June 24th, 2013
Family on Algarve Beach
Well the summer weather is here in full force now, with the beach parties and night clubs now opening for the glamorous people of the Algarve and it’s many fantastic visitors it’s time to relax and enjoy why we’re all here. If you’ve ever stumbled across closing time throughout many of the UK’s larger towns and even some of the smaller ones for that matter then you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the Portuguese version.
Firstly there is not always a set closing time so people come and go from different parties throughout the night, and with the drink culture being totally different here (it’s legal to drink here from the age of 16 and generally there is no binge drinking or over use here, certainly not on the scales some of the UK are familiar with anyway) the nights are usually just a relaxed chilled out affair, with dancing and drinking and looking across the sea, which in the summer offer’s a nice break from the sun.
Of course when we’re talking about night clubs and parties it covers a wider spectrum of participants than perhaps associated with elsewhere. Many of the beach clubs have sunset dinner’s with music in the background and many offer special deals whereby you have dinner and drinks and then move to the party afterwards if you want, they usually run until 5 or 6 am so there’s no need to stay all night that’s just for the night owls!
It’s another really huge plus for the Algarve really and makes the summer even more enjoyable with some much variety in each town and location you can really find somewhere that fits just perfectly with your own tastes and with the Portuguese friendly laid back manner it makes for a great end to a holiday or the beginning of a new life, or at least the thought of it anyway and that’s what makes the Algarve so unique memorable and, still, somewhat exclusive. Most holidaymakers here have been here before and enjoy coming back as often as they can and seeing most things have stayed the same, it’s a familiar feeling that is somewhat comforting when in a foreign country.
If you’re over here on a break and want to look at the options of making your stay here more permanent please get in touch and let us know how we can help, there’s some tremendous properties for sale in the Algarve just now, and the prices are the best they’ve been for a long long time.
June 21st, 2013
2013 has proven to be a year of hope within the property market here in the Algarve. We’ve personally seen a huge increase in the number of properties sold in the Algarve and the number for sale dwindling. Price’s have remained steady for the last 6 months, of course they are hugely reduced from the years before and are as we call it “bottomed out”, so there is only one way the market can go and that’s up! Not quickly by any means, but a slow and steady increase is predicted for the future.
Now there are those of us that predict a more rapid growth in the Algarve property market. The main reason behind this is simply the supply of property is dropping ever so quickly now, we don’t mean the total supply as let’s face it a huge percentage of the property on the market here is horrible and will unlikely be sold any time soon. We’re talking about good quality property, in good popular locations these are the one’s that will soon be in short supply.
It’s a good sign for Portugal along with the rest of Europe as the buyer’s are mostly, in our case anyway, from the UK and Europe rather than from Portugal itself, so let’s hope it continues this way.
March 15th, 2013
October 2008, construction was completed for the Algarve´s first motor racing circuit. This Track is situated in Portimao, and is known as the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve. The track is 4.692km in length with a total cost of just shy of €200 million. This extensive project is also includes a karting circuit, Technology centre, 5 star hotel, Sports complex and Apartments. As you can imagine this extends the Algarves resources and draws even more people to the Algarve each year.
Playing host to major events such as the Formula One testing, A1 Grand Prix, Renault world Series and World Super bike Championship to name but a few. Portugal are in negotiations at present with the Formula One Management over commercialism,with the desire to join the Grand Prix series. If a long term agreement can be settled, the Portuguese Grand Prix could bring millions in revenue to Algarve each year. This would mean huge Boosts in the economy as thousands travel from all ends of the globe to witness the major event.
The Autodrome also hosts open track days every other week allowing people to take their own cars onto the track and open the throttle. For those that don’t fancy risking their own vehicle, why not head over to the karting centre and fly round on one of the centre 400cc karts. At the karting centre you can also buy your own 400cc kart if you wish and karting tournaments are held on a regular basis, along with junior motorbike racing.
