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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.
In the highest of the seven hills lies the historic district of Graça, which belongs to the São Vicente parish. The whole of São Vicente comprises both iconic and historic venues such as monuments, parks and viewpoints, neighbourhoods and restaurants. Here, you can feel a genuine Lisbon atmosphere and witness a truly cosmopolitan environment. Indeed, many young newcomers that come to work in Lisbon, choose to live in Graça due to its centrality, lively neighbourhood activity and a large offer of public transportation. Due to this multicultural environment, one can find an extremely rich and varied offer of restaurants and cultural activities. The Graça district is one of the most beautiful and oldest neighbourhoods of the Portuguese capital, located next to the iconic São Jorge Castle, known for its superb views over the city and the Tagus River. Two of this neighbourhood’s highlights are well-known viewpoints: the Miradouro da Graça and the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte. But they are on top of one of the steepest Lisbon hills, so prepare for a good climb if you choose to walk.
Portugal's Silver Coast, or "Costa de Prata" is a spectacular stretch of coastal ancient towns, breathtaking beaches, and rugged coastline, hugging the Atlantic Ocean, on Portugal's western side. By many expats, this is one of the most desirable places to live in Portugal, together with Lisbon and Algarve. The region remains largely unknown and therefore untouched by tourism, which means that visitors can bask in the extraordinary sand of "silver." Clean beaches, water sports activities and world-class golf courses make this a popular destination to be explored by holidaymakers.The silver coast is wilder and untouched, with far less development than the crowded southern Algarve. It is also a popular destination for surfers, and beaches such as Peniche and Nazaré are always busy with tourists from northern Europe.Living by the beach is good and even better in São Martinho do Porto. Just one hour north of Lisbon and close by some of Portugal’s best waves, beaches and golf courses, Bay Shore is the luxury oceanfront development that is capturing the attention of those who seek a nice place to live by the sea, those who dream of a second home at the beach and also investors looking forward to a great opportunity!
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.
Located on the coast, about 36 kilometres west of Faro, Albufeira is synonymous with tourism and features some of southern Portugal's best beaches. The region was once a fishing village, and it still holds something of its classic character. A labyrinth of steep, narrow streets lined with whitewashed houses and fishermen's cottages leading down to the astonishing beaches is what the town of Albufeira looks like. The city's original Arabic name, Al-Buhera means "castle on the sea" and there are some beautiful Moorish arches in the towers. Modern Albufeira is, nonetheless, the Algarve's tourism capital, a thriving centre with hotels, restaurants and stores.
The Marquês of Pombal Square is the heart of modern Lisbon and is known for its huge roundabout and a majestic statue in the middle. This area marks the start of Lisbon’s downtown. It is located between Avenida da Liberdade and the Eduardo VII Park in the parish of Coração de Jesus, being the radiating point for many important avenues: Avenida da Liberdade, Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo and Duque de Loulé. In the centre, you’ll see an imposing statue by the name of Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, better known as Marquês de Pombal, who lead the reconstruction of the city after it suffered a catastrophic earthquake in 1755. Marquês de Pombal is surrounded by a plethora of corporate headquarters of important companies, including the largest Portuguese banks and several of the world’s famous 5-star hotels.
Overlooking the Mondego river, Coimbra is the fourth-largest urban centre in Portugal, after Lisbon, Porto and Braga. Also known as the university city of Portugal, Coimbra is home to the first university in the country and one of the oldest in Europe. Founded in 1290, the Coimbra’s University Alta and Sofia, are two architectural centres composed of 31 magnificent buildings. Thanks to its important legacy, the University was classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2013. Coimbra is filled with impressive constructions from different periods of history. The Roman occupation left an aqueduct, from which the remains were later incorporated into a medieval renovation. The Muslim settlement brought a fortified palace, that was later used by the early Portuguese Monarchs. During the Middle Ages, a lot of emblematic buildings were built. Examples of those are the Santa Cruz Monastery - the Patheon where the first kings of Portugal are buried - the old Cathedral and the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha - the most important Gothic work in the city. In the Renaissance period, Coimbra was considered one of the main artistic centres of Portugal, with several Manueline and Renaissance works in the town. Coimbra has also been an important musical centre in Portugal for centuries, acclaimed by its own musical genre called “Fado de Coimbra”. It is mostly related to academic traditions and is characterized by the use of a specific guitar, with a specific structure - “Portuguese guitar”.
