Property for sale in Portugal - Part 1
Occupying 35,655 square miles of the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal is a land of breathtaking beauty and centuries of riveting history that can be seen in incredible buildings, ruins and museums all over the country. It is also a land that enjoys a wonderful year-round climate and offers fantastic tourist facilities. It is unsurprising, then, that so many Brits choose Portugal as a holiday destination: it is most often the stunning strip of land that forms the country's south coast that acts as a magnet to holidaymakers. ‘The Algarve', as it is known, draws millions of eager tourists each year, and it's a pretty safe bet that the great majority, if not all, will return home mightily impressed with the Algarve, Portugal and its very welcoming people. In each instance, such a reaction is totally understandable.
Although it is impossible to qualify, one factor that may have contributed down the years to the popularity of Portugal amongst Britons is that Britain and Portugal have always had a strong relationship. In fact, Portugal is Britain's oldest ally anywhere in the world, an alliance which goes back to the end of the 14th Century, shortly before Portugal was to change the world with voyages of discovery that would open up ocean passages to Brazil, India, China and Japan.
There are many varied but equally rewarding destinations in Portugal that cater for every taste. A renowned centre of activity holidays, there are few better places in the world to play or learn to play golf or tennis, as the facilities are world class. The Algarve is rich in links and tennis schools, but there are of course many other sports to choose from, especially on the Algarve where the facilities for watersports, horse-riding, football and much more are superb. The dramatic coastline of the Algarve serves as a spectacular scene for these activities: One of the most beautiful stretches of coast in the world, the Algarve is blessed with dozens of buzzing towns, atmospheric traditional villages and superb resorts such as the capital Faro, Lagos, Albufeira, and historic Silves. Please see our separate Resort Guides for further information on the Algarve, these resort destinations, plus many more great locations in which we are pleased to present investment opportunities in Portuguese property.
There are some very exciting, historic Portuguese cities to visit, and the capital city of Lisbon should be at the top of the list. Few European capitals can match the stunning location of Lisbon, spread over a series of steep hillsides and boasting beautiful whitewashed dwellings, Moorish architecture and atmospheric cobbled streets. The crown is the awesome, 10-towered 12th Century Castle of Sao Jorge – impressive enough in daylight, but a very beautiful sight when illuminated at night. There are many other historical attractions in Lisbon, as well as superb shopping and dining and plenty of fun available for children. Close to Lisbon are the seaside resorts of Estoril and Cascais, offering wonderful beaches, elegant accommodation and endless activities for the whole family.
Portugal's second largest city is Porto (or Oporto), another site of magnificent historic buildings including some beautiful churches and boasting a very pretty harbour lined with stylish cafés. Next down in size is attractive Coimbra, a renowned centre for the traditional Portuguese melancholic folk music known as ‘Fado'. There are many cities, towns and villages all across Portugal that deserve your time, such as the important religious centre of Braga; Aveiro (known as the ‘Venice of Portugal), the pictureseque medieval town of Viseu and beautiful Evora – one of Portugal's many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In the north of the country, the Douro Valley port-growing region offers some magnificent scenery and, due to the difficulties in accessing certain parts of the valley, a feeling that those parts represent one of the last remaining true wildernesses in Europe.
Property in Portugal is an ever-attractive proposition for anyone considering or actively involved in overseas property investment. As a country with a steady flow of tourists, especially in the Algarve, buying a property in Portugal with the intention to rent has to be viewed as a good move. Property for sale in Portugal is both good value and of sound construction, so whether intended for relocation, semi-permanent residence, as a holiday home or solely to rent, represents a superb investment opportunity. Villas in Portugal are extremely popular and never on the market for very long; if this kind of property is of interest and you are keen not to miss that property of a lifetime, please subscribe to our free newsletter service to keep yourself fully updated.
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