I have asked myself this question very often lately, knowing that you earn more in Germany, the health system is better and you speak more German there than in Portugal.
But then I think like many of my German friends who call me and ask me well how warm is it with you at the moment, and I answer 18 degrees and sun and you sigh and say here it is ice cold again and it does not stop raining. Then I know that there is at least one reason why I understand that more and more Germans are drawn to Portugal. Because Portugal not only attracts with a year-round mild climate, but you can still eat here for 7 euros and your living expenses are half of what you need in Germany. In addition, there is the partly untouched nature and the freedom you enjoy because there is a much smaller concentration of people and of course the proximity to the sea and the excellent beaches on the coasts of the westernmost tip of Europe.
Many Germans come to Portugal after their retirement and prefer the region in the south of Portugal, also known as the Algarve. The region on the 150-kilometre-long south coast is by far the most popular holiday destination and emigration destination in Portugal. Udo Jürgens and Günter Grass are the most famous early emigrants from Germany, who have already discovered the country and the Algarve for themselves in the 80s, in particular Carvoeiro the small fishing village between Albufeira and Portimão.
The Algarve has good infrastructures and the distances are short and from Faro airport all places are easily accessible via a well-developed motorway parallel to the coast. Most German tourists come to the Algarve for the beaches, but there is more than that here. You can watch sailing, diving, kite surfing, surfing, mountain biking, hiking and natural events such as the annual migration of migratory birds. In addition, there is a very colorful cultural program as well as traditional festivals and markets almost every weekend, so that you will not get bored.
There are a total of 31 golf courses in the Algarve, a dream for every golfer that makes the Algarve an Eldorado for German golfers in Portugal.
This high density of golf courses, especially in southern Portugal, ensures that golf is one of the most important export hits as far as the travel industry is concerned. But there are also great landscapes to discover such as the mountains of Monchique, the west coast from Aljezur to Sagres and the nature reserve with its unmistakable cliffs, as well as the top spots for surfers who enjoy here from October to March. But there are more, such as dolphin watching or other marine mammals such as orcas. So there is so much to describe that this short article is not enough for it and we will follow next week with more information about Portugal and what drives Germans more and more here.
Writte by: Paulo Lopes