Life in the Algarve: The West Coast

Life in the Algarve: The West Coast

In the second video in our series about life in the Algarve, we are exploring the west coast. If you’ve not yet had the chance to visit this area of Portugal, it is well worth taking a trip. In this video, we hope to be are able to give you a little bit of an insight into what the region is like. 

The western Algarve is widely considered to be the most scenic region of southern Portugal, with wild unspoilt, coastline, and miles of picturesque countryside. It’s home to the natural park of the Costa Vicentina, making it perfect for those who like to be surrounded by nature and who enjoy hiking and cycling. 

Amongst the rugged coastline, you’ll find some incredible hidden beaches, which have ideal waters for surfing and water sports. This region is one of the most popular areas of Portugal for those wanting to surf and has waves to suit a wide range of abilities. 

The regions of Aljezur and Vila do Bispo are also some of the only remaining areas of the Algarve where investment in residential property can qualify you for the Golden Visa. As of January 2022, most areas of the Algarve, Lisbon and Porto stopped qualifying for the golden visa, areas which had previously been very popular with those looking to invest in real estate for this purpose.

As there are fewer large tourist complexes and the towns in the region are smaller, the number of services and amenities is more limited, but you are only a short drive away from some of the larger cities with a number of different shopping malls, public services and entertainment venues. However, you can still find a range of supermarkets, shops, restaurants and cafes across the region and the town of Aljezur does have an international school for any families considering moving over and it is one of the best priced international schools in the south of Portugal. 

This part of the Algarve is perfect for those looking for peace, and to be surrounded by natural beauty and sweeping countryside. Whether you’re looking at purchasing in the area or you’re just curious to learn more about it, it’s a wonderful place to visit that will surely not disappoint. 


You can check out the video here


Emma Pengelly