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Buying property in the Western Algarve

Knight Frank's International Residential department works closely with its local representative in Praia da Luz, providing a high level of service to those seeking to invest in or sell luxury residential property in the western Algarve. 

Living in Western Algarve

Sheltered by the hills to the north, the Algarve is defined by its stunning coastline and azure seas. It has a climate, culture and scenery that is quite distinct from the rest of Portugal. Warm seas and breezes from North Africa maintain year-round mild weather and hot summers.

Here life is ruled by nature and the sea – the great beaches of the Western Algarve, particularly in the autumn, have become a Mecca for surfers. While the undeveloped coastlines are ideal for bird watching, cliff top walks and discovering deserted sandy coves. Inland, the hillside villages, surrounded by rich vegetation, are tranquil. The wooded Serra de Monchique is an area of outstanding natural beauty and offers unlimited opportunities to enjoy its grandeur.

The coast between Lagos and Sagres is unspoiled and beautiful; thanks to the Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina, which prohibits large-scale building on the coastline. Most of the coast is linked by a coastal path offering pretty routes between the villages.

Western Algarve Highlights 

Praia da Luz

A superb family resort with all the amenities you would expect. It is attractive and smartly modern with a lovely beach.  Close to Lagos – one of the most vibrant towns on the Algarve.


Set in one of the largest bays in the Algarve, Lagos is an attractive, bustling town with a very pretty historic centre. Lagos still makes a living from fishing and this helps it retain its true character independent of the tourist industry. There are numerous beautiful beaches easily accessible from Lagos, including Meia Praia, one of the largest bays in Europe, whose calm seas offer ideal conditions for all manner of nautical pursuits.


The most famous of all the Algarve’s luxury golfing resorts – and the oldest. Founded in 1966 by Sir Henry Cotton and situated in a delightful sprawling estate that lies between pretty Portimao and historic Lagos. The land was sensitively remodeled by Sir Henry Cotton. Work included developing streams and lakes and planting over 360,000 trees to create a woodland feel to many parts of the course. Penina has been the host for numerous professional tournaments including the Portuguese Open. It is also a superb family resort, relaxed and safe while, at the same time, offering a pleasing array of leisure activities alongside golf.


The charming fishing village of Burgau surrounds a sandy bay that is flanked on either side by steep cliffs. The centre of the village is made up of pretty whitewashed houses that cluster together around the entrance to the beach. Peaceful, largely untouched and still a working village, here fishermen can still be seen working on their boats and nets along the slipway.

The local market is full of local produce and crafts and, for later, there is a superb choice of lively restaurants and bars in which to pass a pleasant evening.