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Hi all. My wife and I currently live in a small village (5,600 residents)  in Germany outside of Wiesbaden. We would like to live in a small village when we move to Portugal, with easy access to public transportation, markets, cafes, a walkable town center, perhaps close to the beach/ocean. We would like to be south of Lisbon. We have visited Portugal a few times and we know that we really do not want to live in a big city like Lisbon. We would be interested in hearing from people who live in smaller towns and villages about where they live and what they like and don't like about them. Thank you in advance.

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We have lived in a small village near Viseu for 14 years and we love it! You need to be aware that many rural areas have a very poor bus service. We only get two into and two out of Viseu each day. We like the people who are really friendly, the cost of living which is lower than U.K. The fact that the roads are generally quiet, and the country is not full of people, which the U.K in our opinion is.

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@hartmill Thank you for the response. We understand that in rural areas public transportation will be less available. We will be looking for something where public transportation may be more readily available. However, that will not be a deal-breaker. We are more interested in lower cost of living, friendly neighbors, and a less-hectic lifestyle that the large cities provide. Thanks again.

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