are both complicated issues… Read More
2021-06-11 10:28
You’ve found that perfect property in Portugal. It could be an apartment in Lisbon, a villa in the Algarve, a ruin on the Silver Coast, or a cottage on a remote island of the Azores. E… Read More
2021-05-08 10:45
Praia da Rocha is a seaside resort located around 2 km from Portimão City Centre. Technically Praia da Rocha is part of the City of Portimão, but the two areas are quite differ… Read More
2021-03-06 07:59
The startup visa is aimed at tech entrepreneurs who want to launch a tech-based startup in Portugal or open a branch of an existing startup here.  Over the past few years, Portugal has… Read More
2021-03-04 18:22
Yes! If you become a Portuguese citizen – something you can do after living in Portugal for just 5 years – you will not be asked to give up your other passport. Well, the Portugu… Read More
2021-02-24 19:49
There are lots of reasons to live in Portugal – the weather, food, and the culture, for example – but another good reason is the residency visas. For an ever-increasing number of… Read More
2021-02-22 19:33
Over the past few years, more and more Americans have been moving to Portugal.  You may not have considered moving to Portugal before. In fact, you may not have even heard of Portugal… Read More
2021-02-06 10:32
Launched in 2012, the Golden Visa is one of Portugal’s most well-known and popular visas. It essentially offers residency, or the right to live in Portugal, to non-EU citizens in retur… Read More
2021-02-04 17:39
If you’re planning on living in Portugal, and you need to pay bills (such as those for utilities or a mobile phone contract) you will need a Portuguese bank account. Because Portugal w… Read More
2021-01-28 10:08
Good news for shoppers in Portugal: Amazon Spain is now available in Portuguese as well as Spanish. To switch from Spanish to Portuguese: Head to Amazon.es Click on the Spanish flag next to… Read More

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