Retirees can enjoy: Culture, Low-Cost Health Care, Food Scene, Nature, Outdoor Life, Sunshine, Urban Life
Portugal is considered Western Europe’s most affordable country, with living costs about a third that of the U.S. A couple can expect to spend from $1,700 to $2,200 a month to live. The country is small, nestled next to its larger neighbor, Spain. You can drive the length of Portugal in less than six hours.
The country was ranked third on the list of safest countries in the world in 2017, according to International Living.
Portugal, like many countries in Europe, has a public health service available at low cost, even to foreigners. Private health insurance costs about $90 a month for a couple.
Portugal’s infrastructure, including transportation, telecommunications, internet, roads and highway systems, is excellent. The country has extensive, low-cost public transport systems — rail, subway and bus — in the major cities and across the country, and three international airports.
With a mild, Mediterranean climate, Portugal tends to have more of an outdoor culture than many colder European countries. Seafood, vegetables, wine and olive oil – the healthy Mediterranean diet – are staples.
Portugal is rich in culture, with museums, concert halls, theaters, art galleries, libraries, restaurants, cafes, bars and much more.