Investing in property within Portugal comes with its own unique benefits. There are several good reasons to buy in Portugal such as the beautiful landscape and great weather, but some lesser known benefits include low cost of living and tax breaks for retirees especially with private pensions.
Portugal's property market has remained stable over recent years and the country's economy has recently seen a resurgence, so investing in property within the country is undoubtedly a good move financially. Whilst Portugal has long been a favourite with the British, it is now proving to be popular with many other Europeans.
Possibly one of the country's best kept secrets, The Non Habitual Tax Resident Scheme
(NHR for short), is a scheme devised by the country's government to attract temporary and permanent residents to the country.
The NHR regime allows for someone with a private pension to be considered eligible to avoid tax, making this scheme ideal for those seeking to retire to Portugal.
Did you know about the Portuguese Golden Residence Permit Program?
This scheme is one of the reasons why Portugal is becoming so popular with not only British citizens but other European countries in particular Sweden, Germany, Belgium, France, Finland and Italy.
Now, non-EU citizens can look forward to fast-track immigration to Portugal, thanks to this new program. This special residence permit, also called Golden Visa, will be offered to investors, who fulfil certain conditions.
If you are a national of a European Union country and you want to stay in Portugal for longer than three months, then you must request a Registration Certificate (Certificado de Registo) from the City Council of your area of residence.
After you have held a registration certificate for five consecutive years, you may request a Permanent Residence Certificate (Certificado de Residência Permanente) from the Foreigners and Borders Service (Serviço de Estrageiros e Fronteiras).
If you have family and friends that are likely to visit you in Portugal, the visa requirements for Europeans, nationals of Australia and nationals of New Zealand is just their passport or identity documents.
They are permitted to stay for up to 90 days at a time. American and Canadian nationals can stay up to 60 days with a valid passport. For other nationals, we recommend checking with the Portuguese Consul in their respective country for information regarding Visa requirements and periods of stay.
The predominant language in Portugal is Portuguese but many of the Portuguese people (in particular the younger generation) speak English and some also speak French and Spanish.
There are many communities of settlers from Europe and the rest of the world in Portugal, this has given the country a vibrant and diverse population.
The national number for the emergency services in Portugal is 112, this number connects you to the Police, Fire and Ambulance services.
In Portugal there are two separate police forces. The Guarda Nacional Republicana (GNR) deals with most matters within the country and pass matters onto the Policia de Seguranca Publica (PSP) if necessary.
4 bedroom detached villa with private heated swimming pool and garage, ideally located in the sought after area of Almancil, just outside Vale do Lobo, set in a lovely manicured garden, close to the beach, golf courses and all amenities. Ref:PV3466
Wonderful 5 bedroom detached villa, which has recently been extended and refurbished, well located near Santa Catarina, Caldas da Rainha with large private swimming pool, set in a rural position in private gardens, close to the beach and all amenities. Ref:AV1969
Spectacular new 5 bedroom luxury villa with superb private swimming pool ideally located in the sought after developing resort of Sao Lourenco Norte, Quinta do Lago with breathtaking sea views over the golf course, with large garage and indoor courtyard set in landscaped mature gardens. Ref:AVA31
A magnificent opportunity to purchase a spectacular huge plot of land, in the sought after area of Almancil overlooking the famous San Lorenzo Golf Course, this generous sized plot will allow for a splendid property to be built, in fitting with the surrounding properties. Ref:APA35
Spectacular plot with breath taking views to the sea and the Ria de Alvor, located in the prestigious Palmares Beach & Golf Resort development in Lagos. Potential to build a 3 bedroom villa, which would be close to the beach and amenities. Ref:APA30
OFF PLAN 3 bedroom villas (two plots, two villas available) with magnificent views over the countryside, overlooking the stunning Bay of Sao Martinho do Porto Beach. In Alcobaca, only 45 minutes from Lisbon. Ref:AV1968
OFF PLAN 3 bedroom villas (two plots, two villas available) with superb pool and magnificent views over the countryside, overlooking the stunning Bay of Sao Martinho do Porto. Well located in the sought after area of Alcobaca and only 45 minutes from Lisbon. Ref:AV1967
Magnificent plot with breath taking views to the sea and the Ria de Alvor, located in the prestigious Palmares Beach & Golf Resort development in Lagos. Potential to build a 3 bedroom villa, which would be close to the beach and amenities. Ref:APA25
Stunning spacious 3 bedroom modern villa (under construction) located in a quiet area in the sought after village of Alcobaca with magnificent views over the countryside with stylish private swimming pool, car port for 2 cars and landscaped gardens. Ref:AV1964
Spectacular building plot overlooking the stunning lagoon and sea at Foz do Arelho. Large plot with 5,805 square metres. Ref:AP246
Contemporary off plan 3 bedroom villa located minutes from the magnificent beaches of Foz do Arelho with its own private swimming pool and landscaped gardens and only 45 minutes from Lisbon. Potential buyers can chose their own finishes. Ref:AV1961
Contemporary single storey 3 bedroom villa with private swimming pool in Nadadouro, a few minutes away from Foz do Arelho and its stunning beach and lagoon and the town of Caldas da Rainha. Set in a plot with landscaped gardens only 45 minutes from Lisbon. Ref:AV1955