When people think of moving to Portugal, the first place that usually comes to mind is the Algarve. However, those looking for a life by the coast should also consider Portugal's lesser known Silver Coast, an area which has so much more to offer expats than just sun, sea and sand.
The “Costa da Prata” stretches for about 150km from just north of Lisbon to just south of the city of Porto and is home to charming towns, breathtaking beaches, and a spectacular, rugged coastline. But what makes this west-facing Silver Coast so special and why is it increasingly popular with foreign residents? Let's have a look at 5 reasons to move to the Silver Coast, and it's not just for the incredible scenery on offer.
The Silver Coast is an affordable option for expats
The Silver Coast is a highly varied region, and is home to everything from quaint coastal villages and up-and-coming cities, to rural hamlets and extensive countryside. The area is also a very affordable option for expats, with house prices in prime coastal areas generally much lower than in the Algarve, for example.
The cost of living in Portugal is also generally lower than what expats might expect, and those moving to the country can expect to spend less on food, utilities, rent and even buying property. When it comes to buying and renting property, make sure to shop around and do your research, and you're sure to find the home of your dreams on the Silver Coast.
Beaches to rival the Algarve
While the Algarve is undoubtedly home to some of the world's most spectacular beaches, the Silver Coast certainly has plenty of its own to rival them. If you're a keen surfer, then head to Ericeira and Peniche which are amongst the most famous surfing resorts in Portugal and the world, and if you're a beginner, you can always sign up to one of the many surf schools in the area.
The Silver Coast has something for everyone, with idyllic beaches perfect for relaxing such as Óbidos and Foz de Arelho. And if the beach isn't your thing, the area is also great for golfers and nature lovers, as this breathtaking region home to both impressive golf courses and stunning mountain ranges and natural parks.
Mild weather and varied seasons
Just like the rest of Portugal, the Silver Coast has a mild climate all year round and is home to perfect conditions for exploring the breathtaking beauty on offer in the area. Summers are generally hot, although slightly cooler and more comfortable than the Algarve, while strong winds can be a feature in exposed coastal areas, something which benefits the surfers who flock to the area in the summer months.
While the weather in the Silver Coast tends to be mild all year round, the area has fairly defined seasons but without too many extremes. Summer is long and winter is short, while autumn and spring are arguably the most pleasant periods with extended periods of comfortable temperatures and blue skies.
Live an authentic Portuguese life
Portugal’s Silver Coast is often referred to as “the real Portugal” by visitors. If you want to move abroad and are seeking authenticity and integration with the locals, then the Silver Coast is definitely an option for you. You might need to learn some more Portuguese then you would in the Algarve, but the locals in the region are said to be some of the most welcoming in the country, adding to the authenticity of life on the Silver Coast.
Those who have moved to the Silver Coast also claim to be happier and have seen an increase in their quality of life due to the simple lifestyle, without forgetting the wide range of modern facilities that are on offer to meet your everyday needs.
Location, location, location
Thanks to its central location and modern road network, the Silver Coast is very conveniently located and allows you to easily travel pretty much anywhere in Portugal. Depending on where you choose to live, Lisbon and Porto will be no more than a 90-minute drive away, while the charming historic city of Coimbra, famous for its university, is even closer and must be explored by anyone who visits or chooses to live on the coast.