Cascais : Portugal

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What it's Like to Retire in Cascais

About thirty minutes from Lisbon, Cascais is a small, bright, cosmopolitan city in Portugal nestled on the Atlantic coast. Swelling with tourists in the summer months, Cascais is populated by expats in addition to the Portugese all year round. Expensive by Portugese standards, expats find Cascais very affordable. Perfect for the active retiree, sailing, biking and golfing are all popular activities. 

Photo of Cascais beach courtesy of Osvaldo Gago and Wikipedia.

 

Where to Retire in Cascais and Home Prices

The median selling price of a home in Cascais is about $250,000. A nice two-bedroom runs between $260,000 to $450,000; the farther from the ocean you go, the less costly. 

 

What is special about Cascais

Caiscais is a peaceful but active city with all the modern amenities. There is a farmer's market twice a week; most residents prepare their food fresh from scratch. All the great European cities are at your doorstop: Madrid and Barcelona are within driving distance, and the south of France is just a day's drive away.

 

What is not special about Cascais

Gas is pricey, about twice as much as it is the US. Unless you have an entrepreneurial spirit, it's nearly impossible to find employment with a Portugese company.

 

Who will like retirement in Cascais

Active retirees who like coastal living and are interested in an affordable twist to European-style retirement retire in Cascais. 

 

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Climate and Physical Environment

The climate is similar to that of Southern California.

 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Cascais is home to a large yacht harbor, as well as an art and sea museum, old castle ruins, and many popular beaches.

 

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Medical facilities

Nearby medical facilities are modern, and include a well-respected British hospital in Lisbon.

 

Transportation

The highways are modern, and allow speeds up to 75 miles an hour. Public transportation is also very good.

 

Valuable Links

Cascais on Wikipedia

 

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Facts about CASCAIS
  • State: Portugal
  • Environment: Coastal,Small-mid Sized City,Boating Community,
  • City Population: 25,001-50,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: NA
  • Total Crime Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
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