THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN ALGARVE
FRIENDLIEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD
Portugal is one of the best places in the world to live. Roughly 10% of the population are expatriates who decided to settle here.
But what makes Portugal so special? Is it its green mountainsides, golden sandy beaches, and vast blue ocean? Its fine gastronomy, rich heritage, and cosmopolitan cities? Or is it its world-class outdoor and ocean activities, temperate climate, and friendly people, that draw so many to want to live here? Any one of these characteristics can make a location great. But it’s the remarkable combination of these incredible qualities that makes Portugal stand out among the most desirable places in the world.
THE BEST OF PORTUGAL
Best Place in The World to Live or Retire*
It is impossible to come to the Algarve and not fall in love with it. Referred to as the best place in the world to live or retire that nobody’s talking about*, the Algarve has become home for a growing number of expatriates from Northern Europe and elsewhere.
Its signature beaches, mild weather, and 300+ days of sunshine, which have some referring to it as “the Southern California of Europe,” make the Algarve the perfect place to call home yearround.
*Live and Invest Overseas, Huffpost.com
CAPITAL OF DISCOVERIES
Lagos – Where I Reinvented The World Sophia de Melo Breyner
With a population of 35,000 and only 5 km from Luz is Lagos, the Capital of Portugal’s maritime discoveries. Lagos, nestled in the west end of the wide sandy bay bearing its name, is home to the first 5-star marina in the Iberian Peninsula.
Once the headquarters of Henry the Navigator’s great enterprise that led to the discoveries of the Americas, the maritime way to Asia, and Magellan’s circumnavigation, Lagos is now one of the most visited cities in the Algarve, having earned Trip Advisor’s top “destination on the rise” distinction in 2012.
Ponta da Piedade, the southernmost point in Lagos, is one of the most photographed natural features in Portugal. The Ponta da Piedade promontory, full of arches, grottos, and underwater caves, has some of the most striking beaches in the world — an explorer’s dream!
Having embraced the “slow movement,” Lagos is on the world’s list of Slow Cities (Cittaslow), an international group of small towns that promote high quality living, including slow food and drink, general conviviality, noise reduction, traffic control, pedestrian circulation, and commerce of local goods. Slow Cities resist the cultural standardization typical of the usual, frenzied city lifestyle.
“The Santorini of Portugal”
Located in the municipality of Vila do Bispo, there is Burgau, nicknamed Santorini of Portugal, with its small white and blue houses, many of them with stunning views over the sea. This small fishing village has only 300 inhabitants and despite its low population density, Burgau offers a considerable number of great restaurants and bars, most with sea views.
The biggest attraction is Praia do Burgau, with its long golden sand, bathed by calm and crystalline waters. Along the beach you can find small boats of fishermen who still practice artisanal fishing techniques. This beach is the starting point of the Costa Vicentina.
With Lagos just 20 minutes along the coast to the east and Sagres a little further to the west, Burgau is a good base for exploring the western Algarve. You can enjoy lovely coastal walks and stunning beaches, such as Salema or Praia da Luz.
Historical references go back to the 16th century. Only 3.5 km west of the beach there is the small Fort of São Luís de Almádena or Fort of Boca do Rio, built in 1632 and damaged by the earthquake of 1755 and completely abandoned in 1849.
A different Algarve
Burgau Village and Burgau Sea Gardens, are the ideal starting point to visit the Vicentina Coast, enjoying the privilege of living in a natural park, with an amazing coastal strip, located in the Algarve region and extends to the village of Odeceixe. This well-known coast has one of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal, protected by large cliffs and surrounded by long trails with landscapes as far as the eye can see. Combining a natural beauty with its characteristic rough sea, which serves the soundtrack for several walks by the sea, Vicentina Coast identifies itself as a Special Algarve, where nature preserves a strong and wild character.
It is an integral part of the Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina Natural Park. With more than 110 km, which is the largest stretch of Portuguese coast subject to protection. Endowed with a unique and untouched landscape, it provides countless privileged scenarios for those looking for diversity and wild beauty, with countless possibilities for outdoor activities.
For outdoor enthusiasts and sports lovers
A Sea of Experiences
The gateway to the Vicentine Coast Natural Park, the region of Lagos combines fantastic beaches with incredible conditions for surfing, sailing, snorkeling, fishing, and other water sports.
The most striking natural feature of the Park is Cape Saint Vincent, the southwesternmost point in Continental Europe, a sacred place revered by the ancients as finisterra, the place where the world ends and the sea begins.
Around Lagos there is a vast network of trails, many with seaviews, connecting the local beaches with the Via Algarviana trail system, which runs from the Spanish border to Cape Saint Vincent.
Boavista Golf & Spa Resort
The golf course at Boavista Golf & Spa Resort is an 18-hole championship course (par 71) located halfway between Luz and Lagos. With views of the Lagos bay in the east and the Monchique mountains to the north, the natural contours in the terrain offer great challenges and makes it one of the most attractive courses in the Algarve.
Onyria Palmares Golf
Still in Lagos, you can find the Onyria Palmares Golf, distinguished several times as the best course in Portugal by publituris – Portugal Travel Awards. Is an ambitious 27-hole course with 90% of tees overlooking the bay of Meia-Praia. Before entering the course you can fine-tune the game with a very complete Driving Range with several Pitching and Putting greens.
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