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February 11, 2023

50 buyers every day can't be wrong

The Algarve daily news recently wrote "In 2022, 460+ homes were purchased every day in Portugal and just under 12% of these were bought by foreign buyers". I make that more than 50 buyers a day from outside Portugal.

In the same article they suggest an event that UK and Irish residents might be interested in. The Moving to Portugal Show in London

Or, if neither of the links above is for you...

hopefully the video which I hope displays for you above shows one property which is sure to suit one of those 50...

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July 10, 2021

Buying a Holiday Home - Daily Telegraph

In the Daily Telegraph on 9th July the Daily Telegraph Financial Solutions Team wrote:-

Where should I buy a holiday home?


Buying property in Portugal

Portugal now ticks all the boxes that Spain once did for Britons looking for a place in the sun. Both have long sandy beaches, a warm climate and easy accessibility from the UK, but popularity has made Spain less of a retreat, so those looking for peace and quiet and fewer reminders of home may be better placed in its smaller, less developed and quieter neighbour.

Boasting some of the best golf courses in the world, as well as renowned wineries and rugged coastline, there is something for everyone in Portugal. If you've promised yourself more time on the green or by the beach, this may be a great place to buy a holiday home.

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February 4, 2021

Golden Visa for Brits moving to Portugal now Brexit is Done

As the UK is no longer in the EU British Citizens are asking me for official information on how they apply via the Golden Visa route.

Searching for golden visa , (visto de ouro / visto dourado ) will not easily provide links to official information as of course it has a fancy official name that doesn't even mention gold. "Autorização de Residência para Atividade de Investimento (ARI) / APPLICATION FOR A RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR INVESTMENT ACTIVITY (ARI)"

The best English language info I've seen on the web is on:-

I think using lawyer to help with your application is advisable, but if your adviser wants info you could to go direct to detailed government resources at:-

Foreigners and Borders Service / SEF

There is a pdf on property purchase on the site here:

Acquisition of real estate property of an amount equal to or above 500 thousand Euros

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September 21, 2018

Long term rental Obidos lagoon

From: Lola Erramouspe
Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2018 07:44:02 +0200

Good morning David!! I've been reading your blog
and I decided to ask you for some advice. We are a
couple looking for a house to rent close to the
Obidos Lagoon, to rent for a year. I want rentals
but only seem to find houses for sale (a lot of

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June 5, 2018

Silver Coast unfurnished property to rent

From: Mi Hedman
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2018 13:10:08 -0400 (EDT)

Hello, we have sold our house in Silver Coast and
are looking for an unfurnished property to rent
from September 2018.

March 4, 2017

Unfurnished Rental Property Central Portugal

From: James Tibbatts
Date: Sat, 4 Mar 2017 12:37:44 -0500 (EST)

Hi There/Ola

My wife and I are Canadian/British and are fed up
with Canadian winters:) So we plan to move to
Central Portugal in late Aug/Sept 2017.

We are thinking about shipping our furniture and
belongings as most are only a couple of years old
and worth little as secondhand goods.

Could you please advise on availability of unfurnished
rental property? 2-3 bedroom, house or apartment.
Does not need to be "on the beach" but maybe a
short drive away.

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January 10, 2017

Property Hunting Trip

From: "Lorenzo Costa"
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:26:48 -0500


We are thinking of coming to Europe, and driving Portugal to
look around the country for a retirement home. We've been told
the climate in your area is more suited to us.

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August 30, 2015

6 month winter rental

From: David Waller
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:45:33


My wife and I are considering a 6 month winter rental of a 2 bed
house on the edge of a town, possibly in Obidos area. It must
have (or have access to) land as we have 3 dogs.

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June 15, 2015

Hospital Termal das Caldas da Rainha

From: "Ogorodnikova, Alla" (Alla.Ogorodnikova)
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 08:27:40 +0000

Good afternoon,

We will travel in July to Portugal. We have 7 days in Obidos, and want to visit Hospital Termal das Caldas da Rainha. Could you help me?

You can write me email or website Hospital Termal das Caldas da Rainha?

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May 22, 2015

Portugal Côte d'Argent Propriété à vendre

La maison donne sur la plage de Aldeia dos Pescadores (Village du Pêcheur), qui dispose de trois cafés et deux restaurants au bord de la lagune. Trois terrains de golf avec des magasins, hôtels etcetera sont à 5 minutes.

vidéo gracieuseté de HTO Portugal

Óbidos château médiéval, l'un des «Sept Merveilles du Portugal", se trouve à 20 minutes de route, tout comme Caldas da Rainha où vous trouverez plusieurs grands hypermarchés, les marchés de fruits et de poisson, des centres de santé et hôpitaux. Baleal, le «Surf Capital» de la Côte d'Argent à Peniche est à 15 minutes et Torres Vedras International School est une demi-heure de route, l'aéroport de Lisbonne est à seulement 92 km (une heure) par l'A8

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August 10, 2014

International Schools on the Silver and Lisbon Coasts

When making a property purchase abroad, if you have school-going kids, you'll probably want to have good international educational institutions nearby. Good schools are vital to the cohesion of any community and if you have little ones then being in a thriving expat community with schools teaching in your own language is a reassurance.


