How to Live In Portugal a Complete Guide. Portugal is among the most sought-after countries for Brazilians who want to live in Europe, either because of the historical connection we have with the country or even the ease of language, we are a community of almost half a million in Portugal, representing 25% of immigrants.
Living in Portugal is the dream of many people, but for the vast majority it is not even a distant dream.
How to Live In Portugal a Complete Living Guide
Because in practice it is necessary to organize and plan a lot to live in the country, starting with getting an appropriate visa, a job opportunity and so on. In these articles we will go through the most important points that you need to take into consideration to live in Portugal.
How to Live In Portugal a Complete Guide
So what do you need to do to live in Portugal?
What You Need To Live In Portugal
Firstly you need to know that although Portugal seems to be an extension of Brazil in Europe, in practice it is very different and will only work if you have planning ( mainly financial ) and above all, you have a purpose / reason to live in Portugal.
If you have no idea how to start planning, I’ve written a guide to “how to live outside Brazil, from planning to change” that will be indispensable to you.
Visa to Live In Portugal
The first and most important step is to get a suitable visa to live in Portugal (if you do not have citizenship from any European country). The most common visa types you can request are:
- Study Visa
- Work Visa
- Entrepreneur Visa
- Startup Views
- Seen from Own Income (retired, for example)
- Golden Visa (purchase of property)
You can see here all the types of visas for Portugal and the documents necessary to request each one of them. If you have Portuguese citizenship (or from another EU country), you do not need a visa to live in Europe.
The Best Cities to Live In Portugal
Ranking with the best cities to live in Portugal (or any other country ) is complicated because it all depends on your lifestyle. This ranking is based on quality of life, cost of living and work opportunity.
- Lisbon – How to live in Lisbon;
- Porto – How to live in Porto;
- Braga – How to live in Braga;
- Coimbra – How to live in Coimbra;
- Guimarães – How to live in Guimarães;
Of course you must take into consideration the purpose of living in Portugal to choose the city that will live. If you do not want to live in a big city, Braga can best suit your lifestyle. If you want to work with technology in Portugal, you probably have to choose between Porto and Lisbon, for example.
Incidentally, if you are in doubt between Porto and Lisbon (like a lot of people), here is a comparative that will help you choose if you are going to live in Lisbon or Porto.
How Do You Live In Portugal In The Opinion Of Brazilians?
It is very difficult to say what Brazilians think about living in Portugal, because each person comes with a goal, has different experiences and visions of the world, so we invite some Brazilians who already live in Portugal to summarize “what is living in Portugal “In their opinion.
Living In Portugal as A Retiree
Since Portugal created a special visa for people who have their own income (retired or not), the country has annually received thousands of retirees who see here the opportunity to live better, spending less than they spent in Brazil and with much more security.
Undoubtedly, it is a wise choice. The cost of living in Portugal can be up to 50% cheaper compared to Brazil, and because they can live in small Portuguese cities ( because they do not need to work ), Brazilian retirees end up having much greater comfort, besides feel more respected and welcomed.
We have even written a guide on how to live in Portugal after retiring.
How Much Does It Cost To Live In Portugal?
Without a doubt the cost of living in Portugal is one of the items that you should consider before moving to Portugal. The cost of living will depend on the city you choose to live in and your lifestyle.
Lisbon followed by Porto are the most expensive cities to live in Portugal, but it is also where most have work opportunities and where they pay better, that is, one thing compensates the other.
If you consider a couple with no children living in a well-located one bedroom apartment, including the basic bills (water, electricity, telephone, internet) and food, the cost of living per town would be something like this:
- Lisbon – € 1300
- Porto – € 1000
- Braga – € 700
- Coimbra – € 600
- Guimarães – € 600
Of course this is a generic account, where your lifestyle and especially what type of property you want to rent, will make all the difference. You can see the cost of living in Portugal detailed.
How Is The Labor Market In Portugal?
This is one of the fundamental points for most people, who come in search of a job to be able to live with more quality of life. Portugal is slowly recovering from the crisis and more job opportunities are beginning to appear (mainly for skilled labor), but the ideal is to come with a job right now.
This is because the average time to get a job in Portugal (except technology) is more than 3 months. They do more interviews than in Brazil and the period of decision of the companies is bigger.
We have made a guide on how to work in Portugal, and it may also be useful to see the list of the best job sites in Portugal to start the searches and to know if there are vacancies in your area.
What Is The Weather Like In Portugal?
Portugal is 561 kilometers from north to south and 218 kilometers wide. Of course, having the size of the state of Pernambuco, it is difficult to compare with the different climates of Brazil. Even though it is small, the climate in Portugal is very different from region to region of the country.
