16 Things We Love and Hate about Living in Portugal

We moved to Lisbon in 2019 after three years of nomadic life. Discover 10 things we love about living in Portugal as well as six things we don’t.

These thoughts include all of the good and bad things about living in Portugal from our personal perspective.

Read on to discover our favorite aspects about expat life in Portugal in general and living in Lisbon in particular:

10 Things We Love About Living in Portugal

Portugal has a wealth of excellent cured meats and cheeses that have been produced for millenia, a lifestyle in which daily fresh bread is a way of life.

Great Food

Portugal gained world fame through its production of port wines – vintages that have been ‘fortified’ with grape spirit (think brandy.)

Portuguese Wine

Portugal is highly affordable compared to most developed nations in both Europe and North America. Portugal is a great value for those who earn income outside of the country.

Affordable Cost of Living

It has all of those missing amenities plus some we didn’t realize we needed like a built-in ice maker, dryer and wine fridge.

Our Beautiful Apartment

Portugal’s electronic superhighway is a dream with download speeds up to 1GBPS.

Fast Internet

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