Could Portugal be permanently in the center of attention of the world if it did not have in the extreme south of the country a natural diamond like the Algarve? We have doubts. The Algarve is a paradise within Europe. The business card of the region is widely known - and coveted: it has year-round sunshine, magnificent beaches, security like no other region of the world, and still breathtaking properties, delicious award-winning food and golf courses unanimously considered the best in the world.
It is normal, therefore, that tourists - more than four million in 2017 - who come to the region with the goal of spending a vacation in that legendary destination bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, return home with the desire to stay or to buy a new property or even a plot at the edge of the beach or to invest in a luxurious country house.
When the intention to stay - or to cyclically return - is imposed, the question is whether it is better to buy a house or an apartment. The question, which seems banal, is especially complex in this region. Not only because the choice depends on the context, which here is leveled over - for example, we want to live in the paradisiacal Serra de Monchique, hanging on the highest point of the region, or in the most easterly places, near Faro, Loulé and Tavira highlighted by the Praia Verde, famous for its transparent water and white sand? - but also because the property offer, based on contemporary constructions, with high quality standards and features such as swimming pools, terraces, private gardens or unreal views, can fill with doubts even those who always have certainties. To complicate the choice, the Algarve also offers cities full of charm and irresistible beaches in the Barlavento, beyond Albufeira and extending to Aljezur. In fact, there are many lovers of the historic city of Lagos, or the emblematic beaches of Carvoeiro, Portimão and Alvor. And if the idea is not to buy all the real estate, how to choose only one?
The Algarve is for those who value the combination of a life of luxury with a selective and healthy style. Three top locations should be taken into account when making your choice; these are the three vertices of the magical Golden Triangle: Quinta do Lago, an international reference since the 1970s, built in the Ria Formosa Natural Park; the Vale do Lobo, surrounded by extensive sands, with a dazzling reddish top; and Vilamoura, the lively heart of the Algarve, whose busy marina and lifestyle has been celebrated for more than half a century.
Once the first step is over, which is to choose the location of your new home, contact LUXIMOS Christie's International Real Estate. Our team of real estate agents will help you decide between the virtues of a home, such as outer space or privacy, for example, and the qualities of an apartment, such as ease of maintenance or proximity to neighbors. Visit our extensive and demanding real estate listings and you will quickly find that living in the region that has just been selected as the "Best Destination in the World" award for the second consecutive year may well be the best decision of your life.