Algarve strand
Living in Portugal

Living in the Algarve

Portugal, particularly the Algarve Coast, is a popular destination among European tourists and property buyers alike. Owning a holiday apartment along the Algarve Coast is a dream for many. In recent years, the interest in buying property on the Algarve coast in the far south has never been higher. With its mild climate, stunning landscapes, and welcoming locals, the Algarve is the perfect place to escape the dark winters in Nothern Europe. Moreover, property prices remain relatively affordable compared to other parts of Europe. Portuguese residents are known for their friendliness, helpfulness, and proficiency in English.

Welcome to the Algarve Coast with its fantastic sandy beaches and azure-blue ocean as far as the eye can see. This renowned stretch of dramatic coastline is adorned with charming villages, historic landmarks, and unique natural wonders. Some 500,000 residents call the Algarve home, predominantly residing in small coastal villages and communities.

Resorts along the Algarve Coast

The Algarve Coast spans 90 kilometres, stretching from Monte Gordo near the Spanish border, through Europe’s most southwesterly point, Cape St. Vincent near Faro, to the Lagos region in the west.

The Eastern Algarve Coast

  • Faro
    Serving as the capital of the Algarve, Faro is centrally located within the region, offering access to the entire area. The city boasts the region’s largest airport with direct flights to and from Sweden. Visitors can explore the historic city centre, meander through narrow alleyways, and admire the iconic Faro Cathedral. Other must-visit attractions include the fish market and Ria Formosa National Park.

  • Tavira
    The picturesque town of Tavira exudes historical charm with its well-preserved medieval churches and scenic gardens. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll through the town or enjoy a boat trip along the Gilão River, and revel in the tranquillity of its surroundings. It’s no wonder that the resort has become such a sought-after location.

  • Olhão
    Known for its fishing heritage, Olhão features a bustling fish market and traditional seafood restaurants. Visitors can wander along the harbour and embark on boat excursions to the islands of Ria Formosa National Park.

  • Vila Real de Santo António
    Situated on the River Guadiana on the border with Spain, Vila Real de Santo António is renowned for its remarkable architecture and traditional crafts. Its nearby beaches, such as Monte Gordo, offer soft sand dunes and abundant bird life, providing an idyllic setting for relaxation and recreation.

The Western Algarve Coast

  • Vilamoura
    A firm favourite among foreign property buyers and built as a resort, Vilamoura offers a more exclusive and international feel, with high-end dining options, luxurious hotels and one of Europe’s largest marinas. Visitors can enjoy pristine golf courses or simply relax on one of the magnificent beaches. Together with Vale de Lobo and Quinta do Lago, Vilamoura forms what is known as the golden triangle situated in the municipality of Loulé, renowned for its exclusive range of property.

  • Albufeira
    Known for its breathtaking beaches and unique rock formations, Albufeira has long been a popular draw for tourists seeking relaxation and entertainment. The city offers an array of night-time dining and night-life options, along with a variety of outstanding properties.

  • Portimão
    As the largest city in the western Algarve with around 60,000 residents, Portimão is essentially a working-class town with simpler homes. Nearby small fishing villages such as Alvor and Ferragudo have been transformed into popular holiday resorts. Carvoeiro, another former fishing village that has undergone significant development, offers beautiful residential areas close to the historic centre.

  • Lagos and Praia da Luz
    Explore the charming city of Lagos known for its rich history and spectacular coastal scenery. Lagos is the city from which the Portuguese set out and colonised the world. Today, this enchanting provincial town is a desirable destination for property buyers and tourists alike. Adjacent to Lagos is the picturesque coastal village of Praia da Luz, famous for its beautiful and long sandy beach.

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