If you’re looking to buy a property somewhere with easy access to both the city and the beach, why not consider Portimão?
Portimão is a vibrant working city with a marina and several beach resorts within touching distance. So, if you like both the convenience of city amenities and a beautiful coastline, this could be the place for you. This region also experiences good weather, with over 3100 hours of annual sunshine, hot summers and mild winters.
Being a city, Portimão is also extremely well-connected. It’s around an hours’ drive from Faro airport and also has a train station on the main Algarve line.
Living in Portimão
You may be pleased to hear that Portimão isn’t considered a major tourist destination. It certainly has the feel of an authentic Portuguese city and whilst not all areas are particularly beautiful, property is affordable, and amenities are plentiful.
Portimão’s old fishing docks have now been transformed into a beautiful riverfront promenade, which leads off into the city’s old town. This is full of pretty squares, restaurants, cafes and historic buildings. If you love seafood, then Portimão is definitely the place to be!
Although the city is home to 56,000 residents, it has a relaxed feel and takes life at a slower pace than other towns in this area. It is geared towards living rather than holidays, which is good news if you wish to move to Portugal permanently.
Property prices are fairly reasonable in Portimão. You can find small (older) apartments from €95,000 and apartments in more modern developments from €165,000.
The surrounding beaches
Drive just a short distance out of Portimão and you will find a selection of beautiful beaches. Whether you’re after a quiet day by the sea or an action-packed beach day with kids, you’re sure to find something to suit you.
Ferragudo is a great place to go for a quiet beach day, even in the height of summer. Meanwhile, Praia da Rocha is one of the Algarve’s most beautiful beaches and has a buzz all year round, with water sports, buzzing restaurants, as well as cliffs and coves to explore.
As a family, you may want to head to Alvor. The large beach and attractive river estuary area are complemented by the picturesque town and traditional whitewashed houses. Although quieter than Praia da Rocha, you can still enjoy several activities and a variety of water sports here.
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