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Where to Buy a Vacation Home in Portugal 2024

When you aren’t sure of moving to Portugal long-term or you simply don’t want to, buying a vacation home here is a great option. But then, the question of where exactly to buy in Portugal arises. The country is small but each region and city has its own different identity, landscapes, way of living and, of course, price. We have assembled this article in order to help you understand which Portuguese region makes the most sense for you to buy a property and spend your precious vacation time in. Come find out more!

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Buying a vacation house in Portugal

When looking for properties to buy in Portugal in order to get a feel of the market, you may notice that it can get difficult for a foreigner to take care of the whole process alone. This is when the Pearls of Portugal Buyer’s Agent Service comes into play. When you work with us, we give you recommendations of what Portuguese areas make the most sense for you, we send you options that meet your criteria regularly, book the visits, accompany you and, after you decide on a property, we take care of all negotiation and paperwork. This service also extends beyond the finalised sale, when we help you with necessities such as insurance and utilities. Start thinking about your vacation home in Portugal right now!


Of course, vacation for most means beach, summer and sunbathing. The Algarve is extremely popular as a summer holidays destination, for locals and foreigners alike, and especially retirees from the colder countries, looking for sunny, warm weather and relaxation.


Lagos, in the Algarve region, is known for its dramatic coastline, beautiful, warm turquoise waters and many resorts. It is also a popular town for Portuguese families to have their vacation home in. Besides the amazing weather and beaches, during the summer, Lagos – as many other towns in the Algarve – has an amazing nightlife. It is also home to many English-speaking expats, so communication definitely won’t be a problem! Some popular beaches are: Praia da Luz, Praia Dona Ana and Praia do Camilo.


Sagres is located at the southernmost point of Portugal, surrounded by the sea on almost all sides, making the lovely town a popular destination for surfers and retirees alike. It has everything you might need – supermarkets, restaurants, pharmacies, hospitals -, plus the closeness to main cities like Lagos and Portimão. The downside (or maybe upside for you) is that a lot of people are attracted to the tranquillity and seaside-ness of Sagres, making it a bit expensive, but that’s a general truth of the Algarve. Famous beaches are Mareta, Martinhal and Beliche.

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Praia do Camilo, Lagos

Albufeira is one of the most famous towns in the Algarve, especially for vacation. Its relaxing beaches and vibrant nightlife create a contrast that attracts both people looking for to have fun, drink and dance and those looking for relaxation. Once a fishing village, Albufeira still retains that charm, with a modern marina replacing the working fishing harbor and offering opportunities for diving, dolphin watching, and boat trips. Famous beaches are Praia da Falésia, Praia da Galé and Praia dos Olhos de Água. 


Unlike the bustling and busy Albufeira, Tavira is more relaxed. This charming town straddles the Gilão River, with the beautiful Ria Formosa Natural Park and the sea nearby. It is also very rich in history and architecture, which you’ll notice immediately upon visiting via the beautiful traditional houses and the Tavira Castle. Popular beaches are: Praia da Ilha de Tavira, Praia do Barril.

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The typical houses of Alentejo

Where to purchase a second home in Portugal in 2024 – Alentejo

Reguengos de Monsaraz

Reguengos de Monsaraz is a typical small Alentejo town located in the south-central part of Portugal. With the building of the Alqueva Dam, this whole region, which was already considered magnificent for its history, came to life even more because of the artificial lake (the largest in Europe!). To the already existing historical and cultural riches, such as the various megalithic monuments; handmade potteries of São Pedro de Corval and popular regional wines, were added breathtaking landscapes and great amounts of warm waters, which allow for a lot of water activities and pleasant swimming – making it perfect for the summer! Moreover, Reguengos could be just the place for you if you’re a foodie! Alentejo is known for its many delicacies, both sweet and savory.


The capital of the Lower Alentejo is known for being very calm and laid-back, with increasingly fewer people. But if you’re the peace-loving kind, a city like Beja could be just perfect for your vacation house! Just look at its beautiful traditional Alentejo houses, which are much cheaper than in the majority of the country. Plus, it is rich in architecture, history and agriculture, making it great for people who appreciate slow living in all aspects of life.

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Where to Buy a Vacation Home in Portugal in 2024


Aveiro is a very charming city in the Center region of Portugal, that’s often referred to as the “Venice of Portugal”, due to its many canals and colorful boats (called ‘moliceiros’). Although booming with tourism in recent years, Aveiro maintains its traditional spirit quite well. Here, you can expect a lively, genuine-feeling vacation. Just imagine yourself eating a fresh fish from the ‘ria’ for lunch, then the typical Ovos Moles for dessert, maybe a ‘tripa’ in the afternoon while on your beach walk (which is ~20 minutes away). It could all be yours!


Nestled in Portugal’s Minho region, Braga radiates an age-old aura. In fact, it is one of the oldest cities in Portugal – making it extremely historically and architecturally rich, full of beautiful works from Roman time (being even monikered the ‘Portuguese Rome’). But don’t be fooled, Braga acquainted itself to the times very well, becoming quite modern and a home for many important cultural events in the country. Plus, there are a lot of river beaches nearby, such as Praia Fluvial de Adaúfe, Praia Fluvial do Faial and Praia Fluvial de Verim. If the sea is more of your thing, there’s also Praia de Esposende. 


This is another (very) Northern gem. Located in the district of Vila Real, Chaves stands as a beacon of wellness and historical significance. The town’s old timer status is evident in its stoic Roman bridge, a silent witness to countless generations and their tales. Yet, Chaves offers more than just a peek into antiquity – its renowned thermal springs have anointed it as a focal point for those seeking rejuvenation. Here, harmony-loving people can delve into wellness, sustainability and a very authentic Portuguese way of living during their vacation. The Tâmega river awaits you!

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Funchal, Madeira’s capital, is Portugal’s current best poster child. Everywhere, you can hear and read about what to do here, where to stay and eat, how to move, etc. This is all very understandable when you look at Funchal’s array of qualities: the lush green mountain ranges, unique beaches (some with black sand!), typical architecture (don’t miss the traditional Madeira houses), mouth-watering gastronomy and warm weather all year round, meaning that you won’t have to worry about when to go on holiday to your beautiful vacation home. 


São Miguel

Azores is Portugal’s other archipelago – composed of nine volcanic islands located in the North Atlantic Ocean, with the most popular being São Miguel.

São Miguel is nature lover’s paradise, offering a wide range of outdoor activities, such as hiking, whale watching, birdwatching, diving, and surfing. These islands are also known for their hot springs, lakes, waterfalls, and lush vegetation. Like Madeira, its island factor can be a downside but you can quickly hop on a plane and get to whatever you want. But you probably won’t want to leave during your precious vacation time!

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