Area Information - Portugal
At Sunshine Estates we cater for all regions. Below we have compiled a summary of the key featues of each Portuguese region enabling you to make the best choice when you consider your preferred location for buying real estate in Portugal.
The Algarve is located at the southern tip of Portugal providing over 150 km of sandy coastline. Average temperatures in the summer top 80 °F. Summer is very popular with tourists but it is possible to escape from the crowds even in popular towns such as Albufeira and Portimão. The Algarve interior also provides relaxed towns among the mountains and valleys. The Algarve is also home to more than 30 of Portugal’s 60+ golf courses. Flights are commonplace to the international airport at Faro. Discount airlines Easyjet, Ryanair and Monarch all fly to the Algarve.
Lisbon possesses over 20 centuries of history. Sprawling along the right bank of the enormous Tagus estuary, Lisbon is positioned proudly towards the Atlantic Ocean. Lisbon is a city that comes alive at night with the sound of fado singing and guitar-playing. Inland, many mediaeval towns and monasteries have been classified as world heritage. You can book flights from most UK airports to Lisbon.
The Madeira Islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean due west of Morroco and north of the Canary Islands. Two thirds of the island is a protected area offering unique landscapes. The geographical position and the gulfstream provide a mild climate where temperatures never fall under 16 °C. The sea is the main supplier for the kitchen of Madeira with delicious sea fruits, juicy tuna and the island specialty, the black sword- fish (espada). You can book flights from most UK airports to Funchal Airport on Madeira.
Porto (Oporto) is the main city of northern Portugal but still presents a riverside community feel. With a rich architectural history, the historic centre of Porto has been granted UNESCO World Heritage status. The Porto Region is most famous for its wine and the array of summer festivals held mostly during the summertime. Summer temperatures average more than 70 °F. Flights to Porto can be found from over 20 UK airports. In addition, daily trains run between Lisbon and Paris, Madrid and Porto-Vigo
The Silver Coast is perched between Porto and Lisbon. The region consists of many quaint fishing towns and villages including Nazare which provides a stunning beach combined with traditional ‘fishermen houses’ and steep cliffs over a bright blue sea. Other joys include the terrific local cuisine from the caldeirada à Nazarena (a rich stew with several types of fish) to grilled sardines, rock-bass, turbot, lobsters, prawns and spider-crabs. Fly to Porto and follow the A1 south. Driving from England, the quickest route is via the Plymouth-Santander or Portsmouth-Bilbao ferries to northern Spain and then on to Portugal.