With over 300 days of sunshine a year, an array of beautiful award-winning beaches and countless world-class golf courses, the Algarve’s appeal is clear.
Add to that well-established expat communities and its easy accessibility (all of the main towns are no more than an hour’s drive from well-served Faro airport, and its no wonder that this sun-soaked stretch along Portugal’s southern coastline continues to prove a popular choice for property investors.
Heading West out of Faro brings you to the Algarve’s so-called ‘Golden Triangle’, comprising the exclusive communities of Quinta do Lago, Vale do Lobo and Vilamoura. Here you’ll find some of the Algarve’s most upmarket - and priciest - properties, with private sports clubs, salons, beaches, golf courses, natures trails and more offering luxurious living at its best.
Slightly further down the coast brings you to the buzzing town of Albufeira and the former fishing villages of Carvoeiro and Ferragudo, all of which are often favoured by families thanks to their well-established communities, as well as their proximity to the Algarve’s waterparks (four in total) and the International School in Lagoa.
Across the Arade River lies Portimão, the western Algarve’s biggest town, which is a vibrant commercial centre that also doubles as a beach town, thanks to Praia da Rocha which lines its southern limit. Its riverside location also offers a great place to experience the region’s famed grilled sardines, washed down with a glass of local vinho verde (green wine).
Further west still lies the bustling town of Lagos. Boasting a pretty marina, a historic centre brimming with bars and restaurants, and no less than five beautiful beaches less than a five minute drive away, the town continues to be a popular choice when it comes to property investment. As the last stop on the train-line that runs along the Algarve, it also serves as a gateway to the spectacularly rugged coastline that stretches out to its west, past the pleasant, quiet towns of Praia da Luz, Burgau and Salema all the way to Europe’s most south-westerly point at Sagres, which lends its name to one of Portugal’s best-loved beers.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the region, the Eastern Algarve offers a more relaxed way of life. Bordered by the south-west corner of Spain, towns here are more low-key than elsewhere on the Algarve thanks to stricter development laws. As such, locations including Tavira, Moncarapacho and Santa Luzia retain an authentic, old-world charm that has cast a spell on many a property buyer.