Portugal twice on the list of best places to retire abroad

Lisbon and the Algarve region feature once again among the top-ten destinations to retire abroad, according to editor of Live and Invest Overseas.

It’s not the first time that Kathleen Pediccord, from Live an Invest Oversees chooses Portugal as a favourite for those seeking destinations to retire abroad. This time the author includes not only the Algarve but also Lisbon.

AlgarvePortuguese beach

The Algarve comes first on the list and is often feature on similar rankings. The author calls it “Europe’s most famous secret”. The region is described as a budget destination, but with a lot ot offer: Europe’s best beaches and golf courses and over 3000 hours of sunshine per year, withing a friendly and welcoming “land of cobblestoned streets and whitewashed houses with lace-patterned chimneys, surrounded everywhere by fig, olive, almond and carob trees.” What’s there not to like?

Lisbon

The european capital is often on the news for the best reasons: tourism, culture, food, safety, “coolness”, among many other features.The article emphasizes the hospitality and friendlinness of the city and the people, a recognized Portuguese trait. The city is described as sophisticated, offering a view to the past. The location by the beach, warm and sunny weather and excellent food are some of the other reasons that place the city in the top ten ranking. Additionally, Lisbon has already an established expat community, which may make it easier to settle in.

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Portugal is the country to go in 2017

Already thinking of where to go next year? According to Huffington Post, Portugal is the country everybody will be visiting.

Douro Region

To support this claim, Huffington Post gathers the latest ranks that put Portugal on the top, like Travel + Leisure’s choice for Portugal as “destination of the year”, referring to Portugal as “hotter than ever”, and Lonely Planet nomination of Azores, “the next Iceland”, as one of the best regions in the world to visit next year.

The article emphasizes the city of Lisbon, which is becoming more and more trendy, not only as a place to visit but also live and retire.  Algarve, the Minho region and the lesser-known yet fancy Comporta are also highlighted.

The number of tourists visiting Portugal has been increasing for 4 years in a row. One of the highest growing rates is registered among American tourists. Portuguese airlines company TAP has 23 flights per week to the USA, three times more than last year. Additionally, this month TAP has been nominated the best European company flying to this country by Global Traveler magazine.

To sum up, as Huffington Post puts it “Portugal, the destination of your most stunningly beautiful dreams.”

Still not convinced? Read previous articles about Portugal:

 

Portugal receives 23 “World Travel Awards”

Best beach destination, best island destination and best cruise destination were some of the highlights for Portugal at this year’s “World Travel Awards” for the European region.

Every year, Portugal’s tourism offer gets more and more recognition. This time, the country got 23 awards at the “World Travel Awards”, a considerable increase comparing to last year’s 14 awards. Algarve gets the prize for “best beach destination” for the second year in a row, while competing against places like Cannes and Sardinia. Madeira reconquers the “best european islands” award, after having won in 2013 and 2014.

Check the image for the highlights:

a map of Portugal displaying the awards won at the World Travel awards

Multiple portuguese hotels received many distinctions such as, best beach resort, best all inclusive resort, most romantic resort, best boutique hotel, best family resort among many others with a total of 14 awards. Additionally, enterprise Douro Azul was awarded the prize for best river cruise company.

These awards come after multiple recognitions, as Portugal continues to increase its reputation as a trendy and safe travel destination.  The number of visitors continue to increase, as well as Portugal’s readiness to receive more people. If like many others, you are planning to visit or even move to Portugal, let us take care of your healthcare needs. We offer a full booking service, tailored to your needs. Visit our website  or contact us. 

Looking for sunny and safe holidays, tourists turn to Portugal

As some common holidays destinations like France and Turkey deal with the threat of terrorism, the number of tourists in Portugal increases. While this country remains a good choice regarding safety, the government has also worked on improving security measures.

Vista da ponto 25 de abril a partir de um terraço com uma mesa decorada com flores e com um copo de vinho.

Bloomberg points out that Portugal, along with its neighboring country Spain, is already registering a growth in the number of tourists who are seeking sunny destinations. It comes in the aftermath of multiple terrorist attacks in France and the failed coup d’etat in Turkey, a nation now facing internal conflicts in addition to the already existing terrorism threat.

Tourism represents about 10% of Portugal GDP. In 2015, hotels registered over 16 million guests and 70% of those were foreign. The number of British and German visitors increased the most. Algarve, Lisbon and Madeira were the most sought-after regions.

Investment in the future

Bloomberg quotes the Portuguese minister of Economy, Miguel Macedo Cabral, who says that the country is working to promote different segments to attract more tourists, not only during summer, but year-round. The government is also looking to expand tourism to other places in the country.

