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Approximately 50,000 British nationals now permanently reside in Portugal and
many more have chosen to buy a second home in the country. Portugal ranks among the top three countries chosen by us Brits, along with France and Spain.
Portugal is very safe and, in particular, safer than Britain. It has an exceptionally low crime rate: Lisbon was judged the safest capital in the EU in a survey by the UN and Gallup (London was judged the most dangerous).
The choice of landscapes is endless; from mountains and vineyards in the north to sandy beaches on the southern shores of the Algarve. For years this southern coast has been one of Europe's most popular holiday destinations and is the place of choice for most British second homes. However, the shores of the Atlantic, north of Lisbon on the 'Silver Coast', are now attracting an enormous amount of attention amongst buyers looking for more rural retreats away from the tourist hubs of the Algarve - at more realistic prices.
Portugal has many enchanting religious festivals, pilgrimages, carnivals and fairs. In fact, given Portuguese friendliness, you will find yourself part of these festivals as you are carried along by the warmth and enthusiasm of the crowds - sometimes literally!
Most people are also attracted by the relaxed and unstressed way of life in Portugal and the culinary delights are legendary... and affordable. Overall, there are countless reasons that have influenced people's decision to buy property in Portugal.
Article taken from: Overseas Buying Guide For Portugal - Rightmove overseas
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