Lets Explore Central Algarve

Where is it?

Central Algarve... the hub of the beautiful southern coastline of Portugal. Everything you can possibly need to enjoy your stay whether it be a permanent residence or holiday destination. The famous Golden Triangle - spreading over the resorts of Quinta do Lago, Vale do Lobo, Almancil, Loule and Vilamoura, a triangle of resorts which comprise the most affluent tourist area of the Algarve. There are an abundance of prestigious golf courses, golden sandy beaches and top class eateries including Michelin star restaurants, cafes and bars. A 20 minute drive from Faro airport, this is a region blessed with modern developments and a glorious climate, all of which combine to create the perfect place to live or to buy a holiday home.

Getting there

Recently renovated, Faro airport is centrally positioned along the coastline, close to Faro town, which provides all of the public transport options to the Golden Triangle and the whole of the Algarve. Alternatively, hire a car or jump a cab at the airport, it's around a 20 minute drive. Regular flights operate from many destinations throughout Europe, with flight time of around two and a half hours from most UK airports. Climate With a magnificent climate, the Algarve weather boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year providing long hot summers, pleasant spring/autumns and winters that are mild. The weather is suitable for spending time on the beach from May until the end of September and very often into October.

Golden Triangle Resorts;

VILAMOURA the super-rich’s playground in the Algarve. The whole town was purpose-built as an exclusive destination. It is focused around a large marina filled with million dollar luxury yachts, with an array of restaurants, bars and shops (including many designer shops). The town boasts six championship golf courses and is the location to be based for a golfing or family home. Vilamoura is smart, stylish and trendy with two large sandy beaches. Falesia beach stretches all the way to Albufeira to the west. Vilamoura attracts the wealthy, yachting fraternity, golfers, families and even celebrities, all who want a rather nice place in the sun!

QUINTA DO LAGO & VALE DO LOBO For visitors searching for an up-market and exclusive setting, the adjacent Golf & Beach Resorts of Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo are set in tranquil, coastal pine forests within walking distance to some of the Algarve's finest beaches. Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo are especially popular with golfers, with two of the top award winning courses in the Algarve located on the doorstep. Both of these 5 star developments have private communities and villas along with excellent hotels. There are superb on-site facilities such as shops, spa, tennis courts, swimming pools, bars and restaurants, and the added advantage of being only a 15 minute drive from Faro airport. Don't be surprised if you see a celebrity!

ALMANCIL Traditional Algarve combined with whitewashed houses, Almancil is close to some of the most glamorous spots in the Algarve, and has a coastline where cliffs meet with shimmering white sands, with stunning Atlantic views. The town is the inland point of the Algarve’s “Golden Triangle”, so named for its richness of luxury homes in superb settings and access to first class facilities. Only 20 minutes’ drive from Faro Airport, Almancil has easy access to some of the world’s most celebrated golf courses and stunning beaches.

LOULE A traditional market town that boasts a colourful historic centre, a lively market and a genuine Portuguese atmosphere. The daily markets bring the town alive, attracting visitors across the Algarve. Loule is 10km from the nearest beaches on the edge of the Barrocal Hills, but there are no steep hills within the town centre, just lots of cobbled streets. The carnival in Loule is an event that guarantees 3 days of party. It is held every year in February and is famous across the Algarve. Just like the carnival in Brazil, there are parades, costumes, music and dancing. A must see!

Stunning Beaches

Although the busiest during the summer the beaches in this area still have plenty of room for everyone! From small coves to sandy beaches stretching as far as the eye can see. Praia do Anção - This endless, golden, blue-flag stretch of sand is popular with families, with its calm seas and lifeguard and protected dunes behind. There are sun beds, sunshades and boats to rent, as well as great water-skiing. Praia de Albandeira - Amazingly, this jewel of a beach is completely off the tourist radar. Tiny, with white sands pinched between ochre rocks, it has no water sports, no umbrellas, no sun beds and few visitors. Take a good book and soak up the sun or laze in the shadow of the cliffs behind you.

A golfing gem

The landscape and climate on the Algarve lends itself to some of the best golf in Europe, with world class championship courses and family oriented golf and leisure resorts providing wonderful facilities 365 days a year. Many of the courses provide coaching, access to other sports facilities and luxury spas, often available on a day-visit basis.

Why buy here?

Thanks to short flights, a family friendly reputation and the appeal of milder weather than the UK, the demand for property is always high. Portugal is also attracting buyers from around the globe with two residency schemes; The Golden Visa scheme and Non Habitual Residents (NHR) scheme with tax benefits.

What you can expect for your Euros

Buy Portugal have a good selection of property throughout Portugal. Expect to pay a premium within the Golden Triangle compared to the rest of the Algarve though; small apartments start at around €230,000 and rise to over €1 million for large, luxury pads overlooking the fairway. Villas and townhouses start at around €300,000 however, expect to pay several million Euros for a private luxury residence. It's not surprising that the rich and famous from all over the world are choosing to own a property in Portugal.

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