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Making the most of currency transfers post-Brexit

The UK’s transition period came to an end at the close of 2020 and it heralded a number of changes. If you need to move money to or from Portugal there’s one particular difference you need to be aware of. Prior to Brexit the ‘passporting’ of financial services meant that firms were able to operate in the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) under a UK-based licence. So, if a company was authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority ...Read more

UK Inheritance Tax Basics

This is a massive subject and full of twists and turns. Unlike other main taxes IHT does not apply to everyone in the same way. This article will deal with the basics of the tax and show ways in which it can apply in different scenarios. 1. Who is liable for the tax? UK domiciles wherever they are living. Very simple 2. What is a UK domicile? Anyone whose father who had the UK as his centre of life. You ...Read more

Boat Ownership & Maintenance: Top 5 Tips

Owning a boat can be great fun. Is there anything better in life than having family and friends join you on a boat trip on a nice summer day?  Unfortunately, owning a boat can cause a lot of headaches. If your boat is not maintained properly, expect lots of problems to occur.  If you maintain your boat consistently, problems and accidents are less likely to happen. Keeping on top of the task helps to keep your boat maintained will help ...Read more

Lockdown And Property Searches…

If we thought 2020 was a strange year when it came to restrictions and being stuck at home, it certainly seems the first month of 2021 has decided to follow suit! Finally getting some clarity on the new Brexit residency rules and the ability for more people to work remotely has bolstered the property market in Portugal, we are still seeing as many people as ever wanting to purchase property and are thrilled to say we are helping sellers find ...Read more

Mortgage Pre-approvals

Our mortgage partners Mortgage Direct who cover both Portugal and Spain have recently confirmed that Portugal was by far the stronger market for them last year and they are going to focus more of their energies on Portugal going forward. Travel to and from Portugal during the pandemic has been far easier than other European countries and continues to be so. Here they tell us a  bit more about why you should start the mortgage process early, ideally before coming ...Read more

Overcoming Currency Risks

An update from our mortgage partners Mortgage Direct. While the UK situation looks bleak with lockdown currently in place across the whole nation and travel bans in place for the foreseeable future, we have seen a surprising spike in activity, and this has been backed up by a few of our collaborators. It seems that some of our UK clients had been waiting for a Brexit deal (which has now been agreed) and other international clients (as well as the ...Read more

Beautiful Looking Houses In Portugal

 When considering moving overseas there are many things to take into account. What are you looking for? Are you dreaming of living next to a beach or is it forests and tranquility you crave? Is it a permanent move or perhaps just for a few months a year. Portugal has many things to recommend it as a place to move to either permanently or to buy a second home and share your time here and in your native country. Can ...Read more

Why Portugal Is The Ideal Destination For Digital Nomads  

Being a digital nomad is one of the most popular trends in employment over the last decade. The dream of traveling through different countries and making a living at the same time has become reality for millions of people. For all the successful nomads there are also failures of course. This could simply be because they chose the wrong country to live in.  What is a digital nomad? You may be aware of remote working already, where someone is employed ...Read more

Pure Portugal – What We Do

Pure Portugal do not provide legal help or advice to anyone, neither do we accept payment or financially benefit from legal services. It is necessary that you always source your own lawyer/solicitor independently and ensure you find someone you are happy to work with. As a team we have all moved country before and have either purchased/rented/sold property or lived in Portugal, so we understand first-hand the process and how confusing and daunting it might feel! When you search the ...Read more

Visiting Castelo de Vide

Hello Portugal Lovers! During our travels we visited Castelo de Vide, a village in Alto Alentejo that still very much in its original state. So we made a short video about it. In Castelo de Vide we can still see the births in the cages outside the houses and the clothes drying on the walls of the houses. At this point it reminds us our city Porto, a few years ago… A city full of history and small details, which ...Read more

