But, for Americans looking for a place to relocate, Portugal is a good candidate for many of the same reasons. The Washington Post said of the Algarve: “This region on the coast of Portugal has held the top spot for two years in a row thanks to its low cost of living, affordable real estate and pleasant weather. The area was highlighted for having mild temperature year-round, with temperatures usually staying below 80 degrees Fahrenheit.”
The Algarve region is also famous for its golf courses, fresh fish and for having some of the most charming beaches in the world. Moreover, a large part of the population speaks English, so it is easy to get around. The Telegraph said about this popular English-speakers destination, “It’s a region of hidden delights, of golden beaches framed by beautifully wrought limestone rocks, of small, simple restaurants where the taste of the fish – just caught, just grilled and drizzled with a local olive oil – will pull you back time and time again”.
US News said “Portugal ranks as the 17th safest country in the world, the cost of living in Portugal is among the lowest in Western Europe, on average 30 percent lower than in any other country of the region. A retired couple could live here comfortably but modestly on a budget of as little as $1,500 per month. With a budget of $2,000 per month or more, you could enjoy a fully appointed lifestyle in the heart of the Old World.”
So how hard is it to become Portuguese citizen? Well, you can start by applying for a residency visa to stay for 4 mounts, and after that a residency permit that lets you and your family members live in Portugal and travel freely within Europe.
As in the US, children born in Portugal to non-citizens may be eligible for citizenship, unless the parents are tourists or short-term visitors. A new 2015 law offered citizenship to anyone who has one grandparent of Portuguese nationality. And, descendants of Jews who were expelled in the Inquisition can claim citizenship as well.
Portugal’s Golden Visa Program is aimed at investors from non-EU countries who want to obtain a residency permit by inventing in real estate, transferring capital or creating jobs.
Either way, if you need to get out of Dodge, put Portugal on your list!
For more information: https://www.livinginportugal.com