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Paço de Arcos
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- Seixal is super cute, cheap and got ferry - Raquel
- Alcochete is a very beautiful village, it has the "beach of the mills", with different sports activities, good restaurants, and also Freeport! It has the Tagus Estuary Nature Reserve, which is very worth visiting! - Sara
- And rents are more accessible, for us Portuguese, since the income we obtain is not compatible with many values in Lisbon. - Sara
Paço de Arcos
- I’m moving to Paço de Arcos next month. It’s small and full of locals, close to the beach. You can easily go to Lisbon or Cascais by train from there. Seems like a very calm and safe place. Very excited to be moving there. - Lonneke
- Were loving Paço De Arcos and it's 2 beaches. Try a Blue Jeans Cafe 501 burger and tell me it's not the best you have ever tasted -) - Benjamin
- Paço de Arcos - Oeiras have good balance life quality and accessibility - Pedro
- Paço de Arcos in Oeiras is - for me - the perfect little town/village, as we have reasonable rent prices, some nice restaurants and cafe's, convenient train connection to both Lisbon and Cascais, some good beaches close by and a great "local" atmosphere. I love it here. - Nikolaj
- direct transportation to lisbon and also within nearby places are reliable (unlike some other places where you have to wait forever for the bus to come, sometimes even come way later than the schedule). plus not to mention relatively cheap rent (i rent a big room with balcony and a private toilet for only €200). however i dont see much foreigner here beside brazilian. also it's close to some cool beaches (25-40 mins drive depends on the beach). My area calm and quite near the big park as well✌️ - Nabela
- It is very "plain" to look at... almost none of the pretty buildings like in Setubal or Lisbon, just plain apartment buildings. And very working class people. But I love that, I love people who are real, are not sick of tourists and foreigners, and I think it is lovely living on the water, as I do, for fractions of the price of Lisbon or Setubal. The ferry takes me to Lisbon central within 20 minutes. The train takes me to Setubal (and connects to the beautiful beaches there) with 30minutes. I am about to go on that line to connect at Pinhal Novo to go south on the comboio, which takes you to many places in Alentejo or Algarve within a couple of hours, or north to Porto and above too, or over to Lisbon.
It also has heaps of supermarkets, general shops, industrial areas/hardware/homewear, car yards etc, so everything you need. Good public transport service.
I REALLY enjoy living here! - Mel
Praia da Areia Branca
- Praia da areia branca also has direct transport, no expat/nomad community tho afaik. Small surf/beach town. It's about 50 minutes to Lisbon by bus, Expresso (to Sete Rios) or RodoTejo (to Campo Grande). Monthly pass is 80-90€ - Tiago
- I live in Santarém and I don’t think people consider it but there’s a direct train to Lisbon. It’s a small city but I like it.
I'm probably older than many of you, so I had a purpose of living out in the country to buy a property to start a retreat center and grow my own food. I never wanted to live in Lisbon.
- It's way cheaper here overall.
- The coast is really wet, cold, humid, and cloudy. People with homes coastal have huge problems with mold and the winters are brutal because Portuguese homes aren't built with insulation.
- Santarem is within a hour of Lisbon and the airport. This is super important for a tourism business. No one wants to drive 2 plus hours to get to the retreat center after flying.