Portugal ranks 5th in the 2016 Global Peace Index by the Institute for Economics and Peace, climbing 6 positions compared to the previous year. Yet, in the light of the terrorism events in Europe, the government has also invested in improving measures in airports and common tourist destinations.

However, this is not the only index where Portugal gets an honorable place. It is the 12th out of 207 countries in the KOF Index of Globalization for 2016. The Portuguese health care system ranked 12th in the world by the World Health Organization. In fact, Portugal has some of the highest rates when it comes to available hospital beds and number of physicians. You can learn more about Portugal and the Portuguese health care by visiting our site.

 

 

 

Portugal in the top 10 best countries to retire abroad

Once again, Portugal is in the news as one of the best places to retire abroad.

During the first days of 2016 were revealed two important rankings regarding the best places to retire abroad: one from Live and Invest Overseas and another from International Living. Both rankings highlight Portugal as great place to retire abroad, as they did for the past few years.

Live and Invest Overseas, considered the Portuguese region of the Algarve as the number one region in the world to retire abroad.

This distinction is awarded to the Algarve for the 3rd year in a row. The Algarve, in the south of Portugal is known for its white sand beaches, low cost of living and large expat English-speaking communities. The Algarve is considered a paradise in Europe where the sun shines all year round with mild temperatures.

International Living put Portugal in the 10th place this year. The country drops one place from last year, but still makes the top 10. Once again categories where Portugal received high scores were Infrastructures, Healthy Lifestyle (this category was added this year), Climate and Cost of Living.

Over the last few years Portugal became a popular destination for foreign retirees. Helped by tax benefits programs – the Non-Habitual Regime for European citizens and the Golden Visa for other nationalities – moving to Portugal was never so attractive to foreign citizens from around the world.

For those considering retiring in Portugal and concerned about their health, Medical Port developed the For Health Card. This card offers discounts in consultations and medical procedures even those that aren’t normally covered by health insurance. For Health cardholders that also have health insurance can benefit from using both when recurring to health services.

Summer vacations in Portugal, according to international press

Portugal was recently considered to be a great destination for summer vacations from several newspapers around the world.

The French edition of the Huffington Post voted Porto Covo beach in the south of Portugal to be the second most beautiful beach in the world. Only toped by Paradise Island beach in the Bahamas. Porto Covo is in the top 3 according to the Huffington Post because, “There are cliffs and great beaches but the village is also worth a visit. It is a fishing village of just 1500 inhabitants, far from the tourist places of the country.”

Read the full story on the most beautiful beaches in the world, here.

According to U.K.’s newspaper, Mirror, Portugal is the most popular European destination for Brits traveling abroad this summer. The data was taken from a TripAdvisor poll that ranks the 10 favorite destinations for British holidaymakers.

You can read the full top 10, here.

Condé Nast Traveller ask their readers to rank the best beach restaurants in the world, and the restaurant “Sal” in the famous beachtown of Comporta was named number 1. Readers highlighted the quality of fresh fish, Portuguese picanha and fruity sangria.

See the full gallery of the best beach restaurants in the world here.

 

British newspaper, The Guardian, has also recently mentioned two regions in Portugal as some of the best places for a family summer vacation in Europe. Portuguese region of the Algarve is known for its white sand beaches with turquoise waters, “It’s all about the beaches in this southern region of Portugal, close to the Alentejo border; long, wild and often empty, it has them in spades.” And Coimbra region in the center has innumerous options for those who like a nature vacation: “Go paddling in the Mondego river, visit hillside villages, explore historic Coimbra, spend a day at the coast (90 minutes’ drive away) if you’re craving the sea, and pack a picnic for hiking, biking or kayaking trips in the Serra da Estrela mountains.”

You can read the full article on The Guardian, here.

Portugal is definitely hitting the spotlight in the media around the world, highlighting different aspects that make the country a great place to visit, and a perfect destination for your medical travel.

Professional Golf Association names Portugal one of the 5 great golf destinations

Golf lovers around the world have their dream golf trip, a place where they can practice their skill, enjoy the good weather and meet fellow golfers for exciting games.

According to PGA, most golf players will name Scotland and Ireland as their dream golf trip, as they “provide some of the world’s most treasured golf experiences”.

The golf association wanted to give golf other options of great places to play golf around the world and they named the best 5 places to do so: New Zealand, Canada, Wales, Portugal and Spain. These are the golf destinations “For those who want to broaden their horizons and venture to other parts of the world, there are several enticing locales that offer spectacular courses and scenery and a plethora of off-the-course activities and pursuits.”

In a short description why Portugal is one of the great golf destinations, the article highlights the “Stunning postcard-like settings, superbly designed golf courses, exceptional cuisine and fine wines”. Also says that in the Algarve there are more than 50 golf courses along the 250-mile coastline, surrounding the golf courses by the white sand beaches, turquoise waters and the cliffs. Besides the Algarve, there are a series of golf courses around the country, most of them along the coastline also.

