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  • Lisbon to live & work
    Lisbon to live & work

    Sitting along the Atlantic coast is the heart of Portugal, Lisbon. Long known as one of Europe's most creative capitals and infamous for its 'Lisbon Nights', this is a city rich in both history and culture. With many iconic monuments and landmarks, some of which can be found on UNESCO World Heritage Sites, particularly the Tower of Belém. Lisbon is insatiably picturesque and could be considered one of Europe's most romantic capitals.   Did you know Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world? And the oldest in Western Europe? It predates other modern capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by centuries, even though its capital status has never been granted or officially confirmed. Portugal's capital, Lisbon, was formed through constitutional convention, meaning it is an informal and uncodified procedural agreement that is followed by the institutions of a state.   Recognised as an alpha-level global city by the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) Study Group due to its importance in media, entertainment, arts, international trade, finance, tourism and education, Lisbon is the only Portuguese city other than Porto to be identified as a global city. Quite deservedly it has been awarded numerous international distinctions as a world-leading destination. While it's lovely backstreets, leafy squares, cosy cafés and bright yellow trams lend a touch of olde worlde charm, Lisbon is a youthful city with a cosmopolitan feel. Particularly the area around Parque das Nações, developed from the 1998 World Expo and home to modern residences, a shopping centre, an Oceanarium and the longest bridge in Europe - The Vasco Gama Bridge, with a total length of 12.3 kilometres. It's also recently become a start up hotspot and the host of WebSummit, attracting more than 60,000 digital professionals yearly for the event whilst paving a way forward for the cities interest in supporting innovative technology.   Just outside the capital, a slower pace can be found in the affluent areas of Cascais and Estoril, the preferred holiday destination of the royalty and nobility over the centuries, thanks to their sun-drenched beaches and vibrant nightlife. Alongside the charming resorts of Estoril and Cascais, and the beautiful town of Sintra, this part of the country is home to the beating heart of Portugal: Lisbon.   The ever growing popular Porto can be found approximately 300km north of Lisbon, the second biggest city in Portugal after Lisbon. It is famous for multiple reasons but one that stands out the most is the Port Wine, produced exclusively in the Douro Valley. Although some people may have heard of or know of, the acclaimed author J.K.Rowling, who was said to have taken inspiration from her time living in the city to produce her Harry Potter novels, which would later become a worldwide success.  

  • 6 Unusual Things To Do In Lisbon
    6 Unusual Things To Do In Lisbon

    Take a trip to the doll hospital Putting smiles on children’s faces since 1830, this unusual hospital repairs favourite dolls, teddy bears and other toys which have seen better days. The oldest of its kind in the world and hidden in the depths of downtown Lisbon, this is one experience you won’t forget in a hurry!   Visit the world’s oldest bookshop A favourite haunt of Portuguese writers and intellectuals since 1732, Livraria Bertrand is the globe’s oldest bookstore still in operation. It’s changed hands, locations and had 11 different names, but for 286 years up to this very day, it has served Lisbon’s bibliophiles and provided a space for intellectual conversations and debates.   Drink a ginjinha on the street You may think Portugal is best known for port wine (it’s in the name after all), but Lisbon’s official drink is actually ginjinha. A favourite with the locals, this sour cherry liqueur is ordered at the counter of a tiny tavern and sipped on the streets. Whether you have it with (com) or without (sem) the cherry, ginjinha is best enjoyed with locals!   Watch the sunset…from a car park This may sound like an odd suggestion, especially when Lisbon’s many miradouros (viewpoints) offer spectacular views of the city. However, one of the best places to watch the sun go down is Park Bar, a quirky bar located on top of a multi-storey car park. Find it by entering the car park and venturing up a graffitied set of stairs.   Hang out at the LX factory What used to be a fabric factory in Lisbon’s golden age of industry has been transformed into a mecca of cafés, yoga studios, tattoo parlours, vintage shops, music venues and art spaces. Formerly an abandoned wasteland, this space was masterfully brought back to life in 2008. Today, huge graffiti style murals adorn the walls of this hipster haven, where Lisbon’s coolest locals gather to sip beer, cappuccinos and soak up the artsy surroundings.   Enjoy a steak sandwich…for dessert Thinly sliced minute steak slathered in garlic marinade on a Portuguese roll – sounds like a great idea for lunch! Which is why you might be surprised when the menu at your local marisqueira suggests a steak sandwich or ‘prego’ after gorging on a seafood dinner. Try it at Cervejaria Ramiro, known for its beautiful seafood, dynamic atmosphere and traditional steak sandwiches!   As tourism continues to boom, tourists and expats are increasingly looking to get off the beaten track. We can help you find your dream property away from the visitor hot spots – for example the East Algarve remains unspoilt and relatively undiscovered (the beaches are quiet even in high season!). Feel free to get in touch for a friendly, informal and no obligation chat!    

  • Europe's best kept secret - The Algarve
    Europe's best kept secret - The Algarve

    The coast of the Algarve is a seemingly endless series of some of Europe’s finest beaches. Spectacular stretches of sand can be found almost anywhere, the climate and atmosphere may be Mediterranean but the ocean is the Atlantic, offering the best of both worlds. Whether you’re a sports enthusiast, a history buff or simply a wine and food lover, the Algarve offers plenty of wonders to experience.   The most popular tourist destination in Portugal is the Algarve as it welcomes millions of national and international tourists annually. Boasting of an all year round fantastic climate with more than 3000 hours of sunshine a year and over 80 blue flag beaches, you can certainly understand why individuals are drawn to the region.   Additionally, the Algarve is amongst the regions in Portugal offering the best quality of life, safety and peacefulness. Areas such as Quinta do Lago or Vale do Lobo, are the high networth individuals playground, comprised of luxurious multi-million euro properties designed to one's specific needs desires. Also, the Quinta do Lago resort has 3 golf courses which are among Europe’s best, joined by world class facilities such as Southern Europe's only TaylorMade Performance Center and the Paul McGinley Golf Academy.   Other areas such as Loulé, Albufeira, Tavira and Lagos have all seen a rise in house prices over the past 12 months. Villas in particular have been in high demand with the average purchase between €400-€500K, apartments were the second most popular property type. Individuals were mainly looking for relocation, retirement or holiday homes. Purchasing a property as a rental investment is becoming an attraction for people wanting to earn an extra income.   Portugal's real estate and low cost of living are major contributors toward its growing popularity among investors, the reason for purchasing a property overseas may vary but rest assured, the Algarve has everything you are looking for and more.