Alongside being one of the world’s leading travel destinations, Portugal boasts some of Europe’s most coveted property; homebuyers here are willing to pay the price for an exquisite home.
In the heart of this booming market lie locations where high demand, blended with exclusivity, drives increasing property prices and provides unique opportunities for investors.
These are some of the most sought-after locations across the country.
Lisbon: Capital Appeal
Portugal’s bustling capital leads the way in the luxury market, with prices exceeding €2,000 per square meter, reflecting both its desirability and the limited availability in the city. In fact, the performance of the luxury market in Lisbon is not just strong against other areas of the country; Lisbon is also in the top ten of luxury markets for growth globally, growing by 4.7% year on year in the third quarter of 2023.
The combination of a strong tourism sector and an increasing expatriate community makes Lisbon a prime location for investment, particularly in the luxury property segment.
Cascais & Loulé: Coastal Luxury
Along the coast, Cascais and Loulé are synonymous with luxury. Their combination of idyllic beaches, high-end amenities, and proximity to Lisbon makes them particularly appealing to affluent buyers. According to data by idealista, Cascais is the most expensive place to buy a house in Lisbon, with a median property price of €1,002,866.
The Algarve & Golden Triangle
The Algarve, known for its golden beaches and world-class golf courses, hosts several high-value locations like Lagos, Albufeira, and Lagoa. In a list compiled by Portugal de Norte a Sul, which outlines the ten most expensive cities in Portugal, the Algarve was home to six of these cities. Lagoa is the second-ranked municipality in Portugal, with a median property price of €683,251.
The Golden Triangle, dubbed “The Beverly Hills of Portugal”, is home to a wealth of luxury properties, resorts and golf courses and is one of the most in-demand property hotspots in the Algarve.
Why Invest in Luxury Property in Portugal?
For investors with the means, paying the price for luxury property in Portugal can offer excellent rewards.
An International Audience
In Portugal, overseas buyers spent, on average, 50% more than local purchasers when buying property. Portugal has also topped a recent survey as the number one destination that U.S. citizens want to move to. This global demand for luxury property means better protection against local market fluctuations when it comes to value and investors can also benefit from currency fluctuations overseas.
High Appreciation Potential
Luxury properties in Portugal are often located in areas where supply is limited; this is particularly relevant in the cities. This lack of new housing supply can help to push prices upwards, leading to better capital appreciation.
A Market Less Reliant on Borrowing
The prime market will often move at a very different pace to the general residential market—and the difference has been marked in this segment post-pandemic. The luxury market has a far higher level of cash transactions than the general sector, making it far less at the mercy of mortgage rate increases.
Portugal’s property market offers lucrative opportunities at every level; however, those wishing to enjoy the prestige and opportunity of investing in luxury property will find Portugal a particularly rewarding destination.
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