- It does have somewhat hot summers but the winter is more mild and not a ton of rain (I really dislike rain lol)
- As far as tourism, this location is SO close to so many awesome things. It's the ideal spot. - Christy
- We always spend some months of the year here. In normal times I would go to Lisbon quite often but now we haven’t been much. Normally we buy the passe metropolitano that is 40 euros and you can travel the whole month. Now we bought the ferry pass so we are going to Troia everyday. If you go to Lisbon by bus is 40/45 minutes. You have two buses, one that goes to oriente and another one that goes to Praça de espanha and stops at Alcántara-mar. There are two trains also, libras do sado, that finishes at Barreiro and then you have to take the ferry to Praça do Comércio and then there is Fertagus that goes to Areeiro. Trains go until 1am in normal times, I don’t know now that there is this covid thing. Then you have two ferries that go to Troia, one goes to soltroia, takes 20/25 min and from there you are 10k away from comporta, you can go by bike. The other one goes to the part where there is a casino and some buildings, takes 11 min. If you want to go to the Arrabida beaches there are plenty of buses that are covered by the pass. You can run, it is 5.5 miles to galapos, or you can bike. Then there are the hills with loads of trails to explore. Wines estates to visit etc. food in Setubal is amazing as the fish is the freshest you can find. If you need to know something ask me. I may go to Lisbon one these days. I am waiting for a cloudy day 🙂 - Tika
- Beaches, mountains, beautiful old town, bus to Oriente takes 35 minutes, train to Roma-Areirro 1 hour. Not sure I’d want to commute daily to Lisbon from there though. I love the old parts of Seixal (on the tip) and Almada (up by Casa da Circa and Cine Increvile). Alcochete is very chilled and close to the Vasco bridge. - John
- Setubal is kind of a heaven on Earth. Visit it for one week. - Bogdan
- Cacilhas is a neighborhood in Almada, not a city. I’ve been living in Almada since nov/19 a little bit after Cacilhas (cova da piedade) and It has been good so far. I used to live in Alcantara before, everything here is cheaper and you get in lisbon in aprox. 15min on public transport - Arthur
- Parede is a super authentic and practical little town with shops, cafes, restaurants and a little market all gathered in the center and the beach at walking distance. - Bertrand
- I used to live there for 2.5 years. Cheaper than Cascais, Estoril yet very close and well connected to Lisbon with the train. Was commuting daily to Lisbon. Not to mention bunch of surf options around. - Antonio
- Carcavelos is perfectly located between Lisbon and Cascais, and is also near the magical Sintra region and its many palaces. Carcavelos is a surf spot visited by many locals and foreigners; if you want to learn how to surf, or just try it out, you'll find many surf schools to choose. There are some small beaches, as well as a big sandy stretch. For a long time, Carcavelos has been selected by foreigners as the place to live, due to its good climate and welcoming culture; as a result, it's easy to find many different nationalities living here. Some study in the new university with a fantastic beach view (California style), while others work in the NATO Academy facilities or at one of the many tech companies based in Oeiras Valley (influenced by Silicon Valley). Some say that Carcavelos is the Portuguese birthplace of surf, skate and graffiti. Public transports could be a lot better, especially to/from Lisbon's city center, and train is really the only feasible option; by car, it's a 30 minutes ride - without traffic. There are many rooms or apartments to rent, and some brand new co-living spaces. - Tiago
- I Live in Alges and love to be here. Public transport day and night from both Cais do Sodre and Mq de Pombal, comboios of linha de Cascais, tram, Belem, Jamor park, and Caxias, Oeiras promenade... all walking distance from home. It's cheaper than Lisbon, half way to the beaches and very well served with public transport. Maybe it's not super beautiful but it's very practical.
From Belem there are even ferries to Trafaria, making it closer to Caparica. - Douglas
- Algés/Ajuda, you can still find some affordable apartments in Ajuda and it is growing that part. Close to the river, you can take a train to Carcavelos (beach + surf) or take a bus to Caparica (beach + surf) and still be close to the center. And Pastéis de Belém very close to you 😃, probably you need a gym subscription to go with it 😃. - Jorge
- I've lived in Algés for several months and besides finding it particularly dirty (garbage, pigeons poop everywhere) I was approach by weird people frequently. I've gone to Caxias for years to visit a friend and had countless issues on the train or walking to her house. - Elsa
- I live in Algés where there is a great covered market ideal to shop fresh produces and stop by for petiscos. Parede and Oieras are also pleasant for a stroll and day / evening life. - Aurelien
- I lived for two years in Ericeira when it wasn't that popular yet, still one of my favourite place in the world today. But I was surfing a lot, partying a lot, and I had a car to go to the beaches and to lisbon, so of course it was a perfect place. So I would say depends on your interests and ways of access. Like Caparica until Fonte de Telha is accessible by bus, you can more easily go to the city center and enjoy a wider range of activities. - Erick
- I liked Ericeira, but downsides include no trains from Lisbon, and a bit windy for my tastes. Otherwise seemed very livable. - Kevin
- Cascais till Oeiras coast is the best. Close to the sea and close to the center. Quiet and safe and not too many people. - Théo
- I think Cascais is way nicer than Costa da Caparica. The budget is however different (already confirming the fact that one is much better than the other). If you can afford Cascais, do not hesitate. - Susana
- Cascais the best. Not far from lisboa and beach side - Vinicius
Costa da Caparica
- I live in Costa da Caparica and is a perfect place if you want stay "tranquilo" ! Is close to lisbon and you have everything for to be happy! - Denis
- Costa da caparica is a grate place to be !! Sandy beach, great to surf, 15 m from Lisbon by Uber and a beautiful landscape!! - Ricardo
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