Plentiful sunshine and top golf courses, along with captivating cities and golden beaches have long drawn year-round visitors to Portugal.
It’s easy to fly to the Algarve and Lisbon coasts which are the two most popular areas for holiday home buyers and holidaymakers alike. If you are considering buying a property in Portugal, here’s an idea of what to expect.
Although it has long been Portugal’s golfing mecca, The Algarve is generally less-developed than Spain’s Costa del Sol and northern Europeans flock here to enjoy the sunshine, relaxed lifestyle and golf. Thanks to tight controls on property development in the area the Portuguese have protected their picturesque coastlines, giving visitors the chance to enjoy beautiful, unspoilt countryside, beaches and villages.
The “Golden Triangle” focuses on the five-star resorts of Quinta do Lago, Vale do Lobo and the town of Almancil drawing many buyers, but you’ll need to pay dearly for property there. The stretch between Faro and Albufeira is heavily developed and, due to its popularity, prices can be also on the high side. The flip side is the area is extremely popular with holiday makers so you should find it easy to rent out your property if you wish to do so.
Head inland and your money can often go further than on the coast. Look for villas in the hills near Loule, properties in the fishing town of Lagos or go west to the popular resorts in and around Vilamoura.
The Eastern Algarve around Tavira is a more affordable area of the Algarve and its stretch of sandy beaches, little harbour towns on the doorstep of the classy Monte Rei Golf and Country Club could make property here a good choice.
Lisbon is a fabulous city in itself, while its popular suburbs of Cascais and Estoril are being rejuvenated by overseas buyers who find the Algarve too hot or busy.
Buy here and you’ll have the chance to experience historic Lisbon with its trendy bars and art galleries, as well as excellent golf facilities. Indeed, Oitavos Dunes, just 30 minutes form Lisbon Airport, has been voted the country’s top-ranking golf course, according to Golf Magazine.
South of Lisbon stretches the picturesque rural Alentejo region which attracts fewer holiday homebuyers than the Silver Coast, north of Lisbon. Here rolling hills and vineyards meet the Atlantic in hundreds of kilometres of pristine, sandy beaches. You can find some striking contemporary villas around Obidos as well as apartments and small townhouses. You may also like to investigate other properties in the charming town of Leiria and the Praia del Rai resort.
Just five minutes’ drive from the Oitavos course is historic Cascais. This is a classy and popular escape from Lisbon, as is Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Estoril featuring Europe’s oldest casino. Prices are highest around Quinta de Marinha, near the Oitavos course. For nature lovers, an extensive National Park extends to Cabo da Roca, Europe’s most westerly point, and Blue Flag beaches like Praia do Guincho are popular with surfers.