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My husband and I are toying with the idea of moving to Portugal. We are just beginning our research – part of that research involves a 12 day tour but the tour does not go to Cascais. We will have approximately 2 additional weeks during which we will go to Cascais but looking for suggestions (preferablynot big cities).  We both enjoy the outdoors, biking, and pickleball; neither of us plays golf. Thanks!!

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@mutlovrlm You should restrict the search areas by defining what you want in terms of climate, terrain (coastal, hilly, forest, plain, etc) and density (isolated/off the grid, village, small/medium/big town). That will make it easier get precise suggestions.

Have a good trip to Portugal.

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@antonio_f thank you -all good suggestions.

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@antonio_f I really appreciate your advice and I’m curious – generally, where are you and/or what made you choose where you currently live? Did you move around once you relocated to Porutgal or did your research lead you to where you are now?

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@mutlovrlm No big research made, I just stayed in the same area because of family and work (I’m portuguese…).

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@antonio_f Ahh easy choice for you, then.  Thanks, again!

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@mutlovrlm Welcome to the forum! Portugal has tons of small towns, some close to bigger cities and some pretty remote. Since you’re just starting out, try to think through what really matters to you – e.g public transport gets worse the smaller the town (typically), so you may need a car. In more rural areas your primary healthcare options might be more limited, so you may need to go farther to get to a hospital. Cascais is not really a small town, by the way – we live in Estoril, and the entire stretch from Lisbon to Cascais is very built up, so Cascais has become basically a suburb of Estoril (albeit a very pretty one) – like a Santa Monica is to LA, or Palo Alto is to San Francisco (not sure where in the US you are). The entire country is very pretty, so if you spread your net wide you may have a hard time deciding. On a 2-3 week trip  you’ll like everything! I’d highly recommend spending a year or so renting somewhere before you pick a permanent place. This forum is very helpful once you settle on what’s really important to you, since there are plenty of variations between towns – climate, access to various things like airports, hospitals, sport facilities, etc.

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@zoom thank you! As with everyone else -good advice. I actually like the idea of living in one location for an extended period (several months up to a year) to get a true feel.for it.

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Porto, Aveiro, Braga, Lisbon, Coimbra, Tomar, Faro, Leiria, Vila do Conde are good places to start.

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Thank you for the suggestions!

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Where are you visiting on your tour? Are you considering locations like Tavira or Sintra?

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@jonesdn2020 Lisbon, Èvora, Òbidos, Coimbra, and Porto. Really looking for places to check out so will definitely put these on the list. Thank you!

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I live in Estoril, Cascais, and there’s plenty of opportunities for outdoor, biking and some pickleball activities here. If there’s any questions I can answer for you, please let me know.

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@adventurefilmmaker wow – thanks! My husband used to be a pickleball fanatic, playing 6 days a week and sometimes twice in one day. He has managed to tone it down over the last couple of years. Are the pickleball players more casual or very competitive?

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@mutlovrlm I don’t know; I don’t play, but I’ve read that there are groups around Cascais that have formed recently. Do a search through the Facebook group Expats Cascais and/or some of the local groups on the Meetup platform.

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@adventurefilmmaker thank you – we’ll check it out.

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@mutlovrlm another shout out for Tavira or VRSA in east algarve. Both excellent for walking, biking and pickleball. Pickleball in Tavira has 5 courts and has sessions 3 times a week. Both small sized cities compared to Lisbon or Porto and are open all year round. They also don’t get too crowded during tourist months and get the best of the weather year round, albeit maybe a bit too hot for some in summer.

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@blaze451 sounds nice-thanks!

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Posted by: @mutlovrlm

Lisbon, Èvora, Òbidos, Coimbra, and Porto.

Porto is the clearly superior choice, but you can’t wrong anywhere. With Portugal the choice is always between awesome and awesomer. Antonio has great advice. Think of a list of what your needs are and that will help to guide you.

Also, a friend of ours gave me great language to describe another consideration and that is where are you on the continuum of practical vs romantic?

 

<——+—————————————+——–>
        |                                          |
    Practical                                Romantic

Practical is a comfortable apartment near all amenities and walking distance to mass transit, hospitals, groceries, the hardware store, dentist, etc.

Romantic is the beach side Vila overlooking the ocean so you can watch sunsets over the Atlantic, but you have to drive 20 miles to get to anything.

 

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@hank_2021 That’s a pretty easy question to answer (practical). But you and your friend are right, it is certainly something to keep in mind.

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