Getting Your Home Sparkling Clean to Rent Out

Whether your property is in the UK, the US, or Portugal, if you want to rent it out, it needs to be presentable. With so much choice on the market, you need to make sure your rental property is absolutely spotless if you want to rent it quickly. The financial website Investopedia points out that renters today have high expectations and will want the home thoroughly cleaned. This means perhaps to a much higher standard than was expected in the ...Read more

Transferring your money abroad during economic uncertainty

It may be that you’re looking to move money abroad regularly for overseas property costs, salaries and pensions, or other commitments. Or, it could be that you’ve decided to relocate and need to move a lump sum abroad. Given the global and economic uncertainty in recent months due to the coronavirus, it’s never been more important to speak to an industry expert, to ensure you can maximise your currency transfers. Markets don’t like uncertainty, and with many countries still waiting ...Read more

Cheapest Ways to Send Money Internationally

This article is originally posted on Sigue. Whether you’re sending money overseas regularly, or just paying a few expenses while traveling, it’s important to find the cheapest way to send money internationally. Exchange and transfer fees can add up quickly. Here are some ways to transfer international remittances and other overseas payments at the lowest possible cost. The SiguePay Mobile Money Transfer App Send money to more than 50 countries with SiguePay for either deposit to your recipient’s bank account ...Read more

Vale das Botas eco farm

Hello Portugal Lovers! On our road trips we visited this retreat in the mountains of Central Portugal, and we made a short video about it. This eco farm has a unique location, with stunning mountain views and private river beach. It has 2 houses for holidays or long-term rental, a caravan for those who want a glamping style. Also has a swimming pool and access to the river beach. This farm belongs to a family of artists, namely musicians, and ...Read more

Building an Eco-Resort in Portugal

Hello Portugal Lovers! On our road trips we met Hannah and Jack, a lovely couple bought a very nice piece of land in the Algarve, via Pure Portugal Ltd and they finally moved to Portugal some weeks ago, to start building their dream project: An Eco-Resort in Portugal. We had a great time with them! We had so many things in common and to share that we forgot the time and it was already night when we left their place. ...Read more

Getting Residency In Portugal (pre Brexit)

If you are moving to Portugal and looking to buy and live in Portugal this is the video for you! We spoke with the wonderful Tig James of British In Portugal who works alongside The British Embassy and British In Europe and is a font of knowledge for all things residency related (especially for those who will be affected by Brexit). Today we answered lots of questions from you about how to apply for residency in Portugal, the process you ...Read more

5 Inspirational Garden Trends for Your Home in Portugal

Think of your garden as an extension of your room to enjoy and relax in. If you liven up your garden with inspirational garden trends, you can enjoy the great outdoors for most of the year. Whether you want to give your garden a complete makeover or simply want to add new elements to improve its functionality, we’ve compiled 5 inspirational garden trends to steer you in the right direction. Container gardens Container gardening adds incredible versatility to your garden ...Read more

Your Drivers Licence In Portugal

Here we hope to dispel some of the myth and confusion which comes with driving in Portugal and whether you need to do anything with your driver’s licence be it an EU licence, British licence or a driving licence from outside of the EU. You will not, as a rule, need a Portuguese driving licence if you are just a temporary visitor in Portugal (temporary being anything up to six months) generally, you are permitted to drive using your international ...Read more

Living In Portugal

Here you will find all sorts of articles on all things that come with living in Portugal, from getting residency, to licensing buildings, healthcare & much more – This is a big & varied topic, so if we have missed anything please email us on & ask for more help. We also have a fabulous services directory which has vetted experts and Pure Portugal partners who can help in all areas of property buying in Portugal & we also have ...Read more

Speaking Portuguese

Arriving in a new country is always an exciting experience, so many new things, different people, culture and traditions. A whole new “world” to discover and learn about. But it can also be a little scary, and the communication may sometimes become a problem. In spite of the fact that nowadays English is considered a universal/ global language and the Portuguese people are well known for their natural “adaptability skills” to talk with everyone, you can find yourself in a situation ...Read more

