Portugal has been voted the best place to live in Europe. With its ancient ruins, castles, and narrow streets that make you feel like you’ve entered a crack in time, this European country is a favourite of retirees. It is one of the most beautiful countries in the world in terms of the summer residence, relocation or retirement. The escape from stressful life and stressful jobs has resulted in more British citizens settling in this country than ever before. Here are some of the best places to retire in Portugal:
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, with many delicious restaurants and cuisines. With a population of over 547,631, the largest city in the country is a popular destination for those who want to retire and enjoy a quiet life. Lisbon enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. The city includes many historical societies and neighbourhoods. This part of Portugal is home to several hundred ex-pats.
The Algarve is one of the prime destinations for British ex-pats and retirees. This area has some of the best beaches in Portugal, as well as many seaside resorts and sporting activities. The Eastern Algarve has not been developed very extensively, providing a relaxed lifestyle. Western Algarve and Central Algarve offer holiday-style amenities and family-friendly restaurants. The 200 km long coastline is home to more than 50 beaches with crystal clear waters and dramatic cliffs.
Fatima is often associated with the Marian apparitions of 1917. Its economy is based on religious tourism. This small town is home to several monuments and sacred sites such as the House of Casal Farto, the Poço de Soudo Fountain, the Sanctuary of Fátima, and the Santíssima Trindade Church. Many retirees choose to live in this city for their peaceful lifestyle and beautiful countryside.
Also known as the “cultural” capital of Portugal, Braga is home to many religious sites and impressive cathedrals dating back to the Middle Ages. This city is the oldest Christian parish in the country. The city’s historical centre was a repository of military, religious and civilian architecture, with world-famous monuments and historical sites such as the Theatro Circo, the New Gate Arch, Braga Castle Tower, Santa Cruz Church and Medina Museum. If you are passionate about art and culture, Braga is a great place to retire and start a new life.