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5 things Portugal is famous for!

5 things Portugal is famous for!

There’s a lot more to Portugal than Cristiano Ronaldo and the rooster of Barcelos! Here are just five things Europe’s most westerly country has to offer holidaymakers and expats alike.
 
Spectacular Beaches
 
Red and orange rocks, startlingly blue ocean and more nooks and crannies than you could explore in a lifetime…Portugal’s 963km of coastline is a stunning feat of natural beauty. From underwater caves to beaches that can only be reached by boat, Portugal is a treasure trove of some of the world’s best stretches of sand.
 
Many of these can be found on the Algarve, which delivers more than 300 days of sunshine a year! Praia da Rocha, Praia da Marinha and Ilha da Tavira are some of the country’s top beach spots, although the beautiful Dona Ana remains the most popular. The iconic cliffs of Ponta da Piedade are well worth exploring too!
 
Year-round surf 
 
The stunning coves and inlets speckling Portugal’s glorious coastline are a haven for swimmers, sunbathers, kayakers – and surfers! Whether it’s an internationally renowned surf spot on the World Surf League circuit or a secret beach hidden between dramatic cliffs, the surf scene in Portugal is a perfect 10!
 
The southwest holds the biggest appeal to the surfer crowd, which flocks to coastal towns like Lagos all year round to soak up the action in one of Europe’s top surfing destinations. There’s no shortage of surf schools, so whether you’re a beginner or want to hone your skills, opportunities abound.
 
Delectable food and wine
 
The clue’s in the name with this one! Portugal is famous for the production of Port Wine, a popular dessert wine produced in the acclaimed Douro Valley in northern Portugal. The country is also well-known for its crisp Vinho Verde, which translates as ‘green wine’ but means ‘young wine’.
 
You can’t go wrong with Portuguese wine, and the same goes for the culinary scene. Seafood is one of the country’s many specialities, with locals and tourists reeled into restaurants on the promise of a delicious cod or bacalhau dish. But it’s the bakeries that really take the biscuit, with divine pastries and mouth-watering treats like the humble custard tart (pastéis de nata).
 
World-class golf courses
 
Another sport putting Portugal on the map is golf. With year-round sun and warm weather providing ideal conditions for a long golfing season, you can tee off at some of the world’s finest courses, many of which are found in the Algarve.
 
Crowned World’s Best Golf Destination 2017 at the Fourth Annual World Golf Awards, Portugal has been recognised by numerous organisations and publications as one of Europe’s most popular golfing destinations. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, the Algarve is a great place to practice your swing!
 
Low living costs
 
Portugal may be home to members-only golf courses and millionaire playgrounds like Vilamoura, but it’s actually one of the most affordable places to live and holiday in Europe. The Algarve took third place in a recent report by Post Office Money highlighting the most affordable European destinations for British travellers.
 
Portugal’s sunny south coast was pipped to the post by just two destinations – Sunny Beach, Bulgaria and Marmaris, Turkey. Meanwhile, another recent report by global consumer price website Numbeo.com rates prices in Portugal as 28% lower than in the UK.
 
Bonus point!
 
It might also interest you to know that Portugal claimed the title of the planet’s most welcoming country for expats. Conducted by InterNations, the world’s largest network for people who live and work abroad, the report was based on the insights of almost 13,000 foreign workers from 188 countries and territories.
 
An overwhelming 94% of expats in Portugal agreed that locals displayed a friendly attitude towards foreigners, while just under 50% said they were likely to remain in Portugal forever!
 
Is now the right time to invest?
 
With all this to offer alongside a steady rise in tourism, now could be a great time to invest in Portuguese property.
The number of foreign visitors to Portugal increased by nearly 12% in 2017, reaching a record 12.7 million people and increasing demand for accommodation.
 
Not only that, but Portugal recorded the second highest annual increase in house prices in 2017 across Europe.
If you’ve always dreamed of investing in Portugal, call us on our free number for an informal, no-obligation chat about your options.
 
We can even book allow-cost property viewing for you to give you a real taste of expat life in the sun!


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