Brits warned to avoid two parts of Portugal as there's 'nothing there'

Praca de Giraldo, Evora, Alto Alentejo, Portugal
Praca de Giraldo, Evora, Alto Alentejo, Portugal -Credit:Ed Freeman

UK holidaymakers planning a trip to Portugal have been advised to steer clear of two specific areas. The warning comes from an American expat living in the country, who has shared her insights on YouTube via the International Living channel.

Terry Coles, who relocated from the US to Portugal, has cautioned against moving to Alentejo and Monsanto, describing them as the worst places to live due to their lack of amenities. "There's nothing there as far as hospitals, grocery stores or expats so it's a place you only want to go visit and not live," she explained.

Despite this, Terry was full of praise for Portugal as a whole, highlighting its popularity among retirees. "Portugal is one of the most popular destinations among retirees and for a good reason; the visa process is easy, we boast over 300 days of sunshine a year depending on where you settle in the country," she said.

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She also praised the large expat network, excellent healthcare system, beautiful scenery, medieval villages and gorgeous coastline. English is widely spoken in many parts of the country, she added. However, she had less positive things to say about Alentejo. "Alentejo is very rural, there's really not much there," she said, reports Birmingham Live.

"The city of Evora receives a lot of tourists but other than that, Alentejo in itself is farmland." Despite this, she spoke highly of Lagos and Lisbon.

"Lisbon combines old-world charm with all the modern conveniences needed to feel at home, with some of the best weather in Europe," Terry commented. Speaking about Porto, Terry added: "It's rich in culture and history and this is another part of Portugal where English is commonly spoken."

"A few hours south of Lisbon is the Algarve region, with some of the warmest weather in the country," Terry noted.

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