At Winkworth International we’re all agreed that owning a property in the Algarve can mean so much more for our British buyers than just a beach-holiday home. As this travel review so rightly points out, Portugal really is a convenient country to travel through - by air, road or rail. And the stretch of coast reaching northwards from the Algarve lends itself obligingly to a more thorough exploration now that Summer’s fierce heat has cooled to a gentler, autumnal warmth.
Whether you fly up to Porto from Faro (direct flights take just over an hour) and travel back down by train, or do it the other way around, an overnight stop in the bustling city of Lisbon should be on your itinerary. Remember to make a pilgrimage to the bakery at Belém for Pastel de Nata - the Portuguese custard tart - while you're there. A visit to the coastal city of Porto and the peaceful Douro region to its east are a must too, if only to understand the contrasts that give Portugal its unique character. In Porto you can wander amongst the eye-catching Moorish architecture and sample the Port, whilst a trip into the verdant hills of the Douro Valley provides a soothing retreat.
As a base from which to explore, the Algarve really is a prime location; you can even drive over the border in time for a tapas lunch in Seville! So where will a new home in Portugal take you? Call Winkworth International for details of our country properties, sea view apartments and luxury villas for sale and begin your adventure today.
I was in this riverfront city, about half-way down Portugal’s west coast, as part of a longer rail tour of the country, tracing a new self-guided Inntravel itinerary that gives two nights apiece in Porto, the Douro Valley, Coimbra, Lisbon and Sintra. A thin strip of a country, being manageable in size, lends Portugal well to multi-centre travel.