When we were mulling over where to go after fleeing the UK we ran through the various options. My wife won't live within five miles of a Frenchman, the Spanish always shout, Greece is too far away and while I was keen on going back into Eastern Europe the wife most certainly was not. So we went to Portugal.
However, the other options was Italy and I'm not sure we made the right choice after all. The food's great, the weather better, I already speak some of the language (and it's a damn sight easier to learn than Portuguese) and looking at this site for property in Italy it seems that we c ould have, for our budget, bought something rather better to live in.
Ah well, as every good little economist knows, there are opportunity costs to any decision you take.