Spain vs Portugal – Which do you like best?

  • Eric Jimenez

    April 24, 2023 at 9:53 PM

    I have to say Spain. I am Latino, and I would not have to learn a new language; I can focus on more exciting aspects of the culture, music, ancestry, et al., that the country has to offer. I would l like to trace my Spanish family –

    • Mark Goldstein

      April 25, 2023 at 4:12 AM

      Language is a big factor. I don’t know Spanish or Portuguese so I’m in the same boat.

      I like Portugal for it’s visa process, and tax structure for immigrants and expats. I’m a city person and warm weather person so, the Algarve would be the only place I’d like climate wise, but it’s not exactly an urban area. The other areas are colder than I like, and have hills.

      Spain in general has great climate, the visa process is more difficult than Portugal and taxes are high.

      The healthcare is world class. Spain is the place I’m going to check out later this year.

      One great thing about Spain and Portugal is No Guns!

  • Peter Burnash

    April 25, 2023 at 8:04 AM

    Initially, Portugal, looked very inviting. But the more I watched YouTube videos, the more I liked Spain and all that it has to offer. I’m concerned about language as well. But regardless of which country I chose, I would have to learn the language. So language becomes a tossup. I love warm weather, and Spain’s mediterranean coast looks so inviting. I am fascinated by Spain’s history and culture. Spain is my choice…at least for now.

  • Brett Peel

    April 25, 2023 at 8:33 AM

    I’ve been almost entirely focused on Portugal up to this point. On my initial investigation, Spain had negatives of a longer citizenship path and higher taxes (wealth tax). So I pretty quickly leaned into PT. In fact, we’re leaving on a 4 wk trip to PT in a few weeks to check things out.

    But we just recently listened to the WGR podcast on Torremolinos, and learned that the wealth tax is not applicable in that region. Torremolinos was the area in Spain we were originally looking at. But, there’s still a longer path to citizenship than in PT…

    So PT is still #1 choice, but now I’m more open to investigating the Torremolinos area again! I guess another vacation is in order!

    Brett and Brett

    Santa Rosa, CA

  • Mark Goldstein

    April 25, 2023 at 10:27 AM

    Yes, in Portugal it will take 5 years for citizenship while in Spain takes 10.

    In the Andalucia region (Torremolinos, Malaga, Benalmadena, Sevilla, etc.) the wealth and inheritance tax exemptions are quite substantial, which pretty much makes it $0.

    I prefer the climate, transportation, food, and the fact that Torremolinos has a high population of LGBTQ+. There are more cities with an urban atmosphere in Spain whereas in Portugal you are limited to Porto and Lisbon.

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