ariel view of lisbon and its many white buildings

A “White City” Welcome: Discovering Portugal Through Lisbon

Welcome To The “White City”—Sophistication In The Sun

If you’re intrigued by the idea of Portugal but you’re not sure whether the Algarve region has enough to offer you in terms of culture, entertainment, and the sophistication of city life that you sometimes crave, then remember that the Algarve is not the only option on the Portuguese table.

As we’ll show attendees at our Live and Invest in Portugal Conference this May, Lisbon is another top option for expats seeking affordability in Old Europe.

Blessed with 300 days of sunshine a year, Lisbon is ringed by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and protected on the other by the calm, deep-blue waters of the Tagus River. It offers the sophistication of a real city while also offering its residents a clean, swimmable beach.

With affordable living options, this European capital is renowned for its warm hospitality, friendly atmosphere, and for having one of the lowest costs of living in Western Europe—a couple could live well here on US$2,646 a month.

Featuring a vibrant downtown dotted with colorful houses and small, walkable neighborhoods, the “White City” as it’s commonly known (thanks to the unique architectural luminosity—characteristic ochre stone used throughout town seems to illuminate the city when the sun’s rays reflect off it) is also home to some of the most modern buildings and luxury villas of our era.

From elegant apartments to luxury new developments, Lisbon has lifestyle choices for all tastes and budgets and, even though it’s more expensive than the areas surrounding it, it has the advantage of having an already well-established and large community of expats.

Lisbon is also a well-connected city—both locally and internationally.

A weekend in Paris, London, or Milan is suddenly a new possibility. As is a longer trip… inter-railing through France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Slovakia, Croatia, Greece, and beyond… or taking a slower pace by foot along the Camino de Santiago.

Europe holds much opportunity. But nowhere else in Europe offers the same wonderful lifestyle at affordable prices that we see in Portugal today—even in the capital city.

And, if you want to enjoy the convenience of the city, but live in a more tranquil location, you have that option, too…

Terry and Ann O’Halloran, who relocated to Portugal just over a year ago, live 40 minutes outside Lisbon in the seaside town of Cascais where they enjoy the best of both worlds…

“In the center of Cascais, outdoor cafés, restaurants with seaside dining, and interesting shops abound,” reports Terry. “In addition to the parks, there are forts, museums, flowers year round, palm trees, and statues everywhere. We often stroll around with no destination or time constraints, just enjoying the sites and taking photos.

“Summer in Cascais is all about getting outside and enjoying the beaches. This time of year we share the city with a vibrant tourist crowd from all over the world. The winter months are much quieter with mostly just local Portuguese folks to keep us company. We like both seasons and the differences each brings.

“Magnificent Lisbon is on our doorstep. This city reminds us of San Francisco with its red 25th of April suspension bridge, trams (cable cars), and steep, narrow streets. We’ve traveled to Lisbon for concerts, a bull fight, and great dinners out. Recently we found a Chinese restaurant that serves respectable Peking duck and an excellent Italian restaurant perched on a cliff over the ocean. I could go on and on, but you get the idea.”

If you’d love to explore all your lifestyle and investment options in this underexplored, westernmost point of Europe but haven’t yet reserved your seat, it’s not too late to join us for our 2018 Live and Invest in Portugal Conference… and take advantage of our Early Bird Discount.

If you’re ready to take the next step and see it for yourself—in the company of our Algarve team of experts—then join us on the ground this May where you’ll:

  • Explore with us to see the best of what Portugal has to offer. Listen to experts and expats as they share their knowledge and insight—and showcase their country’s assets…
  • Discover the natural beauty of the Algarve. At the Live and Invest in Portugal Conference, we’ll not only show you the natural wonders of the Algarve from our conference room… but can organize a personal tour to show you the best of what the region has to offer…
  • Get the facts on being a part-time or full-time resident in the Algarve and beyond, from expats who live there now…
  • Discover the large selection of affordable rentals—starting at US$650 per month—and where you should be looking…
  • Find out how safe and secure it is in this little-known corner of Europe…
  • Have a look at Portugal’s medical care… how modern, accessible, and affordable it is… and why the Algarve has become a medical tourism hub…
  • Consider the possibilities for learning Portuguese… as a terrific investment to help you get the most out of your life here…
  • Get a sense of the cost of living… we’ll share with you actual expats’ budgets and the lifestyles those budgets support…

Our business experts will be on hand, too, to walk you through the practicalities of starting a business in the Algarve… dealing with taxes… and we’ll explore current opportunities for investment…

And, of course, we’ll get to grips with the local property market… establishing residency… navigating the banking system… and more…

If that’s starting to sound like a heavy agenda, don’t worry! You’ll have plenty of time to relax between and after sessions… take in some sun… and mingle with the LIOS crew and your fellow attendees…

Our Early Bird Discount is good until Friday, April 6, only. After that, we must charge rack rate. This is your last chance this summer to experience Portugal with our experts and expats by your side at the best price…

Save US$250 when you reserve your seat here and use Coupon Code PORTCONFIDENTIAL to save an extra US$50.

Valentine Fouché

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