The beauty of buying property in Portugal is that it really is for Christmas. Try visiting in early December, when local markets from Porches to Carvoeiro take on a distinctly festive feel or on New Year's Eve (Vespera de Ano Novo), which is celebrated nationwide with fireworks and music.
Portugal lights up for Christmas
Bustling towns and cities such as Carvoeiro and Lagos remain very much open for business in the winter, perfect for anyone investing in a permanent home and a “golden visa.” Combining sun and sea elements in the summer months with enough Xmas factor to make you feel festive - while remaining mild enough to give you that vital sense of well being - these vibrant neighbourhoods are proof that the Algarve is far more than a summer holiday destination.
Alternatively, anyone seeking an escape from the Christmas scramble will find the quiet fishing villages and rugged coastline of the Western Algarve a veritable balm for the soul during the winter months.
Not so remote as to be completely cut off, properties in Burgau and Salema are accessed via the main EN125 road, with supermarkets and golf clubs close by. The scenic walking routes here are beautiful, with plentiful opportunity for birdwatching. Meanwhile, a number of townhouses and apartments come with double glazing, heating and log burners, so when you are at home you can enjoy your splendid isolation in a thoroughly civilised way.
A well-maintained two-storey villa with pool for sale in Praia da Luz makes an excellent holiday home investment
If, however, the vision of a summer holiday property in the Algarve - complete with gleaming pool and airy interior - is exactly what is needed to sustain you through a British winter, then Winkworth International is happy to oblige with a selection of Portugal villas, like the one pictured above, that will suit you perfectly.
The appeal of resorts such as Praia da Luz is all down to location - just an hour’s drive from the airport - and abundant amenities, with shops, supermarkets, restaurants, bars and the beach nearby. Couple this with a range of well-established, gated villas in Praia da Luz and the surrounding area and it’s plain to see why the neighbourhood is particularly popular with British buyers seeking easily-maintainable, secure property that they can lock up and leave with peace of mind.
It also means that reputable maintenance and pool cleaning services are easily available and with a generous rental income forecast for property in Praia da luz, this is one gift with the potential to keep on giving.
A new architect-designed villa in Alvor with home intelligence system and elevator
A construction project isn’t for everyone, but if the prospect of turning a plot of land into a contemporary new villa (like the one pictured above) fills you with all the excitement of a child on Christmas morning, you’ll be happy to know that Winkworth International is currently marketing a number of plots with planning permission in areas including Boa Vista and Lagoa.
One of the clear benefits of working with an architect on the detail is that you can tailor your property to your own taste and needs, from floor tiles and bathroom designs to your dream kitchen. House builders across the Algarve increasingly cater to a trend for high-spec, high-tech villas and the opportunity to purchase competitively priced land with planning permission does exist - so that elevator from your smart basement gym up to your roof terrace might just be within your construction budget
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