Reasons to choose algarve to live
There are many reasons to make your home in the Algarve
We have around 300 days of sunshine during the year. The Algarve provides both its residents and its visitors, with the pleasure of being able to enjoy many outdoor activities which are on offer in the area.
Influenced by the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and as well as its close proximity to North Arica, we enjoy long hot summers and benefit from our winters being mild and dry with very little rain.
Accessibility is great. Faro airport is one of the favourite summer destinations because of the cheap flights coming in from the UK and the rest of Europe, a two and a half hour flight will not only allow you to spend long weekends here, at short notice the modern motorway system makes it easy and quick to visit the main points of interest around Algarve.
The Portuguese people are very welcoming, warm and tolerant, and most speak English/French very well. There is a large community of expatriates from the various European country’s, such as British, Irish,German, French and Scandinavians along with many others, so to most it feels almost like home. Portugal and the UK have a very special relationship due to the world’s oldest international treaty dating back over 600years!
Portugal quite rightly is proud of its high quality of water and air and both are regularly and rigorously checked to maintain this standard.
The algarve has a number of important National Parks, mainly the Rio Formosa in the east and the stunning Costa Vincentina, covering 150kms of coast line which has some of the most beautiful beaches and rock formations to be found anywhere on the planet.
There are currently some 35 golf courses some of the very best in Europe.
West Algarve has Palmares a 27 hole links course which has been recently re-designed with magnificent views over the Atlantic.There is also Boa Vista Golf , Espiche Golf and Parque da Floresta which is further west.
When it comes to water sports’West is definitely Best’ with its excellent array of surfing, wind surfing, para sailing, fishings, yachting, sailing, water skiing, diving and deep sea fishing to mention just a few.
There are also many other activities with excellent opportunities for tennis, paddle tennis, squash, mountain biking, micro lighting and go-karting . The international motor racing track in Portimao holds a wide range of moter sports from go-karting to vintage cars to superbikes.
Sagres is the furthest south west point in Europe, with its peninsula being an ideal place for bird watching, especially during seasonal migration. The cliffs around Sagres are now marked with climbing fields. This is also the western end of The Rota Vincentina hiking trail which crosses 300km of the most stunning Algarve countryside.
Algarve has something on offer for everyone and includes for the children, Theme parks such as Slide N Splash, Aqualand, Zoomarine, Fiesa Sand Scultpture Park others. Zoo Lagos located in Barao de Sao Joao focuses on the conservation and protection with its model modern practice and excellent habitats for its 120 species,
The Regional Tourist authority sponsors a year-round program of world-class cultural and sporting events, whilst municipalites organise concerts, art exhibitions and other activities.
One of the best kept secrets of Portugal is its cuisine. Olives, figs, almonds, and citrus fruits as well as a wide range of seasonal products including sweet potatoes, favas(broad beans and feijao(runner beans) are all locally grown. Hand made cheeses, hams and chourico and the famous black pig fed on acorns and the exceptional olive oil from the Alentejo region.
In the bustling local markets you will find a huge selection of freshly caught fish and shellfish all ready for the grill!
Portuguese wines are justifiably famous for their very favourable price quality relationship, port wines are reverred by wine lovers the world over and the Quintas and Lodges are truly worth visiting.
The low cost of living in Portugal has made it a firm favourite for visitors and property buyers alike, property prices still undercut most other destinations, offering great value for money and security of investment.
Portugal has a couple of tax incentive schemes to encourage buyers to invest in Portugal, these are known as ‘Golden Visa’ and non-Habitual residency - Please ask us for more information on these.
Portugal remains an oasis of Peace and tranquility in these unsettled times - A little forgotten gem on the edge of Europe.