Medal-worthy investment opportunities in Portugal’s sports resorts

With the nation basking in the afterglow of Olympic sporting success, we turn our attention to property investment opportunities afforded by world-class sports resorts across the Algarve.

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Westward along the coast from Faro Airport is the resort of Quinta do Lago, set amidst the Rio Formosa nature reserve with a footbridge crossing a natural tidal lagoon to the beach. This luxury resort offers the ultimate sport and sunshine lifestyle.

With three award-winning golf courses, tennis and water-sports in an English-speaking, club-like environment, holidaymakers initially lured by Quinta do Lago’s attractions often return to build their own holiday home here. Golf coaching for all ages is available at the Paul McGinley Golf Academy. Similarly, at the Jim Stewart Tennis Academy you can work on your serve or buy pro-coaching for your budding Wimbledon champ. There is also watersports tuition and a new €50m sports complex, with BMX tracks and climbing wall, due for completion in 2017.

Together with world class sports and leisure facilities, Quinta do Lago has plenty to offer without breaking a sweat - a choice of bars, restaurants and children’s playgrounds, plus a summer events programme including al fresco movie nights.

With winter temperatures averaging a gentle 14 degrees, buying property at Quinta do Lago is an investment opportunity for all seasons. The emphasis on building a long-term home rich in contemporary luxury is evident on plots of land sold recently. Think home-spas in the basement - no subterranean planning restrictions here!

While Quinta do Lago is undoubtedly a substantial investment (even with holiday-let opportunities and Portugal’s non-habitual residency incentive of tax rewards for living here 6 months a year or more) a cheaper alternative lies fifty miles west at the Boavista Golf Resort in Lagos.

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The expansive Boavista Golf Resort in Lagos is overlooked by elegant Portuguese apartments and new build villas

A championship golf course with golfing academy, Boavista also features living accommodation, indoor/outdoor pools, tennis courts, football pitch, gym and spa, playgrounds and club-house. Tennis clinics, summer soccer school, archery tuition and volleyball are available along with exercise classes, personal training and trekking. The family-friendly club-house makes a relaxed dining choice while nearby Lagos town provides additional restaurants and a healthy dose of picturesque history.

Villas at Boavista Golf Resort have stunning views of the Monchique mountains and Lagos Bay, with the beaches of Praia da Luz a short drive away. Winkworth International recommends exploring properties versatile enough to work equally successfully as a second home or holiday-let, making that home in the sun work hard for you. As a popular active holiday destination, Boavista offers significant return on this type of investment. Golfers return to its friendly golf-club in cooler weather too, enabling your property to earn its keep even in low-season.

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Furnished Portuguese apartment at Boavista Golf Resort overlooks the rolling fairways

Winkworth International has recently marketed a 2 bed/2 bath ground-floor apartment at Boavista Golf Resort for just under €164,000. Meanwhile a four/five bed new-build villa with pool overlooking the fairways fetches around €850,000.

These are just two of the many resorts covered by Winkworth International that meet the demand for sport-focused lifestyles and holidays. So get in touch today and we’ll help you make a medal-worthy investment!

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