With so many areas to choose from it’s difficult to know where to start when looking for the best place to buy property in Portugal. Whether you are looking for a fast paced city life or wish to be closer to the peace and quiet of the great outdoors, you will find it in Portugal.
We have got you covered as we discuss the Algarve as a whole before delving into some of its municipalities such as Lagos, Albufeira, Faro and Tavira.
The Algarve is one of the most well known regions within Portugal and attracts millions of visitors and investors year on year. The Algarve can be divided into 16 different urban divisions which cover the whole of the southern coast of Portugal. The lure of the wonderful relaxed lifestyle and over 300 days of sunshine per year make it very difficult to resist.
With the weather on your side, it is very easy to live an active lifestyle here as there are many activities to enjoy from enjoying excellent golf courses, hiking or cycling along the coastline, or getting out on the water to enjoy sailing and surfing. However, if you want to opt for a a more relaxed approach you will be spoilt for choice with the great selection of picturesque beaches to unwind on.
Although it is now one of the the lesser developed regions within the Western Algarve, Lagos was previously known as the capital of the Algarve. With history dating back as far as 2,500 years, Lagos grew in popularity over time due to the protection offered from the famous Ponta Da Piedade headland.
Lagos is all about nature, surfing and breathtaking coastline. This dramatic coast is characterised by protected nature reserves, expansive beaches, wild coastlines and cliff top walks and is brimming with ancient seafaring history.
Within the historic Old Town itself you will find colourful cobbled streets and courtyards full of small shops, cafes and restaurants which all offer delicious local Portuguese delicacies and culture which help to keep the areas authentic character and charm.
Albufeira is the largest and most energetic town along the Algarve coastline and originally gets its name from its Arabic origin “Al-buhera” meaning castle by the sea. What once started as a small fishing village, Albufeira has now blossomed into an eclectic mixture of striking natural beauty meets neon energy as it has proudly become one of the most popular resort towns along the Algarve. It mixes an 18th century white washed town and golden sandy beaches with its famous club and nightlife culture.
Albuferia is also home to one of the safest and most sheltered marinas known in Europe and is a popular area for those seeking shelter along the rocky coast. This area has continued to attract the ongoing development of modern hotels, restaurants, bars, shops, villas, apartments and a recreational leisure centre.
Faro is the southernmost area within the Algarve region of southern Portugal and is often referred to as the Algarve’s transport hub. Faro airport is the main international airport of southern Portugal offering easy access to the country all year.
However, don’t let this area be overlooked as it has plenty of Portuguese charm on offer. Within the historic walled city you will find a Gothic cathedral, the whitewashed building of the Bishops Palace with its distinctive red roof and cobbled streets. Outside of the city is a modern town centre which offers shopping, beautiful plazas and great deal of restaurants and bars.
Just 60km from Faro is The Parque Natural da Ria Formosa which is made up of 18,000 hectares of saltwater lagoons and tidal mudflats which extended all across the Algarve coastline. This area is a haven for nature and helps to preserve the regions traditional fishing communities.
Founded in 400 BC, the town of Tavira formed a vital part of the trading links between Europe and North Africa. Tavira is located on the eastern side of the Algarve where it sits along the Gilao River. As a former Roman seaport it displays a curious mixture of traditional Portuguese heritage along with its deep rooted Moorish influences.
Tavira is located on the eastern side of the Algarve where it sits along the Gilao River. As a former Roman seaport it displays a curious mixture of traditional Portuguese heritage along with its deep rooted Moorish influences.
The town itself is made up of a labyrinth of cobbled streets, traditional white washed houses and the classic ornamental blue and white Portuguese tiles. It is full of charm and is popular for those looking for a slower pace of life.
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