Portugal can fulfil all your property needs, so what exactly are you looking for? Do you want a property for sale in Portugal near the beach? How about a Portugal property near a golf course and there are plenty of those to choose from. Exciting Lisbon offers history and culture and a property in Portugal in this wonderful city offers amazing roof top views whilst being in a vibrant city with everything on your doorstep. Properties in Portugal will give you an enhanced and enriched lifestyle plus an abundance of memories whatever time of year you visit your new home. Real estate in Portugal offers an enriched lifestyle for the investor of these fabulous homes in the sun.
Portugal is an upmarket tourist destination which regularly receives around 13 million tourists per year with an average of 4.5 million out of the 13 million, opting to visit Lisbon which is Portugal’s capital. Portugal real estate is in high demand and offers a vast range of properties in this popular European country. Lisbon is a prime location in Portugal, as it is in any capital city, it is also a hot spot for weekend sightseers who enjoy a few days away exploring European capitals. Often we see these tourists deciding to invest in Portugal properties either as a holiday home, a permanent residence or for an investment.
Portugal is one of the warmest countries in Europe and this alone attracts holiday home buyers of Portugal property for sale, it is part of the Iberian Peninsula and borders Spain. Here you will find picture postcard views of the clean golden beaches with spectacular mountain views. A range of sports is available in Portugal with surfers heading to its west coast on the Atlantic to indulge in the best surfing and canoeing on offer in Europe. Portugal is also the home of many championship golf courses with many being just outside Lisbon so visitors can combine a sightseeing holiday and playing their beloved sport. The Algarve also boasts championship golf courses along its stretch of coastline combining a beach holiday and golfing. However it’s not all about golf there are many other sports once can partake in such as tennis, basketball, handball and volleyball.
What type of property are you searching for? Is it city apartments offering amazing views of the city from up high, or is it a riverside residence that makes your heart beat a little bit faster? If you prefer a city apartment you can find one right in the heart of Lisbon, in the hub with all you need on your doorstep. Within Lisbon are a selection of districts each one has something different to offer. Some are laid back and offer a relaxing atmosphere whilst others are upbeat, lively and nightlife is buzzing and exciting.
Baixa is a friendly and welcoming district of Lisbon and here you will find the oldest book shop in the world. Bairro Alto is lively at weekends with a superb selection of bars, restaurants and entertainment. Alfama is utterly charming with historical landmarks, it’s the oldest district in Lisbon. Liberdade is full of designer shopping and brand names with a great selection of bars and trendy eateries. In each district you will find interesting real estate for sale in Portugal.
If you would prefer a riverside home you can have that, in anyone of the amazing apartments overlooking the Tagus River. The Tagus River is 1,007 km long and is the longest river on the Iberian Peninsula. It runs for 716km in Spain, 47km between the border of Spain and Portugal and 275km in Portugal.
Views over the Tagus can be enjoyed from your balcony or terrace whilst you drink your morning coffee. These apartments can be rented out and the rental potential offers a lucrative income for sightseers and holiday makers to Portugal. Lisbon in particular is becoming the place to invest in city property for sale in Portugal.
Apartments start from 1 bedroom, 2 and 3 bedrooms, with large, airy apartments plus parking which is unusual for Portugal. The windows are large to let plenty of light in and the ceilings are high offering spacious living accommodation. Renovated apartments are in beautiful baroque styled buildings. They have been refurbished and modernised to the highest standards whilst retaining the opulence of the façade of the exterior. These apartments serve up wonderful panoramic views of the city by day and by night. Some of the apartment blocks have communal landscaped gardens within the building complex plus a communal swimming pool where you can cool off after a busy day sightseeing all the historical landmarks this city has to offer.
Chiado is by far the most desirable district in Lisbon and again is a favourite for tourists to visit. This area is very close to Bairro Alto and combined they offer everything the holiday maker or property buyer could wish for. By day Chiado is chic and fashionable with historic architecture and is the place to be seen. By night head to Bairro Alto for your evening’s entertainment in delightful cocktail bars and classy restaurants. Property in these areas are extremely sought after and popular with investors in particular. This area in Lisbon is superb for rentals as tourists flock to this area to invest in property and for their holidays. Private rentals are on the increase as holiday makers are turning away from hotels as they don’t allow privacy and the hotel rooms are usually cramped and stuffy. Real estate in Portugal for sale is found in the prime locations throughout this exceptional country.
