The Times podcast: Welcome to Portugal, now go home

Trams in Lisbon.
Trams are a common sight in the historic districts of Lisbon.
(José Sarmento Matos / For the Times)

Ocean breezes, mountain views, stunning architecture, great food. Fala vocé português? Even if you don’t; Portugal is it, and has been for years. And recently, more Americans — especially Californians — are looking to make their vacations there permanent.

Today, we discuss why more Americans are trading in their SUVs and fast food drive-throughs for the affordable homes and easy living of Portugal — and what that means for local residents.


Read the full transcript here.

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guest: L.A. Times correspondent Jaweed Kaleem

More reading:

Welcome to Portugal, the new expat haven. Californians, please go home

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Goodbye, L.A. and San Francisco. Hello, Riverside and Central Valley. California moves east

About The Times

“The Times” is made by columnist Gustavo Arellano, senior producers Denise Guerra, Shannon Lin and Kasia Broussalian and producers David Toledo, Ashlea Brown and Angel Carreras. Our engineers are Mario Diaz and Mark Nieto. Our editor is Kinsee Morlan. Our executive producers are Jazmín Aguilera and Shani O. Hilton. Our theme song was composed by Andrew Eapen.