We are spoilt for choice on the Lisbon and Silver Coast in the variety of school offerings serving toddlers to young adults from more than 40 countries. As well as the English and American national curricula taught in many, there is also the Lycée Français, Deutschen Schule, Svenska Skolan, and Instituto Español to name just a few.

Continue reading "International Schools on the Silver and Lisbon Coasts" »

August 5, 2014

Warning - Scam SMS Phishing Texts

Whenever you rent or sell property, or anything else, it seems that you'll attract scammers.

We are all used to these scams coming in by email, so nowadays we tend to use systems which don't make our email visible to the scammer's harvesting robots.

So, when the scammer can't harvest your email from an advertisement, they will harvest your phone number and use a text sending system which allows them to send out bulk SMS messages without it costing them anything. These systems will sometimes forge or hide the sending number.

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December 8, 2013

Discover Portugal

Discover Portugal's Manor Houses, Family Farms and Country Houses. There is plenty to see and do wherever you choose to stay in Portugal.

This video shows some of what you can enjoy in North Portugal and Central Portugal as well as the better known Lisbon and Alentejo regions, and not forgetting of course the ever popular Algarve, Azores and Madeira.

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December 7, 2013

thanks for the apartment - family had a great holiday

From: Mike Titley
Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:41:06 +0100

Dear David

Just a note to say thanks for the apartment.

The family had a great holiday - weather great, food and wine fantastic and very cheap! I don't think I spent more than 2.5 euros a bottle all week!

I can recommend the nearby sailing school to your future guests - run by a really welcoming team and the lagoon is a fantastic place to hone those windsurfing or catamaran skills. Food there is also well worth trying.

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June 20, 2013

Portugal property market is picking up - golden opportunity

The golden visa opportunity which I mentioned in my recent article of May 5th entitled "Portugal gives gold visas to non-Europeans who buy houses" seems to have come to the attention of the UK media.

telegraph 17 Jun 2013

I noticed the recent article pictured above in the Telegraph on the 17th June with an appropriate byline/sub-header, "golden opportunities to be had when buying a home in Portugal".

The article by Jake Wallis Simons is very positive about the property market in Portugal, as well as drawing attention to the obvious benefits of our calmer lifestyle and friendly folk, the spectacular beaches, excellent food and wine, golf, watersports and pleasing climate.

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June 19, 2013

Where to Buy - Lisbon Region - Living in Portugal - Obidos

Four of the six resorts in the Lisbon region recommended as places to buy on the goverment website, Living in Portugal, are in the Obidos area. Three of those are beside the Lagoon, and one on the beach....


We've always thought of the jewel in the crown of Portuguese tourism, Obidos, as being at the heart of the Silver Coast region, but it's been clear for some time that the government wants Obidos in the capital's tourist region.

Continue reading "Where to Buy - Lisbon Region - Living in Portugal - Obidos" »

June 18, 2013

Portuguese Property - A Place in the Sun - NEC Birmingham

Amanda Lamb, Jasmine Harman, Jonnie Irwin and Laura Hamilton

A Place in the Sun Live takes place at NEC Birmingham on 27th - 29th September 2013.

At A Place in the Sun Live there is an area devoted exclusively to Portuguese property, with developers, agents and legal experts to help you buy a home safely and with confidence.

Don't forget you don't need to pay for tickets, you can get free tickets using the special links I first posted at "Free Tickets for A Place in the Sun Live".

May 16, 2013

Last Minute Special Offer - Silver Coast Portugal 2/3 bedrooms

The last week of May and first two weeks of June are on special offer for your holiday in the sun here....


Clicking the image will open the site in a new page with the full prices. The June dates are offered here on the Silver Coast Property blog at a massive £100 per week discount for last minute bookings.

Available dates are:- May 26th 2013 through June 19th 2013. Just £400 p/wk for the last week of May and only £475 p/wk for the first two weeks of June.

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May 5, 2013

Portugal gives gold visas to non-Europeans who buy houses

Portugal will now grant residence visas to non-Europeans who buy houses for 500 thousand euros or more under a new law enacted in October.

The first "gold visa" was granted earlier this year in New Delhi to
an Indian businessman by Portuguese Foreign Minister Paulo Portas.

buddhaeden.jpgBudda Eden - between Obidos and Bombarral

The gold visa is already proving popular with investors and private
individuals from the new economy "BRICS" countries (Brazil, Russia,
India, China, South Africa) as this enables them to have Schengen rules
access with the ability to travel freely within the 25 European countries
that make up the EU.

