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Bem-vindos a Portugal! Three good reasons for having a holiday home in the land of discoverers

Portugal - the land of discoverers! Portugal, with its unique history, is one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe. It is estimated that humans first settled in Portugal as early as 500,000 years ago; the oldest human fossil discovered here dates back to 100,000 years ago when Neanderthals inhabited the region. The country’s diversity is inspiring more and more people to invest here or even move here. In this article, we will show you why buying a holiday home in Portugal is a sound investment, and we will also inform you about the requirements and regulations that apply in this regard. Vamos lá!

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The best places in Portugal, the diverse landscape and the culture

Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve coast – we know them all! So how about a few insider travel tips for the land of the discoverers? 

Let’s start with Sintra, a picturesque region 25 kilometres west of the capital city of Lisbon. The town is known especially for its century old palaces, which attract visitors from around the world. Furthermore, the Cultural Landscape of Sintra was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995. Apart from numerous quaint Portuguese cafes and restaurants, this is also where the 1,000-year-old Palácio Nacional de Sintra is located. A visit to the palace is definitely worthwhile!

Further north is something of interest for book lovers. The beautiful old town of Porto accommodates one of the most beautiful book stores in the world. The interior is made from wood, the ceiling consists of a huge stained glass window, and a curved wooden staircase leads to the upper floor. In Porto, you can also enjoy romantic strolls through the picturesque old town or indulge in a cup of coffee at one of the cafes with views of the Douro and Vila Nova da Gaia, the city on the other side of the river where the famous port wine cellars are located.

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A home by the sea on the Atlantic coast

The famous Algarve coast is located right in the south of Portugal. Characterised by steep costs, fine sandy beaches and mystic caverns, this region offers a wide range of recreational activities. Tip: take a kayak trip to explore the partly undiscovered caves along the coast! Other exciting outdoor activities include dolphin watching on the Atlantic, stand-up paddling in Lagos and cliff hiking with sea views along the Praia do Amado.

The Portuguese city of Albufeira is also located on the Algarve coast. The romantic alleyways of the old town with their countless shops, boutiques and cafes round out the unique charm of the town. If you prefer a stroll on the beach to the hustle and bustle of the old town, there are two beaches in Albufeira to choose from: Praia do Peneco and Praia dos Pescadores.

A holiday home in Portugal

Portugal has it all - sandy beaches, mountain ranges, olive groves, historic castles and Lisbon, a city of over one million inhabitants. Are you interested in buying property in Portugal? Visit our landing page to find out everything you need to know about investing in other European countries and the associated requirements.

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