Located in the west of the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal is a surprizing country because of the variety of its landscapes and its cultural wealth. If the majority of foreigners are attracted by the Algarve, on the south coast, the other regions should not be ignored. In the north, we should mention Porto, home of the wine of the same name, Coimbra in the centre, for its university life and students, not to forget LIsbon, the capital of the country, or again the Portuguese Islands like Madeira and the Azores with its unique landscapes. With a price per square metre of around € 2,300 only, property in Portugal has everything to attract investors wanting to buy a house, apartment, or villa.
The Algarve receives around 5 million tourists every year. The reason? A unique coastline which is a mix of chalk cliffs, natural beaches with crystal clear water, not to mention the thermal springs, along with one of the highest rates of sunshine in Europe. The choice of property in the Algarve is therefore very wide: from the famous white houses of Odeceixe, to the big villas of Albufeira, Loulé, or Lagos. You will find a very wide choice of property for sale in the Algarve, for a good price!
At the heart of the region of the same name, the city of Lisbon glows with dynamism. Rich in history, Lisbon offers an amazing trip into the past, with its numerous castles, palaces, and the Romanesque and baroque churches. As for the coastline, it is scattered with beaches and marinas, not to mention the magnificent golf courses and surfing spots of international repute. Property in Lisbon is varied: some prefer the apartments for sale in the narrow lanes in the town centre, while others go willingly for a villa on the Lisbon coast. Factor in the fact that buying a house in Lisbon can be a very good rental investment in 2016!
The island of Madeira or the island of Wood has only been inhabited since the 15th century. Sheltering the biggest laurel forest in the world, the island offers an astonishing contrast between the sea and the land. With its forests which are so much sought after by hikers, its fine sandy beaches, its fishing villages like Camara de Lobos, its white houses and colored boats, Madeira is heaven on Earth. Property in Madeira is very well priced, from the apartments in Funchal, to the villas with swimming pools on the high cliffs. If you prefer peace and quiet, you will also find many houses for sale in Porto Santos, the second biggest island in the archipelago.
Located on the west coast of Portugal, to the north of Lisbon, the district of Leiria benefits from a rich and varied cultural and gastronomic heritage. One can in fact admire impressive buildings like Castle Leiria or the sanctuary of Notre Dame there; souvenirs of the glorious past of the region. Outside the town, the Ervideira Lagoon, as well as the magnificent beaches along the coast add some perspective to the picture. Property in Leiria is flourishing: you will find many villas skirted with pine trees along the coastline. The exploration of the towns and villages on the silver coast will certainly end up convincing you to buy a house or apartment in Leiria.
Porto is a mythical town that has given its name to the well known wine of the same name, but also to the name of the country: Portugal. Although built long ago, this city is resolutely modern, and the property heritage of Porto contributes to its success with tourists. The famous Douro river, flowing through the town enables the soil and vines of the region to be irrigated. Advice to buyers wishing to buy a house in Porto: if you want to discover Portugal in its most authentic form, there is no better place. In this region, aristocratic residences, manors and castles are scattered throughout the mountains and adjoining natural parklands. So, what are you waiting for to invest in property in Porto?
Arrabida Nature Park Situated 50 kilometres to the south of Lisbon, Setubal is the capital of the district which bears its name. Its port is a fascinating place when the trawlers dock. Attending the auction of the day's catch is an entertainment in itself. To the west of Setubal, you can watch storks, flamingos and dolphins at the Arrabida National Park. But it also has a beautiful coastline with cliffs covered with pine trees, beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters and golden sand. The property market in the Setubal region is very buoyant and you'll find lots of properties at all prices: apartments, townhouses, villas with swimming pool, small farmhouses... And if you are still thinking about it, just imagine the delicious fish you could be enjoying!
Property in Setubal
Just 1500 km off the coast of Lisbon, the Azores offer breathtaking landscapes. The basalt cliffs and the volcanic lakes (the Azores are overlooked by the Ponta do Pico volcano, highest peak in Portugal), are just great for hikers looking for still intact countryside. Property in the Azores generally offers magnificent views of the sea, like the houses in Sao Roque de Pico, or the new villas built on the Isle of Sao Miguel. Be careful because property prices are going up, so do not think about it too long if you want to buy a house in the Azores!