My partner and I are interested in visiting the Algarve area in order to learn more about the area to think about relocating there from the USA. Can anyone suggest a place to stay as our base while exploring the area?. We live on the NC coast now, love the beach, kayaking, snorkeling, cafes, good food and wine, and the chance to make new friends. He's 66, I'm 58. Thanks for any ideas for our first trip which we're planning for April. Thanks!
I'm sure you'll love the Algarve. Where exactly you stay will depend on your personal preferences so I advise you to do lots of research online before making a decision.
A good place to start is with the Expat Guides to Portugal and the Algarve
Alijezur is a popular choice on the coast and it already has a fairly large expat community.
Do you have any contacts in Portugal already? Why did you pick Portgual over other destinations?
Thank you Shantalie for your reply. This is my first post on Expat Arrivals, we are a retiring couple from the mountains of Colorado and would love to know more about the Algarve. We visited once about 2 years ago in the Spring and were entranced by the area. After traveling extensively through Portugal and loving it, I must say, we found the the biggest roadblock was language. Therefore we are seeking out places with lots of Expats in order to communicate while we work on Portugese. I understand it is a difficult language to learn and would love to know your thoughts on this fact. Such as, are there immersion courses available?
I will take your advice and read more of the Expat Guides, but any further info you could provide would be welcomed.
We chose Portugal because of our love of Europe and the coast. After visiting other coastlines in France, Spain, and of course, Portugal, we find this area most beautiful with fairly good weather most of the time.
Thank you for your help and attention, John and Pamela Bryan