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Looking for some guidance if possible, pitfalls and ideas

Hi to all.
Husband and I wish to retire somewhere with a warm climate as Scotland is sadly lacking in good weather!
Spain may be in the mix but we have heard such good things about Portugal and I've not long come back from a 4 night stay in Lisbon (Aerosmith concert with daughter and a friend!!!) and loved the people, architecture, weather, food, especially the Portuguese tarts with Port for breakfast! etc.
Was thinking about the Algarve however want Portuguese neighbours too!
So much to think about, house, pensions, tax, medical insurance. Thinking about our first serious trip to look at an area and perhaps visit an estate agent in a few months time for maybe 3 or 4 nights as a start.
We like to be active, love gardening - well, not heavy digging!!, food, eating and cooking, films, meeting people  and generally want to enjoy our retirement keeping as healthy and active as possible - did our first parasailing a month or so ago!
Looking for some guidance if possible, pitfalls and ideas so please help if you can.
Thank you all

Hi Barbarajean,

Welcome on board  :)

i have created a new thread from your post on the Portugal forum so that members may easily share their experience with you.

Till then, feel free to browse the different categories of the forum and read the topics, some might give you some hints.

- Retirement Research

All the best,
Bhavna

HI, we are from south Africa and are also looking at retiring in Portugal. Silver Coast looks better as it will definitely be more Portuguese than the Algarve.

Our hobbies are identical to yours......but we also enjoy good wine and jazz.

We are obviously not EU CITIZENS, so maybe a bit more red tape involved.

Good luck and i will be looking at replys sent to you.

Cheers
The Petals

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