The start of a new year may mean that you’re restarting your plans to find a holiday home or forever home in Portugal. So, where are the best places to move to? We list four of our top picks.

Albufeira

Once a small fishing village, Albufeira is now a buzzing town that has much to offer to expats and tourists alike. The largest resort town in the Algarve, it has ‘old’ and ‘new’ parts boasting a wealth of shops and restaurants. The old town is charming and quaint, steeped in Portuguese tradition and opening out onto the tranquil Praia dos Pescadores beach.

The new town is quite different, with lively bars and new hotels overlooking the Praia da Oura beach. Thankfully, the two sides of town exist separately, in perfect harmony. Boasting a mixture of apartments and villas close to the beach, it’s a great place to buy a property with plenty of amenities on the doorstep.

Sagres

If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, then Sagres could be the perfect option. With a growing expat community, this small fishing village is a hub of peace and tranquillity. Situated on a clifftop overlooking the sea, the town has a small harbour and a handful of shops, bars and restaurants, as well as beautiful beaches.

There are no high-rise apartment blocks in Sagres – only small, traditional houses. Many expats live in the centre or in the small village of Raposeira, which is a 10-minute drive away. Although the weather here is more unpredictable than other areas of the Algarve, the relaxing atmosphere here more than makes up for it.

Figueira da foz

Figueira da Foz is one of the most popular Silver Coast areas for international residents. The historic town has a wide variety of beaches and lagoons and was once Portugal’s most visited beach resort.

Churches, museums and a Benedictine monastery are just some other attractions that you can enjoy. And it’s not only the cultural aspects that you’ll love. A host of bars, restaurants and clubs are at your fingertips for the evening. With a population of around 60,000, there’s a wealth of amenities, including several good schools.

Porto

Porto is a city with something for everyone. If you’re looking for the hustle and bustle of city life, then Porto has this in abundance. Alternatively, if it’s a relaxing place you seek, then the beautiful Douro Valley region could be perfect for you.

A stunning city with plenty of housing options and great transport links, you can easily take a day trip to the beach or even to Lisbon. The people are also extremely friendly, so you should have no problem integrating into Porto’s society and making friends.