Settling In

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Getting settled in your new home and country requires a little effort. If you’re moving to the Algarve, you will need to organise utilities, mail, and phones amongst other things to get you settled. Learn about the legal stuff and Portuguese taxes. With tips for driving in Portugal, home maintenance and settling pets, there is even information about shopping and leisure activities.

Video Surveillance for a Portugal villa
Fortunately Portugal boasts a very low crime rate compared to many other countries. However you never want to take any chances. Full of practical tips and information, this article provides you with a variety of ways to protect yourself, your family and your property.Full Story
Correios Portugal
Part of moving to a new country includes making arrangements for your post. Sometimes in Portugal, having a physical address is not enough, and you need to set up a post box, and understand how parcel delivery works. Learn more about the ins and outs of the Portuguese postal services so you won’t lose any important mail after your move.Full Story
Portuguese water dog
It’s so important to get it right when bringing your pet to Portugal. Our guide explains everything from documents and registration procedures right through to adjusting to the climate and so much more. How to find a pet that is lost, adopting a new pet or getting the necessary jabs are all part and parcel of owning a pet in Portugal so read all about it.Full Story
Maintaining a pretty villa in Portugal
Whether you have bought or built a new house, or moved into an older property, proper care and maintenance will help you to save money. Read our tips on how to run the house, pool and garden efficiently and economically. This guide will also help you retain or improve your property’s value if you eventually plan to sell it.Full Story
Wills and probate in Portugal
How do you set up a local pension if you are working in Portugal? Where do you stand with your pension when you retire to Portugal? If you have worked in the EU you may be entitled to more than you think. Get discounts with a Portuguese pensioners card! What are inheritance laws in Portugal? Find the answers to these questions and more.Full Story
Elegant villa in Algarve Portugal
As much as we all love to hate that T-word, unfortunately taxes are a fact of life no matter where we live. Portugal is no different and, if you make the move, whether temporarily or permanently, you will need to familiarise yourself with the local tax regulations. Find out all about the different types of taxes and social security in Portugal.Full Story
Dog not paying attention while driving
Even experienced drivers can find it daunting to hit the road in a foreign country. In reality Portugal is one of the easiest places to drive. As anywhere, local regulations and paperwork do exist so before you get behind the wheel, our useful information will help you to stay on track.Full Story
Getting telephone service in Portugal
One of the first things most people want to do when then move is get a phone, and get TV and internet connected. In Portugal there are many options and prices, but a lot of the choices depend on the region where you live and the coverage available. Find out what your options are for telly, phones and internet, including where and how to pay the bills.Full Story
Redes Energéticas Nacionais Portugal
When you buy property in Portugal your utility supplies are an essential piece of the setting up and settling in puzzle. Find out all you need to know about getting electricity, water and gas arranged for your new home. Discover alternative wind and solar options and information about type of power used in Portugal and how to get your bills paid easily.Full Story
Sailing the Algarve coast
With consistently great weather year round, the Algarve offers a variety of sports, markets, dining and events to cater to everyone. From water sports, outdoor cafes, shopping to Europe's finest golfing destination, the Algarve is definitely the place to enjoy one's self.Full Story
Algarve Pottery Market
From markets to malls to the streets, the Algarve offers both new and traditional ways to get what you need. Learn about the local terms and locations that can open up the Algarve's bounty. Find out that you are never far away from a great buy or souvenir.Full Story