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The Algarve is continental Portugal’s southernmost region, bathed by the Atlantic sea at its western and southern borders. It was from the Algarve, at Sagres Point, that Prince Henry “The Navigator” launched the Portuguese Age of Maritime Discoveries in the mid-1400’s.
Best known for its amazing soft climate, with plenty of sun throughout the year, this region’s very pleasant weather allows you to discover its gorgeous coastline against which the ocean presents itself with all colours available in the blue specter. Almost always calm and warm, it invites for a long swim or to try some nautical sports. Most of the 4 million tourists that travel to the Algarve each year enter through Faro’s Airport.
Boasting medieval castles, cobblestone villages, breath-taking cities and golden beaches, Portugal is located in south west Europe and is the oldest state on the Iberian Peninsula. There’s a lot to experience and explore here and is also an ideal place to call home. Investing in Portugal real estate offers you the chance to live a life of luxury in a location that provides some of the best sights in the world. With the sun shining and the number of things to do here, you’re sure to fall in love with everything that Portugal has to offer. No matter where in Portugal you’d be looking to relocate to, Portugal Homes can help you find the abode of your dreams. From stunning villas on the coast to homely apartments in the city centre, we have a wide range of properties available for sale and for rent. We also offer an array of commercial properties, covering all aspects of Portugal real estate.
Located in western Lisbon, Belém is famous as a museum district, as it is home to many of Portugal’s notable monuments such as The Belém Tower, The Jeronimos Monastery and the Bélem Palace (which is the current official residence of the country’s president). Originally, Belém was the location of Lisbon's shipyards and docks, and from here departed the 15th century voyages that discovered sea routes to India, East Africa and Brazil. This rich heritage is still shown in Belém through extravagant buildings funded by the vast wealth that flowed into Portugal from the newly discovered colonies. For visitors, Belém is one of the finest areas of Lisbon, as it offers outstanding tourist attractions, informative museums and magnificent views.
Santos is an elegant neighbourhood located in the Estrela parish. In the 18th century, it was home to mansions of the upper-classes, just as the Lapa neighbourhood. In this period, the nobility and the bourgeoisie chose these areas to settle in. Nowadays, many of the palaces are hotels, embassies or museums. Rua das Janelas Verdes is the street that mostly lives up to this heritage. It is home to one of Portugal's most important national museums - the National Museum of Ancient Art (MNAA) - located in a magnificent palace. Santos has also been assuming itself as the design district of Lisbon, hosting well-known décor stores, such as Paris-Sete, AR interiores, Re-Use, Roche Bobois, galleries, museums and artists' cooperatives. The district was officially branded as the Design District of Lisbon in 2005. Besides its artistic role, Santos also takes part in the political life of the country. It is home to the parliament of Portugal, hosting the emblematic Assembly of the Republic building.
Located within 400 and 700 meters above sea level, Viseu, in the centre of Portugal, is a must-visit Portuguese city. It is surrounded by mountains and crossed by the rivers of Vouga and Dão, where the acclaimed wines of the region get their unique character. With a vast historical heritage, the city was populated by different cultures through times, including the Romans, Subs, Visigoths and Moors. Viriathus, the rebel leader of the Lusitanians who resisted the Roman expansion, is believed to have lived and fought in Viseu. Viseu is also home to landmarks of sacred art and religious architecture. The numerous churches that adorn the historic centre, such as Viseu’s Cathedral and the Misericórdia Church, are magnificent. Although known to be built in grey stone, the city conveys a fresh and harmonious feel, due to its large green spaces. Viseu baths are also one of the city’s main attractions, drawing holidaymakers every year to spend some refreshing days. The city is also a cultural centre, home to the nationally acclaimed Grão Vasco Museum and a pole of national universities, including the Catholic University of Portugal.
The Alentejo is a beautiful rural southern region in Portugal. It is a very diversified area with a rich history, known for its plains, rugged coastline, olive trees, historical fortified towns and intense summer heat. The region extends from the Algarve towards central Portugal and goes from the Atlantic ocean to the Spanish border. On the western coastline, you can find the wildest and finest wide-open beaches in Portugal, much sought-after by surfers. Alongside the beaches, you can find charming fishing towns, offering delicious local seafood. On the other hand, in the interior part of the region, there are picturesque towns rich in history and vast plains. Alentejo is also worldwide known for its music genre, named “Canto Alentejano”. It is a vocal type of music without instrumentation. In 2014, UNESCO recognised it as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, after Fado - another Portuguese traditional music genre - had been granted the same status in 2011. UNESCO has also recognised other treasured heritage of Alentejo. Évora and Elvas were both subject to UNESCO’s nominations. As this region was colonised by different peoples throughout history, from the Visigoths and Romans to the Arabs and Knights Templar, there is an incredible diversity of historical and cultural sights. You can either visit the impressive hilltop castles and fortifications, as well as the Roman temples and cathedrals. Alentejo´s history and beautiful nature landscapes make it a fascinating destination to discover.
