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.
Single storey contemporary villa located in the traditional village of Mouraria (Salir do Porto), in a peaceful location, with a rural environment, but within walking distance of the popular town of Caldas da Rainha. Double garage, private pool, garden and barbecue. Ref:AV2231
Single storey villa, a short walk to the village of Reguengo Grande offering good local amenities including cafes, shops and restaurants. This spacious home has a private pool, 3 double bedrooms, garage and driveway and is in an elevated position overlooking the countryside. Ref:AV2200
Magnificent, superior 5-8 bedroom villa set in a quiet residential area of Praia da Luz with both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, amazing terraces with al fresco dining area and lovely countryside views. Ref:GV563
Plot of land with views of Obidos lagoon! This is a sought after location, walking distance of Foz do Arelho beach and the lagoon. There is the possibility to build a villa. Good restaurants, shops and amenities are close by. Lisbon is a 45 minute drive away. Ref:AP274
Prime plot of land walking distance to Foz do Arelho beach and Obidos lagoon. Lisbon and the airport are just a 45 minute drive. This plot has some views of the lagoon and the possibility to build a villa. Good restaurants, shops and amenities are close by. Ref:AP273
Build your own villa! Plots of land ready for construction of your own detached villa. In a great location, 10 minutes from the beach and less than 1 hour from Lisbon and the airport. Over 50% already sold. Various plot sizes available. Ref:AP272
Plot of land with pre-approval for a villa with swimming pool. Located near a village and only 10 minutes from Bombarral. The plot is 13,040 square metres with an existing ruin and with great countryside views. There is electricity and water next to the plot. Ref:AP271
BUILDING PLOT. 5 minutes to Loule and Almancil town. In a quiet area but close to amenities. Approval granted to build a 4 bedroom detached modern villa with private swimming pool and triple garage. Construction can begin immediately. Ref:PP3716
Plot of land next to Vale do Lobo golf resort. Private and tranquil setting, 500 metres from Garrao sandy beach. Either build a detached villa or 4 linked villas. It is south facing and has a sea view. Build the house of your dreams. Ref:PP3678
Large plot 50 metres from Obidos lagoon. In a stunning nature setting in Nadadouro close to Foz do Arelho. Permission has been granted to build a property. The plot has good access via a tarmac road. The main town of Caldas da Rainha is 5 minutes away. Ref:AP270
Build your own villa. Good countryside elevated location with far reaching views, most sought after location of Foz do Arelho, less than 1 hour from Lisbon airport, close to the beach and lagoon. Two plots available. Good views over the village. Ref:AP268
Extensive plot of land, permission for restoration of two existing ruins plus 2 new villas. This is a magnificent location, 2 minutes drive from Lagos, overlooking the beach. An investment opportunity not to be missed. 4km from golf courses, plots can be sold separately. Ref:GP024