From climate to low living costs, competitive health care and a mere two and a half hour flight from the UK, we’ve enthused before about the multitude of benefits you’ll reap by choosing to retire to Portugal and if further proof of its attractions were needed, this sun soaked country at Europe’s southwesternmost point has once again been voted the most popular retirement destination in the world.
A panoramic view of the Algarve coastline at Carvoeiro
Combining a host of leisure offerings with the sense of well-being that a coastal outdoor lifestyle brings, our selection of Algarve villas, townhouses and apartments for sale in different locations along the coast will appeal to a range of tastes while offering the same outstanding amenities, healthcare and transport links so essential for peace of mind.
Here is a closer look at three stylish Portugal properties for sale offering the best of both worlds for your “third age”.
A contemporary apartment building with on-site parking in the centre of vibrant Lagos
While a contemporary apartment in Lagos (pictured above) would make the perfect permanent home for downsizers looking to take advantage of all a vibrant coastal city has to offer, it also makes a fine second residence in which to spend your holidays and escape the dreary British winter.
A handy elevator is installed in the apartment building, taking you from your basement parking space up to the first floor, where an extra bedroom for guests, a well-lit living area with adjoining balcony and a pantry off the kitchen all add up to exceptional value for money.
This property enjoys a convenient central location which means that Lagos’ amenities are easily reachable. Here you will find beaches, bars, restaurants, a marina and fascinating history as the city retains some grand architecture dating back to its years at the centre of the European slave trade. Nowadays the economy in Lagos is bolstered by tourism and fishing. The city also acts as a portal for connecting trains to Faro, Lisbon and Porto.
A selection of Winkworth International villas in Carvoeiro overlook the Gramacho golf course
If you’re going to use all that extra leisure time to work on your handicap, a villa overlooking the Gramacho golf course at the Pestana Resort (pictured above) should appeal. Equally, if you’re a golf-enthusiast’s other half, the beauty of this well-maintained three bedroom villa lies in its homely feel, its private pool, established gardens and close proximity to a supermarket, restaurants and beaches. Much of its accommodation is on one level with an easily negotiable terrace and pool area.
Carvoeiro is a bustling neighbourhood, with a choice of medical centres, pharmacies, shops and restaurants. It is under an hour’s drive from Faro airport.
Winkworth International townhouses in this quintessential fishing village of Salema make a peaceful retirement retreat
The quaint fishing village of Salema in the Western Algarve could be the ideal location if you’re seeking a peaceful retirement retreat. You’ll find an abundance of rugged cliffs, unspoilt beaches, coastal walking paths and colourful fishing boats, along with fish restaurants and cafés.
The View is a small resort of townhouses which is within easy walking distance of the amenities and beach. A typical compact property comprises two bedrooms, modern kitchen and living area, sea-view balcony and private terrace. There is a wood burner and underfloor heating to enjoy in the chillier winter months and a communal swimming pool for long hot summers. There are also well-maintained gardens dotted with bougainvillea.
While Salema is a little more remote than resorts nearer the airport, it is still only an hour and ten minutes’ drive. The golf course and spa at Parque da Floresta resort across the EN125 connecting road is minutes away, you can walk through the Costa Vincentina national park to the neighbouring village of Burgau or catch the bus to Lagos.
If these are the types of property you’d like to call home during your retirement, contact Winkworth International for more details.