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The essential guide to buying a property in Portugal

You’ll find everything you need to know and do to enjoy life in Portugal: the processes and costs involved in buying property, what visas you’ll need, paying tax, what to do about healthcare, and even bringing your family pets with you. All to help everything go as smoothly as possible.
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What can you find in our guide

Perhaps you’re already picturing yourself there with a pastel de nata or a glass of something sparkling. But before that, there’s a fair bit to think about and even more to do. Which is where our definitive guide comes in handy.

Buying a property

  • House-hunting made easier
  • Finding an estate agent
  • Taking a viewing trip
  • Appointing a solicitor
  • You’ll need a Notary
  • Factor in fees
  • Three steps to property buying

Getting to know Potugal

  • Greetings and manners
  • Learning the language
  • Watch your hands
  • Eating and socialising
  • To tip or not to tip?
  • Take care on the beach

Money, finance and taxes

  • Banking in Portugal
  • Moving permanently?
  • Bank locally
  • Banking services
  • Overseas payments.


  • State healthcare
  • What might you have to pay for?
  • Private health insurance
  • Healthcare for the family
  • How does the health system work?
  • Different tiers of hospitals

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