Intendente is a lively, fashionable neighbourhood that has been evolving significantly in the past years. Despite its central location, the neighbourhood has languished for years, with many of its old buildings falling into ruins. However, the area has seen huge improvements, and property prices, as well as the ethnic neighbourhoods, have been the reasons why many people are looking to buy property in Intendente. Located within the Arroios parish which was crowned as the trendiest neighbourhood in the world by Timeout, Intendente gets its name from Praça do Intendente, a funny-shaped square just a street away from Avenida Almirante Reis. This area is seen as a faithful portrait of Nova Lisboa, where cultures and trends blend in.Intendente is ideal for students and young professionals, thanks to the abundance of co-working spaces, cafés, and brunch locations. The region is laid-back while also having a vibrant nightlife, which many consider being the best of both worlds. There are also a number of interesting projects coming into life here, which will enable companies galore to further develop their small businesses.
Lapa and Estrela are predominantly residential areas with large houses and old palaces. It was in Lapa-Estrela that the Portuguese bourgeoisie and nobility decided to settle down in the 18th century. Since then, these Lisbon’s districts became famous among the city’s upper-class. The historic buildings were refurbished and are now home to many residents searching for tranquillity and a privileged location in Lisbon. Besides having remained one of the noblest areas of Lisbon, Lapa-Estrela is home to a large number of embassies, in particular of Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Finland, Indonesia, Ireland, Luxembourg, Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Netherlands, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Living in Lapa-Estrela, a neighbourhood that houses embassies, palaces, fountains and monuments, is to be surrounded by Lisbon's historic high society. These are one of the most charming neighbourhoods in Lisbon, also known for their impressive views, tree-lined streets and its selection of renowned restaurants and cafes. Although isolated from the hustle and bustle of the city, these districts are just a walking distance from the most central neighbours in Lisbon. These areas have changed very little over the years, preserving a consistent identity as one of the city's most privileged and prosperous neighbourhoods.
The city of Portimão, formerly known Vila Nova de Portimão, is situated in the district of Faro, in the Algarve region of southern Portugal; exploring this old fishing and shipbuilding town will be a breeze to experience. The city offers plenty of leisure activities, historical monuments, beautiful landscapes, and immense sunshine! Depending on what you wish to do, there is an activity for all, from adventure and watersports that are vastly popular in the Algarve region, to full relaxation activities such as shopping, light sightseeing, and indulging in the delicious, and fresh seafood and fish cuisine, the city of Portimão has to offer.You will be bound to love the area of Portimão, whether it be for a weekend escape in the sunny Algarve or settling down in this coastal region of Portugal permanently!
A Natural Park since 1987, the Ria Formosa is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal not to be missed during your holidays or relocation in the Algarve.
Encompassing 18.000 hectares, this sizeable system of lagoons and islands stretches for 60 km along the Algarve coastline from west of Garrão Beach (Faro) to Manta Rota (Cacela Velha), and it's composed of a labyrinth of islands (Deserta, Culatra, Armona, Tavira, and Cabanas). It encloses a vast area of sapal (marsh), Salinas (salt pans), creeks and dune islands. The marshes are an important area for migrating and nesting birds. You can see a huge variety of wading birds, along with ducks, shorebirds, gulls, and terns. It's the favored nesting place of the little tern and the rare purple gallinule.
One of the Algarve's, and Portugal's most emblematic sights, this huge natural seaside cave has a hole in its ceiling through which streaming sunlit illuminates the sandstone and beach below. Benagil is a small fishing village on the southern coast of the Algarve which has gained fame in recent years thanks to its incredible sea cave, however, there is much more than just a cave to explore in this picturesque Algarve destination.
Benagil is most famous for the sea cave located just around the corner from the beach. This cave has been featured in top destination lists and “places you have to see” all across the internet and thanks to visitors sharing their incredible photos of the cave it has become one of the top things to do in the Algarve.While the cave does not look very far from the main Benagil beach in the village it is not advised to swim around to the cave to look at it because of the currents in this area can be very strong and tides change quickly.
