Why Alentejo’s coast is tempting us from the Algarve!

Known as the bread basket of Portugal, the Alentejo is known for its farms and vineyards. It’s also got a gorgeous coastline, with some of Europe’s best (and secret) beaches. This paradise is one of the best value places to buy in Portugal, too. While house prices are booming in Lisbon and the Algarve, the Alentejo is 5.8% down on its peak levels.

5 places to buy within an hour of Athens

Athens may be one of the greatest cities of the world, but living there can be a little frenetic! So where offers the best of both worlds – countryside, seaside, and a base near the city? Long-term expat in Athens, Lynne Evans has a few suggestions.

Italy auctions off its palaces

The Italian government is selling off a selection of its state-owned properties in an ambitious plan to raise €1.2billion. Most exciting are the buildings of historic interest and those in prime city centre locations. 

“We swapped overpriced London for sunny, affordable Barcelona”

Struggling to get on the housing ladder, it’s little wonder young professionals are dismissing London for cheaper more exciting European hubs. We speak to recent graduate Olivia Way about her relocation to Barcelona and outline other cities where the lifestyle and job opportunities are attracting sun-seeking millennials…

Finding a builder in Spain

Whether you’re having your home built from scratch or just need your patio repointed, finding a builder in Spain is easy. But where do you start, what will you pay and what are the local rules about building? For example, your neighbours won’t want their summer ruined while your extension goes up. In part 3 of our series on self-building in Spain, we’ve got to the business end of the process!