Why so many expats are moving to the Silver Coast
Located in the heart of Portugal, the Silver Coast offers plenty to see and do, great food and the hospitality of the locals who welcome the growing expat community with open arms.
The Silver Coast is one of Portugal’s favourite spots to buy a dream home or invest in a property for the holidays. Here you will find real estate prices with exceptional value, as well as a lower cost of living. But rest assured that sometime less is more!
Here are some of the reasons why so many expats consider this stretch of spectacular coastline to be “The Real Portugal”:
Quality of life
The Silver Coast in Portugal consists of medium size towns and villages, where neighbours usually know each other and foreigners are greeted with a warm and friendly mindset. The Portuguese have a genuine love for the small things that make life better. Spending time with friends at a café, playing with your children at the beach or appreciating a slow lunch with a beautiful view are some joys of day-to-day life and each community offers plenty of opportunities to indulge in this simple lifestyle.
Here you will also find modern facilities to meet your everyday needs without the hassle and traffic typical of bigger cities. From public services such as schools or healthcare centres and hospitals to prosperous and dynamic local businesses, life in the Silver Coast is happier and healthier.
A majestic coastline
The Silver Coast offers some of Portugal's best beaches. From the beautiful Foz do Arelho, where the Atlantic meets Óbidos Lagoon, to São Martinho do Porto’s unique shell-shaped bay and giant sand dunes, discover breathtaking strips of golden sand along a rugged coastline where the sunset is stunning.
São Martinho do Porto lives up to its reputation of being the best family beach in Portugal. This paradise is especially sought by families who enjoy the safe environment, calm waves and various water sports such as sailing, paddle or jet skis.
In Nazaré, you will find stunning scenery that embraces this fishing town’s beautiful beach and unique culture. Whether you prefer spending your time at one of the many restaurants with a glass of delicious Portuguese wine, or watch the surfers who venture out into the giant waves of the North Canyon, in Praia do Norte, a visit to Nazaré will awaken your senses. If you prefer more private beaches, don’t miss Vale Furado where the locals outnumber foreign tourists by far and the cliffs and coast are untouched.
Food in the Silver Coast of Portugal is also one of its best trademarks. Savour the marvellous fish and seafood available at many restaurants or discover the freshest of fruits and vegetables cultivated by local farmers.
You can buy any of these at the produce markets widely available throughout the Silver Coast, a land rich with green fields, small farms, vineyards and fruit trees, where plenty of sunshine and good weather make everything taste better.
Top value that doesn’t cost a million
The cost of living in the Silver Coast is also appealing. Whether you prefer an apartment or a villa, there are plenty of options with a great location and all the commodities of modern living. With beautiful countryside views or at walking distance to the beach, Silver Coast properties for sale offer exceptional value for your investment.
Thanks to its central location and excellent road network, the Silver Coast allows you to easily travel to anywhere in Portugal. It’s just an hour north of Portugal’s biggest International Airport, and close to all the main highways and railroad system.
Fun all year round
The Silver Coast has a charm of its own, with mild temperatures that invite families in shorts to enjoy a walk along the beach throughout the year.
Those who love the Silver Coast know its magical appeal all year long and there are always activities from January to December, as well as loads of events that make life in the Silver Coast an experience worth living!
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This article was originally published in the July 2020 edition of Portugal The Simple Life Magazine. Download your FREE copy on this link!