You have chosen Portugal to live in, but still haven’t chosen the region or city? We have prepared a brief review of each region’s strengths in Portugal: Lisbon, Algarve, Porto, North, Centre and South (Alentejo).
Living in Lisbon: Urban and non-urban life balance
The metropolitan area of Lisbon has population of 2,8 million people and is responsible for 37% of Portugal’s GDP. Lisbon is the administrative and economic capital of the country and it can be appealing in many different ways:
• It is among the cities with the best standards of living in the world (Worldwide Quality of Living Survey 2011, Mercer).
• The most economically and culturally active city in Portugal, which lays the ground for a pleasant lifestyle with access to endless leisure activities.
• Authenticity and charm: Lisbon conquers hearts with its astonishing sights, its lights, its omnipresent river, its welcoming population and its neighbourhoods. Combining tradition with contemporaneity and authenticity with multiculturalism, the city found its own identity.
• The beach: the Lisbon region has 321kms of seashore. You find extensive sand beaches in Cascais and in Setúbal peninsula or in the Arrabida creeks; you can pick your favourite spot by the sea.
• Nature: The Lisbon region has plenty of protected areas. Check the Natura 2000 map:
• Concentration of hospitals, universities and international schools.
• Very pleasant weather.
• 15 golf courses, 18 tours.
• Quality property stock. You will be well off, either with a new apartment or a second-hand house. Lisbon is the most dynamic real estate market, where you can easily resell your property.
• Airline flights to a great number of destinations, allowing you to travel efficiently around the five continents.
Living in the Algarve: Living constantly on holidays
The Algarve has a population of about 450 thousand people and is responsible for 4,3% of the GDP. It is often referred to as the European Florida.
• It has the mildest weather in Portugal.
• There are numerous leisure activities: four marinas, fishing, horse riding, music and food festivals and 30 golf courses. The Algarve has been awarded twice the best golf destination by Travel Awards (the last one being in 2013).
• Worldwide well-known beaches, with diverse landscapes; quiet creeks bordered by cliffs and vast strands of thin white sand. Travel Awards has given the Algarve the best sea destination prize in 2013.
• Lively nightlife cities: Albufeira, Vilamoura, Portimão, Lagos.
• Great biodiversity and protected landscapes with a pristine coastline.
• International airport offering frequent flights to countless destinations.
• Charming, genuine inland mountains.
• High-standard property stock, from amazing villas with swimming pool to smaller cosy apartments, with a strong market potential.
Porto and the Northern region: industry and restoration
The Northern region has approximately a population of 3,7 million people and it represents 28% of the GDP.
The North is the nation’s birthplace. Porto is the second biggest city and has been for decades well known by its famous wines. After the refurbishment of the old city and riverside, UNESCO has classified the city as a World Heritage.
• The weather is cooler and more humid, it will seduce with its breezy shades and with its unique granite stones.
• Excellent transport infrastructures - road, rail, port and air.
• The population is known for its straightforward personality, they are extremely proud of their region and will do their best to welcome you.
• The Douro Valley – also classified by UNESCO as World Heritage – is the place where the first certified vineyards were located. You find all-green majestic mountains with ancient houses and stone villages where time seems to have to stop.
The Central region – The Silver Coast beach resorts
There is a population of about 2,4 million people in this region and it accounts for 19% of the GDP.
• There is 280kms of coastline, known as Silver Coast, that offers long sand extensions and little villages: Figueira da Foz, Nazaré, Peniche, São Martinho do Porto.
• Excellent road, rail and maritime infrastructures.
• Coimbra is the city that hosts the most ancient university in Europe, and is today at the cutting edge of innovation whilst bearing its historical charm.
• Fátima attracts millions of catholic pilgrims every year, together with religious tourists.
Alentejo (South): Isolated beaches in their most natural form
With a population of 750 thousand people, the region is responsible for 6,4% of the country’s GDP.
Alentejo is a yet undiscovered region and it has kept its most astonishing authentic landscape with extensive never-ending plains filled with chestnut and olive trees. Alentejo is the country’s food reserve and represents the lowest demographic density.
• 179kms of isolated beaches.
• Évora City was classified as World Heritage by UNESCO and is the main urban centre in the region.
• Scorching and dry climate in the summer.
• Alentejo region is perfect for those who dream of peace and isolation, and falls in love with pristine landscapes.