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Hello everyone 

I'm looking to semi-retire in Portugal and spend at least 9mnths of the year there initially.  My issue is moving as a ' single white female' 🙂 Especially as I would like to live more inland, due to the fact I love mountains lakes & animals planning a small animal rescue, as I do now.

I want to begin my search in September with a view to moving in spring /summer '21

Anyone on here know anyone who has relocated as a single person ? Any estate agents that cater for country homes?

Many thanks

Alison

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@newbee

Hello Alison and welcome.

I do not see any issues with you moving here as a single person, except that it would be good to have a friend or two close by to help you through the settling in process.

Can you tell us where your are from and what area appeals to you in Portugal and we will be able to help you further.

Regards

Gerry

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Hi Alison,

I have a friend who moved here alone, bought a small farm and built rural tourism (accommodation place). She was also a hairdresser so would cut hair to make some additional money. Her plan was to be here for only 5 years and earlier this year sold up and moved back to England to be close to her daughter.

She did love it here and Portugal will always hold a place in her heart.

Have you seen the website Pure Portugal? They specialise in rural properties.

https://www.pureportugal.co.uk/

Also, our friends at Enjoy-Portugal can help you find a place if you would like guidance about buying property. They have a webinar coming up on the 3rd September you can join. They specialise in rural properties.

https://expatsportugal.com/event/portugal-calling-how-to-buy-proprety-in-portugal/

There is a recording from a previous webinar we did with Pieter a couple of months ago too. You can find it here:

https://expatsportugal.com/portugal-calling-webinars/

Good luck.

Astrid

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@astridff those are such great pointers! kudos, checking those out as I'm in a similar situation soonish.. =)

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Thankyou i will look at the all! Regards Alison x

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@newbee I'm a single female, over 50, flew out last month, having never visited the country, not speaking a word of the language and not knowing a single person. This community has been invaluable. Through them I got all the info I needed to get my residency which only took a couple of weeks, found some where to live, met new people and feel very supported by the community. 

I'd say being here is a good start 🙂

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Hi Alison, I have recently joined this site, and like you I am single and plan to move to Portugal hopefully next year.... I’m looking at Central Portugal. How are your plans going during this crazy time...any idea of where you’re  hoping to settle. 

Maria

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@maria-g hello! if you need any assistance about Central Portugal let me know, I live and know this area quite well. You're more than welcome here!

Alison, let us know a little bit more about you so that we can figure out which would be the best region of you to settle. I know some people and projects that shelter and rescue animals both in Central Portugal, North and in the South. One of them is even looking for residents (that would help taking care of the animals in general). Let me know if that would be of your interest.

It's totally fine coming alone! You will make plenty of friends, I am sure.

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Oi @saracru.  I’m looking for property between Coimbra and Tomar.  Lost out on a lovely property near Vila Nova de Poiares which was very disappointing. .... do you know the area. 

 
  I’ve seen some potential plots of land in the municipality of Arganil, district of Coimbra; but what I have researched  so far re. Building process  and the potential delays, fill me with apprehension, but the upside is getting the home of your dream.... Maybe🤪😂 

 
I have been known to overthink things 🤔🤣but this is a huge investment decision so all advise welcome 👍🏾

 

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@maria-g yes I know the area very well. I always lived in Coimbra and I guide tours in this region. From what you're saying, you prefer the countryside.

Rebuilding houses is always hard but if you have a good contractor, a well detailed plan and money, you won't have many problems. Good luck with everything!

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@maria-g

Hi Maria: I am single and planning to move to Portugal in mid 2021.

I am looking at Porto but interested in anywhere north of Lisbon. What towns are you interested in?

Paula

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Hi Paula @longhornlady I’ve been looking at properties and plots of land Villa Nova de Poiares in the municipality of Arganil, district of Coimbra and the outskirts of Tomar, the areas looks rural enough to get a flavour of the true Portuguese lifestyle, but only a stone throw from the bright lights of the city for a more hectic pursuit and not forgetting ideal for visiting friends and family😃

Have you seen anything you like?

 

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@maria-g

Hi Maria: I am looking at Porto and Aveiera which is halfway between Porto and Lisbon.

I have lived in Southern California for the past 33 years and like being near the ocean.

 

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Hi Paula @longhornlady. I’m originally from Grenada in the Caribbean, have lived in the UK for 50+ years.... I love the ocean, and swimming in the sea....but have to say not in Portugal it’s just to cold 🥶will have to stick to a pool😃 🤣 

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@maria-g

I don't get in the water. 😉 I just like to look at it. It is very cold in the Pacific along the California coast as well. Not to mention sharks!

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@longhornlady

Sharks!! That would definitely keep you out of the water .... I’d like to have a home with a river view🤞🏾There are some lovely river beaches in Central Portugal.

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@maria-gThat would work for me!

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@longhornlady I was thinking of Porto at first. Like @maria-g I've thought I's start with looking at the area between Coimbra and Tomar. I stayed in Coimbra for a couple of weeks and now I am in Anadia. It's all nice. 

Like you my boundary is between south of Porto and North of Lisbon. 

It seems there's quite a few solo women here and planning to come here : )

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@luise

Hi Luise: Yes, happily there seem to be quite a few single women moving from the US to Portugal. I hope to connect with some of you there.

I hope to be there by May 2021, assuming all paperwork goes as planned.

I had a consultation with the immigration attorney yesterday. They will be a big help.

Like you, I will be going alone with my small dog and I have never been before. (I loved Spain, Italy and France so I am sure I will love Portugal as well.) I am trying to learn basic Portuguese before I leave.

Paula

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@luise

I am in Espairo just down the road.

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