The top 10 reasons why you should move to the Algarve

The beautiful coast of the Algarve / Pixabay
The beautiful coast of the Algarve / Pixabay
17 December 2018, Marilia Poiares

The Algarve is one of the best places to live in Portugal and nowhere else in the world could you have a lifestyle quite like the one you could have while living on the southern coast of Portugal.

If you are wondering why you should move to this sunny region, here are a few reasons to help you make up your mind:

1. Existing Expat Community

The Algarve is the home of many foreign retirees who have decided to live on the coast, now that they can relax. So, don’t worry, over here you won’t feel alone or homesick because, aside from your fellow compatriots you, will find a lot of services dedicated to expats like special bars, restaurants and even supermarkets with products you would only find overseas.

2. Climate 

This region is famous for being a top destination for anyone looking forward to spending some days in the sun. With 3,300 hours of sunshine per year, this will be the perfect place to live year-round and escape the cold winter days.

3. Safety

The Algarve is one of the safest regions in Europe and Portugal is among the safest countries in the world. So, don't worry! Violent crimes rarely occur, and petty crime is limited to very busy areas during the tourist season.

4. Infrastructure

Recently there have been a lot of construction developments, especially when it comes to the country’s highway network, airports and housing.

5. Health Care

The health care system in Portugal is up to par with international standards and, in recent years has improved a lot when it comes to the medical tourism so, if you are concerned about your care while living there, you don’t have anything to worry about.

6. Entertainment

Jagged rock formations, lagoons, sandy beaches (many of them recognised by the European Blue Flag Association), blue waters, fantastic sights and days spent at the beach sunbathing, swimming and boating. Sounds tempting right?

Aside from all of this, the Algarve is the perfect destination for golf lovers, with 42 golf courses in less than 100 miles. Add this to fine dining restaurants, beautiful seaside walks and open-air markets and your days will be filled with excitement.

7. Environment

Life in the Algarve is healthy. A Mediterranean diet based on a great variety of fish you can buy at the daily markets, a lot of fresh products and unprocessed food. The pollution rates are very low and the streets are clean, so overall you will be able to live a very healthy life in this region.

8. Cost of Living

The cost of living in Portugal is among the lowest in Western Europe so moving here won't break the bank. A retired couple, for example, can live a very comfortable life for around 1,100 or 1,200 euro per month.

9. Real Estate Costs

If you want to buy a house in the Algarve, you can find very affordable prices, compared to other European regions. Also keep in mind that this region’s real estate has one of the most favourable price-to-rent ratios and price-to-income ratios in the country. If you want to find a cheap house to buy to invest in the rental market, this is your destination.

10. Residency

The country’s Non-Habitual Resident and Golden Visa programs make moving to Portugal a lot easier. These residency programs, dedicated to retirees and investors, respectively, may not be as benefit-rich or as affordable as comparable programs in the Americas, for example, but they are certainly very competitive for Europe.

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