Well that was a nice surprise yesterday – we received an e-mail from MoneyTransferComparison.com letting us know that we had won their award of ‘Best Expat Blog – Portugal’ for 2017!
Here’s what they posted about our award:
Well how nice is that! Their website explained that “We have gathered the best expat blogs of 2017 below. For each destination, we have conducted extensive research and came up with one blog that we believe is the very best for expats relocating there.”
Well we are in good company with Portugal itself recently winning a bagful of awards at the annual World Travel Awards Europe. Portugal was distinguished with 37 awards (30% of the total prizes), which is 13 more than last year’s competition and, for the first time, Portugal was voted as the Best European Destination, one of the most coveted awards.
The Secretary of State for Tourism, Ana Mendes Godinho, commented that this is a result of the “commitment of all to make Portugal a tourist destination of excellence, with a diversity of unique offers that extends throughout the territory” and that this award is “a clear indication that we are on the right track, one that shows the diversity we have to offer, from north to south, from the coast to the interior.”
Add to this the recent – unsurprising – result of the Live and Invest Overseas Annual Overseas Retirement Index … ta-daa .. small drum roll please …
The Algarve, Portugal Takes Top Honors for the 4th Year In A Row
They determined that the Algarve remains the best place in the world today to retire overseas.
They include 13 categories in the 2017 Overseas Retirement Index. These represent the most important criteria they believe that retirees must consider when shopping the globe for the best place to retire.
The American site deemed that “the Algarve has got everything the would-be retiree could want — great weather and lots of sunshine year-round; an established and welcoming expat community; top-notch medical facilities and health care; an affordable (that is, downright cheap) cost of living, especially when you consider the quality of life on offer; undervalued and bargain-priced property buys, including right on the ocean; endless opportunities for fun, adventure, and enjoying rich, full, varied days out-of-doors; a great deal of English spoken thanks to the longstanding British presence; First World infrastructure; a new retiree residency program that rolls out the welcome mat for foreign pensioners; and easy access both from the United States and to and from all Europe.”
Well we’re not going to disagree with them!
And with views like these – who can deny that the Algarve really does have it all!
(All Algarve images © Dave Sheldrake Photography – all rights reserved.)
And thank you again to MoneyTransferComparison.com for our award and new badge!
thank you 🙂
Congratulations Alyson. I have to agree, Portugal is becoming a great country and the Algarve is tops for me too.
thanks Sami – it’s an easy place to write beautiful things about!
Congrats guys, that’s awesome news!! You deserved it!!!! XXX
thank you lovely!
Congratulations, Alyson and Dave! I would have to agree with them. I have been following your blog since before we moved to the Algarve two years ago and have found it delightful and informative and, of course, illustrated with beautiful photos. Well done.
Tessa Hearn Loulé
thank you so much Tessa, that’s lovely to hear 🙂
Hello, Greetings from the beach community of Wilmington, North Carolina. Just within the past month Tom and I have made a decision that we would love to move to the Algarve area within the next two years and I may I add, that it will be on a tight budget, compared to others. This September we would like to visit the area to explore. Any suggestions as to where to stay for a good base for experiencing the area and possible places to rent in the future. We are 69 and 72, very active and healthy. Thank you so much. Diane and Tom…Is this the Life or what….
this post may help you:
Congrats, your website is really nice, I didn’t know about this award.
It’s very useful, a bit like https://www.lisbob.net but more personal.
Continue like this !