Campo de Ourique is a central parish of Lisbon formed by several residential neighbourhoods and sits in the heart of the city, between Amoreiras, Estrela and Prazeres. The neighbourhood of Campo de Ourique, from which this parish draws its name is a residential neighbourhood with a very strong and historic vocation for commerce. It’s a lively neighbourhood, although recognised by many as the most peaceful neighbourhood in Lisbon and also the one that has the best quality of life - setting itself apart from other Lisbon neighbourhoods highly reliant on big commercial surfaces, such as shopping centres. It's easy to navigate the grid pattern of Campo de Ourique's streets, accessed by nearby highways and several bus routes. This residential neighbourhood has been a trade centre for centuries, while still remaining a peaceful district. Commercial diversity mixes some of the most respected traditional shops with newer, modern brands. Decorators and designers flock here to shop. Its pace is as fast on weekdays as it is on weekends, as families stroll along the inviting streets while children play in the many gardens, and ladies head to the Mass dressed to perfection. Residents take great pride in maintaining their homes, while visitors are reluctant to leave.
Rich in history, right in the centre of Portugal’s Capital City of Lisbon, one can find this park in the Arroios parish over a hill that’s between the valleys that correspond to Avenida da Liberdade and Avenida Almirante Reis. This park inherits its name of Campo dos Mártires da Pátria (Homeland Martyrs’ Field) in memoriam of Portuguese General Gomes Freire de Andrade and eleven of his companions, sentenced to be hanged in a staged trial, accused of revolting and fighting against the British Military General and Portuguese Army Marshal, Lord Beresford, regent ruler of Portugal instead of king D. João VI, who was living in Brazil at the time. Gomes Freire de Andrade was a powerful Portuguese Mason, accused by Lord Beresford of conspiring to diminish his power of rule in Portugal, in the Portuguese king’s absence. After executing Gomes Freire de Andrade and his companions, Lord Beresford then travelled to Brazil to ask king João VI for more powers, which were granted. However, General Gomes Freire de Andrade’s execution by Lord Beresford’s sentence ignited a revolt against the British ruler’s regency, led to protests in the North of Portugal and intensified an anti-British feeling, which ignited the Portuguese Liberal Revolution and to the fall of Lord Beresford, that was stopped from disembarking in Lisbon after returning from Brazil.
For those of you who love history and stunning architecture, the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos is not one to be missed. It’s located in the Belem district of Lisbon and is known as one of the most important and beautiful buildings in the whole of Portugal. This highly ornate monastery and adjoining church creates a grand religious building, which is built in a Manueline style. The southern entrance, which is bound by a 32-meter-high stone portal, makes the building instantly recognisable. Fine stone detail on the exterior is perfectly complemented by the ornately decorated interior, creating a truly awe-inspiring attraction.
How can we talk about the Belem district without mentioning Torre de Belem? This iconic tower was built in 1521 and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which speaks volumes. Portuguese architect and sculptor Francisco de Arruda is the mastermind behind this beautiful site and created the building in the classic Manuelino style so famously known in Portugal. It was originally developed to guard against an invasion via the River Tagus, though later it was transformed into a lighthouse and customs house. The tower itself has five floors all connected by a spiral staircase which eventually leads to a roof terrace that offers some stunning views of the local area.
Opening times for the Torre de Belem are:
October - April: 10 am to 5:30 pm.
May - September: 10 am to 6.30 pm.
Closed: Mondays, 1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 May and 25 December.
Located in the northern region of Portugal lies Castelo de Guimaraes, a principal medieval castle which was built to defend the monastery from attacks by Moors and Norsemen. It’s where the first monarch of Portugal, Dom Afonso Henriques, was born. Since being built in the 10th century, there has been a few slight modifications to the original architecture. Despite this, the castle’s presence still dominates the region and offers an exciting mixture of legend, poetry and heroism.
