About Algarve - Portugal
About South Portugal – The Algarve
The Algarve is probably the best known region of Portugal. The international property investment world knows real estate in Algarve already for more than 40 years and the South of Portugal continues certainly a nice property hot spot for most of the investors worldwide.
Definitely the Algarve has been the “public web site” or “show room” of Portugal for long years and continues to be.
A Gold Investment
Coming back to properties in Algarve there are a few things to say.
During the time that I lived in France (35 years ago) I used to go regularly on holidays to the Cote d`Azur. Already at that time everybody was complaining about the exhaustive prices of the properties and the live in general.
35 years later we can state that the properties there were getting more and more expensive and even worse – it is hard or even impossible to find a decent property near the coast below €350.000.
Well, the situation with real estate in Algarve is very similar. The Algarve has always been used to crises…crises were coming and crises were going but the Algarve property price falls were never very significant. The rule for this type of places is in Europe always the same: Unique prices for unique locations, no way to get a European property which includes features like “sun”, “high temperatures”, “beach”, “golf” and “sea views or sea proximity” at reduced prices at least not based on a medium and long term view.
Warm Watters, Unique Beauty & Culture
Real estate investment in Algarve will always be a classic in the overseas property world as the Algarve is still and will always be unique comparing to other regions of Portugal and also to other tourist hot spots worldwide.
The climate is certainly one of the strongest points which the Algarve has to offer with a mild winter, warm spring and autumn and an incredible hot summer. The temperature of the sea is in the summer above 20º and the desired and necessary holiday feeling becomes always reality.
For the ones who love the “night” the Algarve has also its charm as the offer of bars, discos and pubs is very big and spread all over the Algarvean coastline. No way to sleep if you don`t want to do it…
Local Flavours / Gastronomy
The South of Portugal offers also a wide range of gastronomic specialties which are mostly based on seafood but offering also other type of culinary experiences coming from a very long gastronomic tradition and history. You will definitely always find something corresponding to your gastronomic preferences.
The gastronomy of the Algarve is a fascinating blend of fresh seafood, aromatic spices, and regional produce, offering a variety of delightful flavors and tastes. This unique cuisine reflects both the rich history and natural beauty of the region.
The Algarve is renowned for its exquisite seafood, sourced directly from the Atlantic Ocean. Here, you can enjoy fresh fish such as sea bream, sole, and sea bass, often grilled or fried to preserve their natural flavors. Shrimp, clams, squid, and lobster are additional highlights of the seafood selection, prepared in various delicious preparations.
A well-known dish of the Algarve is Cataplana, a stew prepared in a special copper pot. It typically includes a variety of seafood, such as shrimp, clams, and fish, combined with fresh vegetables, spices, and aromatic piri-piri (a hot chili pepper). This flavorful stew is a true delight for the senses and a must-try for any food enthusiast.
The regional cuisine of the Algarve also encompasses agricultural products such as fresh fruits, vegetables, olive oil, and herbs. A popular side dish is “Algarve Salada,” a refreshing salad featuring oranges, onions, olives, and cilantro. Olive oil is generously used in many dishes, imparting them with a distinctive flavor.
Another traditional dish is “Percebes,” also known as “Gooseneck Barnacles.” These peculiar-looking shellfish are found along the rocky coasts of the Algarve and have a unique taste reminiscent of sea breeze and salty water. Percebes are often served cooked or steamed and are a delicacy for seafood lovers.
The Algarve is also famous for its desserts. Be sure to try the traditional “Pastéis de Nata,” delicious puff pastry custard tarts. These are typically sprinkled with powdered sugar and cinnamon and are a true delight. “Dom Rodrigos” are another sweet temptation – crispy almond pastry pieces filled with egg yolk cream and sugarcane liqueur.
The gastronomy of the Algarve is rich in taste and diversity, offering something for every palate. Whether you love seafood, hearty stews, or sweet treats, the Algarve will indulge your culinary desires and provide an unforgettable experience.
Beaches / Sports
The Algarve, located in the southernmost region of Portugal, is renowned for its stunning beaches and diverse range of sports activities, making it a paradise for beach lovers and adventure enthusiasts alike.
Stretching along its picturesque coastline, the Algarve boasts an abundance of pristine sandy beaches, each with its own unique charm. From secluded coves nestled between towering cliffs to long stretches of golden sands lapped by crystal-clear waters, there is a beach to suit every preference. Praia da Marinha, with its dramatic rock formations and turquoise waters, is often considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Praia da Falésia, with its towering red cliffs and expansive shoreline, offers a breathtaking backdrop for sunbathing and leisurely walks. Praia de Benagil is famous for its mesmerizing sea cave, which can be explored by boat or kayak. Whether you’re seeking tranquility, natural beauty, or water sports excitement, the Algarve beaches have it all.
Speaking of water sports, the Algarve is a haven for adventure seekers and sports enthusiasts. With its favorable climate, warm waters, and consistent waves, it offers excellent conditions for surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing. The region’s numerous surf schools cater to all levels, from beginners to experienced wave riders, providing expert instruction and equipment rental. Lagos and Sagres are particularly popular among surfers due to their excellent surf breaks and vibrant surf culture.
For those who prefer calmer waters, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) and kayaking are fantastic options to explore the Algarve’s coastline, caves, and hidden grottoes. You can paddle along the stunning cliffs, discovering hidden beaches and admiring the rugged beauty of the region from a unique perspective.
The Algarve’s clear waters also offer fantastic opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving. Underneath the surface, a vibrant underwater world awaits, teeming with marine life, colorful coral reefs, and intriguing shipwrecks. Dive centers in the region cater to divers of all levels, offering guided dives and certification courses.
Away from the water, the Algarve provides ample opportunities for other outdoor activities. The region’s diverse landscape of rolling hills, forests, and nature reserves is perfect for hiking and cycling. Trails such as the Rota Vicentina offer breathtaking coastal walks, taking you through rugged cliffs, hidden beaches, and picturesque fishing villages.
Golf enthusiasts will be delighted by the Algarve’s reputation as a top golfing destination. The region boasts numerous world-class golf courses, designed by renowned architects and offering stunning views of the coastline. With its mild climate, golf can be enjoyed year-round, making the Algarve a golfer’s paradise.
Furthermore, the Algarve is home to several marinas, providing opportunities for sailing, yacht charters, and boat tours. You can explore the coastline, visit secluded beaches, and even venture out for dolphin-watching excursions.
In conclusion, the Algarve offers an unparalleled combination of breathtaking beaches and thrilling sports possibilities. Whether you seek relaxation on golden sands, adrenaline-pumping water sports, or outdoor adventures amidst stunning natural landscapes, the Algarve has something to offer every traveler seeking an unforgettable experience.