There are only a handful of places that are as unique as Vale Do Lobo. When this location is mentioned, many think of clear blue skies, sparkling seas and beautiful villas, as well as forests, gentle hills and mile after mile of sandy beaches. Many are drawn to this area as there are more than 3,000 hours of glorious sunshine every year and because of the beautiful surrounding landscape. Situated in the Algarve, Portugal, Vale Do Lobo offers first-class restaurants, beautiful properties, outstanding leisure facilities, designer shopping and, of course, the largest luxury golf course in Portugal.
In Vale do Lobo the skies seem bluer, the sand is more golden and the coastline is even more spectacular than words can ever express. This region is known for being lavish, as it is the longest established golf and beach resort in Portugal. This idyllic resort is located among pine trees which sit upon majestic red sandstone cliffs overlooking the golden sandy beaches below.
Nevertheless, Vale Do Lobo is a renowned location due to its glamorous ambiance. However, there are actually many other beautiful locations only a stone’s throw away from this resort which is often overlooked. In fact, many of these surrounding locations can often be a great place for a second abode or investment opportunity and can actually be better value for money.
The traditional Portuguese market town of Loule is situated only a few miles from Vale Do Lobo and is popular for its relaxed and unhurried atmosphere. Loule has cobbled streets and a lovely local produce market which is a contrast from many of the busier cities and towns you will find throughout the south of Portugal. Loule is conveniently placed as it is close to the beach, as well as the airport, and close to larger towns too. Even with its relaxed atmosphere this town is still bustling but is much less crowded than many of the other coastal locations, so an investment opportunity offers excellent value for money.
Santa Barbara de Nexe is a charming village, which is perhaps best known for its bell tower; a landmark which sits atop a 400-year-old beautiful white walled church. The village itself, has the essential facilities in the centre, such as newsagents, market, post office and supermarket, as well as a handful of quaint restaurants and bars. Much like Loule, this village offers you a slower pace of life, and throughout the day you can enjoy a gentle stroll through the village admiring the fabulous architecture and general ambience or venture further out to admire the rolling countryside which surrounds the village.
The golden beaches and larger attractions are very conveniently placed, only a short drive away from Santa Barbara de Nexe. Throughout the village you will find apartments, townhouses and quaint cottages, with larger villas located on the outskirts, emerging from the rolling green hills which overlook the village.
Ferragudo has been tipped to be one the of the new and upcoming hotspots for property purchases this forthcoming year, and it is easy to see why. Ferragudo is a traditional town embraced by palm-fringed gardens which run alongside a narrow stream up to the main cobbled square. In the square, you will find many cafés where you can sit and enjoy a fresh cup of coffee and pastry for breakfast in the morning.
There are some beautiful towns and villages throughout the south of Portugal and many are perfect for an investment opportunity, second home or permanent home. Vale de Lobo is also a superb area, but if you are looking for an abode where you will be getting more for your money it is worth staying away from the areas which you know are extremely popular. However, if you are looking for a successful investment property, it is best to purchase a property in places with higher demand. Together, with our expert knowledge of this area, we can help you find the perfect property for your requirements. We have a number of Algarve villas for sale, which will be suitable for any type of purchase.
Most of the time buying a property outside a hot-spot area can be a great investment, as many of the main attractions can be reached by a short drive or even a walk. In the long-term, property in the Algarve will hold its value, and that is thanks to the restrictions on coastal constructions, making it a fantastic place for an investment opportunity.
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