There are over 900,000 expats living in Portugal out of a total population of over 10 million. Most expats live in and around Lisbon and Porto, the two main cities or in the Algarve, at the south of the country. Where you choose to live will depend if you are heading to Portugal for work or to retire, with family or without, and whether you want to be in the action or away from it all.
Estoril and Cascias
Want the best of both worlds'? Here's an option if you want to be near Lisbon, but also want access to the beach and Atlantic ocean. You can take the train directly from Cascais into Lisbon (30-40 mins each way) so you can get to town just for lunch or for the whole day to meet friends or go to a museum. Estoril is fashionable Portuguese beach resort to the west of Lisbon, it offers Portuguese charm and excellent restaurants, world-class hotels and golf courses.
The Silver Coast
If you head north up the coast from Lisbon you'll find the beautiful cliffs and beaches of the Silver Coast. This area is popular with expats and retirees, but is much quieter than the Algarve. The summers are pleasant (less hot that the south) and the winters are warm and mild.