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Western Algarve Area Guide

Buying property in the western Algarve

The Portuguese property market’s past is well documented. But what set the Algarve apart during the downturn was the continual investment in infrastructure. A significant boost was the upgrade of the coastal A22 motorway, stretching to Lagos and opening up the western Algarve.

For an idea of cost, a good-quality three/ four-bed villa with a pool and a sea view will cost around €500,000-€1m in the western Algarve, including Lagos and Luz. For more information on the Portuguese market please read our guide, Inside View Portugal.

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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 the western Algarve

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.

Praia da Luz

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

Translated as ‘Beach of Light’, Praia da Luz is a well-established seafront second home location. The town is quiet, low rise and maintains its traditional character. Properties range from apartments and townhouses in the centre and larger private villas with swimming pools and sea views on the outskirts.


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.

Lagos is a historic walled town with a modern 462 berth marina. It boasts the Algarve’s longest beach (4 km) and is popular for water sports. Properties range from modern apartments, townhouses and villas amongst some new 5-star hotels in the area.


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.

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