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The secret side of the western Algarve

The secret side of the western Algarve

Surfing, national parks, rural villages and deserted beaches. Find out more about what sets the western Algarve apart from the rest of the region. The western Algarve is one of the best preserved parts of southern Portugal, largely due to the Parque Natural da Costa...

Portuguese property values on the up

Property values in Portugal have risen to a six-year high. This is the latest development in a run of good news for the country, which includes the second economy boosting Lisbon Web Summit which took place in the capital recently. Property values increase Portugal...

Five things every expat needs to know about Portugal

Wondering what to expect from your day-to-day life in Portugal? Here, one expat gives you a “heads up” on a few Portuguese quirks. When you move to a new country, sometimes it takes a while for you to realise what’s really different about the place, compared to what...

Do you need a building survey in Portugal?

In Portugal getting a building survey is an option that many local people don’t bother with. If you do choose to get one, there are plenty of surveyors to choose from. When you buy a property anywhere, the costs beyond the price of the home soon mount up. It’s no...

An exciting weekend for Algarve shoppers!

Mar Shopping, in the busy Algarve town of Loulé, is finally opening. Along with dozens of retail outlets, there is a huge choice of facilities for visitors to enjoy.       Portugal’s Algarve isn’t exactly short of shopping malls, but the region’s largest is...

Small removals to Portugal: your options

When you move to Portugal your initial big removal won’t be the only time you want to move bulky items between countries. Here are your options for smaller removals. If you move to Portugal one of your main tasks will be arranging removals as you set up your new home....

A rural life in Portugal: the pros and cons

Are you tempted by the prospect of a simple life in the Portuguese countryside? In this article, an expat with personal experience of that life lays out some pros and cons. When my wife and I moved to Portugal, we decided to live in a small town, with easy access to...

Rental scheme will benefit landlords and tenants

Portugal’s new affordable rental scheme is an inventive initiative intended to make life easier for tenants in the country. New details have now emerged that seem to suggest landlords could benefit from it too. Over the past couple of months, Portuguese newspapers...

Portugal’s northern star

Home buyers exploring Portugal are being tempted by destinations beyond the seaside utopia of the Algarve. The city of Porto is one option – and it’s a place with plenty going for it. Like many countries, Portugal has some rivalry between its major cities. If you...

Schooling options in Portugal

If you’re an expat in Portugal (or planning to become one) and you have children, you’ll need to know the options for schooling. Moving abroad with children can prove an incredible opportunity for them to learn, grow and experience a new culture. However, getting the...

Property market, house prices and sales on the up

Investors in Portuguese property will be feeling happy with their lot right now, with all signs pointing to an extremely healthy market. Figures recently released by Portugal’s statistics institute (the INI) show a significant increase in the value of properties in...
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