Summer in Portugal
Thanks to the Mediterranean climate, which predominates in the mainland of Portugal, in summer, the country manages to have beaches with warm waters in the south, famous all over the world.
Average temperatures can reach 40ºC in the summer.
Winter in Portugal
In winter temperatures can reach up to -5 ° C, depending on the region. In Serra da Estrela it is possible to snow and enjoy skiing.
Climate differences between Brazil and Portugal
Average annual temperatures vary greatly from city to city and can range from 10 ° C to 18 ° C. In the Portuguese summer it hardly rains, but in winter it is possible that the rain falls for days and days, accompanied by much wind.
The climate in Portugal is unlike Brazil. The winter months are in December, January, February and March. Spring already covers the months of March, April, May and June, when the summer begins until September (winter period in Brazil). Autumn arrives in September and stays until December when winter returns.
How Health Works in Portugal
The public health system in Portugal is the one that serves the majority of people, and is of good quality, even if compared to private hospitals in Brazil. Hospitals are well equipped with quality care and you do not have to wait days to be taken care of. But also different from Brazil, it’s not free!
However, the values are not abusive, as in Brazil.
Health Plan in Portugal
In Portugal, the same “concept” of Brazil’s health plan is not used.
Here we have health insurance! You pay a monthly amount and it covers a percentage of everything you spend in private hospitals / clinics.
To know more about public and private care values, see about public health in Portugal.
Can anyone use public health in Portugal?
Yes! Whether you are a person who lives, works and resides in Portugal, or just a tourist, you have the right to use public health in Portugal.
It will be necessary to request the PB4 still in Brazil to enjoy the right. PB4 (free) is an agreement between Brazil and Portugal in which every beneficiary of INSS is entitled to care in the public health networks of the countries that are part of the agreement, paying the same as a local citizen.
What documents do you need to live in Portugal?
When a foreigner moves to Portugal he can be very confused about the documents needed in the European country and this is extremely normal. But it depends on each case.
If you are going to take your family that does not have European citizenship, it will be necessary to have family reunification. See the documents necessary for family reunification in Portugal.
If you will be traveling with your pets, you will need a number of documents. See the documents needed to travel with animals to Europe.
Some documents should be recognized by the Hague Convention. See more about Apostila de The Hague to live in Portugal.
Is it worth living in Portugal?
In direct response, in my opinion yes! But that’s my opinion, true to my lifestyle and my goals. You will have to evaluate your case, but I will give some tips that can help you.
For those who are worth living in Portugal:
- People who value the quality of life more than make a lot of money;
- People who like a calmer life;
- People who have or intend to have children;
- Retirees and pensioners with a reasonable income.
For those who may not be a good business:
- People who like to live in metropolis;
- People who want to make good money from non-technical jobs / experts;
I prefer to say that you need to look at your case and not rely on mine, because I speak to people who want to live in Portugal and often have expectations that the country does not match. For example, unlike the United States, nobody will be able to get here and get a job to clean the floor ( or any other manual service ) and through this job will be able to have a good quality of life, acquire real estate and etc.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Living in Portugal
If you are thinking of living outside Brazil, you probably only have in mind the advantages that exist in living in Portugal (and there are many), but also have to consider that there are disadvantages.
Among the main advantages are: safety, quality of life, cost of living, quality public health, quality of education for those who have children or come to study, a life much less rush than Brazil, and so on.
Among the main disadvantages are: to start life again, to stay away from family and friends, to work more laboriously, to leave behind employment and some stability already acquired and so on.
I say this is not to discourage, it is just for you to consider if in your case it is a good option to live in Portugal. For me it was a good option without a doubt, even I have already written my opinion if it is worth living and working in Portugal.
So, What Do I Have To Do To Live In Portugal?
The answer is simple, PLAN. It is true that the practice is much more complicated, but this is what will make you leave Brazil. It will only work if you have written the step by step of everything you have to do, and chase after each of these steps.
The vast majority of people who read this article, cannot come to live in Portugal, because after they have finished reading, this information is in the person’s head, but not a plan of action.
So my tip is: get a paper NOW, a spreadsheet, anything … and write down what steps you have to take to get to live in Portugal and the main one, put DATES so that each task is done. Just so, it is that you will get here and I assure you, it will be worth it.
In addition to planning, another tip for anyone who wants to get rid of the plan is to inform Portugal. Thinking of the Brazilians who seek this change of life, we created the eBook Como Morar em Portugal. In this eBook you will find all the above detailed information and much more. There are 300 pages of clear and objective content and the step by step of the whole process, from the decision making to the arrival in Portugal.
And this is how you will have the chance to better plan change, anticipate problems, find answers to the questions that arise along the way and will, above all, be a companion to this journey.