Portugal is the one of best places to retire, according to the Live and Invest Overseas Annual Retire Overseas Index 2016.
The index presents a comprehensive country-by-country comparison to select the world’s best retirement locations.
It includes 12 categories: climate, cost of living, English spoken, entertainment, environmental conditions, existing expat community, health care, infrastructure, real estate, residency options, safety, and taxes. Portugal is the best in three categories: Health care; Entertainment and Recreation and Climate.
Public health care in Portugal is available to legal foreign residents who are registered with their local medical center. According to the Index, the country’s overall health care ranks 12th in the world. As in many European countries, normally, public hospitals are better equipped for emergency situations than are private hospitals. However, two large private hospital providers own and operate hospitals across the Algarve, with the closest being the Hospital Particular in Alvor. Faro Hospital, its cardiology unit in particular, has earned a reputation for excellence.
Alongside Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Algarve, Portugal, is ranked as the top place for recreation. Its more than three-dozen 9-hole or 18-hole layouts at 35 golf clubs around the region and 85 breathtaking beaches with Blue Flags have not gone unnoticed.
Algarve also has more than 300 days of sunshine per year and its little annual change in temperature year-round makes it a top destination in the category of climate.