Ricardo Costa: “The River Douro is a pearl for national investment”

Property for sale on the River Douro, Marco de Canaveses, Porto / LUXIMO'S Christie's
Property for sale on the River Douro, Marco de Canaveses, Porto / LUXIMO'S Christie's
11 July 2019, LUXIMO'S Christie's

The Douro line is a kind of natural spa in the north of Portugal. The Alvão, Marão and Montemuro mountain ranges are a natural environment conducive to health, quality of life and are also great for dream vacations. Therefore, whether you’re looking for fixed or temporary residence, real estate investment in this region of Portugal is a safe and far-reaching option.

For several centuries, sailing in the waters of the Douro has aroused passions among both Portuguese and foreign sailors. The region, with its unique beauty, still hides true jewels of nature and things you can’t find anywhere else, with luxury houses overlooking the Douro.

Portugal has successively broken new records in tourism and the Douro is no exception. This is, without a doubt, a sector that grows steadily and at a fast pace and, therefore, is ideal for those seeking long-term investment opportunities. What's more, Portugal is one of the safest countries in the world and, today, one of the most coveted by expat families and companies, and for this reason, it's also the perfect place to live and invest in real estate.

There are lots of quality luxury homes for sale along this river / LUXIMO's Christie's
There are lots of quality luxury homes for sale along this river / LUXIMO's Christie's

Much of the region's real estate supply also has the advantage of being perfect family homes, but also houses that can be made profitable with short-term tourist lets, which is always a safe investment project in the Douro region.

Isolated country homes that are still very accessible

Forget everything you've ever heard about the difficulty of buying a house with a river view. I'm sure you've been told that there are no more houses with a river view, or that the ones there are are difficult to get to. None of this is true. Not only is it possible to invest in a property with direct access to the river and breath-taking views of natural surroundings, but the journey from an urban centre like Porto to this dream region only takes about an hour.

This territory, located in the heart of a triangle classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site – Douro, Guimarães and Douro Valley – is, in fact, privileged in terms of accessibility, both because it benefits from one of the main (and most beautiful) urban train lines and because it is well served by highways. This kind of secret paradise still offers the advantage of being close to cities and, at the same time, in the countryside, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds. They’re even within a short distance of Porto's international airport.

Ricardo Costa, CEO of LUXIMO'S Christie's International Real Estate, points out that "the Douro River is a pearl for national investment, raising more and more interest from Portuguese and foreign clients, among which the English, French, Brazilian and American stand out."

Ricardo Costa has no doubt that "investment in the Douro is plain sailing when you take into account the prestige and value of the Douro region over the last centuries". He also adds that, "at this moment, it is already possible to find charming farms and country houses with glamour and luxury in the Douro region, which allows it to compete with other wine destinations of choice in Europe, namely France and Italy."

The properties presented are for sale in the national and international markets through LUXIMO'S Christie's International Real Estate.

River views, more accessible than you might think / LUXIMO's Christie's
River views, more accessible than you might think / LUXIMO's Christie's
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