If you’re thinking about buying a property abroad but haven’t yet decided on the location, there are so many reasons why you should choose Portugal. With its mild climate, beautiful beaches, superb cuisine and hospitable people, Portugal has long been a popular holiday destination, and is also a fantastic place to own a holiday home – view the range of apartments and villas by Portugal Property for a guidance on prices.
Below are some key reasons why:
Close to home
With easy access from most UK airports, Portugal is less than three hours flying time from the UK, making it attractive to those who wish to take regular short breaks and also bring friends and family over. There is also a great choice of airports and low-cost airlines, making the country easy to reach and highly affordable. With a good infrastructure of road, rail and air transport, Portugal is easily accessible from anywhere in Europe.
A lower cost of living
The reasonablecost of living in Portugal is one of the reasons why it attracts buyers from all over the world. Some useful advice however – like any country, the cost of living is much higher in the major cities of Lisbon, Estoril and Cascais, compared to that in the rural communities. That’s something to bear in mind.
A fantastic climate all year round
In terms of climate, Portugal benefits from long, hot summer days with a cool Atlantic breeze, and mild winters. According to The Portugal News, sun-seeking app, Sunlovr, ranked Lisbon amongst the world’s top-three sunniest destinations in the month of August 2013.
Sports and leisure opportunities
Portugal has been attracting golfers from around the world for as long as anyone can remember. Golf enthusiasts can not only look forward to some challenging courses, but beautiful ones too, surrounded by ocean views and framed by lakes and mountains. There’s also plenty of opportunity to take to the water and enjoy surfing, windsurfing, sailing, fishing, water-skiing and scuba diving.
The Portuguese people are friendly and hospitable, and welcome all visitors with open arms. English is widely spoken across the county, especially in the Algarve, which helps to avoid any language barriers.
Portugal is arguably the cheapest property market in Western Europe and according to A Place in the Sun, recent figures have shown that property in Portugal costs an average of €1,371 per sq metre. Comparatively, UK property currently has an average cost of €2,014 per square metre, while France is €2,599 per square metre and Spain is €1,495 per square metre.
Portugal boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, especially in the Algarve region. The Algarve’s 100 miles of Atlantic coastline is home to many blue flag beaches and secluded lagoons, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the glorious sunshine at the end of a busy day.
Safety and stability
A safe environment is essential for buyers and Portugal is ranked as the 17th safest country in the world, being economically and politically stable with a low crime rate. Residents also benefit from the ease and security of being within the European Union.