Portugal today


Portugal is now a forward-looking country, attracting huge numbers of tourists and pensioners (mostly European) who settle in Portugal to benefit from its climate, safety and quality of life. The tax benefits granted by the Portuguese Government to retired nationals who set up tax in Portugal are also one of the reasons why pensioners are increasingly choosing Portugal.

The Algarve, Lisbon (the capital), the silver coast (Atlantic coast just above Lisbon) and Porto are the places generally chosen by the expatriates.

But Portugal also offers fantastic places in the interior regions of the country.

Tourism is today one of the pillars of the Portuguese economy. Every year the Algarve is visited by millions of tourists who come to enjoy the beaches of fine sand, fantastic landscapes and a gastronomy of very varied quality.

Lisbon has become one of the fashionable capitals. Many people settle there. Lisbon the capital with the enchanting climate that is so close to the beaches. Lisbon, the city of the seven hills, which was turned towards the Tagus.

According to recent studies, Portugal is now one of the safest countries in the world. This is one of the main reasons why retirees settle in Portugal.


His history


Founded in the twelfth century, the Kingdom of Portugal became one of the major powers of Western Europe in the 15th century, playing a major role in the Great Discoveries and constituting a vast colonial empire in Africa, Asia, Oceania and South America. The power of the country declined from the seventeenth century.

The Portuguese monarchy was overthrown in 1910, after a military uprising that forced King Manuel II into exile. The First Portuguese Republic is the political regime in force in Portugal between the end of the constitutional monarchy marked by the revolution of 5 October 1910 and the military coup d'état of 28 May 1926. Then, for more than forty years, Subject to the authoritarian regime of António de Oliveira Salazar, until the Carnation Revolution of 1974 which put an end to the dictatorship and restored democracy in the country. Portugal's economy grew strongly. At the end of the twentieth century it became a developed country according to European standards, economically prosperous, socially and politically stable.


During the dictatorship from 1926 to 1974 almost a million and a half Portuguese went to work outside the country to flee the poverty of the countryside and the colonial wars. Portugal, the United States, France, Luxembourg (14.1% of the total population), Switzerland, Argentina, Venezuela, Canada, Principality of Andorra. With more than 130 million luso-descendants (Portuguese descendants) in the world, the Portuguese diaspora is at present one of the main European and world diasporas.