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Portugal’s sporting paradise: buying property in the Algarve

The southern Portuguese region of the Algarve has long been a popular destination to own a holiday home since it was put on the map with the advent of package tourism in the 1960s. Boasting over 300 days of sunshine (Portugal is officially one of the sunniest countries in the world), it boasts mild winters and hot summers, gold-sand beaches and unspoilt villages. Plus, it has the added advantage for British holiday home owners in that English is widely spoken across the region.

Shortly after the development of tourism, a swathe of golf courses sprang up along the Algarve’s dramatic coastline. Thereafter, the region gained a reputation as a first-rate destination for semi-retired or retired professionals who’ve headed south from Britain to improve their handicaps.

Top tips on restoring farmhouses in the Dordogne and Tuscany

The ancient regions of south-west France have long been popular with British buyers looking for authentic stone-built French farmhouses. For many years, Aquitaine (which includes the Dordogne and Lot-et-Garonne) had the highest concentration of long-term British residents of anywhere in France, outside Paris.

Marbella—the most famous name on the Costa del Sol

Since the 1960s, the world’s rich and famous have aspired to own a holiday home overlooking the sea in and around the fashionable seaside town of Marbella on Spain’s Costa del Sol

Nice - The Capital of European Carnival

Owners of holiday homes in Nice will flock to their Riviera boltholes this February to take part in one of France’s most spectacular and colourful street festivals.

For an easily-accessible holiday home which combines a bustling and cosmopolitan city with a vast expanse of beach, buying a property in Nice is hard to beat. The capital of the Riviera, which has been home to reams of writers and artists, is widely considered to be one of the world’s top cultural hotspots.

Beat the January blues: Where to buy a bolthole in the sunshine

While anyone in search of Caribbean heat or Indian Ocean white sand beaches will have to travel further afield, for those looking to buy somewhere easily accessible that is sunnier and warmer than the UK in midwinter, here are the best bets

Courchevel Ski Guide – The Best Courchevel Ski Areas for Beginners

Courchevel, the glittering, world famous ski resort widely known for its exceptional setting, luxury accommodation and upscale boutiques, however, is Courchevel good for beginners?

How to spend the perfect 24 hours in Lucca

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you had a property of your own in Tuscany? Here are just some of the ways you might spend your day in and around the walled city of Lucca, courtesy of the Winkworth Italy property experts.

Bon France property news for great British buyers

The Times reports that Brexit-related uncertainty has caused the number of British buyers purchasing permanent homes in France to rise, and the number of second property buyers to fall. So, do the Winkworth International property experts agree? Well, yes and no.

How to spend 24 blissful hours in Carvoeiro

A day in Carvoeiro is packed with possibility. This central Algarve resort has been top of the list for international buyers seeking affordable holiday homes for over 40 years. Here are some great ways to spend your day, courtesy of our Portugal property experts.

Property news from Provence – hard working holiday lets

We recently came across this magnificent Provencal holiday let in The Telegraph. We thought the rental yield for a seven night all inclusive stay was pretty impressive too. The sight of a restored French period property paying its way certainly makes a refreshing change to the worst-case-scenarios currently being aired on British TV’s Escape to the Château DIY.