Buying In Portugal

Buying a property in Portugal can feel exciting and daunting all at the same time. The team here at Pure Portugal have purchased property and moved abroad ourselves over the years, so we all know the questions and worries that can come with such a move. We are a digital advertising platform, this means we are not an estate agent, but we advertise property for private sellers, agents and mediators. Here you will find a range of articles to help ...Read more

Real Estate in Portuguese – Useful Vocabulary

  With many thanks to Mia from Learn Portuguese  for this helpful blog! If you want to learn more about the Portuguese language, make sure to check out her online courses. If you are a beginner, she recommends that you start with her free Kickstarter Course. If you want to buy a house in Portugal, you might have some questions regarding vocabulary related to real estate in Portuguese. When you start searching for a house, you might see signs and ...Read more

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Join Us At Pure Portugal Plus

We are thrilled to announce that after huge demand (and a lot of background work) we have just opened up a members group called Pure Portugal Plus. Pure Portugal Plus is a dedicated space to connect on a deeper level, with even more professional advice for people moving to and living in Portugal. Membership is only 20€ per year, (just to cover some of the extra administration needed to build, organise and plan the many interviews and webinars we have ...Read more

Can We Work From Home Forever?

This blog is bought to you from Jacqueline who works for our mortgage partners Mortgage Direct. Firstly, our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. I hope you and your loved ones are well and that this message finds you in good health and spirits. Although the lockdown period has enforced isolation on people that are used to a more social way of life, for those that have started to work from home it ...Read more

Living In Portugal – The Algarve

The Algarve has long been the favourite among foreigners, both as an area to holiday and to live in Portugal, there is estimated to be around 100,000 people who originate from outside Portugal that now call the Algarve home. The Algarve is (like all of Portugal) a very safe region, it has little crime and the usual laid-back lifestyle people expect to find in Portugal. Perfect for people of all ages, the Algarve caters for families and retirees alike, mainly ...Read more

Communities In Portugal

Communities in Portugal have existed for many decades, but it’s fair to say the interest in living this way has grown massively in recent years and with this more and more communities have formed. COMMUNITIES IN NORTHERN PORTUGAL Aldeia de Cabrum Amakura/Ecoaldeia de Cabrum – Cabrum A Portuguese-speaking community project, running regular events, open to volunteers and visitors. “A aldeia é um pequeno paraíso” Ecoaldeia Silverto They have been creating co-housing and food forest for few years already and are ...Read more


Deciding where to live in Portugal is one of the first parts to making the move over. For a small country Portugal it is always a surprise to people how vastly each area differs. From the cooler green North, to central Portugal where it feels like time slowed down, the mountains where you can ski in the winter and of course the South with miles of beaches and refreshing breezes! Here we hope to help a little by breaking down ...Read more


If you find your new home through the Pure Portugal website we will send you 50euros to spend on anything you like! Trees, a meal out, some hens, flowers, seeds, tools, fabulous Portuguese wine… just let us know the property reference, your bank details or paypal address and we will whizz it straight over to you with love and hugs from the whole team!   ...Read more

How to Save Money on Your Phone Usage When in Portugal

So you’ve bought your plane ticket to Portugal, booked a hotel, and packed your suitcase a thousand times. But what about your mobile phone? Is your mobile device ready for international travel? Not only do you need to make sure that your mobile phone will work in another country, but you should also consider how much money you’re going to spend on mobile phone usage while in Portugal. Thankfully, there are lots of simple things you can do to save ...Read more

COVID-19 & Mortgages

With the coronavirus still very much in the spotlight we thought we would share this wonderful update from our mortgage partner Mortgage Direct about the situation with mortgages at the moment amid the virus outbreak and lockdown. In light of the circumstances currently affecting the world, we are keeping a close eye on government recommendations concerning Covid-19. All the Mortgage Direct Team are well, and we hope you and your families are too. Fortunately, all our advisers work remotely and ...Read more

