Portugal is famous for its spotless beaches and picturesque coastlines, but when it comes to finding the perfect holiday home or the most profitable property investment, which coast should you look to, the Silver Coast in the East or the Algarve in the South?
The Faro region is far more famous around the world, but can the Silver Coast hold its own against the country's main tourist destination?
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Located in Loulé, Quarteira is one of the Algarve's many fishing ports that have gradually transformed from quiet village to tourist hotspot thanks to characteristically golden beaches and busy hotels. But Quarteira has something that stands it out from the crowd: golf. Home to the Vilamoura resort, it boasts five separate world-class courses, which only boost the area's international fame.
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Cabanas, short for Cabanas de Tavira, is a popular summer destination for locals and overseas visitors alike, with the island (Ilha de Cananas) proving a big draw alongside the beautiful beach. The area has become more tourism-oriented over the years, but planning regulations prevent the building of high-rise property, retaining the village's traditional, idyllic appearance.
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Caldas da Rainha
The beautiful beach of Foz de Arelho is just a few miles from the centre of Caldas da Rainha, but there are other aquatic delights to be found further inland. The city is famous for its pottery and culture, but most iconic are its hot springs, which have seen a string of spa hotels pop up around town. Between the traditional tea rooms and grand, old architecture, Caldas promises a relaxing place to buy a holiday home.
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Costa de Prata
Stretching from Lisbon up to Porto, the Costa de Prata is Portugal's second most famous shoreline right after the Algarve. The Silver Coast boasts beautiful sandy beaches as well as large waves crashing in from the Atlantic Ocean; perfect conditions for surfers and watersports fan and, combined with pretty villages all along the coast, ideal for second home buyers seeking a taste of traditional Portuguese life.
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