What is the Portuguese golden visa and how does it work?

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.
Building your home in Portugal, part 2: architects and planning permission

Building your home in Portugal, part 2: architects and planning permission

Once you’ve found your perfect plot of land to build your dream home on – with a sea view, or in the heart of the Alentejo countryside, perhaps – then it’s time to turn your thoughts to how you want that home to look. And, to put that down on paper and into a viable plan, you’ll need an architect. 
New rules come in around Airbnb rentals

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. 
Build your own home, part 1: buying land

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.
Child-friendly Portugal: Locations your kids will love!

Child-friendly Portugal: Locations your kids will love!

Portugal is the perfect spot for a home in the sun for families with children: it’s a short flight from the UK, the weather is warm and you’ve got beautiful beaches, golf and other activities aplenty for all the family to enjoy together. But with so many places to choose from, where are the best places to buy a child-friendly Portuguese property?

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