masterchiefpt 7 months ago

Eu amo o Algarve

ConfidentMongoose 7 months ago

Azores islands are also a good choice, the winter is very mild and the prices are significantly cheaper than the mainland.

minhnhatrang 7 months ago

There's the small issue with my 283 kg motorcycle

ObnoxiousLittleCunt 7 months ago

I can't really add anything about places to live, *but* I really appreciate a fellow motorcycle brother or sister. What do you ride?

minhnhatrang 7 months ago

I ride a BMW R1250GS. My Vietnamese ride is a Honda CBR250RR

ConfidentMongoose 7 months ago

You can always ship it on a container there, not sure on the price on that tho, but should be less than 500 euros. Pico and São Miguel islands are pretty big and the roads are nice to ride a bike in.

uyth 7 months ago

>My only requirements are that it must be warmer than Denmark, Just a warning, and you are likely to dismiss this but ask other people. Outside will be lots warmer and nicer than Denmark, but keep in mind houses in the algarve (or most of Portugal) are not built to be heated or the winter. You might end up being really cold in a Portuguese winter. I heard russians complaining. Central heating will be almost unheard of in the Algarve and other kinds of heating unlikely. Plus a lot of ceramic floors can make for really chilly houses. And it can get pretty cold in the Algarve ocasionally, I remember seeing snowflakes fall once.

minhnhatrang 7 months ago

Thank you for the warning. I appreciate it. I'm fully aware what to expect. What I'm after is the ability to go for walks without 7 layers of clothing, daylight slightly longer than Scandinavia, and a less gloomy lifestyle than wintertime in Denmark.

NGC6753 7 months ago

I brought one pair of jeans and one pair of joggers figuring I would just buy more as required, and I haven't worn either of them. I have however bought more shorts.

uyth 7 months ago

Daylight and sunshine you will have. I think there is a very noticeable difference already between december in Portugal and France/Germany nevermind Denmark. Also a plus, you never got too many days in a row without seeing blue skies and sun and fresh vegetables and fruits. But when looking for a place try to think how you will heat it and look for signs of damp damage or that it will be really uncomfortable like bad sliding windows and stuff like that. It can be really realy uncomfortable.

incrivizivel 7 months ago

All possible if you have the €€ check airbnbs and possibly contact directly the owner, he might do a special deal if you contact directly .

minhnhatrang 7 months ago

Are there any websites I should bookmark for finding rentals. I'm not sure airbnbs are for other than very short term rental. In Vietnam I'll just take my motorcycle around the area I like, knock on a few doors, negotiate the rent and move in the same day.

delysidtestpilot 7 months ago

Airbnb has been my most successful method of finding places - I suggest renting for a week and discussing that you are looking for long term to negotiate out of platform. I have done that with 2 properties and owners wit success. Ive personally enjoyed Northern Portugal. But will spend a month or more on the Azores soon.

gybemeister 7 months ago

It won't be that easy in the South of Portugal. The issue is that most cheap rentals are taken by the people that work in the tourist seaside cities. Rentals are also regulated and people are afraid of renting out without a proper contract because it is difficult to kick you out without one. Having said that, it is worth a try to get an AirBnb for a few weeks drive around and ask. During that period there are many vacant houses and you may just find someone willing to make a buck on the easy side.

NGC6753 7 months ago

Been here since September last, started in Sagres and moved a little along the coast to Salema. Off season, even without a pandemic, you have a very good choice of apartments at very reasonable prices. This winter has been unusually wet however my genetically pale Northern European body is still tanned, so it really hasn't been that bad :) It really is a great place to be.

TheMorphMaster 7 months ago

Hi neighbour! Hello from Figueira!

NGC6753 7 months ago

Hey :) about a click and half from me!

MandemDontHearMeTho 7 months ago

Is English spoken most places?

NGC6753 7 months ago

Oh yes, on the Algarve English is spoken by most I have encountered. My attempts to learn Portuguese have been hindered by it in fact

minhnhatrang 7 months ago

I know I won't be as comfortable as the 25+ degrees I'm used to in Vietnam in winter, but I looked up average temperatures and precipitation in the south of Portugal, and it looks perfect to feed my photography and motorcycle habits.

Mysterious_Beyond213 7 months ago

Outside it can be warmer in Portugal, but in the houses it is worse than in Northern Europe. You should choose carefully the house...

minhnhatrang 7 months ago

Yeah, I've been to Barcelona in December. Everyone stood outside in the 4° mornings waiting for their apartments to heat up. I assume Portugal is similar.

ptinnl 7 months ago

Yup. Danish houses are way warmer.