Is Spain a better country to live than Portugal?

As a result of climate change, political changes in British laws such as Brexit, and also because of the COVID19 pandemic, many individuals and families are deciding to start a new life outside their home country, outside the UK.


Returning to the European Union is the first choice for many Britons, as well as the main destination for Americans. Warm countries such as Spain and Portugal are the most attractive to tourists, as are those who decide that a holiday is not enough to enjoy all that these countries have to offer.

However, which is the better option?  Spain or Portugal? They are neighbouring countries, but different in many ways.  Both offer fantastic weather, coastal scenery and palate-pleasing cuisine, but it is also true that the culture is different in each of them, so it is not easy to choose which one to start a new life in.

It is clear that the solution to making the best decision is to travel to these two countries as a traveller and find out which places best suit your lifestyle. In addition, there are nowadays web platforms specialised in advising on living in these countries. On My Portugal Residency and on My Spanish Residency you will find all the relevant information about this country, as well as Spain, to keep up to date with all the requirements for living in these countries, obtaining residence permits, legal and valid visas, etc. You will be able to solve all your doubts and get in touch with their team of lawyers specialised in all types of immigration-related procedures. This chapter offers the necessary tips to embark on this new adventure.

First of all, it is important to bear in mind that if, for example, you decide to go and live in Portugal it is essential to obtain a Portugal digital nomad visa: a residence permit that also allows you to work in the country remotely, so you can work wherever you want from Portugal in a legal and safe manner. This visa allows you to travel freely and to work even if you are officially resident in Portugal. If you decide to reside in the country, as well as in other places of the European Union, after 90 days of stay you have to apply for this or another type of visa depending on your needs.

The same applies if you decide that Spain is the best option, so it is also necessary to obtain a residence permit known as a Golden Visa. It will be essential to comply with the Spanish Golden Visa rules 2022 if you want to apply for this type of visa.  It should be borne in mind that this is a residence visa aimed at all those who are not part of the European Union and who decide to invest an amount equal to or greater than €500.00 in Spain. This permit is valid for two years, although there is the possibility of renewal afterwards. You have at your fingertips all the information mentioned above, but with much more detail, of the other requirements to obtain this residence permit, as well as a guide in which all the steps to follow are explained in detail.