The coastal cities of Porto, set on the borders of one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe, the charming Douro, Porto will enchant you with its melancholic views and heartwarming culinary; the capital Lisbon with its singular timeworn charm and unique light, set next to the Tagus river, or Cascais with its Riviera style sophistication and incredible Atlantic views, best exemplify uniquely Portuguese scenarios.
The Portuguese people themselves are kind, well mannered, inclusive and compassionate, and will do everything to help you. Portugal is also one of the safest countries in the world to live. You will find it is easy to make new acquaintances, as people are trusting and understand the importance of feeling welcome and supported in a new country.
While it is not essential to learn the Portuguese language to live here, it does help you understand the country, and better experience how kind and gentle people are.
An important aspect of Portuguese culture is to gather around a meal and share good quality food and wine. With a long tradition and expertise in culinary and winery, Portugal has several different areas of soil and terrains that support excellent vineyards, healthy food, with a strong component of the Mediterranean cuisine, and sweets made from local convent recipes! The famous Pastel de Nata and Port Wine being a good point to start, please allow yourself to dive into the characteristic dishes of each location you travel to in Portugal and you will be amazed at the variety it has to offer. From North to South of the continental area and with Azores and Madeira islands you will find absolute delight!
In the midst of all it's a natural beauty, Portugal is a country that offers many different possibilities for a small weekend get-away! Whether you are more of a sea and long walks along the coast and infinite beaches, or a mountain person, there is so much you can easily and comfortably explore in journeys of 2 to 3 days with short drives away from the main cities.
So, if you want to try something new for your retirement, maybe you should try Portugal.
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