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

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

The ‘bread basket of Portugal’, the Alentejo is known for its farms and vineyards. It also has a gorgeous coastline, with some of Europe’s best (and least discovered) 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. But don’t let that put you off – this is an up-and-coming location.
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Building a swimming pool in Portugal

Found the perfect property in Portugal but it lacks a certain something? Like a swimming pool? Don’t worry, if you have the space and the planning permission, installing a swimming pool in your home in Portugal isn’t too difficult. Here is what you need to do.
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News update: Overseas buyers buying more – and budgets are up

The secret seems to be out about Portugal: the latest stats show the number of overseas buyers continues to grow, and they’re generally willing to spend a lot more than locals on their dream home. A move abroad’s the perfect time for a new start, and one Brit is making headlines with a rewilding project near the Serra da Estrela.
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We swapped a career in the police for an art studio in Portugal

When Dave and Aly Sheldrake retired from their busy careers in the police, the last thing they were looking for was a quiet retirement – so they swapped the UK for a new adventure in the western Algarve, pursuing their dreams as a photographer and artist. Eight years on, they know it was the right decision, saying they’ve ‘never felt happier or more relaxed about life’.
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Building your own, part 3: finding a builder

If you’re building your own home in Portugal (or planning to), it’s likely you already know that it’s a complex process. By the time you’ve found the land, drawn up the plans and obtained the necessary permissions, you’re halfway through the prep. But once all that’s done, you need to get started on the next stage: finding a builder in Portugal.
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Touring Lisbon’s property hotspots

Sunny, stylish and incredibly beautiful: it’s easy to see why so many people want to buy property in Lisbon. With tile-clad mansions and pastel palaces set across seven hills, there are miradouros – golden views – round every corner. Add the growing tech, art and nightlife scenes and you have one of Europe’s coolest capital cities.
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What is the Portuguese golden visa and how does it work?

Portugal’s golden visa, or residency by investment, is a hugely successful scheme of Portuguese (and therefore EU) residency in return for investing in property or business. Successful applicants gain the right to live and work here, free movement around Europe’s Schengen zone, and the chance to apply for citizenship after 5 years. Here’s how.
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New rules come in around Airbnb rentals

Many European cities are struggling to contain the rise of Airbnb-style rentals. Their proliferation leaves local residents complaining of a lack of affordable homes. In a move that could have an impact on Airbnb in Portugal, Porto’s city council has decided to temporarily stop issuing licenses for new short-term rental properties in certain areas. 
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Build your own home, part 1: buying land

If you’ve spent any length of time browsing property listings in Portugal, you’ve probably noticed a wide selection of land for sale. Large plots of land, often with one or more ruins for renovation, are easy to find. Sometimes the prices seem incredibly tempting too. So, is buying land in Portugal and building a house to your dream specification a good option? This article explores the practicalities.
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