Often considered the best golf destination in the world by sports magazines and international associations of specialized tour operators, the Algarve lives up to this distinction while maintaining quality to the fullest.
With a privileged climate that allows playing throughout the whole year and a great diversity of fields, almost four dozen, the region is the paradise of the golfers. Most of the fields are set in preserved areas with stunning views. They are internationally recognized for the quality of their facilities, in which the architecture is signed by prestigious players and legendary champions such as Sir Henry Cotton, Rocky Roquemore, Arnold Palmer, and Ronald Frea. In addition to all this, a diverse network of hotels and good accessibility, ranging from direct flights to destinations around the world to the ease of transfers between Faro International Airport and various resorts. If you need a transfer, please accept our recommendation for the Portugal Airport Transfer company, which allows you to book your transfer directly on their website in the most simple and convenient way.
The natural mineral water of Monchique comes from the depths of the earth, on a slope in the Tectonian valley that divides the Serra de Monchique.
Monchique Water has been known since the time of the Roman presence in the Iberian Peninsula, as attested by the archaeological remains found in the region, and the Latin inscriptions referring to the water of "Mons Cicus" (Latin origin of Monchique) as "sacred".
A century before Christ, the waters of Monchique were already used to cure the tiredness of the body and the mind by the Romans, who called it "sacred waters", as evidenced by numerous and important archaeological finds found in the adjacent areas of the Monchique springs.
Unique in its surroundings, it combines the calm and tranquility of the Serra with the unparalleled benefits of Água de Monchique in the Thermal Spa.
At this cape in Sagres region, you’ll be standing at the southwesternmost point of Europe. The Cape of St. Vincent combines nature, culture, and myth. It feels quite amazing to walk around here because you will feel the magnitude of nature.
Beyond geographical significance, it’s also a jaw-dropping view, with cliffs 75 meters above the ocean and cinematic views of the rocky seascapes to the north and also to the east towards Sagres Point. The cliffs around have varying altitudes between 60 and 80 meters. The views from the cape are absolutely stunning, and you can just see cliffs and the Atlantic Ocean.
A ton of naval battles have been fought in the ocean off the cape, and there’s a lighthouse here, built in 1846 on the foundations of a derelict monastery badly damaged in the destructive 1755 earthquake and this was never repaired.
These are always obligatory if you’re holidaying with children, and fortunately, the Algarve has a few waterparks competing with the best in Europe.
Aquashow has activities such as the crazy Freefall, the Wild Snake, the Speed Race, the Twin Space Shuttle, FreeFall (the highest slide in Europe at 32 meters), and one of the biggest water roller coasters in the world where you get to travel at more than 70 km/h.
Slide & Splash is the largest one in Portugal and one of the largest on the continent, offering eccentric rides such as the Drops, the Big Wave, the Black Hole, or even the Kamikaze. It has 16 slides and pools and almost 2 hectares of grass for sunbath.
Aqualand in its turn has slides such as the Hydra (a bunch of slides in some confusing and mind-bending turns and swirls), the Crazy Jump, the Kamikaze, the Crazy Race, the Rapids or the Flying Mattresses.
Imagine 15.000 square meters of sand sculptures. Welcome to Sand City. Sand City is the largest sand sculpture theme park in the world! All the sand sculptures are original and unique pieces of art. Every year, about 60 professional sand sculptors of different nationalities work on it. To build these sand sculptures, they use about 65.000 tons of sand.
One of the biggest attractions in the region, Sand City has become a must-see for anyone coming on holiday to the Algarve. If you are looking for authentic experiences and things to do in the Algarve, Sand City is undoubtedly one of the best choices! For the last 16 years, FIESA, the International Festival of Sand Sculptures in Pêra, Algarve, has delighted people of all ages. Something unique to consider….no doubt during the day, the Algarve sun allows for a clear view of the meticulous detail of the sand sculptures. However, visiting again at night…Sand City’s array of indirect lighting makes for a mesmerizing and fantasy-like experience.
The coastal strip between Odeceixe and Burgau is known as the Vincentina Coast and is a different part of the Algarve, where the preserved nature has a strong, wild character, creating landscapes of breathtaking majesty.
This area is part of the Natural Park that starts further north in the Southwest Alentejo and is the longest stretch of protected Portuguese coast. The beaches follow one another, some of them long swathes of sand stretching into the distance, others smaller, framed by magnificent schist and limestone cliffs.
