“I’ve realized that Portugal is a formidable country”

  • Home >
  • News >
  • “I’ve realized that Portugal is a formidable country”

“I’ve realized that Portugal is a formidable country”
Reading time: 4 minutes
Published: 23rd July 2019, 7:34pm

In an exclusive interview to the “Lisboète Magazine”, the famous French architect and designer, Philippe Stark, reveals what most impressed him about Portugal

At first, he resisted. Despite the (much) insistence of some friends who lived in Cascais and described Portugal as “a paradise”, there was no great appeal to come to know the country. “I already had houses in Venice, Cap Ferrat and Formentera and saw no interest in going anywhere else,” says renowned French architect and designer Philippe Starck, born 70 years ago in Paris, in an interview with Lisboète Magazine.

One day, he eventually came to Portugal. And fell in love! “It’s amazing to find a country my age,” he told the publication. “I was immediately surrendered to the friendly atmosphere that lives here”, reveals the creative, who was also enchanted with “the big waves, the small village and the small port” of Cascais. “I had a vision, like the square of a circle. I found the place I was looking for and had never found,” he says.

I didn’t stay in Portugal. I stayed with the Portuguese

Despite the beauty of the area, what captivated Philippe Starck most was the people he met throughout what quickly became one of the greatest voyages of discovery of his life. “I found myself suddenly in one of the last places in the world where people still had a sense of humanity,” he says. “I leave little, but when I do, I am happy to see that there are still people full of kindness, generosity, honesty and a deep friendship. Over time, I could see that fidelity can also be added to these qualities,” says the French.

I didn’t stay in Portugal. I stayed with the Portuguese,” says Philippe Starck. “The Portuguese are like a disease that gets caught or like a drug from which we become addicted”, praises. “I go around the world on average a week and count the minutes to come back here. Once we know the values ​​of these people, we no longer understand the values ​​of others,” says the architect and designer.

The passion for the country led Philippe Starck to visit Portugal and to be interested in Portuguese history. “I have a huge fascination for Prince Henry,” he assumes. Despite the charm, he has not yet learned to speak Portuguese, unlike his wife and daughter, who already master the language with some ease. “It’s a shame!” He admits. Besides Cascais and Sintra, he likes to go to Ericeira and Peniche and get lost in the Alentejo.

I’m going a little while, but Lisbon has a formidable air. And it’s very different from the other cities I know. With its hills and small sloping streets, it’s very theatrical. It’s not a city. It’s a work of art! “, describes the architect and designer, who elected Grândola, in Alentejo, to build a new house. “What pleases me there is that nothing has yet been desecrated,” he justifies. “I can say that I discovered paradise there,” he confesses.

Source: SAPO LifeStyle

About Portugal Homes
PortugalHomes.com specializes in selling Holiday Homes and Investment Properties. We help buyers find the right property overseas whether it be for Golden VisaNHR, Investment or simply a place in the sun, our properties are selected with great thought in mind to give our clients the best opportunities, we offer the complete service from Introducing them to Legal RepresentativesCurrency ExchangeMortgage AdvisorsProperty ManagementRental and Furniture Packages along with making sure all our staff are trained to fully understand the buying process and taxes for every scenario, we provide the complete service to anyone looking to buy a new or resale property overseas for holiday use or as a short or long-term investment.

To find out more, please contact us:

23rd July 2019
Some of the most famous neighbourhoods in Lisbon, are the ones where you…
22nd July 2019
Historical Lisbon nightclubs will move out of the Pink Street, in Cais…

Buying Property in Portugal

Portugal Homes has very experienced and knowledgeable professionals working with some of the most established and reputable developers Portugal has to offer. Our vast experience allows us to guide you through the best investment choices.

Whether you want a holiday home or an investment property, we select the best units for your profile and take care of all the process from start to finish. Even after the sale! Our After Sales services assume the responsibility of furnishing your property at your taste, taking care of the property in your absence, managing the rentals if you wish to rent your property when you’re not in Portugal and so much more!

To learn more about the Portuguese Non-Habitual Resident Program and our After Sales services, please fill the form below.

My property advisor, Mathew McGurn, was truly excellent! His knowledge, professionalism and attention to details was much appreciated. He worked hard to not only find a property that fit all my requirements, he negotiated successfully with agents making sure my offer won over other buyers bidding for the same property. In addition, his communication skills, prompt response time and general help with my getting settled in Portugal went above and beyond the normal.

Investor from the USA

Dear Sérgio, thank you so much for arranging our 1º Esquerdo place. We love our place, and your attention to detail is very much appreciated. 

Tim Thronson - Investor from the USA

A full service, one stop opportunity. Very easy for us a foreigners. Ryan Dunn went above and beyond for us. We appreciate him and his work!

Jose Arias - Investor from the USA

Everyone I met with and spoke with has been extremely knowledgeable and professional. Dealing with native English speakers who understand things from my perspective was very reassuring. Finally, knowing that I had Matthew in my corner gave me the confidence to proceed with the process of buying an apartment in Lisbon. Thanks very much.

Investor from the USA

So far it has been great. Simon is very knowledgeable and friendly.

Loay El Abiad - Investor from Saudi Arabia

It's fantastic how Ryan had complete knowledge regarding Lisbon and dealt with us in a great manner.

Akbar Ali - Investor from Pakistan