Dating in Portugal works no differently to how it does in other countries, in the sense that people generally meet their partners through friends, work, socialising and online dating.
As you become more comfortable with your new culture and begin to get to grips with the language, you’re sure to find being a solo expat in Portugal much easier.
While more modern and progressive attitudes are slowly replacing more old-fashioned views, you should still be aware that Portuguese men tend to hold conservative and traditional views about their roles, and indeed the roles of the women in their lives. Portuguese men are highly family-oriented and are highly loyal to their upbringings and local customs.
Indeed, families here tend to take a stronger role in the personal lives of men than they do in some other western countries.
If you’re from a more reserved country, you might find Portuguese women more open in conversation than you’re used to.
Portuguese women enjoy discussing their families and their traditions and will tell you all about their upbringing.
Whether you’re hoping to meet someone in a bar or club or are thinking of signing up for an online dating site in Portugal, it’s important to know what to expect when embarking on dating for the first time in a new country.
When you date a Portuguese woman, you can expect her to talk enthusiastically about the unmissable delicacies in local restaurants, and if you’re lucky, perhaps fill you in on those famous family recipes.
And while it’ll help at first to join groups and meet other like-minded people in the expat community, it’ll also serve you well to learn more about Portuguese customs to help you have a more rounded experience. When you first meet someone in Portugal, it’s best to both greet them (and indeed bid them farewell) with a handshake.