On the outskirts of Lisbon you will find spacious villas offering 4 or 5 bedrooms close to the beach and set near nature reserves. These are beautiful and for anyone considering relocating to Portugal on a full time basis this would make a superb option. This area is called Comporta, its less than 90 minutes from bustling Lisbon and here you can have the best of both worlds, mixing beach and city life as and when you want too. It’s a delightful area with beaches, forests, cork trees and pine trees and the atmosphere here is relaxed with the theme very much a natural and outdoors type of vibe. However if you want activities there is plenty to do including surfing, diving, snorkelling and water skiing, plus yoga, cycling, horse riding and there are award winning golf courses for your pleasure. Property for sale in Portugal in this location is ideal for nature and beach lovers and those who want a laid back lifestyle.
Land plots are also available and if this is your preferred investment you can build a beautiful property in your own custom design. These plots are very large and you get an awful lot of land for your money which will give you a lot of land to play with after your home has been built. On this land you can build your own private swimming pool, have sunbathing terrace areas, garden areas, possibly a gazebo and barbeque areas the choice is completely yours. It also gives plenty of space in-between homes in this area which gives the ultimate in space and privacy. The property style will be in keeping with the homes of the area which are whitewashed walls and thatched roofs, they are modern and as already stated you can have input with your own ideas. This is prime land in a delightful area and the homes are bespoke to the individual buyer.
For those of you who are looking to buy a property for sale in Portugal as a pure investment, you are so lucky to have a choice of amazing districts to choose from. This means you can let your property out in a city, packed with attractions such as Lisbon, either offering a bustling atmosphere or a relaxed one. If you decide to buy a beachside property you are serving up a surfing vibe for those who want it or a lovely day sunning yourself and topping up the all-important tan. River views are on offer for those wanting to be close to the city centre but feel the calming presence of being close to water. The rental potential is indeed lucrative as this country is possibly a little more expensive to visit than some but you get what you pay for. Portugal is in the lead for golfing holidays with currently 87 golf courses dotted along its coast with many of them being championship courses. The weather plays an important part and with lovely weather during spring and summer plus early autumn means keen golfers can take advantage of the game they love. It also offers a great compromise for golfers and their families to all enjoy this location of golf courses, beaches and city experiences. It is also why tourists who have enjoyed their holidays in Portugal often decide to buy their own property in the sunshine.
Lisbon is a lovely capital city that has retained its traditional charm whilst accommodating the influx of tourists each year. It is set on a hill but there trams which can take you up and down the steepest parts so don’t worry about your legs getting tired. There are plenty of beautiful buildings you can visit such as the impressive São Jorge Castle where views over the city from here are picture postcard worthy. You can visit the National Azulejo Museum which has on display its array of highly decorative ceramic tiles that span over 5 centuries. The Ponte 25 de Abril (The 25th April Bridge) is the longest suspension bridge in Europe and its spans the River Tagus. It is reminiscent of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. There are two tiers to the bridge the top tier is for cars and the lower tier is for trains. The name of the bridge was given to commemorate the Portugal Carnation Revolution on the 25th April 1974.
Apart from all the wonderful attractions in Portugal there are a splendid range of cafes, bars and restaurants, some are Michelin starred and socialising here is an advantage for meeting people. If you are buying a holiday home or indeed investing in a full time home it’s important to be somewhere that you can meet likeminded folk. There is nothing nicer than meeting friends for coffee or lunch in the heart of a city location where you can go and visit a museum together or an art gallery. Portugal offers a different type of living experience more than any other European country.
Portugal’s climate is a temperate maritime one which sees hot summers and wet winters. The winters are determined by the Atlantic Ocean on the west coast and the Mediterranean Sea. The spring and summer months are sunny and hot with July and August reaching temperatures between 35°C - 40°C (86°F - 95°F) and there are 12 hours of sunshine per day in August. January is the coldest at 12°C (54°F) and the wettest month is December.
Portugal is easy to get to as the majority of International Airlines fly into Portugal several times a day. A short haul 2.5-hour flight from the UK and less for most other European countries make Portugal a wonderful holiday home destination. There are three international airports in Portugal you can fly in to frequently, Lisbon (LIS), Faro (FAO) and Porto (OPO).
Whether you have decided to buy a property in Portugal for a holiday residence, an investment, with a view to rent your property out either short term or long term, or as a possible retirement home for your future it’s a wise choice to make. Portugal is a beautiful location it has kept is laid back and traditional way of life and it does offer the buyer an upmarket lifestyle that will enrich your days and evenings year round. It doesn’t get too hot so it’s uncomfortable, therefore allows pleasant afternoons sightseeing and taking in the local history and culture of this amazing country.