Living in the north of the country, where the accent is loaded with a hospitality that easily makes you “feel at home”, can be a great choice for those who like the city atmosphere, but prefer a slower pace than the frantic Lisbon. Known as the Undefeated (Invicta) city, Porto has a lot more to offer than just strolling around the Ribeira. The list of benefits, of becoming Lampiões by affinity (club factionalism aside), is extensive and ranges from cultural offerings to high quality health and education, an excellent transport network, an affordable cost of living and of course… a Prime Nearshore office, in the middle of the Roundabout of Boavista.
In 2020, Porto was considered the 9th best place to escape the big cities and increase quality of life, by Monocle’s Small Cities Index. Two years earlier, it had already been considered the 2nd most exciting city in the world to live in, according to Time Out’s City Life Index. The combination of a cosmopolitan feel, with a strong sense of community and tradition, has been more than enough to welcome a large number of foreigners arriving not only from Europe, but also from Africa, Asia and South America.
For those whom culture weighs heavily when it comes to unreservedly moving, the Historic Centre of Porto was classified as UNESCO World Heritage, the imposing River Douro dazzles with its views, while we are amazed by contemporary buildings designed by two local architects, Pritzker Prize winners, the famous Siza Vieira and Souto Moura. If we do the math, we can add more than 9 exhibition halls, 12 theatres, 20 cinemas, 39 museums and countless art galleries, not to mention a cultural agenda full of popular festivals, exhibitions and much more. If health and education are important issues to consider when coming to the north, it is important to note that Porto has three reference hospitals, considered to be among the best in Portugal, with state-of-the-art technology and facilities, where highly skilled professionals work. Regarding education, in addition to an excellent network of public schools, there are also four international teaching institutions of enormous renown: the Lycée Francais International do Porto, the Colégio Alemão do Porto, the Escola Britânica do Porto and CLIP – Colégio Luso-Internacional do Porto.
If what matters when moving is the choice of transport, this city is also a winner! There are six metro lines that feed the city, together with urban and regional trains and also a good bus system. About 30 minutes by metro from the centre, or 15 minutes by car, we find an international airport – Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport – with more than two dozen airlines flying to various destinations. Gaining access to all these advantages is as important as these allow for an affordable cost of living. According to the latest Expatistan 2020 ranking, the city of Porto has the 5th lowest cost of living among major cities in Western Europe. In comparative terms, we can assume that living in the Invicta means spending 20% to 50% less than in major European cities like London, Dublin, Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt, Berlin or Barcelona, for the same lifestyle.
We could also listen to Rui Veloso’s “Porto Sentido” while we talk about the Francesinhas, the fact that the city offers beach, country and mountain nearby, the famous Lello Bookstore or the iconic Port Wine cellars. See you soon?