March 15th, 2013
As most of you are well aware golf plays a huge role in Portugal’s fame and fortune. The country is renown for its almost fictional courses, with the Algarve boasting most of the high standard courses. The beautiful year round climate combined with diverse entertainment options, make the Algarve a golfers paradise.
The Algarve is home to no less than 35 world class courses many of which are championship quality. Every year there is a Portuguese Open Championship causing people to flock from all over Portugal and abroad to watch or star in this incredible tournament upon one of the picturesque championship courses. Thousands of Golfing enthusiasts visit Portugal throughout every year and this number is only rising. There are courses of all variety of grades for every calibre of player all of which have reasonable green fees putting a smile on everyone’s face. The courses are all unique with there own individual scenic beauty, from the lakes and pine trees of Quinta do Lago to the palm trees and seas vistas of Boavista. The Algarve has been named the ´Best Golfing Destination in the World´ by the international Associations of golf tours which outlines the quality of golf along the Algarve.
If you fancy a round of golf but don’t take it seriously, pay as you go options are available at most courses. You don’t even need your own set of clubs as most courses offer the availability to hire golf clubs/a club and buggies. If your planning on trying out more than one course and still need your own clubs them there are plenty of shops with clubs for hire including Faro airport at competitive rates.
Golfing in Portugal brings sports men and women from all around the world and allows people to socialise without the barrier of language. It is an enjoyable day out for all and is unlike Golf anywhere else in the world.
March 14th, 2013
The Algarve is blessed with outstanding weather all year round. September through to November the weather is still very warm throughout the day with temperatures averaging in the 30´s in the sun, meaning that your usual summer activities can still be enjoyed without the crowds of summer months. The worst weather occurs December through to February where the temperatures still rarely go below 15 degrees.
The winter is a time for those who enjoy Portugal for its natural beauty and history, to flourish The tourist areas are mostly closed until summer leaving the locals to step back into there traditional routines. There are traditional Portuguese markets that take place on a regular basis. In February Carnival usually takes place with Loule being most famous for the Brazilian style Mardi gras but many towns and villages have their own colourful celebrations. There is also Christmas and New Year to look forward to with huge celebrations taking place across the Algarve and parties on the beaches with spectacular firework displays.
Want a winter holiday home? Check out our newest Beach properties, ideal for the winter months.
P.S. It’s 15 degrees C here today. Enjoy the snow !
March 13th, 2013
Property in Sao Bras de Alportal ID: 198
This unique property is located in the hills just north of Sao Bras, only 40 minutes from Faro airport. If privacy is what your looking for then this property is perfect, in a quiet area with the town still easily accessible The price has recently been dropped and is well beneath its market value to a quick sale wanted. This once proud school building has now been converted into a spacious 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom villa sitting on a plot of 614m2 of land. The building has been newly furnished with 2 brand new wood burners installed and nice swimming pool and jacuzzi. This property is also fully booked every year with rentals, so would be as fantastic investment as well as a beautiful holiday home.
You can view all the information on this stunning villa on our website by clicking here
March 5th, 2013
The Algarve boasts a scorching summer with an average of 12 hours sunshine a day and temperatures rarely dropping below 30 degrees. Summer nights are a little cooler with temperatures generally around mid 20´s. This combined with Portugal’s renowned golden beaches and vast entertainment options makes the Algarve a hotspot for millions of visitors every year.
The daytime offers plenty of entertainment for all ages and preferences. For those that seek an adrenaline rush Almancil offers Off road buggies, Go Karts and Quad riding with full options incorporating the latter. If land thrills aren’t your thing then head to one of the many Beautiful beaches where there will be a variety of water sporting activities from banana boats to jet skis.
Those looking for a more relaxing source of entertainment also have an abundance of options to take their fancy. Boat trips to some of the Algarves many huge coastal caves are often a effortless way to see more of the magnificent coastline. For those who would rather sit with a refreshing beverage basking in the sun, the are many beach bars serving drinks and food all day. Why not make the most of what Portugal has to offer by taking some time out to visit the picturesque historic areas of a once simple country. Portugal is also famous for its world class golf courses, drawing thousands here every year.
