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Why We Live Inland For The Authentic Portuguese Experience

When we talk about Portugal’s Algarve region, we usually focus on the beaches, fishing villages, and dramatic ocean views. But there’s another side to the Algarve…

Melanie (who you heard from in last week’s issue) recently interviewed her friends Mandy and Peter for our Overseas Living Letter. This British couple also chose to call the Algarve home. But, in their search for “authentic Portugal,” they’ve set up home inland.

To give you another side of the Algarve’s story, I’m sharing the interview below. Check it out…

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All You Need To Know About Portugal In Our 2019 Conference

The Safest Place For Singles?

I dropped you a note last week to let you know that we’d opened up registration for our 2019 Live and Invest in Portugal Conference (giving you a head start on the rest of the readership)…

It’s happening in April—a little earlier than usual—when temperatures around the Algarve are a comfortable 60 to 65 degrees… and you’re pretty much guaranteed to see the sun every day (the Algarve coast has an average 300 days of sun a year).

I’ve written here before about the great weather, beaches, fresh seafood, travel opportunities, and friendly people of the Algarve—all factors that help to draw expats to Europe’s westernmost coast. But one thing that stood out to me at our conference last year is the Algarve’s safety. Continue reading

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Why Portugal Was Perfect For Our Family (And Our Finances)

Meet The Happy Residents Of “105”

Last week we talked about the advantages of living in Portugal’s Algarve, from the cheap cost of living to easy residency. But how does all this play out in reality when you decide to shape up and ship out of your home?

Today, I’d like to share Californian Stephanie Calcott’s story as told from the podium at our Live and Invest in Portugal Conference last July…

“For 10 years, my husband and I talked about moving overseas and giving ourselves and our son the opportunity to experience the world. We traveled to many of the places recommended in Live and Invest Overseas newsletters—including Colombia, Panama, and Ecuador…

“One day, I read about Portugal—a place I’d never considered—and thought ‘Maybe this is it!’ As soon as we set foot in Portugal, we knew this was the place. We absolutely fell in love with it.”

Like anybody preparing for a move overseas, Stephanie and her husband had to think about their priorities. They wanted to be somewhere warm. They needed a solid education system for their then Continue reading

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8 Reasons Portugal’s Algarve Is As Attractive As It Is Affordable

Much More Than The World’s Cheapest Vacation Spot

Portugal’s Algarve has always been popular with the Brits. And this year will be no exception as a U.K. survey just crowned the region “most affordable holiday destination” for 2017.

The Annual Post Office Holiday Money Report “barometer” takes the average cost of eight items (including vacation necessities like sunscreen, bottled water, and a glass of wine) across 44 destinations to calculate an overall average.

And for 2017, Portugal’s Algarve is where it’s at…

Along this sun-kissed coast, your average cup of joe costs just 80 cents… while a restaurant dinner with wine comes in at US$22.40. Pas mal!

To put this in context, just around the other side of the Strait of Gibraltar, Spain’s Costa Del Sol will serve you coffee for US$1.13 and dinner for US$32. While, staying this side of the pond, Cancún—one of the top overseas vacation spots for Americans—comes in with an average cup of coffee for US$2.25… and US$53.40 for a decent restaurant meal (more than twice the cost of your dinner in the Algarve).

So, if you thought that Europe was out of reach financially, it’s worth following the Brits and taking a good look at the Algarve. For it’s not just these day-to-day items that are cheaper. This southwestern edge of Continue reading