Expats Portugal Forums
Find answers, ask questions, and connect with our community around the world.
New Members – Start Here
New to ExpatsPortugal? Introduce yourself here. And don’t forget to complete your profile.
General Discussion Forums
Forum Etiquette & Announcements
Any questions or suggestions for the Administrator of this site? Post them here…
General Chit Chat & Conversations
Got a question not specifically related to other forum topics? Kickstart a conversation or general chit chat? Post away here!
General posts about Portugal
Non EU Folk
Coming to Portugal from outside the EU? Post your questions here
Social Saturday Online Event
This regular event is about having some fun and making connections with like-minded people, all with one thing in common: PORTUGAL
Location Based Discussions
Connect with others who live near by or plan on moving to the area.
Coimbra and surrounds
Planning to or living around the Coimbra area? This is the place for you to meet new and connect with others close by and share information.
Lisbon and surrounds
Moving to, visiting or living in the Lisbon area, here you can connect with likeminded people and create your own community
Madeira and surrounds
Moving to, visiting or living in the Madeira area, here you can connect with likeminded people and create your own community
Porto and surrounds
Moving to or living in the Porto area, here you can connect with likeminded people and create your own community
Silver Coast and Surrounds
Planning to or living around the Silver Coast? This is the place for you to meet new and connect with others close by and share information.
Western Algarve and surrounds
Moving to or living in the western area of the Algarve, here you can connect with likeminded people and create your own community
Moving to Portugal
Where to Live in Portugal
Ask for advice on your ideal location…
Moving to Portugal
Thinking of moving to Portugal? Ask for advice and tips here.
Cooking, Food, Wine & Eating Out
Do you have a recipe to share, found a great wine? Discovered a great restaurant? Tell everyone here!
Post Name, location, dates and details of any upcoming festivals, gigs, etc.
Gardening & Smallholding
A place to share ideas and knowledge about gardening a smallholding in Portugal.
Something going on near you? Festival? Market? Share it here.
Pets, Animals and Wildlife
Have any questions or advice about bringing your furry friends to Portugal? Post in this section!
Sporting & Leisure Activities
Looking for a sporting team? Social groups around activities, this is the thread for you.
Buy, Swap, Sell & Wanted Classifieds
Back by popular demand, our Classifieds section has returned for you to list unwanted or wanted items for sale.
Healthcare, transport, pets, family and more. Find information on your topic here.
Banking, Taxes & Finances
Banking, Taxes & Finances
Cars, Transport & Getting Around
Cars, Public Transport, Motoring, Flights, etc.
Healthcare in Portugal
Raise questions and discuss aspects of healthcare in Portugal
Investment & Trading for expats
Investment & Trading for expats
Learning the Language
Practice your language skills here. Join language meetups.
Any questions and tips for Mums, Dads and Children in Portugal, such as schools, playgroups, medical etc.
Red Tape / Business
Dealing with bureaucracy and running a business
Visas, Residency & Citizenship
The place to post questions about visas, residency and citizenship processes.
Building & Renovating
Restoring an old ruin? Looking to update your house? Looking for tradespeople and suppliers? Ask away here
Property & Real Estate
Ask anything about buying or renting a property in Portugal. If you want to advertise a place for sale or rent, this should go into the Buy, Swap, Sell & Wanted section of this site.
Read our reviews
We have used the professional services of Nuno (Insurance) to get the travel insurance and health insurance with MGEN and the excellent services of E! who helped secure our D7 visas and residency cards. We had a lovely meeting with Gerry who is so kind, helpful and knowledgeable and has pointed us in the right direction for obtaining our Portuguese driver’s licenses, baggage certificate, Portuguese lessons and even train travel in Portugal.
We are thankful for Expats Portugal and the wealth of knowledge it provides.
What a helpful site and team of experts.
My wife and I have been interested in moving to Portugal for over a year now and had questions about different locations, weather, culture, costs and logistics of moving. Finding Expats Portugal has helped us remove so much of the uncertainty we had when starting our research. We had a meeting with Gerry who was so kind and patient as we asked a barage of questions. He was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I can’t recommend this site enough!! Thank you.
Dream Team links
I love Expats Portugal–except for navigating your website. I just watched the webinar about buying property in Portugal. Excellent!
However, at the very end, Gerry kindly said that we would have to use the link in the chat part of the webinar to get to the Dream Team. I found the link, turned away for just a few seconds, and Zoom deleted the link along with all the rest of the webinar. I have spent a quarter of an hour trying to get to the Dream Team. NO LUCK!! Please make this easier! I’ll still give you a five star rating, although getting around your website is not up to it.
Response from Expats Portugal
Thank you for your kind comments Linda.
We did manage to get you on that particular webinar once we knew the problem and we trust we resolved your issue for future webinars in our subsequent email exchange. As mentioned, the key is to RSVP in advance of the webinars and you will receive the link by email.
An Incredible Resource - Saves Time and Money
We have recently begun looking at residential properties in the Algarve region of Portugal. Our entrance into the opportunity came with a “close encounter” with a specific property. It seemed there was so much we needed to know, and so fast. I took the decision to join Expats Portugal and had a meeting with Gerry. His advice was worth its weight in gold. Seriously. His resources are of platinum quality. We ended up not purchasing the original property, but are now armed with extremely valuable information that will help us make the right choice at the right time. Now that I have some breathing room, I look forward to community interaction to learn from other expats and to share my learnings as I go forward. What a great resource this site is for people on this same journey! Thank you!!
Terrific meeting with Gerry
When I first started thinking about a move to Portugal, I had no idea of what I was doing. On the internet, I read a lot posts about things like VSF, SNS, NIF, and a host of acronyms associated with moving there. It was, to say the least, overwhelming. I stumbled upon the Expats Portugal website and it has exposed me to a wealth of information and resources. In addition, EP has a number of business relationships which cover all aspects of emigrating. If it’s something you need to do, EP has a contact who will help you. It’s very reassuring to have this vetted team of resources available. Though the task seems daunting, I am sure EP knows someone who can help me navigate the process. Plus EP’s webinars are great.
Gerry Lawler has been a great help as well. With his calm demeanor and knowledge of the ins and outs, I’m beginning to believe, if my wife and I decide to take the plunge, we just might make it.
Ever swayed to some cool tunes under a Portuguese sunset, with ancient streets around you whispering tales of old? Maybe you haven’t yet, but that’s