The Algarve in southern Portugal faces onto the brisk Atlantic Sea with over 150 of Europe’s most beautiful sandy beaches. Some are backed by red cliffs and umbrella pines, some have intimate, sheltered bays or dramatic limestone rock stacks to explore and many have blue-flag status.
The popularity of the Algarve as a tourism centre for several decades means it has not escaped overbuilding but the 90-mile coastline is large enough to provide good variety for home owners. Choices range from lock and leave apartments steps from the beach to elegant villas on elite golf resorts with discreet round the clock security.
Whitewashed villas with terracotta-tiled roofs are the most usual second homes but international buyers are also building some striking contemporary homes, capitalising on Portugal’s reputation for world-class modern architecture.
The Algarve is a golfing paradise. Its 39 courses encourage visitors to come long after the summer is over and create a substantially longer tourist season than many Mediterranean resorts. As a result well-chosen property can provide strong rental returns.