Portugal is situated in the Iberian Peninsula in south west Europe, making this the most westerly country of mainland Europe. The population is 10.35 million people covering an area of 91,568 square kilometres which is the 19th largest country in Europe. To the west and south it is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and to the east and north by Spain. The Portuguese – Spanish border is 1,214 kilometres - 754 miles long and considered the longest uninterrupted border within the European Union. The republic of Portugal also includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, both autonomous regions with their own regional governments. Lisbon is the capital city. Portugal has a multi-party system where politics takes place in a framework of a semi-presidential representative democratic republic, whereby the Prime Minister of Portugal is the head of government. Portugal is an established member of the European Union, one of the founders of the euro currency and a founding member of NATO.
Lisbon, Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia, Braga, Amadora, Almada, Coimbra, Setúbal, Funchal, Agualva-Cacém.
The Algarve is currently the third richest region in Portugal, after Lisbon and Madeira and stretches 240 kilometres across Portugal’s south coast and around 40 kilometres inland. The Algarve is divided into three sections. Eastern Algarve, Central Algarve and Western Algarve. The regional capital is Faro where the international airport is also located. Regional cities and towns include Albufeira, Lagoa, Lagos, Loulé, Olhão, Portimão, Quarteira, Silves, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António. Popular summer retreats are Vilamoura, Praia da Rocha, Armação de Pêra, Alvor, Monte Gordo, Tavira, and Sagres. Tourism and related activities make up the majority of the Algarve's summer economy. Production of fish, seafood, fruit, oranges, carob beans, figs and almonds are also economically important to the region. The Algarve is the most popular tourist destination in Portugal and one of the most popular in Europe. The population triples to nearly 1.5 million during the peak holiday season largely from seasonal residents. The region receives an average of 7 million foreign tourists each year. This is not surprising taking into account the vast array of activities, water sports, leisure sports and cultural visits available throughout the year.
The Algarve enjoys one of the most stable climates in the world. The weather is influenced by the Atlantic and Mediterranean seas and its close proximity to North Africa. Temperatures in the summer months can reach as high as 30°C. However, winds tend to keep the temperatures down a little with coastal breezes. During the spring and autumn the temperature is a pleasant 17°C to 19°C . November to February remains moderate and mild with bright sunny days and temperatures around 15°C.
Whether you are looking to purchase a holiday home, investment property or make a permanent move, the Algarve has so much to offer. From golden blue flag beaches and excellent food to outstanding natural views, we can help you locate your ideal home in the Algarve sun.
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Costa Blanca, literally meaning "White Coast" refers to over 200 kilometres (120 miles) of Mediterranean coastline in the Alicante province, on the southeastern coast of Spain.
Costa Cálida, is known as "Warm Coast" and is a 250 kilometre stretch of Mediterranean coastline of the Spanish province of Murcia. Offering over 300 days of sunshine a year.