Portugal. Retire? Why not? Here are some facts to help you kick the tires....
Climate: Mild, Atlantic - maritime temperate; cooler and more rain in north, warmer and drier in south (Algarve). Azores have mild climate with pleasant summers and mild winters. Madeira has a constant 75 on the south coast.
Population: 10.46 million (2013)
Top spots to retire to: Lisbon, Porto, Algarve, Madeira, and Azores.
Cost of living--Cost of living in Portugal is 32.21% lower than in United States. Rent in Portugal is 59.61% lower than in United States.
And did you know:
No. 1: The Algarve, Portugal. “It's the most affordable option in Europe for retirees,” says Kathleen Peddicord, publisher of the 2014 RetireOverseas Index and the Overseas Retirement Letter. Her researchers estimate you can live in the southernmost province of Portugal on $1,500 a month."
450 miles of Beaches
Mild year round climate, with golf played all year.
English is widely spoken, especially in Lisbon, Algarve and Madeira as well as Azores.
One of the top ten safest nations on earth.
Excellent highway and rail system.