If you are registered as a resident in Portugal, then you are eligible for a Número Utente, which gives you access to all public health services and should be shown when visiting the health centre, for diagnostic tests and therapy, and also used at the pharmacy when purchasing prescription medications.
In Estremoz, getting your Número Utente it is a pretty straight-forward procedure. You simply go to the Centro de Saude from 9:00 to 13:00hrs and 14:00 to 17:30hrs, Monday to Friday, with the required documentation.
Before purchasing a property, car or anything else when moving to Portugal, the first thing we needed to address was opening a bank account in Estremoz town centre.
To carry out any kind of transaction in Portugal you will need a Numero de Contribuinte (Número de Identificação Fiscal) or tax number.
Getting around Estremoz is easy because it’s a small, compact town and you can comfortably walk to all the amenities yourself—or cycle if you fancy some exercise. But if you live further away from the town centre and don’t own a car it can get tricky. You can always rely on a friendly neighbour to give you a lift to town (from my experience I can say that the people of Estremoz are very friendly and helpful), or you could call a taxi. An easy way to get around to places without having to rely on someone else.
How to find one!
Whatever the property agent and seller say—general advice is it is always best to contract a lawyer when purchasing a property in Portugal. But finding one is not as easy as you may think…