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Retirement in Portugal


Retirement is like a long vacation in the Algarve!


If you want, this statement is not far from reality. Retirement is a long-awaited and significant step in the life of any worker. It's the moment when professional life comes to an end, and we start dictating the time in the way that is most favourable to us. In retirement, we put into practice the plans matured over the years and think about leaving the comfort zone and perhaps moving to another country.

If over the years, as a worker, you have wished to spend your retirement away from your own home, this article will help you understand which is the best place to retire in the Algarve and the steps you should take to do so.

Where is the best place to buy a property in Portugal? Buying a house in Portugal is a significant choice for those who want to spend their days simply with the sun shining through the window, a divine gastronomy, fresh products in any market, friendly people and cosmopolitan cities full of life bubbling over with novelties, culture and technology. We have the privilege of being in a corner of Europe, where the sea surrounds the entire western coast of the country and an interior with landscapes so disparate that can present from snow-capped mountains to plains covered with extensive fields of sunflowers. Portugal is a small country in the south of Europe and everything in it is beautiful.

If you plan to live in a mild climate all year round, where you can contemplate the sun at least 300 days a year, the Algarve is the answer! This region has it all: sea, mountains, cityscapes and an interior, named Barrocal Algarvio where tradition is still important. Any destination in Portugal would be an excellent choice, but it is in the Algarve that buying a property could feel like a year-round holiday. The region has been highlighted for several years as being one of the top destinations to spend retirement in. Who says so is International Living, in an article that lists the ten best places to retire. Several parameters are evaluated, such as the value of the real estate, benefits, residence visas or the health system of each country. You can access the original article here.

If you have already spent your holidays in the Algarve region, you know that the beaches have a characteristic golden tone that contrasts with the turquoise blue of the sea. The beauty of the beaches and their safety has been honoured several times in the Best Beach Destination in Europe travel website, and for 2021 it’s are already part of the category "Beaches to visit in 2021". As it is one of the most promising places in Europe, any real estate investment in this area is a won deal. To live or simply invest in a property for seasonal rental, the Algarve offers all the necessary and safe conditions to apply your money.

Is it better to buy an apartment or a villa? Everything will depend on the budget available for the house purchase, along with the number of elements in your household. Therefore, the number of people will determine the number of bedrooms you might need in the house as well as the space needed in the common areas.  In the Algarve, there are several spacious and well-located flats and suitable villas for small families. The best thing to do when in doubt is to contact a real estate professional. You will be assisted in finding the ideal house and dealing with all the necessary bureaucracy to finalise the purchase. You can always count on Casas do Barlavento, as we have a vast experience of over 15 years in the real estate market and in accompanying the real estate investments of those who live abroad.

Where to live in the Algarve? That is the burning question! We know how difficult it may be to answer it, but we will do our best to leave you without any doubts. The Algarve has sixteen counties of pure beauty, each with its virtues and characteristics that will make you fall in love and never want to live anywhere else. The region is crossed by the highway - Via Do Infante, which connects Lagos to Vila Real de Santo António. In a short time, it is possible to cross the region from one end to the other, which makes it easy to move between towns. If you prefer to visit the north of Portugal, it will only take you forty minutes by plane. In Faro, there is an airport with national and international connections. Each city has a public transport system so that you can leave your car parked and move between parishes and in the city itself. Mobility will never be a problem in this region, even if you decide that the right place to live is outside a large urban centre.


Any city in the Algarve is a great place to live in and have an active life during retirement. We have put together some suggestions from the western part of the Algarve, where more expats decide to live. Start the search for your dream house


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