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Relocating to Porto

About the City

The second largest city in Portugal, Porto is also one of the largest urban areas in Southwest Europe, covering over 41 square kilometers. In 2013, the city had a population of approximately 220,000, made up of a mix of different nationalities, including native Portuguese people and non-nationals from Angola, Cape Verde, Brazil, Ukraine, Guinea Bissau, and Mozambique, as well as a large expatriate community that have made the move to Porto.

Although not the capital, Porto is seen by many people as the country’s cultural capital, and as such is a popular tourist destination. Portuguese is the of course the primary language spoken in the city, but due to the country’s excellent education system and emphasis on languages, many people also speak English, as well as other European languages, particularly other Romance languages. A warm, friendly city with a fascinating history, Porto is a great place to be an expatriate in.

The Climate in Porto

Although Porto has a Mediterranean climate with dry, warm summers and mild winters, it does on average experience shorter, less consistent summers than many other cities with a similar climate. It is also one of the wettest cities in all of Europe, with heavy rainfall expected especially in the winter months.

However, due to its southwesterly location, the winter season can often be interrupted by periods of sunshine and warm weather. Living in Porto in the summer months means you can expect temperatures between 16°C and 27°C on average, but during heatwaves it can reach up to 40°C, when forest fires are also very common outside the city. In the winter, however, temperatures can drop to 5°C.

Visas for Portugal

As an expatriate moving to Porto, you will need a Portuguese visa. As Portugal is a full EU member, those relocating to Porto from an EU member state (or Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Norway, or Iceland) are exempt from this rule, but should not forget to apply for a residency permit if staying for more than 90 days. These come in both short term (lasting for 90 days to one year) and long term (lasting up to five years) versions, and can be renewed when expiring.

If you are moving to Porto from a country outside of the EU, you need to apply for and be granted a visa before you arrive — you can do so via your nearest embassy or consulate. Additionally, you also need a residency permit. However, be advised that although you apply in the same way as an expatriate from an EU nation, you will need to do so before you arrive as per the rules set out by the Portuguese government.

Jul 18, 2024, 7:30 PM
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Come and celebrate together the summer holiday season in the best rooftop in town, the LIFT! Located on the 14th floor of the ViaCatarina Shopping mall, it offers one of the best views in Porto, incl
Jun 20, 2024, 7:30 PM
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Half of June, the days are longer and summer is already around the corner! We couldn't miss the chance to spend time together again! So what are you waiting for?! Come and join us in our favorite
Jun 6, 2024, 7:30 PM
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For our June get-together, we would like to invite you to Hotel Vincci Bonjardim rooftop, an oasis of tranquillity in the heart of the city of Porto! The brand-new hotel opened 2 months ago and has a
May 16, 2024, 7:30 PM
48 attendees
The sun is finally shining, and we will double the chance to meet each other this month! We would like to invite you to discover a new place the Bee Garden— Art, Food & Work. The owner is an expat,

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