But where are the very best places to set down roots in Portugal? We’ve looked at each of the country’s most populated areas to try and find out, based on a range of factors such as average earnings, house prices, education and healthcare availability and more.
We research each Portuguese municipality with over 100,000 residents giving each one a score out of 100 based on the following factors, before combining each factor to reach a final weighted score out of 100 for each area.
Average Income (€)
Average income per person, according to the Instituto Nacional de Estatistica Income Statistics at Local Level 2017.
Average House Value and Rent (per square metre)
Both taken from the Instituto Nacional de Estatistica Regional Statistical Yearbook, Data Tab 13-14.
Number of Schools
Number of non-tertiary educational institutions according to the Instituto Nacional de Estatistica database.
Crime Rate (per 1,000 people)
Crime rate per 1,000 people according to the Instituto Nacional de Estatistica database.
Doctors (per 1,000 people)
Medical doctors per 1000 inhabitants according to the Instituto Nacional de Estatistica database.
Blue Flag Beaches
According to Bandeira Azul.
Mean Air Temperature (°C)
Average Annual Precipitation (mm)
According to en.climate-data.org.