San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge, Portugal has Ponte 25 de April. Stretching across the estuary at the Tagus River is the largest suspension bridge in Europe, which can’t be missed while you’re in Lisbon. The Ponte 25 de (April 25th April Bridge) is the 20th longest suspension bridge in the world and officially opened in 1996. There is no walkway here, but some of the sights you see while in the car or on the train are truly magnificent.
Fancy a walk along of the most famous coastal trails in Europe? Situated on the western side of Portugal is The Cabo da Roca, a wild and rugged headland that is part of the Sintra Cascais Natural Park. Known for its spectacular scenery, you’re able to stroll along a path next to the Atlantic Coast. You’ll pass a mix of beaches and cliffs and have the chance to flora and fauna along the way. There’s no entrance fee or parking charges here, so you’re able to spend as long as you want here. The wind can become a little blustery and when the sun sets here you’ll be amazed by what you see.
The Ria Formosa Natural Park was created to help protect the unique ecosystem of the Algarve marshlands. It’s a maze of canals, islands, marshes and barrier islands that stretch along an impressive 60km. The diverse landscape on offer makes it the perfect environment for numerous species of birds. So, if you love birdwatching, then this is the ideal place to come. There are an array of viewing platforms located throughout the park, so you can get up close and personal with the animals.
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.
Throughout the whole of Portugal, the transport network is well developed. There’s an excellent network of roads with public transport also being easy to come by, not to mention affordable. Every town and village in Portugal can be reached by the 69,000 km of roads. Unless otherwise indicated, you drive on the right side of the road, with all vehicles coming from the right having priority over those on the left. If you don’t have access to a car, the public transport here is great. There’s a mix of regular coaches, trains, metro and taxis which are cheap to use. If using a taxi company, it may be worth checking whether they charge based a meter reading or for a round trip. Please also be aware that after 10 pm and until 6 am, taxi charges can increase by approximately 20%.
Ever heard the phrase “shop ‘till you drop”? Well, you can do just that in Portugal. There are an assortment of popular shopping districts where you can pick up anything from special treats to daily essentials. From your local stores where you can pick up fresh fruit and vegetables to retail outlets that offer designer pieces, you won’t be short of places to shop in Portugal.
Lisbon, Faro and Porto is where you will Portugal’s international airports. Many well-known airlines frequently travel to and from one of these airports, so flying here or to another destination is relatively straightforward. Lisbon airport (LIS) is the main airport of Portugal and handles the highest number of international flights. Most flights to and from Europe will use this airport thanks to its convenient location. Faro airport (FAO) serves the southern side of Portugal while northern Portugal is served by Porto airport (OPO).
Similar to other parts of Europe, Portugal has a very enjoyable climate. Northern Portugal is typically cool with temperatures rising the further south you travel. During the months of July and August, you can expect to see average highs of around 24°C. Temperatures drop during winter, with it generally reaching around 11°C in January. Typically the wettest month is December, with an average of 117.2mm of rain.
Restaurants & Bars
Portugal is bursting with bars and restaurants, with some incredibly popular dining experiences being on offer. From Chinese, Indian and Italian restaurants to those that specialise in providing traditional Portuguese cuisine, there’s a vast choice of restaurants to choose from. If you’re looking for more a light bite, there are numerous cafes to be dined in. You’re never going to bar from a place that can rustle up something delicious. In fact, Portugal has 23 restaurants that have been awarded Michelin status. Once you’re done with your meal and fancy exploring the nightlife in Portugal, there’s plenty of bars where you can put on your dancing shoes or simply relax with a nice glass of fizz.
There are some magnificent beaches to be found in Portugal, offering the perfect way to soak up some sun and relax. From tranquil and isolated spots to places that are popular with tourists, the beaches in Portugal and vast and varied. One beach, Praia do Guincho, even played a role in pre-titles sequence of the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Strong winds are often experienced here, which makes it the perfect spot for a bit of surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. Other popular beaches in Portugal are Praia de Tavira, Praia de Benagil, Praia da Rocha and Portinho da Arrabida.