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E118 Retire in Castelo Branco, Portugal

E118 Retire in Castelo Branco, Portugal

Where would you retire if you loved Spain and purchased a home there but the Spanish visa requirements made it too difficult to gain permanent residency in the country? This was Bruce Joffe and Russ Warren’s experience so they relocated to the small inland city of Castela Banco, Portugal. Castela Branco is quaint, affordable, and located not far from their other home in Spain. Bruce and Russ are homebodies who highly recommend inland Portugal. Find out more about their journey, on Episode 118 of Retire There with Gil & Gene.

Bruce Joffe is the Publisher and Creative Director of Portugal Living Magazine and the author of Expat: Leaving the USA for Good.

Bruce also administers a Facebook page called People of Faith Online Congregation.


Bruce Joffe


Bruce Joffe was born and raised in New York City. He has a doctorate in Business Communication; a masters in Education and a bachelors in Spanish. For the majority of his career Bruce worked in publishing, public relations, and he was a pastor, and of course, a university professor! He is now retired but became Publisher & Creative Director of Portugal Living Magazine. By the way, the beautifully designed english-language magazine is available for free, yes I said free, at PortugalLivingMagazine.com. Bruce’s interests include travel, reading, socializing, entertaining, art, and flea markets.

Russ Warren

Russ Warren was born and raised in Portsmouth, Virginia. He earned a BA in Psychology from George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia. His career included being an Accreditation Manager for the American Culinary Federation's Education Foundation; he performed Marketing/Media/Design for nonprofit performing arts organizations; and designed for print and digital publications. And is he still working? Of course, he’s involved in Marketing/Media/Design for a nonprofit performing arts organization; and design for Portugal Living Magazine. Russ’s interests are cooking, baking, light gardening, reading cookbooks, and flea markets.