UK tourists flying to Portugal issued 'extreme' warning and told 'it's not great'

An expat in Portugal has issued Brits and holidaymakers a warning about moving to the European Union holiday hotspot. The expat found it very different from other European cities he has been to, he explained on YouTube channel Camden David.

His initial opinion of the capital city is that "there are a lot of things that aren't great". Lisbon is popular with tourists and expats alike but Camden said: "I think of Lisbon as a city of extremes. You have this extreme beauty, an extreme charm and an extreme culture. But at the same time, it feel like there is an extreme pain."

The expat continued: "It's probably the dirtiest city I've seen in Europe and I've seen quite a few. This is not a clean city." He added there is a level of "poverty and pain" that he has not noticed in other big European cities.

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Camden also commented on the prices in the city, explaining it has become more expensive "from my understanding" amid an influx of wealthier expats moving to the area. "Businesses were able to drastically raise prices because there was now a group of people that could afford them," he added.

Immigration to Portugal has steadily increased in the last years. At the beginning of 2020 there were 590,348 foreigners living in the country, their number increased to 662,095 at the end of 2020, to 698,887 at the end of 2021 and up to 781,915 at the end of 2022.

The British are currently the second largest expat community in Portugal, for a total of 46,238 residents, having moved up from third place since 2019. Last year, 46,238 Brits started living in Portugal, which was a 34.6 per cent increase compared to the previous year and also marked the highest-known record, according to Chamber figures.