The vast amounts of entertainment doesn’t fade as the sun sets. If anything there are more options at night than day. You can start the evening off with a meal out in one of the thousands of restaurants across the Algarve. Maybe after head to a local bar for a couple drinks or even walk down the beach listening to the therapeutic sounds of calm waves breaking and sand moving under your feet.
For the party goers out there the Algarve offers beach parties with live performing artists from bands to DJ sets. There are also thousands of bars to get the night started with clubs open until the very early hours of the morning with special nights of foam and water parties.
January 22nd, 2013
Faro is a largely historic town made famous for its Roman heritage. This can all be seen within the Cidade Velha (Old Town) where buildings such as 13th century cathedrals and 9th century walls are preserved in there ever lasting beauty.
Modern faro is now an international hub for tourists and travellers from all around the world. The international airport sees over 8 million passengers per annum which is only thought to rise due to previous statistics. Faro is also home to a large port providing trading channels to countries all around the world.
Not unlike any other coastal city faro offers beautiful white beaches which have been awarded the green flag for accessibility and also provide water sports and boats trips. The famous Rio Formosa lagoon also offers the opportunity to go diving. As is the theme across the majority of the Algarve golf is also an option in the faro area.
Although not renowned as a destination many overseas buyers own property, it is a fantastic city and is one of the best locations for anyone looking at buy to let investment properties. The prices are low, and the city is awash with students from around the world due to the University there.
To view our current list of properties in Faro please click here.
January 21st, 2013
Not getting enough R&R? If you’re desperate to de-stress in true Portuguese style, then Boliqueime will put a smile – or welcome yawn – on your face. This charming inland village couldn’t be less interested in touristy entertainments. A web of narrow roads radiating from a cobbled church square, it’s the perfect place to get up close and personal with the rural Algarve. Take a saunter along the tiny streets where old-fashioned shops crouch between handsome whitewashed houses. Follow the scent of fresh bread to the local bakery for loaves still warm from the oven. Or rest a while at a bottle-lined bar on the square. And if you’re really in the swing of things, chat with the locals about the important things in life – football, wine and well, Portugal.
Around the village, country roads snake through fields scattered with almond orchards, citrus trees and white-painted farmhouses. Here, time seems to be marked only by the sound of sheep bells and farmyard chickens. And it’s here, out in the hills that you’ll find traditional restaurants to dine out on hearty chicken piri piri and cataplana, washed down by the essential vinho verde. When the tourist track calls, Vilamoura’s golf courses, sandy beaches and marina-side restaurants are ten minutes’ drive away. But if you’re sold on traditional Portugal, your first stop should be Loulé. This historic town’s Saturday market is more experience than event – bowling over visitors with its scores of vibrant food and handicraft stalls.
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January 18th, 2013
Vilamoura is the largest luxury tourist complex in Europe covering a staggering 20km₂. Located within the municipality of Loule, Vilamoura is a convenient 14 miles from faro airport, reducing your travel time. At the heart of this luxury area is one of Europe’s largest marina´s, boasting a huge 1300 berths. This is home to multi million pound yachts and boats which make up the centre piece of some of the Algarve’s finest hotels.
This setting provides a surreal experience for those wanting a relaxing getaway from the stress filled modern world. There are plenty of shops and restaurants looking out across the sheer beauty of the marina, meaning you can watch the boats parade around all day. Or why not take a ride on one of those boats for yourself, while taking a tour around some of the many local caves.
This however is not everyone’s idea of a perfect getaway which is where Vilamoura excels. There is alternative side to this peaceful sea front, involving many outdoor activities such as golf on no less than 5 top class courses. These are also known for hosting the Portuguese Open golf championships. There is also tennis, Pilates and a range of other sporting clubs. There are two main beaches either side of the marina hosting everything from Pedalo’s to Jet Ski’s. In the evening Vilamoura’s diversity becomes even clearer, ranging from quiet traditional Portuguese cuisine, once again overlooking the marina to vibrant bars, casino’s and clubs open to the early hours of the morning.
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