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Cascais, Portugal

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Cascais

Located close to Lisbon, Cascais is a Portuguese fishing town, and the most popular tourist spot on the Lisbon coast. It was once a popular retreat for the Portuguese royals, and it retains a certain historic charm.

The beaches are one of the main reasons people flock to Cascais. The rocky coastline is home to miles of white sand beaches. The waves are popular with surfers who travel here from across the world, but there are plenty of sheltered bays where you can enjoy a swim or paddle.

Although Cascais is technically a city, it has the feel of a slow paced beach town. The buildings along the waterside are painted and well maintained, making it a popular place for street photographers.

The center of Cascais you find outdoor cafes, restaurants, and shops selling local produce or things made by local artists. There are parks, forts, and statues everywhere along with lots of museums. The Barrio do Museus (Neighborhood of the Museums) allows you to enter all museums run by City Hall with a single ticket.

English is the second most spoken language in Portugal, and you absolutely don’t have to learn Portuguese. You can find English-speaking professionals and staff without any problems. The younger generations are nearly all confident speaking English, although the older generations tend to speak better French. That said most expats recommend taking some Portuguese lessons, if only out politeness.

There is a strong expat presence in Portugal, and Cascais is a popular destination. You will find more British than American expats. However the numbers of North Americans making the move here is increasing every year.

Portugal has solid infrastructure with superfast internet and reliable electricity. Cascais is a pioneer of sustainable energy and nearly three-quarters of the energy consumed here comes from sustainable sources. The public transport is reliable and good enough that a car is not needed in Cascais. Accordingly, Cascais is very pedestrian friendly and he walkways are pretty, and well maintained. If you’re looking to travel further afield, you can reach Portugal’s other cities quickly and easily via train or bus.

Cost of Living in Cascais, Portugal

Apartment Or House Ownership Budget (For A Couple)

 
Expense Monthly Costs Notes
Mortgage €650 With a 3% to 4% mortgage. (It’s difficult to get a mortgage unless you deposit comparable funds in a Portuguese bank account.)
HOA Fees €75 Average cost, depending on the unit size and value as well as property amenities.
Property Taxes €37.5 About €450 annually. This price varies depending on location.
Transportation €250 For a month of gasoline. Price of a 2018 used car is roughly €20,000.
Gas €50 For heating and cooking.
Electricity €75
Water €25
Cell Phone €30 Includes two lines, 5GB data per line, unlimited texts per phone, and 5,000 minutes per line with NOWO.
Internet €35
Cable TV 100 Subscription services like Apple TV, Netflix, etc.
Household Help €192 For six hours of cleaning per week at €8 per hour.
Entertainment €484 Monthly cost for eating out twice a week: €320 (€40 per meal for two).
Local drinks twice a week: €120 (€5 per drink).
Movie theater trip twice a month: €44 (€11 per ticket).
Groceries €500 Basic items for a couple that cooks often.
Gym Membership €80
Medical Appointment €20 For a GP visit at a private hospital.
TOTAL 2,603.50

Apartment Or House Rental Budget (For A Couple)

 
Expense Monthly Costs Notes
Rent €2,500 Three-bed, two-bath, 200-square-meter home with a pool and small garden. Rent includes all utilities plus internet and garden maintenance.
Transportation €200 For a month of gasoline. Price of a 2018 used car is roughly €20,000.
Gas Included in rent.
Electricity Included in rent.
Water Included in rent.
Cell Phone €30 Includes two lines, 5GB data per line, unlimited texts per phone, and 5,000 minutes per line with NOWO.
Internet Included in rent.
Cable TV €100 Subscription services like Apple TV, Netflix, etc.
Household Help €192 For six hours of cleaning per week at €8 per hour.
Entertainment €484 Monthly cost for eating out twice a week: €320 (€40 per meal for two).
Local drinks twice a week: €120 (€5 per drink).
Movie theater trip twice a month: €44 (€11 per ticket).
Groceries €500 Basic items for a couple that cooks often.
Gym Membership €80
Medical Appointment €20 For a GP visit at a private hospital.
TOTAL 4,106

Penny-Pincher’s Budget (Bare Minimum Costs, For A Couple)

 
Expense Monthly Costs Notes
Rent €900 One-bed, one-bath, 50-square-meter home.
Transportation Public transportation is free for Cascais residents.
Gas €50
Electricity €50
Water €40
Cell Phone €33
Internet €33
Cable TV €33
Entertainment €160 Eating out twice a week at a mid-range, local restaurant. Lunch on weekdays is usually the cheapest option in local restaurants (roughly €20 per meal).
Groceries €250 All local-brand items only, shopping at markets and grocery stores.
TOTAL 1,549

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