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Living In Portugal – The Algarve

The Algarve has long been the favourite among foreigners, both as an area to holiday and to live in Portugal, there is estimated to be around 100,000 people who originate from outside Portugal that now call the Algarve home.

The Algarve is (like all of Portugal) a very safe region, it has little crime and the usual laid-back lifestyle people expect to find in Portugal. Perfect for people of all ages, the Algarve caters for families and retirees alike, mainly thanks to the huge variety of cultural and sporting activities on offer.

One thing to note is that there are a huge number of tourists in Lagos and Albufeira, so you might be more inclined to look for something with a bit more local charm and authenticity if you are thinking of permanently residing in the Algarve.
Popular towns in the Algarve

Lagos – is beautiful and vibrant with sand dunes, a marina to while away the day with a coffee, dozens of natural caves and golden sandy beaches. In summer it can be busy with tourists!

Tavira – sandy beaches that go on for miles, saltpans with flamingos, a medieval castle and a lovely old town with old shops and beautiful traditional Portuguese crafts for sale. Though still popular for tourist it is rarely as busy as Sagres and Largos can be.

Faro – more busy for tourist than Tavira, but with the benefit of more beaches, all of which can be walked too, most people know Faro only as somewhere to fly in and out of, but it is a beautiful place with an ancient city, gothic cathedral and a nice shopping area, some of the smaller villages and towns surrounding this area such as have a lovely community feel too, be sure to check out Sao Bras de Alportel which is about 20km east of Faro

Albufeira – probably the most known area for holidaymakers in the Algarve. By far and away one of the largest, most lively of the towns. If you want peace and quiet Albufeira is not likely to be the place for you.

Portimao – known as the sailors delight, also the largest city in west of the Algarve, once the epicentre for shipbuilding, sardine fishing and fish processing, but today more known for tourism, retail shopping and leisure activities. There is a lot to be found here including a lovely promenade, tree-lined plaza, old buildings, and a large selection of cafes, bars, and restaurants most of which specialise in seafood. Find out more here.

Monchique – not nearly as well know as most other places mentioned here so far, found among pines, oak and eucalyptus forest and worlds apart from the beach resorts the Algarve is better known for, this is the old Portugal, where life is slower and undeveloped with narrow cobbled streets, 17th century monastery, markets and spas.

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