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I have visited Portugal a few times, north, middle and south. I am hoping to move to Portugal within the next year and will travel around a bit to find out where is best suited to settle. I just wondered if people could give an idea of an area that they've settled and enjoy. Obviously maybe not the town, but an area they live and why they enjoy living there.

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I lived in Porto for half a hear and I completely fell in love with the city! It has everything you need and isn't thaaat big. You have a river with beautiful ribeira and bridges, you have ocean just there if you are into winter sports you can even go surfing there. There are a lot of nice cafes, shops and restaurants. Also a lot of universities, so there are a lot of young people and it makes the city really alive The access to anywhere else around Portugal is also great (you have airport, train station, bus station) so in my opinion it's just a perfect place to live

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I lived in Porto for half a hear and I completely fell in love with the city! It has everything you need and isn't thaaat big. You have a river with beautiful ribeira and bridges, you have ocean just there if you are into winter sports you can even go surfing there. There are a lot of nice cafes, shops and restaurants. Also a lot of universities, so there are a lot of young people and it makes the city really alive The access to anywhere else around Portugal is also great (you have airport, train station, bus station) so in my opinion it's just a perfect place to live
Thanks so much for your reply. Where do you live now? I haven't visited Porto as I waned to live bit further south, not the Algarve.

I'm hoping to visit Portugal again early December or January, I will make sure we visit Porto now. Everything depends on Brexit though, if we leave without a deal, I'm stuffed in terms of moving there.

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I haven't visited Porto as I waned to live bit further south, not the Algarve.
If you know your geographical restrictions, might be useful to start a new thread with those in the title. As for where to live, this is my advice from 12 years an expat living in 3 countries and 5 different towns:

Start with a list of the characteristics of the city where you now live that you would miss greatly if the next town didn't have them. Add to it characteristics that would be deal breakers if any city didn't have them. The hard part is the third list. These are characteristics that, without knowing, are such an expected part of life you wouldn't verify they're available elsewhere. For example, prompt and reliable package delivery. Then when you ask about where to live, include the first 2 lists. After you've narrowed down the possible towns, then ask about the third list.

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If you know your geographical restrictions, might be useful to start a new thread with those in the title. As for where to live, this is my advice from 12 years an expat living in 3 countries and 5 different towns:

Start with a list of the characteristics of the city where you now live that you would miss greatly if the next town didn't have them. Add to it characteristics that would be deal breakers if any city didn't have them. The hard part is the third list. These are characteristics that, without knowing, are such an expected part of life you wouldn't verify they're available elsewhere. For example, prompt and reliable package delivery. Then when you ask about where to live, include the first 2 lists. After you've narrowed down the possible towns, then ask about the third list.
It was just a sketch I was looking for not a detailed analysis.

For instance, if people choose to live in the country for walking and peace, or others might prefer a city for the night life. It may be that someone thinks an area is just not very good to live in at all.

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Portugal has many different areas, mountains, lakes, ancient buildings, beaches, two different coast lines, forests, cities, tiny hamlets. 25% of the population are in Lisbon and 20% in Porto (numbers vary) the rest are scattered about. The reality is only you can pick where to live and you must experience places for yourself to come to some decision - what I think about a place is not the same as what others think about a place, also what someone did on their holiday in Algave last year does not translate in to the experience you will have in the same place. I'll try to add a couple of vids/pics to demonstrate, this is the same place but different people had different experiences. Additionally what you think are absolute necessities may not be when you see others living here without them. Ie a coffee machine as in town (or village) as most people just pop out for coffee made on a real machine. You do really need to spend time here in different places at different times of year and make up your own mind for your self, strangely enough this time of year we rent cars for 7euro a day and find places to stay for about 12euro, have just spent several days going along the Silver coast looking at any accessible beach and some non accessible ones and the nearby villages over a 100km of coast.

Nazare summer and winter

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...zhzCEMRHbD4Uxl

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...KdmdVUTwJ7Zkxw


The other place to look at is Gois which is a charming little town with a charming little river.
But this happens in August

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...ae8EO9P4LZV4WJ


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I'm not really asking people to tell me where to live I was just wondering what other people's experiences were and what they like about where they lived. It was just a flavour of the country from people who have lived there for a while.

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Also you'll find public transport very variable as in some places brilliant trains but not an extensive network, a good coach service between some towns but strangely missing others, then some railway lines privately owned with a couple of trains a day which don't always stop at stations (silver coast). Stations not in the town they are named after (Fatima being a very amusing one as it gets mobbed by pilgrims) in a village with no facilities 20km from the town.

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I have visited Portugal a few times, north, middle and south. I am hoping to move to Portugal within the next year and will travel around a bit to find out where is best suited to settle. I just wondered if people could give an idea of an area that they've settled and enjoy.
'Where to live' is one of the 2* basic newbie questions that are almost never stated with enough information to even begin providing a useful answer. Not stating the basic characteristics of such a place makes it easy to treat you (whether it's true or not) as someone who hasn't thought about what they want. That means any response could be a waste of time.

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I haven't visited Porto as I waned to live bit further south, not the Algarve.
So you have thought about it, but didn't include it in the OP where it would have been much more useful. However, that sentence can easily be interpreted to mean that you thought Porto was in the Algarve, though the best possible interpretation is that you want to live south of Porto and not in the Algarve.

*The other one is 'How much does it cost to live there?'

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It was just a sketch I was looking for not a detailed analysis.
It appears you completely misunderstood my post. It suggested you do a detailed analysis. Why? In every town I've lived outside the US, I've encountered expats who were dissatisfied with where they'd settled because it wasn't what they wanted, expected, or read about. They didn't do their homework before deciding where to live. In some cases, they'd never visited the town.

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