The fact that Portugal enjoys more than 330 days of sunshine per year and the temperatures are mild all-year round (including mild winters without snow) makes it a great destination golf lovers. Famous golf course designers like Robert Trent Jones Jr., Joe Lee, Ronald Fream and Rocky Roquemore have designed courses in Portugal attracted by the scenery and design possibilities.

For those who are still not convinced to choose Portugal the Professional Golf Association article adds: “Inland, the coastal plains are dotted with fig, olive and eucalyptus trees. When you place more than 20 golf courses amidst this awesome backdrop, you’ve instantly created one of the most desirable places in the world to tee it up.”

Read the full article here.

The Telegraph calls Portugal the “ultimate pension freedom”

Retire abroad is a dream for many people that live in the UK. They seek a place to spend their retirement with year round sunshine, great food and where their money can be saved. The Telegraph explains how to retire in Portugal and reduce tax spending.

The article refers to the Non Habitual Resident regime created in Portugal, which allows retirees from other countries to move to Portugal and pay no taxes for 10 years:

If you move to sunny Portugal for example, it could be possible to take your UK pension and pay absolutely no tax on it for the first 10 years. This applies even if you withdraw large sums, a move which in the UK could attract crippling tax charges, as such withdrawals are treated and taxed as ordinary income.

This regime has allowed many foreigners to take residency in Portugal when they retire. Making Portugal one of the best places to retire.

The articles also adds that:

To benefit from these rules, retired people would have to plan the move carefully and make sure they meet strict residence criteria both in Britain and their new destination country. And advice from a professional who has experience with the taxation laws of the country to which you intend to move is a must.

Fiscal advice is important to make sure to get the full benefits from the Non Habitual Resident regime. Aware of this concern, Medical Port developed the “For Health Card” to help foreigners willing to move to Portugal providing them with fiscal, real estate, health and leisure services. Cardholders benefit from fiscal advice to help them apply for the Non Habitual Resident regime and take full benefit from the tax-exempt. Learn more about the For Health Card here.

Portugal has plenty of expat retirees; the majority of them are originally from the UK, and they live across the country but mainly in the southern region of the Algarve. Though it is a small country, Portugal has a lot to see and to explore has a retiree. Besides mainland, Portugal has two islands in the middle of the Atlantic, Madeira and Azores that are known for their natural beauty and breath taking landscapes. Recently The Telegraph wrote an article featuring Madeira, one of Portugal’s islands in the Atlantic calling it “the most enviable island on Earth”.

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Portugal is the World’s Best Golf Destination

In the first annual World Golf Awards, Portugal received the awards of World’s Best Destination and Europe’s Best Destination.

These two important distinctions reflect the efforts made to establish Portugal as a leading golf destination.

Portuguese golf resorts offer high quality golf courses and luxury accommodations, providing guests with the best golf experience and competing with the world’s best golf destinations like the United States, Argentina, Australia, South Africa or Malaysia.

The award for “Europe’s best new golf course” was for the North course of the Portuguese resort Quinta do Lago, in Algarve. The mild weather Portugal enjoys all year round is one of the reasons for these awards.

The first edition of the World Golf Awards was held in Conrad Algarve and the second edition is already being put in place.  The World Golf Awards are a part of the World Travel Awards, distinguishing the best in travel since 1993, where Conrad Algarve won the World’s Leading Luxury Resort in 2013 and 2014.

Golf course in Portugal
Golf course in Portugal

Golf lovers may not realize how the game can improve their life and health conditions. And is a natural way of losing weight. Playing an 18-hole game of golf burns at least 900 calories, according to www.getintogolf.com.  A round of golf takes about four hours, which corresponds to walk around five to six miles. The health benefits of playing golf include: muscle toning and strengthening and stress relieving.  Also the vitamin D you get from the exposure to sunlight is essential for a healthy life.

The 7 Best Places To Retire Around The World

Portuguese beach

The idea of retiring overseas might seem appealing to you with its inexpensive living and the chance for a new adventure. Kathleen Peddicord, publisher of the Live and Invest Overseas site and the Overseas Retirement Letter estimates that 1.4 million American retirees are doing it.

But where in the world should you retire to?

The beachfront Algarve region of Portugal, according to Peddicord’s newly-released (and somewhat surprising) 2014 Retire Overseas Index.

“It’s the most affordable option in Europe for retirees,” says Kathleen Peddicord, publisher of the 2014 Retire Overseas Index and the Overseas Retirement Letter. Her researchers estimate you can live in the southernmost province of Portugal on $1,500 a month. Other pluses: old world culture, some of the best beaches in Europe and stable weather.

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