About: Why I retired in Portugal

Rosalie and Divina, the stray dog that adopted her in Portugal.

Portugal offers many advantages as a retirement destination. I visited this country for the first time in 2011 and fell totally in love with it. I found the people friendly and welcoming. The city of Lisbon was easy to explore on foot, bus and metro and it felt totally safe at all times.

Why did it appeal as an ideal place to retire? The climate is mild, the cost of living is low and it is close to many other European destinations. After that first visit, the idea of living in Portugal stayed with me. But for several years it was just a dream. Walking the French route of the Camino de Santiago in 2015 confirmed my desire to leave the US and move back to Europe. After all, I had spent the early decades of my life in France, the UK, Ireland and Norway. So, Europe felt like home.

I knew I couldn’t go back to the rainy weather of England or Ireland after living many years in New Mexico where the sun shines nearly every day of the year. So, I hatched a plan to spend two months in Portugal immediately after I retired in June 2018. The trip was to research the feasibility of moving to Portugal permanently. I wrote a blog about my adventure, RosalieinPortugal@wordpress.com.

Street cars, or “electrics” are a common sight on Lisbon streets.