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Property for sale in the Algarve - Part 3

The property for sale in the Algarve is situated inone of the favourite destinations of overseas property purchasers. The pretty coastlines and year round sunshine provide the Algarve with a perfect climate for golf or a relaxing beach holiday. The most extensive development area lies between Lagos and faro. Here one will find a profusion of quality resorts, hotels, tennis, nautical activities and of course, an abundance of good quality golf courses.

For those looking for property for sale in the Algarve off the beaten track, the west coast provides an idyllic hide-a-way. The stretch between Sarges and Lagos and the area from Faro to the Spanish border boasts quiet, semi-secluded beaches, picturesque fishing hamlets, friendly hotels and inns, historical sites, forests and sleepy towns.

The property for sale in the Algarve to west of Faro is made up of newly built villas and apartments overlooking golf courses, picturesque coves and ancient harbours. If you know where to look, the Algarve is also host to a wealth of areas of cultural interest. Faro, the capital of the Algarve is often overlooked by visitors. Most of the city was badly damaged in the earthquake of 1755, but parts of the old Roman city wall are still standing. Many of the finest buildings today date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. The best way to explore Faro is to wander through the heart of the town on foot- which is pedestrianised- and enjoy the lively shops, bars and restaurants. For a nostalgic glimpse into the Algarve way of life take a look around the Museu Etnografico which houses exhibits of natural costumes, ceramics and carts.

The pretty town of Tavira runs alongside each side of the river Gilao and is linked by a bridge of Roman origin. The town has many Moorish influences, a legacy from the early Moroccan settlers who saw Tavira as one of the most strategic points on the Algarve due to its close proximity to the coast of Morocco. The castle in the old Arab centre on top of the hill provides views of the town and the nearby clock tower of the Santa Maria do Castelo church. Soak up the sun at the enormous beach at Llha de Tavira, a tiny island which is seven miles long and 500 yards wide which is reachable by ferry.

Estoi, just inland from Faro, is home to the Palacio de Estoi, an elegant palace dating back to the 1840s. The palace is currently being restored, but is open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday and is well worth a visit.

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