International investments in the world famous resorts of Vale de Lobo and Vilamoura have been massively reported in the media during the last couple of months.
Vilamoura is a resort town in the heart of the Algarve, covering more than 2,000 hectares, of which 70 are building land (for hotels and more than 5,000 villas and apartments), the prestigious 825 berth marina, awarded Best International Marina in 2015 by the Yacht Harbour Association, 5 golf courses, a golf academy, a casino and the controversial “Cidade Lacustre”, a project which contemplates the flooding of thousands of hectares of agricultural land to create a luxury “lake city”. Due to its status as a resort, it is run by a management company (Lusort) which is responsible for the town as a whole. Continue reading
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Do you have your pension pot(s) just sitting waiting but you don’t want to buy an annuity and the temptation to pull the cash out certainly seems a dream come true with the newly proposed UK Pension Reforms? Continue reading
According to a survey carried out by Henley & Partners, Portugal has the best Golden Visa Programme. In their Global Residence and Citizenship Program, Portugal ranks first with 82 points out of 100, followed by Austria, USA, Switzerland, Monaco and Dubai. Continue reading
After 5 years of recession, strong signs of recovery started to be noticeable on the Portuguese property market in 2014 (especially in the Algarve and Lisbon area). For further information about this, please check this article.
Dona Ana beach in Lagos and Falésia beach in Albufeira have been voted among the 25 best beaches in Europe by Tripadvisor. Continue reading
As an estate agent, I often get asked which information and documents are required to sell a property in Portugal, i.e. are required by an estate agency to be able to advertise it. Continue reading
Forbes Magazine published International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index 2015. Portugal ranked no. 9, making it the 3rd best European country to retire to.
The new law for local lodging (Alojamento Local – AL) – Decree Law 128/2014, published on 29th of August 2014 – makes it mandatory for income received from short term property lettings to be declared to the tax department as business activity. This law will come into force next November 27th, adding substantial changes to the existing law from 2008.
If you let out your furnished property (Alojamento Mobilado para Turistas) on a short term basis (less than 30 days) or if it is advertised in any form as tourist accommodation, you will have to: Continue reading
With my first post, I want to express my passion for the Algarve and honour the name I chose for my blog. In my opinion, the following promotional video is one of the best made so far about this beautiful region. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.