In Portugal, the Algarve is, by far, the most popular area to move to from abroad. Thousands of expats live there and it’s a favourite with tourists every year, and for good reason. With excellent transport links, great weather, stunning beaches, delicious seafood, and excellent golf resorts, it’s an expat’s dream!

The Algarve is a huge area with many different things to offer, depending on where you look. So, where are the best places to buy property?


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.


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.


Vilamoura is the perfect choice for beach and golf lovers alike. With plenty of leisure facilities, including six golf courses, it’s a luxury town boasting the biggest marina in Portugal. Buzzing with restaurants, bars and shops, it’s possible to choose a quiet spot whilst still having the convenience of amenities on the doorstep. Praia da Falésia is one of the most well-known beaches in the Algarve, and for good reason, with warm sand and calm water.

The suburbs of Vilamoura could be a good place to look for a property if you’re after a large villa. However, there are many properties all over, from the golf courses to near the marina.


With a truly cosmopolitan feel, a vibrant town and stunning beaches, Lagos is a varied town that has something for everyone. The quaint old town with cobbled streets and traditional restaurants is contrasted by the glitz and glamour of the new town. Even the beaches are varied, with Meia Praia beach offering a long stretch of sand contrasted by smaller coves such as the pretty Praia de Dona Ana.

With villas and apartments on offer in the centre and the outskirts, there’s plenty of choices when it comes to buying property.


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