Living In Portugal – How To Licence A New Build

Some of you may remember the wonderful videos about tiny homes and legalisation of tiny homes from the wonderful Raphael from Ecositana builders. If you have not seen them yet you can find part 1 here which also links through to the second part. Today we are pleased to share another great 2 part video from Raphael about the steps you need to take to license a new house in Portugal. Many thanks to Raphael for sharing more of his ...Read more

Living In Portugal – Coastal Central Portugal

The Silver Coast is located in the central region of Portugal with 150km of coastline. A great alternative to the Algarve for people looking for a lifestyle by the sea. The weather here is not always as idyllic or settled as can be found in the Algarve but unspoilt coastlines and bustling little villages and towns can be found in plentiful supply and prices for property here are as a rule, still notably lower than in the Southern/Algarve area. The ...Read more

Living In Portugal – Inland Central Portugal

It seems a lot of visitors to Portugal never make it inland in Portugal, those who do consider Central Portugal to be the ‘real’ Portugal. It has a village called Monsanto which was voted as the most Portuguese village in Portugal so maybe there is a lot of truth in this! (read more about Monsanto here). Central Portugal is scenic and beautiful, there are broad, winding rivers, river beaches, lakes and rolling hills, the air is pure and much of ...Read more

Covid-19 & Currency

With hourly coronavirus headlines and significant currency volatility, you may be wondering what the link is, and why markets are moving so dramatically. Currency specialists Global Reach explain why exchange rates have shifted so quickly, to help you make more informed currency decisions. Markets don’t like uncertainty. It could be an election with the threat of a new government, it might be increasing geopolitical tensions, or it could be a force majeure event—like Covid-19. Events like these can put a ...Read more

Life Reimagined

Here we meet Jack and Hannah who, after travelling and testing out life in Canada bought a beautiful property that they found here on the Pure Portugal website to create a sustainable eco resort in the Algarve. How did you find out about Pure Portugal? / Did you know of us before moving to Portugal? When we first started looking for a property we were living in Canada and so we began scouring the internet. Initially we wanted to move ...Read more

Living In Portugal – Northern Portugal

Portugal was founded in the North in the 12th century. It is the most populous regions after Lisbon and the third largest by area. Known for Port its wine, natural wonder and rich heritage which includes ancient monuments, churches and modern buildings alike. The River Douro is one of the main rivers crossing the Iberian Peninsula and can be explored by boat or train. Northern Portugal’s only national park is called Peneda-Gerês, boasting beautiful wilderness, mountains, waterfalls and abundant wildlife. ...Read more

Portugal Coronavirus Update

The ongoing Covid-19 Coronavirus outbreak is already having a huge impact on people throughout the world. Here at Pure Portugal, we wanted to reach out to you to reassure you during this time of change. The service we provide at Pure Portugal will continue to be here and we will still be adding properties to the website (though we expect a slower rate and less properties to be being listed for the coming few weeks while people understandably assess the ...Read more

Significance Of Implementing Housekeeping Rules And Regulations

When housekeeping is done properly, it can create a place that can become your sanctuary, whether at home or in your workplace. Thus, in order to create a comfortable and safe space, housekeeping is necessary. With housekeeping comes housekeeping rules and regulations that ensure that a space is well-maintained, reducing the risk of safety and health hazards. Here are several reasons why housekeeping rules and regulations are of utmost importance: Safety One of the primary reasons why implementing housekeeping rules ...Read more

Living In Portugal – Getting Residency

Getting residency in Portugal is something you will have to do if you intend to stay for more than a couple of months. It can feel a little overwhelming and confusing but fear no more, our guide to becoming ‘official’ in Portugal is here to help you out! This article typically helps those moving from countries based in the EU and have freedom of movement within Europe. If you are moving from outside of the EU, initial residency is usually ...Read more