If you travel 19 miles west from Lisbon, you will find the charming, but cosmopolitan, seaside town of Cascais, Portugal. Home to over 210,000 people, Cascais has become a popular expat retirement area with an estimated 25,000 English speaking citizens. The wonderful downtown yacht harbor brings sailors from all over Europe. The town center has many restored historic buildings with dozens of shops, restaurants and hotels. If you are looking for a warm climate year round, a beach community with others who speak English and a very low cost of living, you might retire in Cascais, Portugal – if only for a season. This is where European snowbirds come in the winter!
The area has 10 major golf courses, including the Par 71 Quinta da Marinha Golf course, host to the PGA Senior Tour Championship in 2002 and 2007. There is also plenty of hiking, biking, sailing, and cultural activities. You can find museums, a castle, parks and cobblestoned streets to explore. Lisbon is so close, you can hop a commuter train and enjoy all the big city has to offer.
The cost of living in Portugal is significantly less than the rest of Europe. We easily found two bedroom condos in the $100,000 range and rentals can run from $400-$2,000 depending on the location and proximity to the water or a nice beach. One condo, on the second floor of a newer building was facing the water with an amazing view, had tile floors – for $94,000 US. The neighborhood is well tended and there are 3 other expat residents in the building – all from Great Britain. They reported this to be a very safe neighborhood.
Cascais is located along the Atlantic Ocean right in the middle of the country. The weather is milder than the hot southern beach area. Most days are sunny and the winter temperatures can be in the low 50 degrees F. The summers can see 90 degrees, but rarely.
Picture yourself walking down to the beach to read a book by the water, or strolling the cobblestone streets in search of a perfect gelato on a warm day. Or maybe catching the train into Lisbon to watch the latest movies (in English) and later have fresh grilled fish along the waterfront. You can easily live in Cascais Portugal for $2,000 US a month. This could be you!