Negatives of Living in Portugal
Doing any thing that involves information from government sectors
can be slow and they do like their paper work.
Getting used to the Pace in PT can be frustrating Things just slow down
General cost of living A lot of people are under the impression that living in PT is cheap. Well it can be ,but if you want brand names and eat anything other than Chicken and Pork things can get expensive.
Health Service As a resident you are entitled to the PT National Health System.
This may be different to your own country.
I have know British residents fly back to the Uk to get treatment.
It is usual that once you have had treatment in hospital you have to leave as soon as possible and it is left to your family to help you recover.
I would always recommend private insurance.
Always use a separate solicitor rather than the one with the estate agent
Not often done in PT, but get a survey done. This could save you thousands of Euros later on and you can use the faults as a bargaining chip.
Make sure all permissions for the building are legal A lot of villas do not have permission for Swimming pools. and cables running across other villas can become a real problem and dispute area.
If you are looking at villas check your neigbour’s . A lot of owners rent their property in summer for large amounts on money. They can get Party people in summer who just create hell.
Big problem in PT barking dogs Portuguese owners seem to be deaf when it comes to their own dog barking especially at night.
Transport Buying cars or any vehicles is very expensive in PT They are the highest in the EU.
Drivers. I think that part of the driving test in PT is to see how near you can get to the car in front [Joking} but it is part of the PT driving culture to get as close as possible.
Summer PT changes In the Algarve thousands of tourist traffic, can be a total nightmare on the N125. plus finding a bit of sand on the beach can be a problem ,they are so busy.
Please note These above conditions are Pre Cv-19
CV-19 as had a serious effect on the financial and general living in PT. many small business who have been handed down in the family will not survive.
Tourism is the heartbeat of PT and it will take a long time to recover sadly.
Like all countries there are good points and disappointments . Remember you are the foreigner , so it is up to you to conform the their way of life , not the other way round!
I have tried to show some of the problems you may encounter but not all.
Moving your life to a different country should not be taken lightly. Do not be ruled by the Dream of your heart but simple economics.
I love Pt but no country is perfect. I have tried to balance the goods news that people praise PT for ,against some of the pitfalls people do not want to talk about.
I am sure this will cause some discussion between some Expats in defence of PT but that’s what this forum is for.