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March 13, 2013

Free Tickets for A Place in the Sun Live and Meet the presenters of the hit Channel 4 TV show - April 2013


Amanda Lamb, Jasmine Harman, Jonnie Irwin and Laura Hamilton will be
at this spring's official overseas property exhibition that helps
house-hunters find a dream property. There's also the chance to take
a screen test at the exhibition to appear on the next series of the
TV show.

A trip to The Portuguese Property Pavilion at A Place in the Sun Live
at London Olympia on 12th-14th April will allow you to find out a lot
more about a buying a home on the Silver Coast in Portugal.

There are currently bargains to be had with distressed and foreclosed
offers in Iberia, Spain and Florida for example. And you don't need to pay
the £10 per person or £15 per couple being asked for tickets to the
show, because you can now get them free (more links later).

Continue reading "Free Tickets for A Place in the Sun Live and Meet the presenters of the hit Channel 4 TV show - April 2013" »

October 4, 2012

Portugal Silver Coast Property For Sale

Portugal Silver Coast Property For SaleOverlooking the beach at Aldeia dos Pescadores (the Fisherman's Village), close to three cafes and two restaurants beside the lagoon. Near three golf courses with shops and hotels. Mediaeval Óbidos castle, is a 20 minute drive, as is Caldas da Rainha where you will find major hypermarkets, fruit and fish markets, health centres and hospitals. Baleal, the "Surf Capital" of the Silver Coast at Peniche is 15 minutes, Lisbon airport is only an hour

Portugal Silver Coast Property For Sale

September 30, 2012

horseback riding and steak made a great weekend

From: Bill Cog....
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2012 11:31:55 +0100

"a restaurant where the family breeds lusitano horses"

A friend recommended Obidos and Foz lagoon for some horseback riding,
so we came out for very long weekend. Our 5 days were great and much
better than being stuck in our fancy Lisbon hotel.

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September 21, 2012

Financially more interesting. Definitely much prettier.

There is a lot of established property at Praia do Bom Sucesso,
mostly built around 15 years ago, which means that the location has
mostly mature gardens trees and lawns which always looks more
pleasing to the eye than the concrete jungles of newer resorts.


The Royal Obidos golf course is up and running. This makes the beach
at Praia do Bom Sucesso, (sometimes known as Foz Gronho) a
financially more interesting and definitely much prettier investment
location on the West Coast of Portugal than inland resorts like
the Bom Sucesso design resort which is few miles up the lagoon.

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September 20, 2012

Obidos Lagoon - lovely holiday

From: Rob Cole
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2012 13:39:24 +0100

"liked the fish restaurant on the beach"

Hi David, We had a lovely holiday. Thank you.

The location of the apartment and area was great. It's the first
time we have visited this part of Portugal and we intend to

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September 14, 2012

Appartement Costa Prata Silver Coast WiFi gratuit

Villa appartement, 3 Chambres, avec Piscines et Tennis pour le loyer de vacances, Foz do Arelho, Caldas da Rainha, Costa da Prata Silver Coast Portugal.

Piscines vue imprenable sur le lagon et les plages

Photos et description de la location appartement Foz do Arelho - Version Francaise

Version anglaise

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September 10, 2012

Great accommodation, great location, great holiday

Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 11:15:32 -0000
From: Tracy Bowles

"Eating out was really cheap"

We spent a week with 2 teenage girls at Apartment Cristina and had a
great holiday. Not usually self catering holiday makers we actually
really enjoyed the experience.

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September 9, 2012

Fabulous 3 bed apartment in Foz do Arelho

Date: Sun, 09 Sep 2012 20:25:44 -0000
From: Caroline Hosey

"We surfed every day" - "amazing waves"

We spent 3 weeks this summer (July & August) at David's apartment in
Foz. We found it to be a very spacious and clean apartment. It has
amazing views of the Obidos Lagoon from the balcony that you could
never tire of looking at.

Continue reading "Fabulous 3 bed apartment in Foz do Arelho" »

September 2, 2012

Apartment Holiday, excellent service, perfect location

From: "Karen and Patrick"
Date: Sun, 02 Sep 2012 13:48:39 +0100

perfect and the beach restaurants are open all year

As regular visitors to Portugal in the spring we've been renting
apartment Cristina at least once a year for 6 years now, as we like
it so much and there is so much to see in the area.

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August 17, 2012

Obidos, Fatima and Lisbon by golf buggy or segway.

Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 11:40:14 -0000
From: Ian Taylor

Great holiday, wonderful location

Excellent customer service, great location with beautiful views.
Family and couple suited. Very clean and lay out of apartment user
friendly. Great views and some interesting places to visit not too
far away or you could just relax by the pool or on the beach.

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July 3, 2012

Paradise for twitchers (birdwatchers)

From: Mary (and Mike)
Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2012 16:24:53 +0100

The apartment location is lovely with a gorgeous view. My boyfriend is a
twitcher (birdwatcher) and has some really powerful photographic
equipment, binoculars, and a telescope, so he was happy to spend
hours watching the lagoon wildlife from both the terrace and beside
the pool.

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