Hi there - Hopefully it's OK to ask this question here. My wife (50) and I (54) are keen to finally take the step of buying a sunny holiday home in the Algarve (although we've never been there, we have friends who highly recommend it, we like Portugal anyway, weather seems reliable and transport links are good). So, it's a long coastline and in an attempt to narrow things down a bit I wondered what location, experts thought might suit us. A first recce is planned for early April and some advice on where to focus our attention would be gratefully received. A few requirements follow:
• Number one requirement is to that we must be able to sit and watch the sunset from own terrace (does this rule out places like Lagos, Albufiera, Olhao, Fuzeta, etc due to coastline facing South East?)
• Reasonable sea view (not a distant glimpse).
• Quiet area but within walking distance to good selection of shops, bars and restaurants (for when the mood takes us). (Does this rule out Faro, Olhao, etc?)
• Prefer to avoid any areas that attract noisy groups of holiday makers although we primarily expect to use it for a winter retreat (from Ireland). How does Albufiera rate in this respect?
• New or modern 2 bed apartment with lots of light and space.
• Budget of €250,000 ....and we dont play golf! :-)
• In a few years we expect to retire and to spend several months at a time there – No plans to rent it out.
So far my internet trawling seems to rule out Vilamoura (price) but shows good options in East Algarve. There appears to be good value in Faro but some reviews seem to suggest it might be a bit boring for when we'd like to stroll along a sea side promenade at night time. Tavira looks like a nice mix of old town feel and better property prices but is maybe a bit too sleepy..?
Many thanks - KevEdited: 20 February 2018, 06:07