Portugal has long been a favoured destination for UK holidaymakers. The reasons are not very difficult to understand - they include those age old attractions of sun, sand and sea. But you can also include a rich history, great food and a friendly populace in that list of reasons that Portugal is a fabulous holiday destination. However it's not only holidaymakers that find Portugal attractive - it's also those who are looking for a home outside of the British Isles - and one of the most popular cities for expats is Lisbon - but why does this city exert such a powerful attraction - let's take a closer look.
That famed Portuguese weather does play a role in the attraction of Lisbon. It boasts around ten months of sunshine, which is a welcome change from the weather that is so much a part of life in the United Kingdom. This makes an outdoor lifestyle much more attractive - and the fact that some of the world's most attractive beaches are within 30 minutes drive of Lisbon certainly plays its part in attracting those who want to spend time in the arms of Mother Nature.
Lisbon is one of those cities that boasts every convenience of modern life - schooling, medical care and a great public transportation system - as well as museums and cultural attractions galore. But it also is just small enough to have that sense of community and togetherness that makes it welcoming to people from diverse cultures and countries of origin. It's also a fact that although Portuguese people can seem a little aloof when you first meet them they soon warm to those who are friendly and share in their love of all the things that make this country great - and that in turn can make living with others in the city an absolute pleasure. The fact that most people speak English is another attraction to those looking for accommodation in Lisbon.
Of course anyone considering moving to another country is going to want to know that their money is going to last - especially those who have reached retirement age. The fact is that cost of living in Portugal is considerably lower than many other countries in Europe - and UK expats will be pleasantly surprised at how far their retirement incomes and their savings will take them in Lisbon - and that includes the cost of renting accommodation and food. Get A Moving Quote: https://www.edwardseuropeanmoving.com/removals-to-lisbon/
NO mention of life in Lisbon would be complete without touching on the cuisine that is available in the city. Whether is the simple and clean tastes of fresh seafood such as the famed sardinesor bacalhau (dried, salted cod) or the famous 'Cataplana de Marisco' which may have a mixture of clams, mussels, and shrimp, as well as Portuguese sausage flavoured with onion and garlic this dish which had its origins on the coast (primarily the Algarve) is widely available in Lisbon. However, that famed weather also plays its part in the enjoyment of Portuguese cuisine - al fresco dining is hugely popular.
Lisbon has it all for those in search of a great lifestyle that will not break the bank - it's one of those destinations that attracts large numbers of expats for any number of reasons - and that trend will only accelerate now that the restrictions on travel caused by COVID are beginning to to the relaxed.
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