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Buying Property In Algarve Portugal

The Best Place to Buy in the Sun 

Algarve PortugalThe Algarve still holds the top spot as the best place to buy in the sun.  There is evidence of much local development – with considerably more in the pipeline – but fortunately nothing like that in other so-called ´second-home hotspots´.  The region remains a very attractive place to live, with one of the world´s best climates, a friendly populace and remarkably unspoiled countryside.  The new roads that have dramatically improved communications have not spoiled the unique, quiet, laid-back atmosphere. 

There may be a short property sales lull while the UK in particular digests the banking sector´s credit crisis, but the trend in interest rates is downwards.  Literally thousands of people want to buy a home in a better climate, either as an investment or as a semi-permanent home.West Coast Algarve Portugal

As confidence returns to the UK property market, the Algarve is in a better position than most to reap the benefits.  Consider some of the alternatives:South Coast Algarve Portugal


has not yet joined the EU and faces turbulent times over Muslim agitation.

Cyprus is very close to Lebanon and other Middle Eastern trouble spots.  The last time trouble erupted there, refugees were shipped to Cyprus.  The more recent "Bank Grab"  by the collapsing government and economy has put paid to any interest in securing property in Cyprus. In addition, visiting other countries and cultures can be difficult when living on an island.

would appear to have increasing problems with the local mafia and the big bear, Russia, is again flexing its muscles over former territories.

The states that comprised the former Yugoslavia do not yet seem totally stable – old rivalries continue to simmer under the surface.

Golf in Algarve PortugalApart from Majorca, where property is now extremely expensive, the Spanish market is in deep trouble.  Rampant over-development and ´pressure´ off-plan selling of tens of thousands of apartments, which owners now cannot sell on even at the original price let alone at a profit, have taken a toll on confidence.  Stories of countless homes bought by the British, which turn out not to have had planning permission, still abound.  Many people face the threat of eviction and demolition.

Many Brits who bought in Florida cannot sell their properties in a market that is now deeply depressed.  For those who live there the ever-present threat of hurricanes is very worrying.Algarve Beaches

Against this background the Algarve is heaven-sent.  Now, when prices are not under inflationary pressure, could be the right time to buy.

  Moving to The Algarve 

 Wherever you look, the colours of the mountains and sea are always with you, creating the impression of a water-colour dotted with highlights of gold, green and blue. The region is an extensive and pleasant one, with a Mediterranean climate, marked by the smell of the sea at low tide and the scent of wild flowers. A stroll through the tangled web of narrow streets, alleys and steps to be found away from the coast is the best way of getting to know this part of the region. But you can also easily lose yourself in the vastness of the coastal strip. Here the backdrop is composed of some of Europe's most beautiful beaches, from where you can admire the rocky coastline and the playful shadows they cast on the sanAlgarve Golf


After the enchantment of the landscape, you can discover the aromas and flavours of the traditional Algarve cuisine. The menu may consist of fish and shellfish, with such dishes as caldeirada de peixe (fish-stew) or cataplana de amêijoas (clams steamed in a copper pan), or you can enjoy the traditional mountain food of stewed chickpeas and cabbage. The range of choices will also include the famous regional delicacies, such as figs, almonds, carobs and the brandy made from the locally grown medronho (arbutus-berry), distilled up in the hills in old copper stills.

As you travel acroFishing Boats Algarve Portugalss the Algarve, amidst its hills and plains filled with places of great ecological interest, rich in biodiversity and ecosystems, you will feel as though you are passing through an area full of different traditions, unchanged for many centuries. The handicraft is skilfully manufactured by the local craftsmen, who make use of longstanding, ancestral techniques and produce an excellent range of pottery, woven baskets, copper and brass articles, or other pieces made of linen and jute.

 Algarve BeachesOnly a step away from the tranquil peace of the inland region is the excitement of the Algarve nightlife. Bars, discos, marinas and casinos guarantee visitors the very best kind of merrymaking. The region's built heritage is something you cannot afford to miss. The architecture of the whitewashed houses, with their brightly-coloured mouldings and remarkably beautiful chimneys, the church belfries and the museums, all reveal particular memories of the ancestors of the Algarve people and help to make this such a special destination.Vilamoura Marina Algarve Portugal

 Also to be recommended is the range of outdoor sports that are available, whether you're playing golf on lush green courses or enjoying some physical exercise at some of the region's excellent facilities, whether you're on the coast or perhaps up in the hills, where, after the rigours of winter and even before the first signs of spring, the land is covered in a pinkish white blanket, produced by the blossom of the almond-trees scattered across the horizon. This is the true portrait of an Algarve that you'll find waiting for you, all year round.Bird Life in Algarve Portugal
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