Ah, the Algarve. Known around the globe for its prestigious golf and leisure resorts, golden sandy coves and lively nightlife. But there is so much more to Portugal’s Faro district. If you want to experience the authentic Portuguese lifestyle, head west…
Location and landscape
The Western Algarve stretches from the charming fishing town of Carvoeiro to Sagres and is, in many people’s opinion, the most beautiful part of the Algarve’s coastline. You’ll find quieter resorts with fewer tourists and secluded beaches concealed by low cliffs. To truly see mother nature run wild, go west of Praia da Luz, where the coastline is thrilling, rugged and unspoilt. Alternatively, the magnificent sweeping beach of Meia Praia is serene and offers 4km of soft golden sand and calm waters – perfect for a beach day without the herds of tourists.
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Meia Praia stretches all the way to the Alvor river estuary, which offers another great day out. There is a protected wetland park where you will likely spot some flamingos! The estuary is sandwiched between the port towns of Lagos and Portimão.
Where to buy
The historic walled town of Lagos is an excellent location to buy property in the Algarve. The whitewashed buildings, vibrant cobbled streets, famous market and a large selection of shops and restaurants make for an enjoyable lifestyle. The town is built on an estuary and features a promenade with views across the river to the impressive marina where up to 490 yachts can dock. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to property, with many gorgeous properties being within 10-minutes’ drive of the bustling town-centre and excellent golf course.
If you head east, you will reach the pretty fishing village of Alvor. And, if you carry on, you will find Portimão. Known for its sardine festival, historic centre and extravagant marina with superyachts, this old town offers a great combination of history and modern living. Another great buying spot nearby is Praia da Rocha with its alfresco dining and 24/7 bars.
On the other side of the estuary is the attractive fishing village of Ferragudo which enjoys views of the beaches of Praia Grande and Praia Angrinha.
If you would rather live more inland, check out the old town of Silves.
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For those who crave a relaxing Portuguese lifestyle, the Western Algarve is perfect. Even the cosmopolitan and more energetic towns of Lagos and Portimão pride themselves on maintaining their traditional fishing heritage.
You can spend your days relaxing on the unspoilt beaches or exploring Portugal’s stunning scenery on one of the many nature trails. Water lovers have endless activities to choose from, including fishing, sailing and water sports.
Why not head to the Sagres area where you can see some of the best sunsets in the world?
And we have to mention the brilliant selection of golf courses in the region. Some of the best include the Boavista Golf and Spa Resort on the outskirts of Lagos and the Penina Hotel and Gold Resort, which features the Algarve’s first ever 18-hole championship course.
The Western Algarve has something for everyone, whatever your budget. Of course, there are some pretty extravagant luxury apartments in key developments in Lagos and Portimão, which can range from €500,000 all the way up to €1,000,000+.
Nonetheless, you can find plenty of stylish apartments in great locations for €200,000-€400,000. A resale seaside or golf apartment with two bedrooms would cost around €150,000. Townhouses are around €200,000-€350,000.
For families, a budget of around €400,000-€500,000 would get you a resale villa with private pools near popular resorts.
The main way to reach the area is via Faro Airport in the central Algarve. From the airport, Portimão is about 45-55 minutes’ drive, and Lagos is about an hour.