The choppy sea produces a natural symphony that serves as the soundtrack to this trip by the sea.Here you will find little-frequented beaches, some almost deserted with hidden accesses, such as Praia das Adegas, which is reserved for naturism. Vale dos Homens, Carriagem, Amoreira and Monte Clérigo are other beaches to explore between cliffs covered with vegetation, which here and there offer fabulous views over this rugged coastline.
If you're looking to invest in Portuguese property, you've come to the right place. The property market in Portugal continues to go from strength to strength, with now being a great time to purchase home here. European buyers flock here every year, but the Golden Visa scheme allows people from further afield to get their hands on Portugal real estate. This gives overseas buyers the right to live, work and study anywhere within the European Union.
The main public transportation system available in the Algarve is the BUS network, however, be prepared to find a Bus system quite different from what you have back home. The main company for inter-city buses is EVA. They connect most of the Algarve’s cities and travel to Lisbon and Spain as well. For more information, visit their timetables for all routes.
As for the Faro urban routes, there is a new bus company named Próximo that covers the whole city as their map shows. When you arrive at the Faro airport, you can catch one of Proximo’s buses to the centre of Faro and then catch an EVA bus or the CP train to another city. The train line connects Lagos to Vila Real de Santo António, as you can see on this line’s timetable on the CP website.
One of the most fun things to do on your holiday is shopping in the Algarve. The best thing about shopping in the Algarve are the opening hours. From early morning till late in the evening the shops are open. So whether you are looking for new bathers before hitting the beach, an easy shop break after lunch or dinner, the international, Portuguese and designer stores are there to please you. In most of the centers of the main cities and towns such as Faro, Albufeira and Lagos, you will find an array of shops. However, there are three important shopping areas that are most worth the visit. They are MAR Shopping Algarve, Forum Algarve and Aqua Portimão. In these shopping malls you will find a wide selection of shops, restaurants and a cinema. Also in these shopping malls entertainment is key, with many (musical) events that are hosted. Find out all the secrets about shopping in the Algarve.
Faro International Airport (FAO) opened on July 11, 1965, and is located just 4 km from the city of Faro in the parish of Montenegro in the Algarve. It is currently the third largest airport in terms of traffic in Portugal just after Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon) and Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (Porto). Currently, most of the movements registered at the Faro International Airport are due to the large increase in the low-cost connections, increasing its influence in the southwestern corner of the country. To cope with increased traffic, the airport has been expanded and substantially modernised in recent years featuring now a track with 2,490 meters of length and 45 of width by which can receive all types of aeroplanes.
The Algarve offers 3000 hours of sun per year and a weak average precipitation rate. Winter exists but is normally short, rainy and soft, with temperatures going from 10ºC (min) to 18ºC (max) on average. Spring is always uncertain in terms of rain, but temperatures normally go from 12ºC (min) to 22ºC (max). Summer in the Algarve is long, hot and dry, extends from the middle of May to the end of September, with temperatures oscillating between 19ºC (min) and 30ºC (max), on average. In the interior is much hotter than at the coastline. The highest ever recorded temperature in the Algarve was 44ºC at the Faro Airport region in July 2004. Autumn normally begins with the first rains of October and an average temperature drop to about 16ºC (min) and 25ºC (max).
Restaurants & Bars
Portugal may not have had the same media attention like Spain or Italy or France in Europe, but its gastronomy is world renown and all Portuguese locals know the true value of a proper meal paired with the right wine and with the best table with friends and family. The Algarve is no exception to them and neither to you. Dive into the local dishes and let yourself be blown away in the Algarve. Here follow a few of our recommendations for a few fantastic dining and bar experiences in the Algarve:
- 2 Passos Restaurant
- Casa do Lago
- Morgadinho Restaurant
- Faz Gostos
- Blanco Beach
- Sky Bar Carvoeiro
From the southwest coast near Aljezur to the east end near Vila Real de Santo António are about 200 kilometres of very diverse beaches. If you’re looking for less known and less explored beaches, between golden cliffs, we suggest you visit the Amoreira, Monte Clérigo, Arrifana or Carrapateira beaches, on the Algarve’s west coast. Further south you can also find this type of beach in Porto de Mós, Praia Dona Ana, Praia do Camilo, Alvor, Vau or Carvoeiro. If you’re looking for more cosmopolitan beaches, near the cities with plenty of nightlife entertainment options for after the beach, you can choose from Praia da Rocha, in Portimão, or Praia da Galé and Praia da Oura, in Albufeira. You also have resort beaches like Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago, with a more glamorous environment. If you like to walk on the beach, you can find extensive beaches perfect for families with children in Cabanas, Manta Rota, Altura, Praia Verde and Monte Gordo.