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Portugal COVID Deconfinement Plan

Portugal COVID Deconfinement Plan

The Portuguese Council of Ministers has published their deconfinement plan for the recommencement of activities that were paused due to COVID lockdowns. Certain establishments such as hairdressers will be able to open from March 15th and some school years will also...

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Winter in the Beira Baixa

Winter in the Beira Baixa

Knowing what the weather brings each season is important for locals and visitors alike. When you think of Portugal, you imagine great weather all year round but this is not true. Down south, yes, the weather is much milder but even there you will probably need to get...

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Solicitor or Lawyer?  What is the difference?

Solicitor or Lawyer? What is the difference?

When you come to purchase property in Portugal you will probably be needing a solicitor (solicitador/a) or lawyer (advogado/a). I've heard people say that you will definitely need an advogado and will need to spend thousands but I have actually used both. Prices...

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How To: Put the Water in your Name

How To: Put the Water in your Name

I've bought a couple of properties in Portugal now where I've needed to get the water connection put in my name. One was in the Algarve and the other in Beira Baixa. In both cases it is the Camara Municipal who will do the connection for you and it is them who you...

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Moving Abroad Checklist

Moving Abroad Checklist

Here's a brilliant checklist for anyone thinking of moving abroad, courtesy of the FCO and A Place in the Sun (PDF for download at the bottom): Also, not on the list - don't forget to plan for your pets! Here's the checklist summary: 1 - Do your homework 2 - Don't...

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Managing your international payments

Managing your international payments

This is a guest post by Cathryn Evans. In the current economical difficulties, people are now seeking better value for their money. They are looking for simple, uncomplicated processes to transfer money abroad. There are many options for consumers who are buying...

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Love Surfing?  Try the top spots in Portugal

Love Surfing? Try the top spots in Portugal

Here's a handy infographic by the guys at Momondo showing the top surfing spots in Portugal. Portugal not only has some of the best beaches in Europe it also has some of the best waves. With spots for all levels - why not check them out? I used to live near Arrifana...

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5 Top Tips for Expats-to-be

When moving abroad there are always tons of things to plan and consider. There are plenty of places to get help and speaking to other expats who have made the move really does help. Sometimes though, there are just some very simple tips that will make your move just a...

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